Director Expense Management
The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company
Waterloo, ON CA
1d ago

Job Description :

Are you looking for unlimited opportunities to develop and succeed? With work that challenges and makes a difference, within a flexible and supportive environment, we can help our customers achieve their dreams and aspirations.

Job Description

Reporting to the Head of Global Wealth and Asset Management Expenses, Expense Shared Services, the Director will be responsible for the North American Retail Businesses in our Global Wealth and Asset Management Segment.

The director will ensure timely, accurate and value-added expense anaysis, along with owning the expense planning and forecasting process.

Working closely with the expense shared service team and collaborating with key functional business partners, the incumbent will possess the ability to work with people at all levels of the organization.

The Director will also be responsible for providing ongoing leadership to staff across the team.

What we bring

  • A bold ambition and set of goals to drive transformation in our industry
  • A mission for Decisions made easier. Lives made better.
  • A leadership team dedicated to your growth and success
  • Our best. Every day.
  • Responsibilities :

  • Deliver and improve on monthly expense reports to BU CFOs. Provide insightful analysis along with clear and concise commentary on results.
  • Engage with functional areas and Business unit CFOs
  • Demonstrate a strong technical understanding of the accounting for expenses including company policies and sufficient business knowledge to be able to verify and analyze information under review.
  • Use appropriate judgment in dealing with unexpected issues and requests, demonstrating an ability to prioritize work, and balance resource requirements to achieve solutions.
  • Play a key role as part of the Expense Management leadership team in the achievement of projects, goals, operational improvement and standardizing expense reporting methodologies.
  • Identify expense risk and opportunities and recommend and influence actions of functional business partners.
  • Cultivate an environment of innovation by supporting creativity and high performance teamwork.
  • Lead collaborative efforts across teams and drive continuous improvement initiatives.
  • Lead a staff of three and model and encourage our Company values (obsess about customers, do the right thing, think big, get it done together and share your humanity)
  • Expand personal network and relationships within the business area supported and the finance teams and demonstrate you have leveraged these expanded partnerships in delivering business results.
  • Knowledge / Skills / Competencies / Education :

  • Accounting designation (CA, CMA, CGA, CPA) with 10+ years of relevant experience in progressive accounting roles.
  • University degree in business, finance or equivalent.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to collaborate, negotiate and influence effectively.
  • Self-starter with the ability to work independently, particularly in the area of using sound, independent judgment, problem-
  • solving and analytical skills.

  • Results oriented, able to manage expectations, work under tight deadlines and manage competing priorities.
  • Excellent customer focus and commitment to quality.
  • Strong business acumen with ability to communicate complex concepts and results in a clear, concise, easy to understand manner (written and verbal).
  • Solid analytical and technical capability - ability to assimilate / summarize a large amount of information from multiple sources and present in a value-
  • added form for senior management

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and ability to learn new applications quickly
  • Essbase and Lawson knowledge (or other complex GL package) would be an asset.
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