Nexus is one of North America's leaders in the provision of technology staff augmentation and strategic resource consulting. With a team of talented professionals using best of breed methodologies, Nexus consistently over delivers with quick, quality and trusted results to its clients and consultants.
One of Nexus Group's clients in the GTA area is in need of a Project Manager for a 6 months contract assignment.
Our Client is a leading Canada based financial services organization with principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States where we operate as Client. With market-leading positions across North America and Asia, we leverage a diverse business platform that offers a range of financial solutions in both developed and developing markets around the world. Our vision is to help people with their most important financial decisions. To enable that vision, Client is aligning our entire organization and providing advanced tools and capabilities to help achieve our goal of putting the customer at the centre of everything we do, culturally and operationally. We are embarking on the most forward thinking strategy in our history as we shift from the traditional product and distribution focus.
At Clients, Project Management has become a differentiator in supporting the delivery of strong, reliable, trustworthy and forward thinking solutions and is recognized as a fundamental discipline and profession. The Global Program Office provides project, program and portfolio management capability to help execute against strategy for our Group Function Division clients. Our Project Delivery Services arm focuses on attracting top talent and assigning them to some of our most complex global/enterprise programs and programs for our corporate clients. In support of this effort, the Global Program Office (GPO) is recruiting an experienced and highly motivated Program Director to provide leadership with managing the delivery of the Valuations Systems Transformation (VST) program.
VST is mandated to deliver a more comprehensive, consistent, efficient and flexible actuarial reporting process in insurance and wealth management business units globally over a 3-year period from July 2014 to June 2017. The first phase of work to deliver a reporting solution prototype and a detailed business case was completed in December 2014. The second phase detailed design, development and implementation of VST solutions in certain lines of business, begun in January 2015.
The major responsibility of the Program Director is to oversee “the sum of the parts” of all areas that impact the VST Transformation Program. Line of sight into individual projects and the integration of projects across all divisions in order to have a view to the “big picture”. The incumbent will review and integrate all project plans within the functional areas into a “Program Plan”. • Monitor progress/delays of the projects within the program and outline any potential areas of risk, including completion percentages, expenditure of resources, and interim (or final) dates for work activities, the program plan integrates these measures and shows their collective impact. • Lead a team of program managers with responsibility over complex or multiple complex projects or programs where a high degree of judgments and independence are required to develop solutions and resolve unusual problem situations, both internally and externally as required. • Acts as the primary interface between the steering committee and the Divisions on monitoring and reporting of program progress and identifying any areas of risk to the overall program. • Acts as the primary interface with the global PMO, Risk, Compliance and Internal Audit in respect of all program artefacts and compliance with the Group’s program management framework • Manages program financials including establishing controls, tracking resource/costs and providing timely program monitoring/reporting and good business solutions • Acts as the primary interface with the various accounting functions to ensure timely and accurate program cost reporting • Acts as a customer advocate to drive prioritization of projects and responses to problems/issues. Job Requirements (Knowledge/Skills/Competencies): • Solid knowledge of project / program management tools, techniques, and systems development methodologies, including expert use of Microsoft Project. PowerPoint and Excel. Knowledge of Planview is preferred • Highly effective influence, negotiation and collaboration skills with the ability to work across the enterprise globally. • Strong financial management skills and knowledge of project/program financial reporting • Strong written and verbal communication skills with the ability to effectively communicate with all levels. • Must have proven experience in identifying project risks and issues, and making effective decisions/engaging project team members to develop risk mitigation/avoidance plans. • Ability to foster and build relationships, engage and influence others, work with diverse internal, global business units and global network providers/outsourcers. • Flexible and adaptable when dealing with change with a strong awareness and understanding of cultural diversity. • Proficient in MS Office Suite of products including MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project and Visio. • Ability to make effective decisions under pressure. • Proven ability to multi-task and manage concurrent projects. • Excellent presentation and facilitation skills. • Vendor management experience Education/Professional Experience • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Information Systems or related fields • Technical background in Finance, Actuarial and/or IT is an asset • 10+ years of progressive project delivery experience including a strong track record of delivering on large regional/global projects and 5 year of program management • PMP designation or other industry recognized PM Certification Preferred: • Experience in implementation of process and/or technology improvements in actuarial valuation / reporting