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Lead, Corporate Strategy

Toronto, ON
  • Number of positions available : 1

  • To be discussed
  • Starting date : 1 position to fill as soon as possible

We are a leading financial services provider committed to making decisions easier and lives better for our customers and colleagues around the world. From our environmental initiatives to our community investments, we lead with values throughout our business. To help us stand out, we help you step up, because when colleagues are healthy, respected and meaningfully challenged, we all thrive. Discover how you can grow your career, make impact and drive real change with our Winning Team today.

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Job Description

The Enterprise Strategy team is recruiting a Lead, Strategy to assist in driving the transformation at Manulife.

The Lead is responsible for the research, analysis, recommendation and implementation plans of strategic projects. They analyze key business priorities and bring insights to generate actions that create value for the company, aligned with strategic objectives.

The Lead influences direction and focus via the thoughtful analysis and clear presentation of current state, firm strengths/challenges, industry/market trends and competitive research, and clear recommendations.

The Lead partners with leaders across business lines, geographies and value streams to ensure strategic objectives achieve intended outcomes.

This roll-up your sleeves resource complements the team’s AVP or Director for assigned initiatives by developing strategies and managing the key elements of the execution.


Support the delivery of strategic projects end-to-end. Identify structure problems, analyze data and present complex findings in a clear, concise and decision-driven manner. Perform research and analysis of industry trends, market positioning or competitive activity related to a component of an overall segment or function strategy. Conduct research on emerging trends, dig deeper into the analysis where appropriate, synthesize recommendations and understand impact on the business. Based on the research completed, is expected to recommend a course of action, or set of alternatives, to the overall strategy leadership and/or relevant business partner for further discussion and ultimate decision. Communicate and support decision-making by key stakeholders. Identify trade-offs and make them explicit. Create alignment and momentum with execution team to transition and drive the mandate. Drive the delivery of initiatives with strategic impact ensuring business benefits are realized; including:

  • Develop and manage an integrated plan for the initiative, ensuring key metrics and success criteria are developed

  • Lead activities such as milestone and impact planning reviews and approvals, budget planning and management

  • Catalogue, manage and monitor issues and risks

  • Own progress and management reporting; providing a holistic and objective view of results

Serve as a thought leader to businesses and functions. Act as a change agent to build awareness and vision.


  • Advanced degree in business or equivalent

  • Prior experience in top tier management consulting, investment banking or similar strategy roles preferred

  • 5 years combined education and experience in a strategy function within large multi-national corporation. Within a Financial Institution is a plus

  • Strong business focus and understanding of strategy methods

  • Excellent analytical capabilities, very comfortable with quantitative & financial analysis. High level of conceptual skills and an ability to operate strategically

  • Demonstrated ability to influence leadership team members, and get recommendations approved and implemented

  • Regarded as a realistic and practical individual, and is respected for ability to deliver

  • Must be an excellent communicator

  • Ability to work effectively in diverse environments and cultures

This Position Description is intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by employees in this job. It is not intended to be a complete list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for this job classification.

About Manulife and John Hancock

Manulife Financial Corporation is a leading international financial services group that helps people make their decisions easier and lives better. With our global headquarters in Toronto, Canada, we operate as Manulife across our offices in Asia, Canada, and Europe, and primarily as John Hancock in the United States. We provide financial advice, insurance, and wealth and asset management solutions for individuals, groups and institutions. At the end of 2022, we had more than 40,000 employees, over 116,000 agents, and thousands of distribution partners, serving over 34 million customers. At the end of 2022, we had $1.3 trillion (US$1.0 trillion) in assets under management and administration, including total invested assets of $0.4 trillion (US $0.3 trillion), and segregated funds net assets of $0.3 trillion (US$0.3 trillion). We trade as ‘MFC’ on the Toronto, New York, and the Philippine stock exchanges, and under ‘945’ in Hong Kong.

Manulife is an Equal Opportunity Employer

At Manulife/John Hancock, we embrace our diversity. We strive to attract, develop and retain a workforce that is as diverse as the customers we serve and to foster an inclusive work environment that embraces the strength of cultures and individuals. We are committed to fair recruitment, retention, advancement and compensation, and we administer all of our practices and programs without discrimination on the basis of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, religion or religious beliefs, creed, sex (including pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions), sexual orientation, genetic characteristics, veteran status, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, family status, disability, or any other ground protected by applicable law.

It is our priority to remove barriers to provide equal access to employment. A Human Resources representative will work with applicants who request a reasonable accommodation during the application process. All information shared during the accommodation request process will be stored and used in a manner that is consistent with applicable laws and Manulife/John Hancock policies. To request a reasonable accommodation in the application process, contact

Salary & Benefits

The annual base salary for this role is listed below.

Primary Location

CAN, Ontario, Toronto, 200 Bloor Street East

Salary range is expected to be between

$84,375.00 CAD - $151,875.00 CAD

If you are applying for this role outside of the primary location, please contact for the salary range for your location. The actual salary will vary depending on local market conditions, geography and relevant job-related factors such as knowledge, skills, qualifications, experience, and education/training. Employees also have the opportunity to participate in incentive programs and earn incentive compensation tied to business and individual performance.

Manulife offers eligible employees a wide array of customizable benefits, including health, dental, mental health, vision, short- and long-term disability, life and AD&D insurance coverage, adoption/surrogacy and wellness benefits, and employee/family assistance plans. We also offer eligible employees various retirement savings plans (including pension and a global share ownership plan with employer matching contributions) and financial education and counseling resources. Our generous paid time off program in Canada includes holidays, vacation, personal, and sick days, and we offer the full range of statutory leaves of absence. If you are applying for this role in the U.S., please contact for more information about U.S.-specific paid time off provisions.


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