Assistant Vice President, Strategy and Transformation

Manulife Boston, MA
Job Title :

Assistant Vice President, Strategy and Transformation

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Category :

Strategy & Corporate Development

Location :

Boston, MA US

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Full Time

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Job Description :


Title: Assistant Vice President, Strategy and Transformation

Location: Boston, MA

Reports to: Head of Strategy and Transformation

Job Summary:

The overall mandate of the U.S. Division Strategy and Transformation group is to partner cross-functionally to define, champion, and drive divisional goals in alignment with John Hancock/Manulife strategic objectives and client/customer needs. The Director of Strategy and Transformation is an integral contributor to this mission; partnering across business lines to refine strategic objectives, translate strategies into discrete priorities, drive quality execution of initiatives, and monitor, measure and communicate results.

Key Accountabilities:

Strategy: Support the development, implementation & communication of the US Division Strategy

* Support the continued refinement of the US Division Strategy partnering with business and functional teams

* Work closely with Finance and other team to translate the divisional strategy into a multi-year financial plan

* Partner with team members, to translate the divisional strategy into a cohesive portfolio plan

* Support the communication of the US Strategy across the division and with Manulife; including the development of necessary executive presentations and materials

* As necessary, further focus strategy through the evaluation of key external market trends, competitive positions, industry disruptors etc.

* As needed, lead, facilitate, and/or provide support on projects related to strategy development e.g., research of a specific customer trend

Transformation and Execution: Support the transformation of US Division ensuring quality execution of strategic goals

* As needed, lead, facilitate, and/or provide support on strategic initiatives; these initiatives could include select enterprise-focused strategic initiatives, mergers & acquisitions, research & development, multi business unit initiatives, and large-scale transformation and change efforts.

* For assigned objectives within the US Strategy, monitor progress on execution to ensure on track to achieve medium and long-term objectives with flex to take advantage of emerging opportunities.

* In partnership with other team members, monitor divisional performance, providing monthly, quarterly and annual reporting. Monitor the project portfolio and report on status (scope, budget and timeliness).

Stakeholder Management:

* Partner and collaborate effectively across business and functional teams at all levels

* Engage teams in transparent discussions around progress against strategy; ensure awareness and understanding via strong relationships enabled by trust

* Partner closely with Finance professionals to ensure the integrity of and the useful application of project financials.

* Support all Global and Divisional strategic, project portfolio, and initiative reporting.

Job Requirement:

* 15+ years demonstrated experience in strategy development and execution

* A high degree of business acumen in the financial services sector

* Proven experience leading a large-scale transformation change initiative

* Strong Project Portfolio Management Skills, including the ability to manage multiple complex projects at the same time and under tight deadlines, operating in a cross-functional environment.

* Demonstrated ability to develop strategies and tactics in collaboration with external (e.g., consultants) and internal partners (e.g., Business Units).

* Strong communication skills

* Strong interpersonal and leadership skills

* Strong analytical skills and ability to deliver actionable recommendations based on analysis. Ability to translate analyses, using mediums to drive comprehensible recommendations (e.g., dashboards, graphics, summaries, etc.).

* Experience working with agile teams

* Bachelor's degree in business administration, economics, or equivalent

* MBA preferred

About John Hancock Financial and Manulife

John Hancock is a division of Manulife, a leading Canada-based financial services group with principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States. Operating as Manulife in Canada and Asia, and primarily as John Hancock in the United States, our group of companies offers clients a diverse range of financial protection products and wealth management services through its extensive network of employees, agents and distribution partners. Assets under management and administration by Manulife and its subsidiaries were $1 trillion (US $754 billion) as at March 31, 2017. Manulife Financial Corporation trades as 'MFC' on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under '945' on the SEHK. Manulife can be found on the Internet at

The John Hancock unit, through its insurance companies, comprises one of the largest life insurers in the United States. John Hancock offers and administers a broad range of financial products, including life insurance, annuities, investments, 401(k) plans, long-term care insurance, college savings, and other forms of business insurance. Additional information about John Hancock may be found at





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