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Manager, Risk

Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board

This is a Contract position in Toronto, ON posted April 28, 2021.

The opportunity

The Manager, Risk focuses on project management and coordination as well as the development of materials and communications for the Risk Division. Working closely with the Chief Risk Officer and the Risk division’s senior leadership, this role requires an ability to draw connections and dependencies internal and external to Risk in order to help coordinate the development of key planning documents.  This includes Risk’s strategic plans, annual scorecards and budgets. This role will work frequently with members across Risk as well as other key partners within and external to the organization. In addition, you will manage at least two administrative professionals and be responsible for supervising the development of training / educational materials and other communications materials for use with a variety of audiences, both internal and external.  An understanding of risk topics and other investment concepts would be helpful to succeed in this role.

Who you’ll work with

Working closely with Risk’s senior leadership, the Finance team and People & Culture, this role requires an ability to draw connections and dependencies internal and external to Risk in order to help coordinate the development of key planning documents.  This role will work frequently with members across Risk as well as other key partners within and external to the organization.

You will report to the Interim Head of Risk and work closely with Risk’s senior leadership team. You will also manage a small team of administrative professionals, staff development and

What you’ll do

Risk Communications Materials

  • Take care of feedback cycles to deliver polished communications over multiple mediums, such as:

  • Board pre-reads and presentation materials including the Investment Risk Report.

  • Select CEO-chaired committee pre-read and presentation materials (e.g. CEO-Led Risk Committees, Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) Committee, Portfolio Governance and Oversight Committee). Works with the Managing Director, Investment Policies and Director, Enterprise & Operational Risk Management to support scheduling, agenda formulations and any logistics.

  • Draws upon knowledge of Risk business lines to create clear and concise memos, reports and presentations, for internal or external purposes. 

  • Leads Risk-sponsored Enterprise-wide or Investment-division communications and proactively assists with identifying and coordinating communication opportunities.

  • Leads the development of department communications on behalf of Risk senior management

  • Leads or supports the creation of external and presentations working closely with the corresponding senior Risk team member, that articulate OTPP’s position.

Provide oversight and ongoing management of the Risk division’s strategic plans, annual scorecards and budget plan

  • Lead budget planning across the Senior Leadership team and ensure regular progress updates are discussed.

  • Proactively find opportunities and concerns to address in an efficient and timely manner on all aspects related to the budget.

  • Proactively identify and work to implement process efficiencies in the budget process.

  • Proactively initiate budget savings opportunities and ensure that all groups remain within budget, unless overages are appropriately approved and supported.

  • Work with the CRO to partner with each individual Senior Leadership Team member to ensure individual budget views and allocations are understood and considered.

  • Coordinates agendas for Risk senior leadership team meetings.

  • Serves as the key liaison with CEO-office for Board materials.

  • Works closely with Risk’s Enterprise and Operational Risk Management team to support effective coordination of ERM process with other outputs and ensure ERM is properly reflected into Enterprise Planning. 

Knowledge Management, Information Technology and Analytics

  • Collect data from internal and external sources to conduct data analysis and create metrics for use by the Risk Division leveraging tools like PowerBI.

  • Assess opportunities to streamline tools and propose a consistent approach for the Senior Leadership Team to enhance divisional connectivity

  • Be a champion for the tools and technologies being rolled out enterprise-wide and ensure that all Senior Leadership Team members have the training required for adoption.

Supervise at least two administrative professionals who will be responsible for:

  • Working closely with the Risk teams, coordinate outputs to Board, Plan Sponsors (Partners), select CEO-chaired committees, Divisional risk review department committees / meetings.  Creates and maintains all underlying processes and tracking needed to ensure efficient and effective coordination.

  • Creating and delivering accurate minutes for above committees as well as action item trackers.

  • Support any ad-hoc requests that require expertise in coordination / project management (e.g. coordination of departmental offsites). 

  • Look after pre-read and presentation materials for Partners Consultative Committee (PCC) and PCC Technical Group as well as the Communications Working Group; maintains the repository for board materials; handle any logistical issues related to meetings including scheduling, meeting room preparation, etc.

What you’ll need

  • Undergraduate degree, or relevant experience

  • Min. five years’ related experience in project management, coordination

  • Experience supporting a division head and division with data analysis and reporting.

  • A good understanding of risk topics and a desire to learn more about risk management

  • Understands complex material of a risk and investment nature with technical content, and able to distill it into material appropriate for a variety of audiences.

  • Shown ability to execute with minimal supervision.

  • Strong project management and interpersonal skills. Exceptional at multi-tasking and able to handle competing objectives, manage time, effectively communicate across teams, with a focus on asking the right questions and exercising judgement.

  • Strong technical expertise with MS Office applications:  in particular, PowerPoint, Excel, Word and Access to create accurate reports and analysis. Experience with PowerBI would be an asset.

  • Exhibits strong attention to detail.

  • Possesses leadership skills to guide and mentor up to two staff members, as well as to influence key partners at all level.

What we’re offering

  • Pay for performance environment that offers competitive salary and incentives

  • Numerous opportunities for professional growth and development

  • Comprehensive employer paid benefits coverage, including a Health Spending Account

  • Guaranteed retirement income through a defined benefit pension plan

  • Competitive time off

  • Discount programs including Edvantage and Perkopolis

  • Degreed: a digital platform that helps you quickly and easily discover, share, and track ALL kinds of learning resources – from courses to videos to articles and more.

At Ontario Teachers’, we are a globally minded organization and take pride ensuring that the people we hire and the culture we create reflects and celebrates diversity of thought, background and experience.

If you require an accommodation for the application, recruitment or interview process, please let us know and we will work with you to meet your needs.

How to apply

Are you ready to pursue new challenges and take your career to the next level? Submit your resume through our career portal Apply today!

You may be invited to complete a pre-recorded interview as part of the recruitment process. This will take no longer than 10 minutes.

We thank you for applying, however, only those selected for a personal interview will be contacted. You are required to be legally entitled to work in the country where this role is located.


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