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Mackenzie Investments Program Director - Strategic Initiatives in Toronto, Ontario

Mackenzie Investments was founded in 1967 and is a leading investment management firm providing investment advisory and related services to retail and institutional clients. The company has $61.3 billion in assets under management, and as part of IGM (a subsidiary of the Power Financial Group of Companies), is the largest independent asset manager in Canada, with $142 billion. We are committed to the financial success of investors, through their eyes.

Our Vision

Everything we do starts with the needs of investors, whether they are saving for a child’s postsecondary education, setting money aside for the future needs of a family member with a disability, or funding their own retirement. In fact, our focus is summed up in our Vision statement: We are committed to the financial success of investors, through their eyes.

Our Values

Our growth and success are the direct result of our employees, and we strive to create a workplace supported by the following core values: Creativity and Innovation, Strong Decision Making, Collaboration, Courage, Honesty and Integrity, Confidence and Pride.

At Mackenzie Investments you can Build Your Career with Confidence by:

Changing the Game: We have a vision and a strategy that will challenge the way business in this industry is done and help Canadians be successful in the ways that mean the most to them.

Making a Smarter World: We believe in continuous learning, understanding what is most important and sharing the benefits of that knowledge.

Being Proud: As a part of our team you will do some of your best work, develop some of your most valuable skills and give back in ways that make a difference in the lives of Canadians.

Joining an Unstoppable Team: We build teams that look out for each other, ask the best of each other and deliver the finest work.

Learning and Growing: We offer an environment where you can indulge your curiosity to learn; getting the challenges and feedback you need to refine your skills and abilities.

Thriving in a Supportive Environment: We have created a workplace where your efforts and career are supported by your team and your leader.


The Portfolio Delivery Office (PDO) is a key partner in the delivery of change throughout IGM Financial. We deliver value by providing services related to Project/Program Management and Delivery, Data Analytics and Reporting, Portfolio Management and Intake Management.

Our mandate is to deliver seamless execution of change initiatives into the IGM organization through the adoption of an end-to-end project/program management methodology and governance. The team is also accountable for actively managing the portfolio of initiatives (existing and new) that draw upon delivery resources across the COO organization with a focus on raising key indicators relative to human and financial resource capacity. The team works in close partnership with other IGM shared services, IGM Corporate Operations division leaders and business leaders to deliver sustainable change and information to ensure optimization of limited resources to achieve our strategic objectives.


Reporting to the VP, Portfolio Delivery Office, the Program Director – Strategic Initiatives will be responsible for delivery of high profile, highly complex, or ground-breaking projects within IGM. Our strategic programs involve integration of multiple systems, companies, business areas and vendors and require significant stakeholder management as we transform our organization. You will be responsible for a program typically consisting of multiple projects, with program teams of 50+ people, and associated program budget of over $10M with significant impact to the organization. At this level, the Program Director will effectively partner with other Program Directors and may direct and provide leadership to other Project Managers.

In this role, you will be accountable for ensuring the overall success of the program, which contains sub-programs and projects with a high composite of risk. Your proven experience of understanding the business impact and value to the organization, delivering complex change and ensuring the change is sustainable is what sets you apart. The overall success of the program is measured by the realization of business value, client/stakeholder satisfaction, and the quality of results within schedule and budget constraints. As a recognized leader, you will provide leadership and direction to other Project Managers and help elevate their skill set. As a strategic business partner, you will expertly work with key stakeholders, your peers and your teams to drive and support optimal delivery for the company as we continue to evolve and mature our practices.


  • Support corporate business mandates by actively managing the achievement of broad organizational goals through the initiation, active management and effective delivery of a related series of projects

  • Develop and deliver annual and multi-year program plans and budgets inclusive of resourcing plans

  • Define program priorities, objectives, scope and deliverables, in alignment with business goals, working in conjunction with business sponsors and delivery partners

  • Actively manage the Project managers accountable for the related projects and ensure cohesive integration

  • Ensure effective program management tracking and communication standards resulting in transparency of delivery progress and awareness and understanding by key stakeholders

  • Active stakeholder management with focus on building and maintaining strong relationships and ensuring expectations are understood and met

  • Ensure Project Management methodology and standards are appropriately used on the program

  • Contribute to the elevation of the Portfolio Delivery Office relative to methodology improvement, skills development and talent development with a focus on encouraging decision making at appropriate levels, a common-sense way of working, efficient team work, compliance to corporate internal controls and elimination of unnecessary bureaucracy

  • Coach, mentor and guide delivery team, business partners and other stakeholders

  • Provide guidance, mentorship and support training initiatives designed to increase the program management competency within the organization

  • Stay ahead of key developments in the industry and among competitors to elevate Program Management discipline and delivery capabilities


  • Minimum of 15 years’ experience in progressively senior program and project delivery positions working collaboratively as part of cross functional team

  • Proven ability to establish and build healthy working relationships and partnerships with business leaders, peers, clients and team; works transparently and cooperatively with cross-functional teams, effectively engaging all relevant stakeholders, both internal and external

  • Challenges the status quo and exhibits a mindset of creativity, determination and an energetic drive to succeed. Highly motivated, an independent thinker and has a proven track record of setting and meeting aggressive goals and actions plans, both as an individual and with a team

  • Ability to oversee multiple projects and excel in a complex and evolving portfolio. Demonstrates appropriate flexibility in all situations and will be comfortable with ambiguity, while pivoting from macro to micro issues

  • Adheres to the highest standards of personal and professional integrity and will set a positive example for others

  • Demonstrates change leadership by successfully guiding the organization through change, while maintaining focus, intensity and team cohesion. A confident leader with low ego who has an ability to challenge and defend positions in a respectful way and is viewed as a visible leader, capable of building and articulating a shared vision for change.

  • Advanced communication, negotiation, influencing and facilitation skills; ability to create ‘win-win’ outcomes and to obtain support of executive-level management and elicit cooperation and consensus across the business; demonstrated ability to collaborate as well as lead across a matrix organization to execute on strategies, influence change and deliver results

  • Known to be customer centric, both internally and externally

  • Strong analytical, financial and balanced decision-making skills

  • Proficiency with Microsoft suite, Microsoft Project and Microsoft Visio

  • BA in relevant field


  • Travel may be required

    Internal Applicants:

If you are interested in applying for this position please direct applications on-line using the “apply for this job” icon located at the bottom or to the left of the posting. If you would like to refer someone for the position please email the posting using the “email this job” option and have your referral indicate that they were referred by you when completing the application. All resumes should be received by March 22, 2019. If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Human Resources. Please record your extension number on your resume and cover letter. The job grade for this position is 15. The referral bonus for this position is 3.

External Applicants:

We thank all applicants for their interest in Mackenzie Investments; however only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Mackenzie Investments offers an exciting and challenging work environment, a competitive base salary, performance-based bonuses, excellent benefits, recognition for your accomplishments, and opportunities for personal and professional growth.

Mackenzie Investments is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing employment accommodations in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility of Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Please advise Human Resources if you require an accommodation.

Reference Number: 19-46

Job Type (EN): Full Time

Job Industry (Choose up to 3 industries) (EN): Financial Services and Banking

Career Level (EN): Executive

Years of Experience: 10

  • External Company Name: Mackenzie Financial Corporation

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Post End Date: 3/22/2019