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Title:  Manager, Strategic Initiatives & Operations




Requisition ID: 130611

Join a purpose driven winning team, committed to results, in an inclusive and high-performing culture.








The Manager, Strategic Initiatives & Operations is accountable for the following:

  • Managing strategic initiatives/projects (internal and/or cross departmental) for AOG (~30% of the role);
  • Managing end to end processes for key operational/risk mitigating initiatives: Creative Solution Design for applications, Data mining, Internal Customer Relationships, Operating Performance Commitments, and Key System Operational Concerns (~40% of the role);
  • Managing day-to-day product requirements gathering and clarifying user stories directly with Business Owners participating in release planning and reviews, backlog grooming, and prioritization of requirements towards release implementation dates. (~20% of the role);
  • Providing day to day support on selected operational activities within the AOG (20% of the role).


This incumbent contributes to the overall success of the AML Operations Solutions team, providing global support, ensuring specific individual goals, plans, and initiatives are executed / delivered in support of the team’s business strategies and objectives. Ensures all activities conducted are compliant with governing regulations, internal policies and procedures.






  • Champions a customer focused culture to deepen client relationships and leverage broader Bank relationships, systems and knowledge.
  • Champions out of the box thinking and solutioning towards incubating ideas to resolve global challenges faced by  Global ops faces.
  • Champions Engagement with stakeholders and effectively communicate product release contents and expected product capabilities through customer journeys


Strategic Initiatives:


Actively participates in the various project phases from requirements through to implementation to sustainment by:

  • Analyzing data to identify trends, interdependencies among variables and be able to define project scope, developing action plans and gaining agreement to solutions from all stakeholders;
  • Diagnosing/projecting potential benefits as well as establishing costs/benefits of a project;
  • Developing implementation strategy/communication strategy and ensure acceptance by key parties;
  • Coordinating and developing pilot/proof of concept as applicable as well as ensuring UAT/BAT  is completed and satisfactory as applicable;
  • Applying incremental delivery principles, driving the delivery of business value, communicating progress, eliciting feedback and enabling Business Owner reviews for validation in the process
  • Researching existing systems and procedures and analyzing if the proposed changes are valid, implement-able and consistent with departmental resources; and

Business Plan Execution - Planning, monitoring and managing internal projects of moderate level of complexity from initiation through completion by:

  • Supporting the Delivery & Services Senior Manager/Director in the design and implementation, from the following perspectives: business, IT and/or data;
  • Developing and updating project plans (roles, tasks, expectations, project objectives, technologies, systems, information specifications, schedules, funding, and staffing required), implementation schedule(s) and facilitating signoff of schedules and plan;
  • Leading, coordinating and conducting meetings, facilitating working sessions or presentations with Senior Management on the project 's progress;
  • Ensuring all appropriate departments are represented on the project team and results meet requirements regarding technical quality, reliability, schedule and  cost.

Relationship Management - Develops and maintains strategic relationships by:

  • Establishing, building and maintaining relationships with internal AOG key stakeholders and departments within Canadian, International and Global Banking and Global Operations;
  • Working with a diverse working group, with varying expertise and job levels; and
  • Building good working relations with external vendors and internal/external technology partners, as applicable.


Business Continuity Plans (BCP):

  • Work with AOG management to understand their respective business functions and corresponding criticality of functions to develop and document robust business continuity plans in compliance with bank/global operations standards;
  • Coordinate and document results of the required testing for each BCP;
  • Ongoing review business continuity plans for enhancement purposes; and
  • Train/build awareness with AOG employees on risk management and disaster recovery steps.


Vendor Relationships:

  • Support Delivery & Services Senior Manager and Director on day to day inquiries/requests from the vendors;
  • Develop reporting on vendor performance/productivity;
  • Document procedures and/or process flow maps for activity performed by vendors; and,
  • Support AOG senior management on ad-hoc requests/reports/communication in relation to vendors.


Operating Performance Commitments (OPCs):

  • Work with AOG management on the development of OPCs and corresponding KPIs;
  • Maintains/updates OPCs as processes change and/or through measurement of KPIs; and,
  • Assists Delivery & Services Senior Manager and Director in the development of “cost allocation methodology” re services provided to partners.


Key Operational Concerns (KOCs):

  • Support AOG management in tracking KOCs using tracking tool/s;
  • When applicable, work with AOG management to develop action plans to resolve/mitigate the risk of KOCs; and,
  • Maintain documentation (reports, procedures, etc.) in relation to KOCs.


Day-to-day support on selected operational activities:

  • Support Delivery & Services Senior Manager and/or Director on routine/miscellaneous activities for the AOG such as (but not limited to) vendor invoice reconciliation, AOG organization charts, center suite expense management/ governance, AOG staff database updates, System/Application control activities, Application license inventory, etc.
  • Understand how the Bank’s risk appetite and risk culture should be considered in day-to-day activities and decisions.
  • Actively pursues effective and efficient operations of his/her respective areas in accordance with Scotiabank’s Values, its Code of Conduct and the Global Sales Principles, while ensuring the adequacy, adherence to and effectiveness of day-to-day business controls to meet obligations with respect to operational, compliance, AML/ATF/sanctions and conduct risk.
  • Champions a high-performance environment and contributes to an inclusive work environment.



Education / Experience



University Degree or equivalent and a minimum of minimum of 5 years of experience in the financial services industry preferable in a global/matrix organization in compliance/risk management, project management, Audit and/or critical unit.

  • Ability to build strong cross-functional business relationships
  • Ability to identify and implement continuous improvement initiatives to drive operational efficiency without compromising compliance requirements
  • An analytical/systematic thinker with an understanding of the elements of project management gained through demonstrated experience and can translate business requirements to technical specifications for technology to implement
  • Demonstrates integrity when working with colleagues and leads others by setting example of required behaviors
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, able to manage difficult conversations
  • High Customer focus and high-risk management focus
  • Excellent understanding of the Canadian banking industry
  • Thorough knowledge of AML regulations, practices and economic sanctions, which may be enhanced via accreditation by ACAMS (Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists), is an asset
  • Demonstrated ability in a similar role where managing technology partners/products from end to end, all the way through to delivery, is an asset
  • Previous experience in a critical/compliance environment where protocols need to be strictly adhered to would be an asset
  • Results oriented and highly motivated with a keen ability to influence others.
  • Self-reliant and pro-active approach to work



Location(s):  Canada : Ontario : Mississauga 

Scotiabank is a leading bank in the Americas. Guided by our purpose: "for every future", we help our customers, their families and their communities achieve success through a broad range of advice, products and services, including personal and commercial banking, wealth management and private banking, corporate and investment banking, and capital markets.  

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