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Senior Linguistics Specialist

Date: Jun 19, 2019

Location: Montreal, Quebec, CA, H4P-2J4

Company: Wawanesa Insurance


Wawanesa Mutual Insurance is one of the largest property and casualty insurers in Canada with $3 billion in annual revenues and assets of more than $9 billion. Wawanesa Mutual, founded in 1896 with executive offices in Winnipeg, is the parent company of Wawanesa General, which offers property and casualty insurance in California and Oregon, and Wawanesa Life, which distributes life insurance products and services throughout Canada. With over 3,500 employees, Wawanesa proudly serves over two million policyholders through nine regional offices and 41 service offices in Canada and the United States.  Wawanesa actively gives back to organizations that strengthen communities where it operates, donating well above internationally recognized benchmarks for excellence in corporate philanthropy.
We are currently looking for dedicated, driven, and enthusiastic individuals who thrive in an environment that welcomes change and are looking for an opportunity for diverse experience, advancement on a growing team.


Job Overview


Working under minimal supervision, the Senior Linguistics Specialist is responsible for the development and delivery of Wawanesa’s corporate translation program. In supporting various internal clients, the Senior Linguistics Specialist leads the coordination of quality, consistency and timely translation services on behalf of the organization.


Note: please submit your resume in both English and French, both versions in one document


Job Responsibilities


  • Develop and deliver Wawanesa’s corporate translation program to meet the evolving needs of the business in Canada, including the review and evaluation of translation vendors to develop a comprehensive translation program.
  • Establish the linguistics role and processes for the organization through the creation and implementation of recommendations to build and modernize translation service offerings.
  • Serve as a resource to the organization regarding legal language requirements in Canada, accurately adhering to all compliance regulations and legal requirements (including Quebec Language Laws).
  • Establish a quality assurance and auditing process to ensure translation standards are adhered to.
  • Manage relationships with translation vendors and coordinate the delivery of high quality work that arrives to the client on time; this includes tracking status and progress of all translation requests, and monitoring translation costs and manage translation vendor invoices.
  • Ensure quality and brand voice are on point and verifying that the intent of the message is preserved through review and proofreading of material from translation vendors.
  • Liaise with internal clients to understand translation needs and messaging.
  • Consult with subject matter experts to develop glossaries and terminology databases to be used in translations, ensuring quality and consistency in all translated documents.
  • Prioritize work to meet deadlines.
  • Provide linguistic support and service to the RVP, Eastern Canada and the Quebec and Maritime Regions as required.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Post-secondary degree in French language studies, French/English translation, or equivalent.
  • Minimum of five to eight years of experience in a similar role in a corporate environment.
  • Complete fluency in both English and French.
  • Proven communications skills with excellent command of the English and French language, both written and spoken.
  • Experience in managing and coordinating translation vendors and/or translators.  
  • Highly developed skills in terminology research.
  • High degree of accuracy and strong attention to detail.
  • Superior organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously under tight deadlines.
  • Self-motivated individual with the ability work independently or as part of a team.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and proven ability to build relationships internally and externally.
  • Strong working knowledge with MS Office applications.
  • Insurance specific experience in French would be considered an asset.


Wawanesa provides its employees with a respectful, challenging and rewarding environment where they can maximize their potential while contributing to the company’s goals. Our employees are provided with highly competitive compensation packages (salaries, generous vacation allowance, leave top up, goal achievement plan, premium free benefits and a pension plan).  Wawanesa provides a stable and rewarding environment for its employees in today’s challenging markets.

If you are interested in this exciting, challenging position with Wawanesa, apply today with your Resume.

Accommodations are available as needed for all applicants.


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