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Senior Business Development Specialist - Life Operations

Date: Oct 7, 2021

Location: Winnipeg, MB, CA, R3C-1A8 Regina, SK, CA, S4S-6X3 Moncton, New Brunswick, CA, E1E-4R5 Toronto, ON, CA, M2P-2B7 Calgary, AB, CA, T2R-0E4 Saskatoon, SK, CA, S7H-0W5 Vancouver, British Columbia, CA, V6J-4Y3 Kitchener, ON, CA, N2G-1H6 Edmonton, AB, CA, T6E-6A8

Company: Wawanesa Insurance


We’re proud to give our employees the flexibility to choose how and where they want to work. In this role, you will decide whether your preference is to work from home, work from the office or a hybrid of time spent at both. You may live and work anywhere that Wawanesa operates in Canada. 

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 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 and advancement on a growing team.


Job Overview

Working under minimal supervision, the Senior Business Development Specialist - Life Operations is responsible for development of business development reporting, analysing the data available and providing insights. The role works with internal business units to complete strategic tasks, and acts as an escalation point our new business team on matters of reporting and data management.


Job Responsibilities

  • Analyze, identify, and develop system strategies that align to regional and corporate plans and goals.
  • Ensure defined processes, methodologies, and procedures are followed regarding administrative tasks related to Business Development systems, including monitoring data quality.
  • Develop dashboards that provide reliable insights and visualization into marketing performance relative to KPIs, projections, and historical performance
  • Gather and clean historical data for modeling purposes
  • Help define and recommend data-based measurements, strategies, and reporting
  • Makes recommendations for process improvements that will maximize capabilities and enhance user experiences. 
  • Participates in new development/systems enhancements.
  • Supports business planning to assist with decision making. 
  • Coordinate’s system changes with all required parties, communicating updates and enhancements to Business Development.
  • Provides various reporting requests, internal user training and ad hoc system related requests 
  • Assists in the development and implementation of systems-based policy and procedures.
  • Provide business development system expertise for projects and processes.
  • Performs other duties as assigned including other IT related tasks.


  • Diploma/Degree in Information Systems, Commerce, Computer Science, Business Administration or equivalent OR 5 plus years experience working with Data Administration, preferably in a Financial or Compensation capacity
  • Familiarity with reporting from data warehouses
  • Strong MS Office Skills, advanced Excel skills
  • Experience using PowerBI would be considered an asset
  • Sound analytical and problem-solving skills that can identify and assess moderately complex issues and opportunities that support the business
  • Good organizational skills including the ability to multi-task and prioritize/re-prioritize as it relates to one’s own work
  • A team player that can work in a collaborative environment
  • Solid decision-making skills; seeking guidance and support on more challenging issues
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work with all levels of management and employees, gain credibility, provide effective customer service, and foster positive working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Strong communication skills, including the ability to communicate to technical and non-technical users 
  • Interest in working toward achieving an insurance industry designation is an asset.
  • Experience in working with Incentive Compensation Management Systems and Customer Relationship Management Systems an asset
  • Experience in the Life Insurance industry (Broker related) 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 full-time permanent employees are provided with highly competitive compensation packages (salaries, generous vacation allowance, leave top up, annual bonus plan, premium free benefits and a pension plan). Wawanesa provides a stable environment for its employees in today’s challenging markets. 

Wawanesa is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to fostering a diverse workforce that is equitable and inclusive for all. Wawanesa provides equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants without regard to an individual’s protected status: race/ethnicity, colour, religion, creed, sex or gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family or marital status, pregnancy/childbirth or related conditions, national origin, disability, military or veteran status, or any other protected status. Accommodations are available upon request throughout all aspects of the selection process. Candidates requiring accommodations may contact, in confidence,

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