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Sr. Data Mining Specialist

Date: Jul 21, 2019

Location: Winnipeg, MB, CA, R3C-3P1

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


Our Internal Audit Department is continuously working towards enhancing audit services in support of new strategic initiatives. These initiatives have led to rapid company growth and the creation of new roles within the Internal Audit Department at our Executive Office. We are seeking experienced candidates who are interested in joining a team of motivated and skilled audit professionals. If you want to be challenged and offered opportunities to grow, consider this the next exciting and challenging step in your career


Under general guidance and minimal supervision of the Manager, Operational Audits - Underwriting, the Senior Data Mining Specialist is responsible for developing and maintaining data analysis protocols as part of enterprise-wide operational, financial, information technology, consulting, and regulatory compliance audits, in support of the organization's strategic goals and initiatives.



• Develops customized scripts that effectively merge and review large groups of data and extract relevant information that will assist the Internal Audit Department in detecting control weaknesses and revealing trends, patterns, and relationships that might otherwise have remained undetected.
• Identifies data analysis opportunities, designs and executes queries, extracts and manipulates structured and unstructured data for subsequent review and analysis.
• Assist with supervising the work of the Data Mining Specialist.
• Performs complex audit procedures, including identifying and defining issues, developing criteria, reviewing and analyzing evidence, and documenting processes and procedures.
• Works with Internal Audit project teams to perform data analysis procedures as applicable in support of ongoing audit department projects.
• Manipulates and analyzes data in a variety of formats (e.g. SQL, VBA, Power Query, and Excel).
• Identifies and documents complex issues and develops recommendations using independent judgement.
• Assumes a leadership role in enhancing the department’s data analytic capabilities by training other members of the department in performing basic data analysis techniques.
• Develops and maintains strong working relationships with key internal clients and stakeholders.
• Assists with the annual risk assessment process and development of the annual audit plan.
• Assists with conducting special reviews of various areas on an ad-hoc basis.
• Pursues professional development opportunities and professional association memberships.
• Represents Internal Audit on project teams and at management meetings.
• Performs other duties as assigned by the Manager, Operational Audits - Underwriting.



• Minimum 5 years information technology or data analytic experience, or a combination thereof.
• Bachelor of Computer Science degree or other related post-secondary degree.
• Professional audit designation (CIA and/or CFE), or commitment to obtaining same.
• Insurance related experience, or commitment to obtaining the CIP designation.
• Proficiency with advanced functions in Microsoft Excel is required.
• Proficiency with SQL query development is required.
• Experience with Oracle SQL, PL/SQL, SQL*Plus, and SQL Developer is considered an asset.
• Proficiency with data processing using VBA or R is considered an asset.
• Proficiency with ACL or Idea software is considered an asset.
• Excellent analytical/problem solving skills and attention to detail.
• Strong organizational and time management skills, including the ability to meet project deadlines.
• Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to prepare clear and concise reports.
• Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision, and as part of a team.
• Demonstrated ability to work with highly sensitive and confidential information.


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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