Director, Engineering - Proof of Technology

Manulife Financial   •  

Toronto, ON

Industry: Financial Services


Not Specified years

Posted 341 days ago


Do you want to be part of the team that redefines how we get work done? We are changing the way we develop and we want you to be part of it! We are growing Architecture & Engineering Transformation team, with the mandate to power world-class customer and employee experiences through software and engineering skills.

  The customer is at the focus of everything we do, and millions of end users rely on our products daily. We believe in the value of empowering engineers with the resources to solve critical problems for the future of the business, which is why we need you.   We are seeking a self-motivated Director, Engineering who is obsessed with technology, forward-thinking, and excited to see the successful implementation of the products they deliver. This opportunity is available in Montreal, Toronto, and Kitchener/Waterloo.  

As the Director, Engineering, Proof of Technology, you will:

  • Collaborate with product managers, software engineers, and operations engineers to uncover pain points and opportunities to deliver new business value through software
  • Manage & groom Proof of Technology back logs, sprints and communication of result that drive value.
  • Prototype and build new functionality to deliver on key product objectives
  • Nurture experimentation in support of understanding emerging technologies
  • Identify and initially start or create reusable components for the digital & core engineering and advice platforms
  • Collaborate with Director/Lead Engineer of Patterns & Software Frameworks, providing clear product opportunities coming out of Proof of Technology.
  • Deliver an exceptional user experience to our customers, through the delivery of products and services with strong and extendable architectural design
  • A capacity for constant learning from both success and failure, remaining open to change and continuous improvement
  • Guide the development of engineering staff within your team
  • Maintain and support these services, with accountability for production reliability and usage, and the delivery of new functionality



 You will bring and continuously build upon the following skills:

  • An entrepreneurial spirit and comfort working within a rapidly changing startup environment; you love the challenge of working on a small team and being part of a larger movement to change the engineering culture of an enterprise
  • Familiarity with agile and DevOps principles, test-driven development, continuous integration, and other approaches to accelerate the delivery of new features
  • Developing junior engineers and a passion for growing staff within the organization
  • Experimenting with emerging technologies and understanding how they will impact what comes next
  • A capacity for constant learning from both success and failure, remaining open to change and continuous improvement
  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving abilities that enable you to manage through creative abrasion
  • Strong verbal and written communication with the ability to effectively articulate and communicate technical vision, possibilities, and outcomes across all levels in the organization
  • Understanding of the fundamentals of capital markets or financial services in support of our service or product offerings (or are ready to learn by doing!)

Last year Manulife / John Hancock spent over $1 billion on technology. You will be working with:

  • Languages such as Java, JavaScript, .NET, HTML5, CSS3, Swift and/or similar technologies
  • Cloud Foundry and other components supporting a highly-automated global engineering platform
  • Open source! As we accelerate our delivery of world-class experiences, we know embracing open source technologies will help us get there. Any experience with open source is very attractive to us!

We are recruiting for engineers excited to contribute on differentiated technology products in the following domains:

  • Driving effective decision-making and efficient operations by transforming data into actionable insights
  • Delivering exceptional experiences across all digital touchpoints that drive value for a global brand
  • Enabling new quantitativeinvestment strategies and sources of alpha return
  • Expanding the usage of proprietary hedging strategies
  • Enabling productive and engaged employees globally