Job Title:

Senior Business Compliance Officer


MNP Executive Search and Professional Recruitment


Winnipeg, MB

On behalf of our client, The Great-West Life Assurance Company, we are recruiting for a Senior Business Compliance Officer to join their head office team in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Great-West Life is a leader in the group retirement and benefits marketplace in Canada, and has been focused on improving the financial, physical and mental well-being of Canadians since 1891.

Reporting to the Canadian Chief Compliance Officer, the Senior Business Compliance Officer (SBCO) provides independent oversight of the regulatory risk management framework within the Group Customer area, while providing expert advice and guidance to assist the business in meeting its regulatory compliance obligations. As a member of the senior leadership team, the SBCO is accountable for ensuring regulatory compliance management controls are in place, are adequate and are operating effectively, as well as for providing independent advice and challenge to the business area management in respect of material business decisions that include a regulatory risk component. 


  • Provide subject matter expertise to the business (i.e. group pension, group insurance) in relation to both new and existing regulatory requirements which may impact either existing processes; or new initiatives in the business, with the goal of achieving business objectives while mitigating regulatory compliance risk
  • Contribute meaningful and actionable advice and guidance to the business by drafting and/or consulting on key policies to ensure appropriate compliance considerations are incorporated, while mitigating regulatory compliance risk and ensuring compliance parameters are adequate and appropriate
  • Identify and report material issues of actual or potential non-compliance in the business
  • Ensure adherence to compliance methodology and the effectiveness of the regulatory risk management framework
  • Promote and advocate an effective compliance culture with senior leadership and within the broader Group organization
  • Support, develop and lead a team of high performing compliance professionals


  • Post-secondary degree in a related field such as finance, law, business administration, and/or completion of a relevant professional designation
  • CSC, CPH and CIPP/C would be considered an asset
  • 7 – 10 years management experience within the insurance/financial services industry, preferable in group insurance
  • Minimum of 5 years management experience with inherent compliance related accountabilities
  • Ability to work effectively with senior leadership and others in the business lines to identify appropriate strategies for achieving business objectives while maintaining adherence to defined regulatory risk thresholds
  • Ability to read, interpret and provide effective guidance related to complex regulatory requirements
  • Ability to exercise good business judgement to achieve desired outcomes when faced with novel or highly complex situations and decision makers with competing goals
  • Ability to effectively influence business decisions/outcomes in the absence of direct authority or clearly established precedent
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced work environment and to prioritize and balance conflicting tasks
  • Strong communication, critical thinking, relationship management, and project management skills


If you feel you have the demonstrated background and are interested in learning more about this career opportunity please forward your resume to or call 204.336.6107.

Posted 2017-10-06

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