Director, Investment Planning, Strategic PMO

  • Competitive
  • Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong HK
  • Permanent, Full time
  • Manulife Hong Kong
  • 20 Apr 18 2018-04-20

Director, Investment Planning, Strategic PMO

Are you looking for unlimited opportunities to develop and succeed? With work that challenges and makes a difference, within a flexible and supportive environment, we can help our customers achieve their dreams and aspirations.

Role summary:

As Director, Investment Planning you will drive excellence in planning practices across the enterprise portfolio of projects, resulting in improved time to market and the full realization of benefits; in support of the enterprise strategy.


  • Ensure that the enterprise portfolio remains aligned to strategy and drive strategic roadmap planning - working to shape a balanced, sustainable and doable portfolio.
  • Maintain the integrity of the portfolio to ensure project business cases are valid and that sanctioned projects are initiated, prioritised, funded and resourced for success; providing clear advice to the Executive Committee regarding implications of specific re-prioritisations on the delivery profile and doability of the portfolio.
  • In conjunction with Finance, establish and maintain an enterprise view of project spend forecasts and actuals and report on progress against budget on a monthly basis, highlighting areas for concern and proactively engaging with projects and sponsors to address.
  • In conjunction with Finance, establish and maintain a benefits framework
  • Establish and maintain reporting for the Executive Committee on both spend and benefit forecasts and actuals at an enterprise level
  • Ensure the outcomes of the benefits tracking are used to inform new business cases and that the assumptions are used consistently across the portfolio.
  • Review business cases to ensure financial assumptions are aligned with enterprise roadmap and regional strategy
  • Build a set of standard financial assumptions that can be applied to different types of business cases
  • Provide recommendation and advice to the Executive Committee and the Leadership Teams regarding impact of reprioritization on the delivery profile and doability of the portfolio.
  • Support the Head of Strategic PMO in development and monitoring of Strategic PMO KPIs

  • Relentless - in obtaining the level of quality data required for reporting and informed management decisions
  • Customer focused - ensure the roadmap stays focused both on the strategy and the outcomes for customers. Thinks through the impact of industry and environmental trends on the customers Identifies where gaps in the market represent opportunities
  • Influential - Encourages people to simplify unnecessary complexity. Demonstrates awareness of current market trends. Carefully plans and implements varied tactics to gain others' support and buy-in
  • Financial - a deep understanding of financial fundamentals and commercial drivers behind project business cases
  • Analytical - outstanding analytical skills are required to bring together large volumes of information and highlight key themes to make recommendations for a senior executive audience. Solves complex problems.
  • Strategic - motivates people to deliver outstanding and sustainable results that support the strategic priorities. Anticipates roadblocks and removes them in advance. Is able to change direction quickly when required. Is comfortable with ambiguity; can quickly decide the pathway forward for self and others
  • Change agent - positively engages with and supports, advocates, communicates and implements change. Empowers people to continually develop their capability and confidence. Provides encouragement and support to build people's confidence and capability
  • Collaborative - guide project delivery teams and sponsors to implement project/program outcomes, building an environment of confidence and trust. Role models a supportive and empathetic approach to working together. Draws on trusted relationships and networks across the business. Flexes behaviour to work effectively with different people and situations. Demonstrates resilience and communicates confidence in achieving a positive outcome during challenging situations

  • Tertiary level education, ideally Commerce, Economics, Corporate Finance
  • Postgraduate qualification (ie. Business Administration)
  • Chartered Accountant (CA), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)
About Manulife

Manulife Financial Corporation is a leading international financial services group that helps people achieve their dreams and aspirations by putting customers' needs first and providing the right advice and solutions. We operate as John Hancock in the United States and Manulife elsewhere. We provide financial advice, insurance, as well as wealth and asset management solutions for individuals, groups and institutions. At the end of 2016, we had approximately 35,000 employees, 70,000 agents, and thousands of distribution partners, serving more than 22 million customers. At the end of 2016, we had $977 billion (US$728 billion) in assets under management and administration, and in the previous 12 months we made almost $26 billion in payments to our customers.

Our principal operations are in Asia, Canada and the United States where we have served customers for more than 100 years. With our global headquarters in Toronto, Canada, we trade as 'MFC' on the Toronto, New York, and the Philippine stock exchanges and under '945' in Hong Kong.

Manulife is committed to supporting a culture of diversity and accessibility across the organization. It is our priority to remove barriers to provide equal access to employment. A Human Resources representative will consult with applicants contacted to participate at any stage of the recruitment process who request an accommodation. Information received regarding the accommodation needs of applicants will be addressed confidentially.