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Air Canada
Location: Montreal
Job type: Permanent
Sector: Finance & Accountancy
Category: Senior Manager
Are you passionate about reaching new heights, teamwork and making a meaningful contribution? Do you picture yourself as a valued member of an industry-leading organization? If you answered yes to these questions, Air Canada is seeking enthusiastic individuals to join the diverse and vibrant team working together to lead the growth and expansion of Canada’s flag carrier.

Air Canada, ranked among the top five most attractive companies to work for in Canada, is seeking a Manager, Strategic Initiatives who will be based in Toronto or Montreal.

The Strategic Initiatives (SI) group is Air Canada’s internal consulting organization. We are responsible for working with Air Canada’s business units to define and drive strategic, operational, and organizational improvement. The SI team partners with stakeholders to deliver insights that drive decision-making, execution, and investment for critical initiatives.

For this role, we seek collaborative, driven, and organized problem-solvers with exceptional relationship-building and communication skills. The successful candidate will be given exposure to a broad array of business challenges and will have the opportunity to deliver bottom-line impact to the airline.

Reporting to one of three Senior SI Managers, the selected individual will play a role in identifying, scoping, and executing high-value, cross-functional projects. The overarching mandate – creating value for Air Canada – can be delivered in different ways such as identifying incremental revenue and cost reduction opportunities, studying and improving productivity, exploring and evaluating new business models, and so on.

To be successful, we collaborate. Individuals in our group must enjoy the process of soliciting buy-in and working with colleagues in other parts of the organization. Our role is broad and a Manager can work across ideation, research, analysis, facilitation, process mapping, project management, and implementation planning. Finally, the selected individual will be looked upon to consistently demonstrate teamwork and leadership qualities to continue raising the bar within SI and strengthening the team’s performance.

The following describes the scope and responsibility of a Manager, SI:

* Identify and scope potential SI projects
* Identify opportunities through internal and external research, benchmarking, and discussion with Internal Customers (ICs) and colleagues in SI
* Using SI’s triage methodology, prioritize opportunities with high potential value and impact
* Scope projects and identify/engage stakeholders

* Lead and manage SI projects (for larger initiatives, may support Senior SI Manager rather than lead)
* Develop project charter and validate objectives
* Secure buy-in to proceed
* Engage project teams
* Develop project plans and drive team meetings
* Employ techniques to advance projects (process mapping, market research, benchmarking, statistical analysis, etc.)

* Contribute to the improvement of internal practices
* Participate in establishing standardized processes and methods for SI
* Produce high-quality project documentation that contributes to our ‘knowledge library’
* Share knowledge within SI and contribute to development of other staff and overall advancement of the group

* Act as an ambassador for Strategic Initiatives and Air Canada
* Actively engage in learning Air Canada’s business processes
* Through good work, solidify SI as a “go-to” group at Air Canada
* Continually seek improvement opportunities – for the airline, yourself, and our team
* Effectively communicate and promote our successes
* Further develop SI relationships with ICs and other stakeholders


To deliver high-quality, high-impact work, Managers in Strategic Initiatives must be structured, detail-oriented, proactive, and committed in learning.

Various profiles can succeed in this role, and we welcome applicants who have experience in the following: Management consulting, project management, change management, and/or continuous improvement.

In addition to a University degree in a relevant field of study (e.g., engineering or business) the successful candidate will demonstrate excellent analytical, communication, and project management skills plus the ability to multi-task, work under pressure, and accommodate changing priorities. A strong entrepreneurial spirit and desire to learn will be critical and strong organizational skills are essential.

Experience leading cross-functional project teams and managing change is important. An MBA and aviation sector experience are desirable but not required.

Due to the confidential nature of the work, a high degree of professionalism and discretion is required. Flexibility with work hours and occasional travel may also be necessary.


Based on equal qualifications, preference will be given to bilingual candidates.

At Air Canada, we want to fly higher when it comes to employment equity. We, therefore, encourage applications from Aboriginal peoples, women, members of a visible minority and persons with a disability.

Air Canada thanks all candidates for their interest; however only those selected to continue in the process will be contacted.

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