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AVP Strategic Planning & Portfolio Oversight

John Hancock

John Hancock

Boston, MA, USA
Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2024

We are a leading financial services provider committed to making decisions easier and lives better for our customers and colleagues around the world. From our environmental initiatives to our community investments, we lead with values throughout our business. To help us stand out, we help you step up, because when colleagues are healthy, respected and meaningfully challenged, we all thrive. Discover how you can grow your career, make impact and drive real change with our Winning Team today.

Working Arrangement


Job Description

Key Responsibilities:

1. Strategic Planning:

  • Lead the annual and quarterly strategic planning process across senior leadership forums (Board, ELT, GLT, USLT).
  • Collaborate with key stakeholders to develop and refine the strategic direction of the organization.
  • Analyze market trends, competitive landscape, and internal capabilities to inform strategic decision-making.
  • Develop and communicate strategic plans to ensure alignment and buy-in across the organization.

Portfolio Management:

  • Own and manage the portfolio of outcomes and initiatives through the Book of Work process.
  • Drive prioritization of business goals and initiatives considering resource and financial constraints.
  • Ensure effective governance practices to monitor and track progress of initiatives.
  • Evaluate and optimize the portfolio to ensure strategic alignment and maximize value delivery.


  • Demonstrate strong leadership skills to inspire and motivate teams towards achieving strategic objectives.
  • Foster collaboration and effective communication with stakeholders across the organization.
  • Drive change management efforts to ensure successful implementation of strategic initiatives.
  • Utilize strong financial acumen to make data-driven decisions and optimize resource allocation.

Overall, you will be instrumental in shaping and executing the organization's strategic direction, managing the portfolio of initiatives, and driving collaboration and change across the organization.


  • A bachelor's degree in business, finance, strategic management, or a related field. A master's degree or MBA may be preferred.
  • Proven experience in strategic planning, portfolio management, and leadership roles within a corporate setting, with at least 7-10 years of relevant experience.
  • Strong understanding of financial analysis, budgeting, and resource allocation.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and facilitate strategic planning processes at a senior leadership level.
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills, with the ability to engage and influence stakeholders at all levels of the organization.
  • Experience in change management and driving organizational change initiatives.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to think strategically and make data-driven decisions.
  • Relevant certifications or professional affiliations in strategic planning, portfolio management, or related fields may be advantageous.


About Manulife and John Hancock

Manulife Financial Corporation is a leading international financial services group that helps people make their decisions easier and lives better. With our global headquarters in Toronto, Canada, we operate as Manulife across our offices in Asia, Canada, and Europe, and primarily as John Hancock in the United States. We provide financial advice, insurance, and wealth and asset management solutions for individuals, groups and institutions. At the end of 2022, we had more than 40,000 employees, over 116,000 agents, and thousands of distribution partners, serving over 34 million customers. At the end of 2022, we had $1.3 trillion (US$1.0 trillion) in assets under management and administration, including total invested assets of $0.4 trillion (US $0.3 trillion), and segregated funds net assets of $0.3 trillion (US$0.3 trillion). We trade as ‘MFC’ on the Toronto, New York, and the Philippine stock exchanges, and under ‘945’ in Hong Kong.

Manulife is an Equal Opportunity Employer

At Manulife/John Hancock, we embrace our diversity. We strive to attract, develop and retain a workforce that is as diverse as the customers we serve and to foster an inclusive work environment that embraces the strength of cultures and individuals. We are committed to fair recruitment, retention, advancement and compensation, and we administer all of our practices and programs without discrimination on the basis of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, religion or religious beliefs, creed, sex (including pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions), sexual orientation, genetic characteristics, veteran status, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, family status, disability, or any other ground protected by applicable law.

It is our priority to remove barriers to provide equal access to employment. A Human Resources representative will work with applicants who request a reasonable accommodation during the application process. All information shared during the accommodation request process will be stored and used in a manner that is consistent with applicable laws and Manulife/John Hancock policies. To request a reasonable accommodation in the application process, contact recruitment@manulife.com.

Salary & Benefits

The annual base salary for this role is listed below.

Primary Location

Boston, Massachusetts

Salary range is expected to be between

$148,400.00 USD - $275,500.00 USD

If you are applying for this role outside of the primary location, please contact recruitment@manulife.com for the salary range for your location. The actual salary will vary depending on local market conditions, geography and relevant job-related factors such as knowledge, skills, qualifications, experience, and education/training. Employees also have the opportunity to participate in incentive programs and earn incentive compensation tied to business and individual performance.

Manulife/John Hancock offers eligible employees a wide array of customizable benefits, including health, dental, mental health, vision, short- and long-term disability, life and AD&D insurance coverage, adoption/surrogacy and wellness benefits, and employee/family assistance plans. We also offer eligible employees various retirement savings plans (including pension/401(k) savings plans and a global share ownership plan with employer matching contributions) and financial education and counseling resources. Our generous paid time off program in the U.S. includes up to 11 paid holidays, 3 personal days, 150 hours of vacation, and 40 hours of sick time (or more where required by law) each year, and we offer the full range of statutory leaves of absence.

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Company: John Hancock Life Insurance Company (U.S.A.)