Senior Project Director, Strategic Initiatives

Lead (more than 10 years)

Technical Skills

  • Agile
  • Asset Allocation
  • Budgets
  • Costing
  • Financial Advising
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Microsoft Word
  • Negotiation
  • Project Management
  • Project Planning
  • Relationship Management
  • Training

Job Description

Senior Project Director, Strategic Initiatives

Location: HK-HongKong-HKG006-One Bay East, 83 Hoi Bun Road, Kwun Tong

Key Responsibilities:


As Project Director, the candidate will be responsible for managing the planning, organizing and implementation of complex strategic projects (highly visible initiatives crossing multiple functions, Divisions and Business Units). This includes taking projects from initiation through final implementation; assembling a matrixed project team, including identification and securing of resources needed, and; assigning responsibilities based upon the project plan. The Project Director must continually and effectively communicate within our organization and with functional representatives.

To be successful in the role, the candidate will possess not only demonstrated successful experience in project management, but will possess superior relationship management skills and ability to work effectively in ambiguity.

This role is Hong Kong or Singapore based.


Job Requirements (Knowledge/Skills/Competencies):

  • Exceptional knowledge and proficiency in project management tools, techniques, and systems development methodologies and lifecycles, including Waterfall and Agile.
  • Helping to refine Governance and Operational Structure for Programs and Projects. This includes setting up standards for projects and helping to delineate roles and responsibilities cross functions.
  • Facilitating the sharing of best practices or lessons learnt and helping to identify and develop other requirements for the Portfolio Director, such as Training, as necessary.
  • Manage own portfolio of projects and work closely with Portfolio Director and Project Sponsors to develop business cases for strategic and major initiatives which have been agreed as part of the Strategic Roadmap.
  • Develop and actively manage project plans in line with MLS standards to ensure solutions are delivered within agreed parameters.
  • Manage projects/portfolio to plan; taking appropriate corrective action to ensure delivery remains on track
  • Manage the project spend within approved budget.
  • Manage relationships across all business lines and with external parties, defining requirements, agreeing terms and ensuring delivery.
  • Plan and manage internal and external project resources to ensure delivery of project outputs within agreed parameters.
  • Minimise exposure and risks by identifying and proactively managing, i.e. mitigation, all risks and issues affecting the project, including financial and operational.
  • Provide progress reporting as required.
  • Support the execution and delivery of project management methodology and standards.
  • Highly effective influence, negotiation and collaboration skills with the ability to work across the enterprise globally.
  • Strong financial management skills to establish controls, track resource/costs and provide good business solutions.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with the ability to effectively communicate with all levels, including C-suite.
  • Flexible and adaptable when dealing with change with a strong awareness and understanding of cultural diversity.
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite of products including MS Word, Excel, MS Project and MS Visio.
  • Ability to make effective decisions under pressure.
  • Excellent presentation and facilitation skills.


  • Delivery of projects with agreed parameters – time, cost, scope and quality
  • Delivery of Portfolio strategic and support activities
  • Weighting will be:
    • 60% on delivery of projects
    • 40% on Department strategic and support activities

About Manulife


Manulife Financial Corporation is a leading international financial services group providing forward-thinking solutions to help people with their big financial decisions. We operate as John Hancock in the United States,
and Manulife elsewhere. We provide financial advice, insurance and wealth and asset management solutions for individuals, groups and institutions. At the end of 2014, we had 28,000 employees, 58,000 agents, and
thousands of distribution partners, serving 20 million customers. At the end of June 2015, we had $883 billion (US$708 billion) in assets under management and administration, and in the previous 12 months we made more than $22 billion in benefits, interest and other 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. Follow Manulife on Twitter @ManulifeNews or visit or


Employment TypeFull-time
Career LevelLead (more than 10 years)
Education LevelNon-specified
LanguageEnglish, Cantonese
ManulifeInsurance and Reinsurance

Manulife Tower, One Bay East, 83 Hoi Bun Road, Kwun Tong, Kowloon

directions_walk12 mins walk from Ngau Tau Kok Station