Vice President, Strategic Planning, Reporting and Execution

Posted 17 April 2024

Vice President, Strategic Planning, Reporting and Execution at Ontario Securities Commission

Regulation Full-time Toronto

Experience: Senior-Level
Education Required: Graduate degree in Economics, Business Administration, Finance, or equivalent.
Salary Range: Not Specified

Close date: 15 June 2024

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About Ontario Securities Commission

The OSC is the statutory body responsible for regulating Ontario’s capital markets in accordance with the mandate established in the provincial Securities Act and the Commodity Futures Act. The mandate of the OSC is to provide protection to investors from unfair, improper, or fraudulent practices, to foster fair, efficient and competitive capital markets, and confidence in the capital markets, to foster capital formation, and to contribute to the stability of the financial system and the reduction of systemic risk. This mandate is performed through policy, operational, adjudication and enforcement work. The OSC also contributes to national and global securities regulation development.

The OSC offers a diverse, fair, and flexible work environment and take pride in challenging and rewarding work.

Position Description

The Opportunity

As the capital markets rapidly evolve, regulators face fresh challenges driven by shifts in investor behaviour, technological innovation, demographics, and economic conditions. At the OSC, we recognize the need to adapt and lead in this dynamic landscape. The OSC is embarking on a new strategic plan that will chart our course for the next six years. We are committed to fostering transparency, investor protection and market integrity. To achieve this vision, we have restructured our organization and are seeking exceptional individuals to join our team. We are currently hiring for Vice President Strategic Planning, Reporting and Execution, to join our leadership team and play a critical role in shaping the future of the capital markets. We invite you to be part of this exciting change.

Reporting to the Chief Operations Officer, the Vice President, Strategic Planning, Reporting and Execution (“VP”) is an inaugural leadership position responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of strategic and business plans, in alignment with the direction from the OSC Board and the Ontario Government.

This position will have the unique opportunity to develop and mentor a team within the Strategic Planning, Reporting and Execution function.

Serving as an influential change agent, the VP is critical in ensuring that the OSC incorporates strategic insights and considerations of operational efficiency into planning, managing, and reporting on the organization’s efforts to deliver against its strategic plan and, broadly, its mandate.

The VP will oversee the development and implementation of agile and fit-for-purpose frameworks and methods for strategic and business planning, portfolio and project management, and stakeholder reporting.

Working with other senior leaders, the role will lead the organizational effort to establish short and long-term priorities across the portfolio of regulatory policy initiatives, data and technology projects, and other strategic initiatives. Additionally, this role plays a key part in enabling the organization to swiftly adapt to shifting priorities or changes in external environment.

Key Responsibilities

Working with the senior leadership and the Board, lead the development and refinement of the multi-year strategic plan and priorities, ensuring alignment with stakeholder feedback, environmental trends, and Government priorities.

  • Ensure integration of strategic and business plans across departments, working closely with department heads and senior leadership.
  • Oversee development of annual business plans and Statement of Priorities ensuring alignment with the strategic plan, Government direction and stakeholder feedback. Foster execution accountability through identification of measurable targets and outcomes for strategic goals and business plan priorities.
  • In collaboration with the Strategic Regulation team, develop innovative approaches to performance measurement in areas that are challenging to quantify.
  • Oversee accountability reporting to the Ministry of Finance with respect to business planning and reporting, in accordance with relevant governing documents and frameworks.
  • Lead the development and implementation of a lean, fit-for-purpose regulatory policy project management framework. This framework will ensure appropriate and timely consideration of objectives, approaches, risks, stakeholder considerations and downstream impacts, as well as effective issue escalation methods.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of lean, fit-for-purpose project management framework tailored for data, technology, and other capital-intensive projects, ensuring alignment with business objectives, effective risk reporting and remediation, and integrated financial controls.
  • Lead development and implementation of effective, continuous prioritization methods at the program and business plan levels, taking into account business priorities, resource plans, budget constraints and third-party dependencies.
  • Oversee robust performance and risk reporting at the project, portfolio, business, and strategic plan levels, with regular updates to the senior leadership team, CEO, and the Board.
  • Develop effective strategies for alignment and/or integration with CSA project management methods and processes.
  • Working with the Finance team, ensure financial sustainability of strategic and business plans, and effective budget planning and spend reporting at the project and portfolio level.
  • Working with the Communications, International and Stakeholders Affairs team, support effective reporting and policy coordination with the Ministry of Finance, other governmental entities and stakeholders.
  • Promote adoption of leading planning, portfolio and project management standards and tools.
  • Promote a culture of strategic thinking, continuous improvement, measurable results, and project management excellence.
  • Provide guidance, leadership, coaching, mentoring and motivation to the Strategic Planning, Reporting and Execution team of professionals.

Required Skill / Experience

The Individual

The Vice President, Strategic Planning, Reporting and Execution (“VP”) brings extensive leadership experience in strategic planning and program management, complemented by a strong understanding of capital markets, securities regulation, and regulatory operations.

The VP is a trusted and influential leader, able to develop and mentor a high-performance team while demonstrating the emotional intelligence to manage key interpersonal relationships and deliver impactful projects and initiatives within a transformational environment.

Key Qualifications

  • 15+ years in strategic planning and program management within a leadership role.
  • Demonstrated success in structured approach to strategy development and execution preferable in organizations undergoing transition.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and inspire a high performing team.
  • Strong understanding of capital markets, securities regulation, and regulatory operations.
  • Sound knowledge of, and experience in implementing project and program management frameworks.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, reflecting political acuity, diplomacy and an ability to influence stakeholders at all levels.
  • Strategic thinker with strong analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making capabilities.
  • Experience working closely with and reporting to the COO, CEO and the Board of Directors
  • High ethical standards and professionalism, with a commitment to integrity and transparency.
  • Graduate degree in Economics, Business Administration, Finance, or equivalent.

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