Corporate Senior Legal Counsel - P&C Insurance

September 12 2022
Industries Bank, Insurance, Financial services
Categories Banking, Finance, Securities, Commercial, Corporate, Mergers/Acquisitions, In-house, Industry, Contract administrator, Legal, Paralegal
Mississauga, ON • Remote

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Are you looking for a career where you can contribute to the evolution of a dynamic Corporate Legal team? Do you want to have work-life balance?

As senior legal counsel for Desjardins' property and casualty insurance group, you play a key role in protecting the organization's legal interests by ensuring it complies with all laws and that its rights are protected, and obligations are met. You will be responsible for advising on regulatory matters, policies and best practices for the automobile, property and commercial insurance lines of business for the Ontario, Atlantic and Western regions.  Areas of responsibility include insurance policy wording review, advising on underwriting and claims matters, marketing, commercial contracting, privacy matters and supporting strategic initiatives.  Litigation experience is an asset as the role may involve oversight of strategic litigation matters.  At Desjardins, we emphasize the legal affairs department as a strategic partner of the business units.

You take ownership on files, leverage junior lawyers on the team and manage client relationships.  You propose recommendations, solutions and action plans based on the organization's objectives and priorities. You share ideas and help solve problems using your analytical skills and extensive knowledge of legal matters involving the lines of business. You interact with stakeholders working in other departments. Interpersonal savvy is therefore essential.

General Information on the Position

Main responsibilities

  • Advise and support the organization's units and decision-making bodies on the handling and execution of initiatives and activities

  • Issue legal opinions and recommendations

  • Represent the legal team at meetings, including meetings of decision-making bodies

  • Legal drafting

  • Help diagnose issues, challenges and needs to determine target outcomes

  • Monitor the industry to understand and anticipate trends in your line of work and help prepare recommendations to develop best practices for the organization

  • Serve as resource person for your department, clients and partners.

Other working conditions

  • Workplace: The work arrangement for the position is hybrid work #LI-Hybrid

  • Number of jobs available: 1


  • Bachelor's degree in a related field

  • A minimum of six years of relevant experience

Please note that other combinations of qualifications and relevant experience may be considered

Specific knowledge

  • Knowledge of property and casualty insurance law

  • Knowledge of French (an asset)

Desjardins Cross-sector skills

Action oriented, Customer Focus, Differences, Nimble learning

Key competencies for the job

Interpersonal Savvy, Strategic mindset

Work Location

3 Robert Speck Parkway Mississauga

Desjardins Group is the largest cooperative financial group in Canada, and one of the largest employers in the country. It offers a full range of financial products and services and is home to a wealth of expertise in property and casualty insurance, life and health insurance, wealth management, services for businesses of all sizes, securities brokerage, asset management, venture capital, and secure, leading-edge virtual access methods.

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