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Manulife/John Hancock Advanced Analytics Development Program (Toronto or Boston)
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Toronto, ON CA
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An Advanced Analytics Career at Manulife/JohnHancock

“Data is the new oil and analytics is the new combustion engine”


At Manulife/Johnhancok, our Advanced Analytics teams work on the most meaningful of projects. Globally, we have over 60 talented people working focused on data science and data engineering in Canada, US and Asia. The Advanced Analytics Development Program (AADP) provides the opportunity to be a member of a cross-functional team that includes experts in predictive modelling and machine learning. 


Advanced Analytics Development Program (AADP)

The program is a 24 month program with 2-3 placements/rotations in data scientist roles with our Advanced Analytics teams.  Each rotation can range from 8 to 12 months in duration and will provide graduates with exposure to multi-dimensional, complex analytic initiatives across all lines of business: insurance, retirement, wealth management and investments. The placement and its duration depend upon a number of factors including the participant's development needs and the needs of the business.

The program allows you the opportunity to make an impact in a global organization by working on diverse teams and projects and gaining exposure to international business. First placements are located in one of Manulife's Divisional headquarters; Toronto, Waterloo, Boston or Hong Kong. Subsequent placements could be at any one of our operations in Canada, US or Asia based on development needs of the participant and placement opportunities available. 


How does Manulife differentiate as the employer of choice to build a career in Advanced Analytics?

3 ways – Value, Challenge and Continuous Development

  1. Value

At Manulife, Advanced Analytics is a change agent. We are a business partner that helps with transforming the company using analytics to drive insight, action and value in everything Manulife does. The teams work closely with business leaders, build business cases and quantify the business value of the opportunity to the organization. The successful candidate will work with the team and the business unit to:

  • Convert the business opportunity into an analytical problem
  • Measure the size of the opportunity
  • Determine key performance measures (KPIs) to track success.
  • Use a variety of statistical and machine learning techniques to solve the problem.
  • Demonstrate shared value through the operationalization of algorithms into a business process.

2.       Challenge


Challenging opportunities exist for the data scientist and data engineer. In these roles the successful candidate will gain exposure utilizing software such as R, Python or SAS.

The data scientist is expected to either have or develop expertise in techniques such as:

  • Classification and Regressions (Linear, Logit, Multinomial Logit, Poisson, Proportional Odds, Lasso, Ridge),
  • Decision Trees,
  • Clustering (Traditional, Bagged, Hierarchical)
  • Random Forest,
  • GBM, SVD, SVM,
  • Neural networks,
  • Text Mining (TF-IDF, Latent Dirichlet and Similarity models),
  • Optimizations (Linear and Non-linear),
  • Simulations (MCMC) etc.

The scientist will apply these methods to solve business problems ranging from Marketing, Finance, Operations, Risk or Strategy domains across all of the organization’s geographies and divisions.

The Data Engineer will gain valuable experience with a number of data technologies that support software development, advance analytics and reporting including:

  • Cloud (Azure)
  • Hadoop (Hortonworks, Pivitol)
  • Statistical Packages (Matlab,)
  • Databases: HAWQ, HDB, MongoDB, Cassandra, HBase
  • Reporting and Data Visualization tools (Qlik, Tableau, Oracle etc)
  • Scripting Languages: Java, C++, PHP, Ruby

The engineer provides leadership and consultative support to data activities across the organization and is key to ensuring that the data environment supports value-add activities in analytics, decision making and direct customer facing activities.


         3.  Continuous Development

Manulife is committed to Learning and Development.  The candidate will be hired into the Advanced Analytics Development Program and introduced to a seasoned and eminent analytic leader in the organization who will act as a mentor.  Manulife’s analytic leaders have backgrounds ranging from Management Consulting, P&C, Life, Investments, Retirements and who have solved Business Problems for the likes of Walmart, Caterpillar, Lowes, AT&T, Farmers, Capital One, Google, HSBC to name a few.

Program participants will have access to and can expect to participate in:

  • Kaggle-style data science competitions
  • Team and networking events
  • Monthly Global Best Practice meetings
  • Conferences/Training courses
  • Presentations to Executives


Is AADP the Right Program for You?

The Advanced Analytics Development Program may be a good fit if you possess the following qualifications:

  • MS / PhD in Math or Stats / Business / Computer Science
  • Experience with machine learning / predictive modelling
  • Experience with R, Python or SAS
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to effectively influence
  • Desire to be part of a growing advanced analytics function
  • Passionate about developing a career in data science
  • Strong academic performance
  • Will graduate in 2017/2018
Please Note: AADP program is a full time and permanent opportunity available at both our Canada (Toronto) or USA (Boston) locations.

About Manulife & John Hancock
John Hancock Financial is a division of Manulife, a leading Canada-based financial services group with principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States. Operating as Manulife in Canada and Asia, and primarily as John Hancock in the United States, our group of companies offers clients a diverse range of financial protection products and wealth management services through its extensive network of employees, agents and distribution partners. Assets under management and administration by Manulife and its subsidiaries were C$935 billion (US$676 billion) as at December 2015. Manulife Financial Corporation trades as 'MFC' on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under '945' on the SEHK. Manulife can be found on the Internet at  The John Hancock unit, through its insurance companies, comprises one of the largest life insurers in the United States. John Hancock offers and administers a broad range of financial products, including life insurance, annuities, investments, 401(k) plans, long-term care insurance, college savings, and other forms of business insurance. Additional information about John Hancock may be found at
Agency submissions and contacts are by invitation only and must be initiated by John Hancock's Recruiting Department only.  Unsolicited agency submissions will not be honored.
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