Advanced Analytics Information Session

Manulife - Manulife Financial Corporation

Sept. 25, 2017, 6 p.m. - Sept. 25, 2017, 8 p.m.


Hosted by: McGill University

Data is the new oil and analytics is the new combustion engine. Are you interested in launching your career in Advanced Analytics with a leading international financial services group?   At Manulife/John Hancock, 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/John Hancock does. Our Advanced Analytics team is currently seeking highly motivated Masters and Ph.D. candidates in Math or Stats / Business / Computer Science or related programs to apply for a comprehensive Advanced Analytics Development Program (AADP). This program with rotations in data scientist roles provides graduates with exposure to multi-dimensional, complex analytic initiatives across all lines of business: insurance, retirement, wealth management and investments;with global geographies: US, Canada, Asia and centralized functions such as Workforce, Finance, Compliance and Branding. McGill University candidates are invited to join Manulife's Advanced Analytics leadership team to learn more how you can join our growing advanced analytics function to help shape the future of analytics.

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Job ID in CaPS #103694  and website link

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.
  1. 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. 


  1. 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

About Manulife & John Hancock


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Manulife Financial Corporation is a leading international financial services group that helps people achieve their dreams and aspirations by putting customers' needs first and providing the right advice and solutions. We operate as John Hancock in the United States and Manulife elsewhere. We provide financial advice, insurance, as well as wealth and asset management solutions for individuals, groups and institutions. At the end of 2016, we had approximately 35,000 employees, 70,000 agents, and thousands of distribution partners, serving more than 22 million customers. As of June 30, 2017, we had over $1 trillion (US$780 billion) in assets under management and administration, and in the previous 12 months we made $26.7 billion in 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