Senior Advisor – Transactional Legal Affairs

October 15, 2020

(Work place: Montréal)

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.

Job Level

NV-11You will provide leadership and influence on strategic and complex issues that require extensive knowledge of the field of expertise. You will serve as a content specialist and resource person for clients and unit members.

Responsabilités principales

  • Oversee the legal aspects of Desjardins Group’s property and casualty insurance subsidiaries, including the legal due diligence process and drafting of transactional documents.

  • Lead initiatives and activities related to investment, disinvestment and recovery processes, whose scope and impact can extend across Desjardins Group.

  • Negotiate agreements, if necessary, with companies’ or external organizations’ decision-making bodies.

  • Advise and assist clients with positioning, planning, development, performance and follow-up of various strategic mandates under your responsibility.

  • Lead specialized development projects, initiatives and activities whose scope and impact affect the entire organization.

  • Play a monitoring role in order to understand and anticipate trends in your field of expertise and make appropriate recommendations with a view to developing best practices for the organization.

  • Develop and update policies, standards, models and programs to support the unit’s projects and mandates.

  • Frequently represent the unit when meeting with various senior management committee members and decision-making bodies.

  • When appropriate, supervise the work of professionals in your field of expertise. Make sure practices, procedures, methods and tools are used efficiently in order to meet business plan objectives.

  • Act as a resource person for unit members and clients.

  • Develop indicators and performance monitoring methods. Identify issues and make recommendations to the bodies concerned

Other working conditions

  • Place of work: Montreal or Lévis, depending on the preference of the person selected

  • Number of jobs available: 1


  • Bachelor’s degree in law or a related field

  • A minimum of 8 years of experience in commercial law in a law firm or corporate legal department

  • Experience property and casualty insurance, negotiating, and drawing up commercial contracts

  • Experience in corporate law and in IT investment and Fintech (asset)

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

  • Be a member of the Quebec Bar

  • For vacant positions available in Quebec, please note that knowledge of French is required

Specific knowledge

Proficient speaker, advanced knowledge of English

Desjardins Cross-sector skills

Action oriented, Collaborates, Customer Focus, Innovation

Key competencies for the job

Interpersonal Savvy, Strategic mindset

Work Location

Complexe Desjardins Montréal

Trade Union

Non Syndiqué

Unposting Date


Job Family

Legal Affairs (FG)

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