Head, Strategy



Toronto, ON, Canada
Posted on Friday, October 20, 2023

Head, Strategy

At Interac, we design and deliver products and solutions that give Canadians control over their money so they can get more out of life. But that’s not all. Whether we’re leading real-time money movement, driving innovative commerce solutions like open payments for transit systems, or making advancements in new areas like verification and open banking, we are playing a key role in shaping the future of the digital economy in Canada.

Want to make a lasting impact amongst a community of creative thinkers, problem solvers, technical gurus and high-performance application developers? We want to hear from you.

Reporting to the Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer, the Head, Strategy will be responsible for driving the strategic direction within the organization. This position requires a visionary leader who can develop and execute strategic initiatives, identify growth opportunities, and leverage emerging trends to position the organization for long-term success.

You’ll be responsible for:

  • Leading the development and execution of the strategic roadmap, aligning business objectives with market trends, regulatory changes, and customer demands.

  • Collaborating with executive leadership to define strategic priorities and guide cross-functional teams in translating the strategy into actionable initiatives.

  • Continuously evaluating the competitive landscape and adjusting strategies to maintain our position as a market leader.

  • Cascading the corporate strategy into business units and functions through definition, prioritization, and planning of key activities.

  • Organizing and facilitating a forum to enable strategic decision-making and buy-in to strategy, across leadership and business units.

  • Conducting comprehensive competitive analysis to gain insights into the fintech landscape, understand customer needs, and identify gaps in the market.

  • Developing a long-term and near-term view of the market to proactively realign and reinforce the strategy for the future.

  • Providing actionable recommendations based on competitive intelligence to shape the development and differentiation of our products and services.

  • Defining and tracking key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure the success of strategic initiatives, innovation efforts, and product launches.

  • Developing reporting mechanisms to communicate progress and insights to senior leadership, helping to inform strategic decision-making.

  • Building and leading a high-performing strategy and innovation team, fostering a collaborative and innovative work environment where curiosity is valued.

  • Providing mentorship and professional development opportunities to team members, encouraging their growth and career advancement.

  • Developing and maintaining strong relationships with internal stakeholders, including executives, product teams, and technology leaders, to ensure alignment and collaboration.

  • Representing the company in industry events, conferences, and networking opportunities to build strategic partnerships and stay abreast of fintech trends.

You bring:

  • Sound understanding of industry and market dynamics including payment, tech, fintech, etc.

  • Must be eligible to work for Interac Corp. in Canada in a Full Time Capacity

  • Proven experience in strategic foresight and consensus building.

  • Familiarity with large-scale / complex systems and operations delivery.

  • A customer-centric understanding of end-user needs.

  • Effective engagement skills to build beneficial partnerships and productive teams, maintain courteous and respectful business relationships and work cooperatively with all partners and business units.

  • Experience leading team members without formal management authority and strong influencing skills to achieve alignment up and down the organization.

  • The ability to foster an innovative, inclusive and diverse team environment, promoting positive team culture, encouraging collaboration and self-organization.

  • The traits to lead by example through actions and words, while providing technical guidance, coaching, and mentorship.

  • An analytics-driven mindset with a demonstrated track record of driving continuous improvement initiatives.

Interac requires employees to complete a background check that is completed by one of our service providers. We use this service to complete the following checks:

  • 5-year employment verification;
  • Canadian criminal record check;
  • Education verification;
  • Canadian ID cross-check;
  • Public safety verification; and
  • Credit inquiry

How we work
We know that exceptional people have great ideas and are passionate about their work. Our culture encourages excellence and actively rewards contributions with:

Connection: You’re surrounded by talented people every day who are driven by their passion of a common goal.

Core Values: They define us. Living them helps us be the best at what we do.

Compensation & Benefits: Pay is driven by individual and corporate performance and we provide a multitude of benefits and perks.

Education: To ensure you are the best at what you do we invest in you