Talent Acquisition Specialist - Bilingual (French/English)

September 21 2021
Industries Bank, Insurance, Financial services
Categories HR, Training, Recruitment, Staffing
Toronto, ON • Remote

We’re proud to give our employees the flexibility to choose how and where they want to work. In this role, you will decide whether your preference is to work from home, work from the office or a hybrid of time spent at both. You may live and work anywhere that Wawanesa operates in Canada.

Wawanesa Mutual Insurance is one of the largest property and casualty insurers in Canada with $3 billion in annual revenues and assets of more than $9 billion. Wawanesa Mutual, founded in 1896 with executive offices in Winnipeg, is the parent company of Wawanesa General, which offers property and casualty insurance in California and Oregon, and Wawanesa Life, which distributes life insurance products and services throughout Canada. With over 3,500 employees, Wawanesa proudly serves over two million policyholders in Canada and the United States. Wawanesa actively gives back to organizations that strengthen communities where it operates, donating well above internationally recognized benchmarks for excellence in corporate philanthropy.

We are currently looking for dedicated, driven, and enthusiastic individuals who thrive in an environment that welcomes change and are looking for an opportunity for diverse experience and advancement on a growing team.

Job Overview

The Bilingual Talent Acquisition Specialist (French/English) will focus on recruiting talent for multiple vacant roles at Wawanesa. The Talent Acquisition Specialist requires supervision, receiving support from the Manager, Talent Acquisition and peers within Talent Acquisition and Human Resources. The Talent Acquisition Specialist will work directly with Hiring Managers and Human Resources to ensure recruiting is completed in a timely manner and top talent is secured for vacant positions.

*Please submit your resume in both English and French, in one document.

Job Responsibilities

  • Responsibility for the full cycle recruitment for vacant positions from attraction, interviewing, assessments, background checks and offers of employment.
  • Maintain relationships with Hiring Managers and HR Representatives.
  • Provide coaching to managers in effective behavioural interviewing, compliant interviewing protocol, and effective candidate screening techniques.
  • Screen incoming and on-file applicant resumes, conduct initial phone screens and assess for job and organizational fit.
  • Participate on interview panels where Hiring Managers require support and an expert perspective.
  • Ensure a comprehensive attraction strategy where necessary; advertising of job vacancies on job boards, professional associations, universities and colleges, social media, social recruiting tools, etc.
  • Attend external recruitment events (e.g. campus fairs, career fairs, and networking events) and participate as a company ambassador.
  • Prepare salary recommendations in accordance with market-based pay and internal equity considerations
  • Administer psychometric assessments and background checks
  • Generate employment offer documents and other related materials for distribution to applicants and hiring managers.
  • Maintain communication with applicants and hiring managers throughout the recruitment lifecycle.
  • Keep requisitions up to date in the Talent Acquisition System documenting notes and progress.
  • Audit for diversity and inclusion at each stage in the recruitment process.


  • Completion of post-secondary education
  • Must be Bilingual in French and English
  • 2 - 4 years of experience working in full-cycle recruitment and/or human resources, either in-house/corporate or in an agency environment.
  • Experience working in the Insurance or Financial Services sector would be considered an asset.
  • A background in Customer Service is desirable.
  • Excellent MS Office skills, and experience in Applicant Tracking Systems.
  • High attention to detail
  • A true desire to learn and improve continuously
  • Strong organizational skills including the ability to multi-task and prioritize
  • A team player that can work in a collaborative environment.
  • Foundational project management skills




Wawanesa provides its employees with a respectful, challenging and rewarding environment where they can maximize their potential while contributing to the company’s goals. Our full-time permanent employees are provided with highly competitive compensation packages (salaries, generous vacation allowance, leave top up, annual bonus plan, premium free benefits and a pension plan). Wawanesa provides a stable environment for its employees in today’s challenging markets.

Wawanesa is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to fostering a diverse workforce that is equitable and inclusive for all. Wawanesa provides equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants without regard to an individual’s protected status: race/ethnicity, colour, religion, creed, sex or gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family or marital status, pregnancy/childbirth or related conditions, national origin, disability, military or veteran status, or any other protected status. Accommodations are available upon request throughout all aspects of the selection process. Candidates requiring accommodations may contact, in confidence, jobs@wawanesa.com.

If you are interested in this exciting, challenging position with Wawanesa, apply today with your Resume.

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