role overview and purpose:

We are a fast-paced Insurance Managing General Agency that provides innovative underwriting solutions for our network of brokers across Canada. Our success is based on our leadership, integrity, innovation, and service. 

Our Vancouver head office, which serves approx. 300 in-office, hybrid, and remote employees across Canada is seeking a People & Culture Associate.  This role suits an experienced HR Advisor looking to take their career to the next level. As a true generalist, the People & Culture Associate is responsible for the administration and coordination of a range of human resources functions.  Reporting to the Director of People & Culture, the Associate will join our lean team helping with day-to-day people practices, including Recruiting, Onboarding, Performance Management, and People Development.  In addition to the regular People & Culture operations, this role will take on new and exciting projects that both fill a business need and play to their natural strengths.  This position is located in Vancouver with flexibility for a hybrid arrangement.

action items:

  • Assist in recruiting and talent attraction efforts
  • Prepare for and attend career fairs
  • Pre-screen candidates for hiring managers
  • Coach and train managers on interviewing best practices
  • Maintain candidate pool and track candidates throughout the recruiting process
  • Provide a welcoming environment for new hires
  • Assist with onboarding activities
  • Enter, maintain, and update data in our HRIS
  • Provide guidance to employees on HR processes
  • Host drop-in sessions for employees on a variety of HR-related topics
  • Collaborate on and drive employee engagement initiatives
  • Support and coach leaders as employee issues arise
  • Facilitate Lunch and Learn sessions for leadership training and development
  • Coach and collaborate with managers on talent development and succession plans
  • Partner with leaders to provide direction and implementation of regional and corporate HR programs and services
  • Leverage technology to design engaging and interactive learning content
  • Create content for our internal Teams channels
  • Assist in building and implementing a new performance-tracking program
  • Promote a culture that aligns with our corporate values
  • Build trusting and supportive relationships with employees and leaders
  • Support Health and Wellbeing programs 
  • Maintain concise, organized employee files and documentation
  • Identify legal requirements and company standards, and ensure compliance in our practices 
  • Analyze trends and metrics to offer solutions and programs 
  • Other People & Culture Team support as needed

Qualifications and Experience:

  • 2 – 3 years of HR experience
  • Completion of a post-secondary HR diploma or degree preferred
  • Previous experience in Insurance or other professionally regulated industry is preferred
  • Previous experience with Workday is an asset
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to build relationships
  • Advanced technology/computer skills 
  • Confidence in procedural decisions and judgements
  • Strong organizational skills to work efficiently and meet deadlines 
  • Growth mindset
  • Team oriented
  • Problem solving with logic, reasoning, and collaboration 
  • Personal accountability and self-management to work independently

Why Choose Specialty Program Group Canada?

By joining SPGC, you’ll become part of a rapidly growing company focused on living our corporate values:

  • Be Entrepreneurial
  • Be Creative
  • Promote Continuous Growth
  • Open, Inclusive & Practicing Equity
  • Uphold Trust, Respect & Accountability
  • Have Fun, Be Engaged & Disconnect to Recharge

As a member of our team, you’ll benefit from:

  • A dynamic, fast-paced work environment with boundless opportunities for professional growth
  • Ongoing skills development with subsidies for tuition and professional accreditation
  • The opportunity to take on challenging work and contribute your expertise, creativity and passion in meaningful ways
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Extended health & dental benefits and company-matched RRSP contributions
  • Competitive salary with potential for annual bonus

If you are looking to join a company where you can proudly bring your whole self to work, we invite you to apply today. Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion means that whoever you are, and whatever path you’ve taken to get here, we value you at SPGC.  We know that diversity of perspectives, backgrounds, interests, and skills are essential to build a great community that serves ALL people. If you can help drive success and have fun while doing it, we can’t wait to meet you! 

Please note that only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.