Legal Counsel - Pension and Benefits

  • Sun Life Financial
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Apr 07, 2020
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel) General Counsel Lawyer (Other) Solicitor

Job Description

You are as unique as your background, experience and point of view. Here, you’ll be encouraged, empowered and challenged to be your best self. You'll work with dynamic colleagues - experts in their fields - who are eager to share their knowledge with you. Your leaders will inspire and help you reach your potential and soar to new heights. Every day, you'll have new and exciting opportunities to make life brighter for our Clients - who are at the heart of everything we do. Discover how you can make a difference in the lives of individuals, families and communities around the world.


Job Description:

We are looking for a lawyer with business acumen and a relentless focus on the client experience to join the dynamic legal team that supports our Canadian group retirement and group insurance business. This is an agile role based in either our Toronto or Waterloo office.


The successful candidate will be assertive, resilient, adaptable and self-confident. They will be required to provide proactive, timely and strategic legal support to a business that supports the retirement needs of over one million Canadians through workplace solutions. This will involve advice on benefit administration, pension de-risking, insurance product development and marketing with an emphasis on digital and data influenced initiatives and negotiation of a variety of contractual arrangements.


The successful candidate will be:


  • a member in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario with between 2 and 5 years of relevant experience at a law firm or in-house legal team.
  • enthusiastic about leveraging data and technology to provide legal solutions to our business partners and inform business strategy.
  • able to engage and influence others with confidence.
  • familiar with applicable industry and regulatory trends.
  • able to distill complex problems and apply analytical and creative thinking to provide innovative solutions and manage risk.
  • skilled at simplifying complex legal concepts and writing and speaking clearly.
  • able to take a risk-based approach to the prioritization of work.
  • able to build relationships across multiple areas of the business.


The Base Pay range is for the primary location for which the job is posted. It may vary depending on the work location of the successful candidate or other factors. In addition to Base Pay, eligible Sun Life employees participate in various incentive plans, payment under which is discretionary and subject to individual and company performance. Certain sales focused roles have sales incentive plans based on individual or group sales results.


Diversity and inclusion have always been at the core of our values at Sun Life. A diverse workforce with wide perspectives and creative ideas benefits our clients, the communities where we operate and all of us as colleagues. We welcome applications from qualified individuals from all backgrounds.


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We thank all applicants for showing an interest in this position. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.



Practice Area(s)

Pension Law