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Business Planning Strategist

  • Work TypeContract/Temp
  • Positions1 Position
  • Job no: FNCEJ
  • Category: Information Technology

Job Title: Business Planning Strategist (Contract)

Job Type: Temp FT, Management & non-union Professionals

Bargaining Unit: Non-bargaining

School/Department: Research & Corporate Planning

Diversity, equity and inclusion are fundamental to our mission to educate students. We are committed to education that places strong emphasis on global citizenship, social justice and equity. We live this through the strength and richness that diversity brings to our workforce and welcome contributors from equity groups including: Visible Minorities, Persons with Disabilities, Lesbian Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer persons

We also recognize that Centennial is situated on the Treaty Lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and pay tribute to their legacy as well as that of all First Peoples that have been and remain present here in Toronto. We recognize that First Peoples come from sovereign Nations and that part of understanding our responsibilities of residing on this territory are understanding the true history, circumstances and legacy of the Treaties signed here (such as the Toronto Purchase, Robinson-Huron Treaty and Williams Treaties) and including pre-contact Treaties and Agreements between sovereign Nations and that all peoples in this area are therefore Treaty people with obligations and responsibilities to all our relations.

Position Summary

The Corporate Planning team is responsible for advising senior leaders, and the broader college community, on emerging strategic issues to develop transformative strategies, recommend key change initiatives, and drive better decisions and results. The team’s mandate is to:

1.   Formulate the long-term vision for the organization in collaboration with varied stakeholder groups

2.   Lead the organization-wide annual planning process to drive structured, coordinated alignment of academic and service unit strategies

3.   Manage and cascade information on strategic objectives and outcomes

4.   Provide key insights that challenge and inform strategic decision making

Centennial College is immediately hiring for a Business Planning Strategist to support the college’s strategic business planning process. Under the direction of the Director, Corporate Planning, this self-starter will oversee and lead the annual business planning cycle using evidence-based perspectives to identify potential risks and make sound recommendations to support the college’s strategic objectives. The incumbent will facilitate and drive communications with internal stakeholders up to executive level, to coordinate the development and delivery of strategic and tactical plans while monitoring and measuring institutional performance.


·        Lead the Annual Business Planning cycle and development of the College’s Annual Business Plan 

·        Lead college-wide strategy communication and deployment efforts

·        Work with colleagues and executives to facilitate, formulate, document and communicate the college vision, direction and strategy

·        Develop and review long-term growth strategies, innovation and transformational activities

·        Determine the implications of key market and competitive trends; integrate and disseminate best practices in strategy and planning

·        Attract and grow strategy and planning talent and systems with a focus on sustainability, leadership and execution

·        Standardize planning processes across academic divisions and departments to develop the organization’s planning community

·        Serve as a Consultant to support the development of strategic plans to maximize performance and achieve a position of market leadership

·        Assist functional groups in clarifying changes to the existing state business models; support teams in scenario planning

·        Develop, monitor and manage balanced scorecards as a strategy management tool

·        Oversee benchmarking initiatives and coordinate submissions to ensure alignment with strategic objectives

·        Develop and maintain systems to monitor, measure and report; act as Administrator where applicable

We’re looking for someone in addition to what was provided, with extensive experience managing the Business Planning Cycle and where possible integrating or developing strategic frameworks.


  • analytical and logical
  • communication (oral, written, presentation)
  • planning and organization


·        Minimum four (4) year degree in Business or related field; MBA and/or PMP an asset

·        Five (5) years of relevant and progressive work experience in strategy formation, planning, transformation and change management

·        Demonstrated strategic planning experience leading and managing frameworks that include human, fiscal and other resources

·        Experience with process mapping or financial modelling with an understanding of how to link strategies to financial plans

·        Ability to research and leverage evidence-based approach to create sound structured analysis and drive actionable results

·        Demonstrated leadership skills with ability to establish trust and effectively manage relationships at all levels inside and outside the college community 

·        Embraces and is committed to the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion

·        Highly adaptable; thrives in ever-changing, deadline oriented environment

·        Possesses high initiative and independence of action

·        Excellent communication (written/oral/presentation) skills 

·        Strong problem solving and critical thinking skills

·        Proficient with Microsoft Office applications including extensive Excel modelling and PowerPoint presentation development

We are committed to providing persons with disabilities equal opportunities regarding all employment activities, including access to jobs and accommodations during employment as required, in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code (OHRC) and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Dis