French Abroad (FAE): Can you tell us about the features of the Desjardins Group and the professions that make up its business?
Jennifer O’Donne (J.O’D.): Desjardins Group is one of the main employers in the country with more than 53,000 employees. It offers a full range of financial products and services and combines expertise in property management, personal insurance and loss insurance, services for companies of all sizes, securities, asset management, venture capital, and secure, state-of-the-art virtual access methods. Our work covers many areas. In addition to finance and insurance, we offer opportunities in information technology (IT), communications, human resources, risk management, legal issues, administration, data management, actuarial and more.
Currently, one of the main areas of demand in the market and in Desjardins is information technology (also read our article on this area). The market is very competitive and we are currently facing a labor shortage. To meet our growing needs in this sector, we carry out recruitment missions in different countries. We also have an ongoing international recruitment process to hire candidates working in this field.
As mentioned earlier, we have many vacancies in Desjardins. For information technology, we have positions for developers, IT architects, technology leader, scrum master, project manager (PO), IT quality specialists, business analyst, functional analyst, security vacancies, etc. As for the insurance sector, we have loss insurance, financial security consultants (individual insurance), compensation analysts, underwriters and more. For the financial sector, we have positions of personal financial advisor (savings and lending), business account managers, several positions for business development and more.
FAE: What are the basic skills your group seeks?
J.O’D: We are looking for people with the right skills for our organization, such as valuing differences, learning skills, customer focus and performance. These cross-functional skills are required for a position at Desjardins, and they are combined with the skills needed to trade.
FAE: Are some regions of Quebec particularly concerned?
J.O’D: Many job opportunities can be found in the Montreal and Lewis region. There are opportunities everywhere for personal finance, customer service and business development manager in Quebec, as we are present in all regions with more than 780 service centers.
FAE: Is it possible to assess the level of wages and development opportunities?
J.O’D: Desjardins currently offers a program of favorable and flexible working conditions. The organization has adopted a salary scale to ensure equity at the sector and employee levels. Wage scales, also called “levels of work”, are not publicly available, but are very competitive in the Quebec market. Wages are usually discussed during the interview. After selection, candidates receive a full and detailed salary offer. It should be noted that the Desjardins Group was named Mediacorp Canada one of the 100 best employers and is one of the best employers for work-life balance, youth, diversity and environmental commitment.
FAE: Are French speakers very present in the positions you offer?
J.O’D: Of course. Moreover, for all positions where the workplace is in Quebec, fluency in French is mandatory. As a result, our positions are held by French-speaking people or people who are able to work in this language.
FAE: How to apply for your job offers?
J.O’D: There are several ways to access it. First, all our opportunities can be found on our career website.
On the other hand, when we carry out recruitment missions abroad, we always make vacancies available in the various media reserved for these events.
We also have certain positions that we place on the Talent Montreal platform, a platform designed for international workers looking for work and wanting to settle in Montreal. This platform promotes continuous international employment.
After selecting candidates, our team works very closely with various government agencies to obtain an immigration permit for foreign talent. French citizens can obtain a work permit in Canada. Thanks to bilateral youth exchange agreements, we can, for example, more easily obtain permits for young people under the age of 36, in almost all positions. In addition, we can use the program “Global Talent Stream”, which specifically recruits IT professionals. In addition, our team of international mobility experts supports the prospective worker and his family in the immigration process, once hired by Desjardins.