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Senior Technology Project Manager

BMO Financial Group

This is a Contract position in Toronto, ON posted November 12, 2018.

Role Description

The Senior Project Manager establishes and leads assigned projects which have been initiated by the Accountable Executive. These may include launching new products and services, operational efficiency improvements, process re-engineering, and technology. The Senior Project Manager holds the primary project relationship with the Accountable Executive and/or Senior Project/Program manager as applicable. The Senior Project Manager ensures that a successful business outcome is the prime measure of project success. The Senior Project Manager has solid understanding of their line of business and is able to facilitate communication with other program/project managers and stakeholders efficiently and effectively. The Senior Project Manager directs, manages, and coordinates team members including other sub-project managers, business and technology resources, user groups, internal and external consultants and contractors, as well as vendors and external regulatory organizations.

In order to be successful in this role, the candidate who wishes to be the Senior Project Manager, Capital Markets, Risk Technology should have:

  • The zest to reach out and communicate with the LOB and others to determine how to get information to facilitate and expedite the project to successful completion
  • The knowledge and drive to “own” the process and be fully responsible for the plan, and the communication of the plan to all of the key players and stakeholders as well as the team members
  • The knowledge to lead the team and “be” the team, providing experienced team mentorship and encouragement
  • The skills to be vocal at the right time and when required. Be savvy and smooth, encouraging facilitation and being correct when needed
  • Previous experience in interacting with the Regulatory Entities, as this may be a requirement down the line.
  • Previous experience in Capital Markets is a very strong asset, with previous experience in Risk Technology preferred

Key Accountabilities

  • Directs complex projects often involving multiple internal and external constituents and matrix partners
  • Typically exercises direct accountability for projects with up to 50 team members
  • Works with people managers across business and T&O to ensure projects are staffed with the right mix of people who exhibit the required perspectives, skills and behaviours.
  • Accountable party for defining, planning, orchestrating, and delivering assigned projects, including all business, operational and IT deliverables
  • Directly manages all aspects of the project lifecycle and works with matrix business, corporate and IT partners to oversee all phases of the project, and to ensure that related project processes are completed as required (including, as applicable, change management, process management, transition to business/operations, system development, quality management, etc.)
  • Within the context of the assigned project, responsible for building and sustaining the day-to-day relationships and communications (including project briefings) with stakeholders at various levels of the organization, including executive level, as well as other internal and external resources. Sustains and manages the relationship with the Accountable Executive (and Program Manager, where applicable) throughout the duration of the project by providing sound advice, counsel and support
  • Ensures end results are of the highest caliber with a clearly articulated scope and quantifiable business benefit
  • Provides leadership, motivation, coaching, mentoring and professional development for project teams in order to obtain a high level of co-operation and contribution from all project members
  • Chairs regular core team and key governance forums (e.g. Steering Committees, Operating Committees, Decision Forums) to review progress with key constituents. Represents the interests of the project or program in various project governance and inter-department forums
  • Ensures the mechanisms of change management (plans , processes, tools) are in place and effectively executed
  • Ensures project issues and risks are identified, quantified, managed and tracked. Uses past experience to proactively ”anticipate” risk and develop appropriate mitigation strategies and plans. Ensures risks, assumptions and constraints are appropriately communicated and escalated when necessary
  • Rigorously manages scope to ensure commitments are achieved within agreed on time, cost, and quality parameters
  • Manages and/or validates financial forecasts and provides on-going reconciliation of resources and other related project expenditures
  • Defines and tracks project milestones while developing, maintaining, and reporting on an overall integrated delivery plan
  • Develops project artifacts including charter, integrated plan, resource plan, contingency plan, and related PM artifacts, while complying with applicable enterprise standards(e.g. Risk, Audit, Compliance)
  • Monitors and controls the project. Proposes recommendations and adjustments to the overall project manager (or Accountable Executive, as applicable) and publishes periodic project status reports
  • Provides Accountable Executive with continued insight in the viability of the business case (e.g. costs, benefits, KPIs) as the project progresses
  • Negotiates complex contracts with external vendors (in consultation with Strategic Sourcing) to ensure receipt of specific resources and materials, as well as best value for the Enterprise. Ensures day-to-day vendor relationship management occurs (including monitoring performance, reviewing and approving vendor invoices)
  • Contributes to improve the best practices of the project management community within the Enterprise to help drive consistency, transparency and execution excellence on projects

Cross-Functional Relationships:

  • Maintain prime relationship management role with the business executive accountable for the project
  • Chairs project steering committees
  • Maintain relationships with business, technology and operations areas and orchestrates activities from all areas

Scope and Impact:

  • Direct accountability for project team members and ability to direct all sub teams. Total impact up to 25 team members
  • Provides input to performance reviews for all team direct reports
  • Control over direct project budgets up to value of IAAP (up to $10MM)
  • Project lengths 1 year to 3 years
  • Impact to bank operations typically within one line of business.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Possesses a university degree and/or 10 to 15 years relevant work experience as a Project Manager
  • Possesses advanced knowledge of project management frameworks and methodologies, including managing at least two projects of significant complexity and value (> $20MM) with moderate to high risk
  • Experience working in large enterprise environments
  • Experience with Collections, Finance, Lending, Payments, Retail or Private Banking – solid business acumen and solid experience managing application development projects
  • Holding a valid PMP designation from the Project Management Institute (PMI) is an asset
  • Solid core project management skills including multiple aspects of the PMBOK (i.e. Project Management Institute’s PM Body Of Knowledge)
  • Solid knowledge and expertise in the use of project management methodologies and tools (e.g. Clarity, MS Project, SharePoint repositories
  • Expert knowledge of PMBOK, PMLC and good understanding of SDLC, Agile
  • Good relationship management and consulting skills which results in an ability to earn the trust of sponsors and key stakeholders, mobilize and motivate teams, set direction and approach, resolve conflict, deliver tough messages with grace, execute with limited information and ambiguity
  • Solid change leadership and management skills
  • Ability to lead teams from various areas (business, technology, operations, etc)
  • Solid risk management skills
  • Ability to navigate a matrixed organization effectively
  • Solid stakeholder management and influencing skills, effective at the executive level
  • Sound business and technical acumen
  • Solid presentation, written and verbal communication skills which bring clarity and precision at various decision-making meetings
  • Solid problem-solving and critical-thinking skills

We’re here to help

At BMO we have a shared purpose; weput the customer at the centre of everything we do – helping people is in ourDNA. For 200 years we have thought about the future-the future of ourcustomers, our communities and our people. We help our customers and ourcommunities by working together, innovating and pushing boundaries to bringthem our very best every day. Together we’re changing the way people thinkabout a bank.

As a member of the BMO team you arevalued, respected and heard, and you have more ways to grow and make an impact.We strive to help you make an impact from day one – for yourself and ourcustomers. We’ll support you with the tools and resources you need to reach newmilestones, as you help our customers reach theirs. From in-depth training andcoaching, to manager support and network-building opportunities, we’ll help yougain valuable experience, and broaden your skillset.

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BMO is committed to an inclusive, equitable andaccessible workplace. By learning from each other’s differences, we gainstrength through our people and our perspectives.

Accommodations are available onrequest for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

Skills Required

  • Education level: None
  • Work experience (years): None


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