• Director, Strategic Initiatives

    BMO Financial GroupChicago, IL 60684

    Job #1688115758

  • Address:

    111 W Monroe - 115 S LaSalle

    Job Family Group:

    Customer Solutions

    Provides expertise in the design, development, management and implementation of assigned projects from business case development through to execution. Works across BMO to deliver specific project/program results in alignment with overall group goals.

    • Provides strategic input into business decisions as a trusted advisor.

    • Makes recommendations to senior leaders on strategy and new initiatives, based on an in-depth understanding of the business/group.

    • Acts as a subject matter expert on relevant regulations and policies.

    • May network with industry contacts to gain competitive insights and best practices.

    • Manages multiple programs/projects simultaneously and resolves conflicting priorities.

    • Keeps stakeholders informed of messages, recommendations, decisions, process and progress.

    • Defines business requirements for analytics & reporting to ensure data insights inform business decision making.

    • Develops and applies the framework for databases; oversees database management in adherence with data governance standards.

    • Collaborates across BMO to develop communications strategies and ensure consistency of messaging, in order to positively influence or change behaviour.

    • Leads the execution of strategic initiatives; assesses and adapts as needed to ensure quality of execution.

    • Acts as a relationship manager on assigned projects/programs and ensures alignment to overall enterprise and group goals.

    • Participates in project/program design and provides advice & subject matter expertise to achieve required business results.

    • Leads/participates in development and implementation of strategic initiatives to include, but not limited to new business opportunities and product/service development.

    • Conducts analysis required to inform strategic recommendations and considers the "big picture" when assessing whether or not a course of action is advisable in terms of the group and enterprise goals.

    • Collaborates with internal & external stakeholders to provide business context in the design, develop and implementation of programs & solutions.

    • Breaks down strategic problems, and analyses data and information to provide insights and recommendations.

    • Monitors and tracks performance, and addresses any issues.

    • Builds change management plans of varying scope and type; leads or participates in a variety of change management activities including readiness assessments, planning, stakeholder management, execution, evaluation and sustainment of initiatives.

    • Drives cross business/group coordination and logistical support for the implementation of change.

    • Supports development and execution of strategic initiatives in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders.

    • Works on initiatives with varied complexity, typically involving multiple stakeholders across BMO.

    • Identifies enablers and key issues prior to and during implementation, raises issues with stakeholders and offers solutions to resolve issues or risks that jeopardize delivery.

    • Operates at a group/enterprise-wide level and serves as a specialist resource to senior leaders and stakeholders.

    • Applies expertise and thinks creatively to address unique or ambiguous situations and to find solutions to problems that can be complex and non-routine.

    • Implements changes in response to shifting trends.

    • Broader work or accountabilities may be assigned as needed.


    • Typically 7+ years of relevant experience and post-secondary degree in related field of study or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

    • Broad knowledge of Bank products, services, and organization.

    • In-depth/expert knowledge of the wealth management and/or the financial industry

    • Seasoned professional with a combination of education, experience and industry knowledge.

    • Verbal & written communication skills - In-depth / Expert.

    • Analytical and problem solving skills - In-depth / Expert.

    • Influence skills - In-depth / Expert.

    • Collaboration & team skills; with a focus on cross-group collaboration - In-depth / Expert.

    • Able to manage ambiguity.

    • Data driven decision making - In-depth / Expert.

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    At BMO Harris Bank we are driven by a shared Purpose: Boldly Grow the Good in business and life. It calls on us to create lasting, positive change for our customers, our communities and our people. By working together, innovating and pushing boundaries, we transform lives and businesses, and power economic growth around the world.

    As a member of the BMO Harris Bank team you are valued, 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 our customers. We'll support you with the tools and resources you need to reach new milestones, as you help our customers reach theirs. From in-depth training and coaching, to manager support and network-building opportunities, we'll help you gain valuable experience, and broaden your skillset.

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    BMO Harris Bank is committed to an inclusive, equitable and accessible workplace. By learning from each other's differences, we gain strength through our people and our perspectives. BMO Harris Bank N.A. is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. To request accommodation, please contact your recruiter.

    BMO Financial Group Serving customers for 200 years and counting, BMO is a highly diversified financial services provider - the 8th largest bank, by assets, in North America. With total assets of $728 billion as of October 31, 2018, and a team of diverse and highly engaged employees, BMO provides a broad range of personal and commercial banking, wealth management and investment banking products and services to more than 12 million customers and conducts business through three operating groups: Personal and Commercial Banking, BMO Wealth Management and BMO Capital ~~~ serve Canadian clients through BMO Bank of Montreal®, our personal and commercial banking business, BMO Nesbitt Burns®*, one of Canada's leading wealth management firms, and BMO Capital Markets™, our North American investment and corporate banking ~~~ the United States, clients are served through BMO Harris Bank, a major U.S. Midwest personal and commercial bank, and BMO Private Bank, with wealth management offices across the United States, as well as BMO Capital Markets™, our North American investment and corporate banking ~~~ help our customers make money make sense by delivering the broadest range of financial services through a single point of contact. Our financial service professionals provide access to any services our customers require across the entire enterprise.