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BMO Financial Group Litigation Team Lead in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

The Litigation Team Leader will support the Default Specialists in identifying, monitoring, and recommending action on potential default loans to prevent charge-offs and mitigate loss, in accordance with bank policies and applicable state/provincial and federal law. The Litigation Team Leader is also directly responsible for collecting, processing and disposition of defaulted and non-performing loans. The timely processing of these accounts is critical to a healthy Bank balance sheet. Areas of Default Servicing include: Bankruptcy, Charge-off, Probate, Foreclosure, Gain/Loss, Insurance, Litigation, and Taxes. The Default Specialist will complete other related duties as assigned.

  • In-depth knowledge of Legal process for Foreclosure, Bankruptcy or Litigation. Must be able to handle complex situations related to these areas such as counter-suits. Must comply with all Regulatory guidelines in these areas.

  • Ability to read and comprehend pertinent default-related documents (title reports, litigation and bankruptcy documents, etc.)

  • Working knowledge of procedures, laws and latest regulations in applicable states, related to bankruptcy, litigation and repossession

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Ability and willingness to work in a team environment

  • Keen analytical skills, attention to detail and ability to work independently

  • Strong and decisive problem solver

  • Ability to work effectively in a fast paced and stressful environment

  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize workload and meet deadlines

  • Strong PC skills to perform duties

  • Ability to communicate and interface with several lines of business to ensure the business needs are met.

  • Develop rapport and instil confidence with the team in order to develop credibility and earn their trust as a Team Leader.

  • Provide advice and guidance to assigned business/group on implementation of solutions.

  • Support the execution of strategic initiatives in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders.

  • Develop action plans and solutions to maximize recovery and safeguard the Bank’s interests.

  • Establish expertise with Transportation Finance personnel as a key support contact/resource/coach with proficiency and tools to assist departments in achieving goals.

  • Review accounts and analyze data and information to determine the probability of litigation; provide insight and recommendations.

  • Gather and format data into regular and ad-hoc reports, and dashboards.

  • Escalate complex or unresolved customer situations to manager as required.

  • Lead/participate in the design, implementation and management of core business/group processes.

  • Support the development and promotion of a business/group program.

  • Identify business needs, design/develop tools and training programs; may include delivery of training to audiences.

  • Follow documented policies and procedures to execute transactions, activities and processes.

  • Maintain current knowledge of collections strategies, practices, and trends and integrates into team conversations in a professional manner.

  • Develop and maintain awareness of industry trends and best practices and the regulatory environment as it relates to collections products and services.

  • Exercises judgment to identify, diagnose, and solve problems within given rules.

  • Broader work or accountabilities may be assigned as needed.


  • Typically between 3 - 5 years of relevant experience and post-secondary degree in related field of study or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Knowledge of federal, state/provincial and local laws pertaining to Commercial Collections and functional area - Good.

  • Knowledge of BMO products and services - Good.

  • Knowledge of competitive marketplace and trends in product offerings.

  • Specialized knowledge from education and/or business experience.

  • Verbal & written communication skills - In-depth.

  • Collaboration & team skills - In-depth.

  • Analytical and problem solving skills - In-depth.

  • Influence skills - In-depth.

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