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BMO Financial Group Analyst-Underwriting/Portfolio Asset Based Lending in Chicago, Illinois

Position responsibilities primarily include (i) screening prospects for credit worthiness for booking an Asset Based secured loan, (2) managing a portfolio of asset based borrowers, starting with more deal participations and advancing over time to more challenging borrower structures, and (3) working within a team environment underwriting new Asset Based transactions, which includes modeling/ financial skills, analyzing a borrower’s past performance and be able to make assumptions on future performance, writing skills and attention to detail in understanding and documenting with a credit memo a borrower’s business profile, competitive dynamics, and a business’ risks and mitigations. Maintains and promotes a client service environment to satisfy and exceed customer needs and expectations. This role will make credit decisions and recommendations in accordance with sound credit-granting principles and in compliance with Bank Policies & Procedures.


  • Typically 1-3 years of relevant experience

  • Technical proficiency gained through education and/or business experience.

  • TecVerbal & written communication skills - In-depth.

  • Collaboration & team skills - In-depth.

Areas of responsibility:

  • Recommends credit according to sound credit-granting principles.

  • Evaluates clients’ ability to repay loans and consults on loan structure and collateral.

  • Identifies trends in client activities which may be predictive of deteriorating credit quality.

  • Performs periodic reviews of credit where more frequent monitoring may be appropriate.

  • Grants loan requests within specified limits, using understanding of credit scoring and risk management concepts.

  • Monitors covenants of clients within assigned portfolio to identify deteriorating credit conditions and compliance with loan agreement.

  • Provides accurate financial analysis and risk assessment of new and existing customers.

  • Partners with internal stakeholders for accurate, detailed client information.

  • Develops credit information to make lending decisions on new, renewal and extension loans.

  • Assists in negotiations of terms and conditions of all decisions made via phone and e-mail interaction with clients.

  • Prepares summary, present facts and offer opinions concerning credit worthiness.

  • Minimizes BMO’s risk exposure by adhering to internal credit policies and procedures with respect to lending decisions.

  • Builds effective relationships with internal/external stakeholders.

  • May participate in on-site client visits with other internal stakeholders.

  • Maintains and promotes a customer service environment which meets and exceeds customer needs and expectations.

  • Focus is primarily on business/group within BMO; may have broader, enterprise-wide focus.

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

  • Works independently on a range of complex tasks, which may include unique situations.

  • Broader work or accountabilities may be assigned as needed.

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