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BMO Financial Group Sr Solutions & Change Lead and Portfolio Manager in Chicago, Illinois

Develops, promotes, maintains & manages designated Human Resources (HR) solutions, performing periodic reviews, analyzing solution outcomes, providing insights and making recommendations for enhancements/changes as required. Ensures the effective & efficient execution of all HR solution components, including ensuring change management & communications are in place for any enhancements/changes and mitigating any risk. Provides people, process and changes expertise in collaboration with HR Centres of Expertise (COE) partners in the design, development, management and implementation of assigned HR solutions from business case development through to execution.

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

  • Makes recommendations to senior leaders (Functional Leaders & Groups Heads) 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.

  • Influences and negotiates to achieve business objectives.

  • Assists in the development of strategic plans.

  • Identifies emerging issues and trends to inform decision-making.

  • Develops the business case by identifying needs, analysing potential options and assessing expected return on investment.

  • Owns the HR product / solution which may impact multiple LOBs and/or BMO overall.

  • Conducts independent analysis and assessment to resolve strategic issues.

  • Manages multiple HR solutions simultaneously and resolves conflicting priorities.

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

  • Acts as a relationship manager on assigned HR solutions and confirms alignment to overall enterprise and group goals.

  • Builds effective relationships with internal/external stakeholders.

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

  • Designs and produces regular and ad-hoc reports, and dashboards.

  • Leads change management programs of varying scope and type, including readiness assessments, planning, stakeholder management, execution, evaluation and sustainment of initiatives.

  • Leads the development of the communication strategy focusing on positively influencing or changing behaviour.

  • 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.

  • Leads the execution of operational programs; assesses and adapts as needed to ensure quality of execution.

  • Oversees HR solution activities to ensure deadlines are met and delivered as scheduled.

  • Leads/oversees the management of vendor relationships and provides guidelines for execution; ensures that all agreements are met as per requirements.

  • Plans and controls unit operating expenses in accordance with forecasts.

  • Develops and manages comprehensive information management systems; designs and/or leads initiatives to improve processes, analysis and reporting.

  • Collaborates with the HR Business Partner (HRBP) teams and the COEs to empower and enable the HRBP teams to deliver best-in-class strategy execution.

  • Develops HR solutions by leveraging COE frameworks and makes recommendations based on an understanding of Human Resources, business strategy and stakeholder needs analysis.

  • Participates in HR solution design with COE partners and provides organizational development, strategic project management, change management advice & HR subject matter expertise to achieve required business results.

  • Conducts analysis required to inform strategic recommendations and considers the “big picture” when assessing whether 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 HR solutions.

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

  • Monitors and tracks performance and address any issues.

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

  • Works on HR solutions of 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.

  • Executes work to deliver timely, accurate, and efficient service.

  • 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.

  • Program/project management skills – In-depth / Expert.

  • Organizational Development skills – In-depth / Expert.

  • 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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