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BMO Financial Group Manager, Audit & Credit Risk Initiatives - Commercial Banking in Phoenix, Arizona

As part of the NACB HQ Non-Transactional Credit Risk Initiatives team, this role will work closely with the line of business to provide oversight/coordination of Commercial Bank audit activity and various credit risk initiatives, ensuring a consistent, forward-looking approach to matters impacting NACB.

Leads assigned projects from project initiation to implementation to achieve desired business results. Ensures that a successful business outcome is the prime measure of project success including delivering projects on time, within budget, within quality standards and to the satisfaction of the project sponsor. Drives to mitigate execution risk to achieve the desired business outcomes. Understands the business/group and facilitates communication with other program/project managers and stakeholders efficiently and effectively. Directs, manages, and coordinates team members including other project managers, business and technology resources, user groups, internal and external consultants and contractors, as well as vendors and external regulatory organizations.

  • Acts as a trusted advisor to assigned business/group.

  • Demonstrates stakeholder partnership that involves effective communicating with the project sponsor; gains and builds trust and rapport.

  • Influences and negotiates to achieve business objectives.

  • Assists in the development of strategic plans.

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

  • Helps determine business priorities and best sequence for execution of business/group strategy.

  • Conducts independent analysis and assessment to resolve strategic issues.

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

  • Monitors and tracks performance, and addresses any issues.

  • Leads and/or represents the project in project team meetings, governance forums and inter-department forums.

  • Demonstrates ownership and commitment by holding themselves accountable for the identification and resolution of project problems.

  • Directs projects often within one business group involving multiple internal and external stakeholders

  • Exercises direct accountability for projects with up to 25 team members.

  • Provides guidance to the project sponsor on the implementation and sustainment of projects, resulting in successful project outcomes.

  • Manages all aspects of the project lifecycle, including business, operational and technology deliverables. Ensures all project processes are completed.

  • Ensures change management plans are developed, socialized and consistently measured to deliver the expected project benefits and adoption.

  • Executes project requirements in governance frameworks focused on risk appetite, regulatory and compliance standards.

  • Develops all related project management artifacts, while complying with applicable enterprise standards

  • Monitors and controls project deliverables. Makes recommendations and adjustments to the overall project plan to achieve deliverables,

  • Provides project sponsor with advice on the viability of the business case (costs, benefits, KPIs, etc.) throughout the project.

  • Understands project interdependencies and demonstrates critical thinking that proactively identifies project risks and establishes effective risk mitigation from the outset.

  • Adheres to Bank risk, regulatory and compliance controls.

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

  • Provides specialized consulting, analytical and technical support.

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

  • Works independently and regularly handles non-routine situations.

  • Manages/validates financial forecasts and conducts ongoing reconciliation. Negotiates contracts with external vendors (in consultation with Strategic Sourcing) to ensure receipt of specific resources and materials.

  • Manages overall project budget.

  • Broader work or accountabilities may be assigned as needed.


  • Typically between 5 - 7 years of relevant experience and post-secondary degree in related field of study or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Commercial loan analysis, underwriting, and portfolio management experience – In-depth

  • Knowledge of commercial banking systems, products and processes – In-depth

  • Basic understanding of risk management concepts specific to commercial lending

  • Prior audit experience is an asset.

  • Project management experience – 3 to 6 years.

  • Stakeholder management – In-depth

  • Deep knowledge and technical proficiency gained through extensive education and business experience.

  • Verbal & written communication skills - In-depth.

  • Collaboration & team skills - In-depth.

  • Analytical and problem solving skills - In-depth.

  • Data driven decision making - In-depth.

  • Strong interpersonal skills.

  • Ability to work under limited supervision.

  • Entrepreneurial skills – Working.

  • Judgement skills – Working.

  • Learning agility – Working.

  • Able to navigate challenging situations effectively.

  • Able to apply project management methodologies or approaches.

  • Valid PMP designation from the Project Management Institute (PMI) is an asset.

  • Able to resolve project issues effectively.

  • Influence skills - In-depth.

Compensation and Benefits:

$72,500.00 - $134,500.00

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The above represents BMO Financial Group’s pay range and type.

Salaries will vary based on factors such as location, skills, experience, education, and qualifications for the role, and may include a commission structure. Salaries for part-time roles will be pro-rated based on number of hours regularly worked. For commission roles, the salary listed above represents BMO Financial Group’s expected target for the first year in this position.

BMO Financial Group’s total compensation package will vary based on the pay type of the position and may include performance-based incentives, discretionary bonuses, as well as other perks and rewards. BMO also offers health insurance, tuition reimbursement, accident and life insurance, and retirement savings plans. To view more details of our benefits, please visit:

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