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BMO Financial Group Technical Lead in Toronto, Ontario


120 Bloor Street East

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Tech Lead, Channel Services Team

We’re on a mission:

Are you a technical person with innovative ideas and a passion for delivering market-leading digital customer experiences? Make your mark by helping us reimagine how we interact with our customers and create the experiences that matter to them. We’re building a team of passionate people, working collaboratively to reimagine banking for the digital age.

Why now and why BMO?

We believe our customers’ lives are changing – and we need to change with them. From day-to-day life to the moments that matter, our customers are increasingly defining success in different ways and we need to be there to help. This means meeting our customers where and how they expect to bank.

At BMO, we believe we must respond to our customers by becoming a customer experience-led, digitally-enabled bank. Driven by a deep understanding of our customers and willingness to constantly challenge the status quo, we believe we can meet the challenge before us. We also believe we have the best digital strategy in the industry and best corporate culture to deliver on our goals.


We are building platform teams, combining people with different skills and knowledge, to accelerate our customer experience. These teams will work in both Agile and Waterfall manner, in a vibrant space, and embrace the latest methods, tools, and technologies to drive innovation and change. The team will work in a cross-functional organization, empowered and have the resources and authority to drive a customer-led digital transformation. The team delivers enterprise client services to both internal applications and to external partners, built on a modern hybrid cloud platform using the latest micro-services architecture. We design, build and operate the services we own.

As a Tech Lead, Channel Services Web API Platform Team you will:

  • Report to the Senior Technical Officer, Channel Services.

  • Work within a team through the full lifecycle software development from inception to delivery, through production operations, including coding, code reviews, testing and running the software in production.

  • Help the PM or Scrum Master organize development tasks and assign tasks to developers.

  • Provide guides and support to junior/intermediate developers.

  • Design and develop applications, coordinate with the rest of the team to deliver high quality software products.

  • Collaborate with the business and technology stakeholders to drive change throughout the organization, enhancing the customer experience.

  • Develop both new applications and improve our existing ones in performance, capability, and reliability.

  • Employ best practices in utilizing a broad platform of technologies within a cloud based micro services environment.

  • Participate in code reviews, technical and project meetings

  • Enhance and maintain API governance.

  • Support API regulation, policy and standard.

What makes you a great fit? You have:

  • Passion and customer-focus which are integral to your success as your technical skills and experience.

  • Ability to think creatively but also pragmatically.

  • Bachelor or Master in computer science, engineering, information systems or math.

  • Experience (6+ years) in leading solutions for small to medium-sized projects covering review of tactical vs strategic plans, design framework and technical risk analysis consistent with Enterprise/industry standards.

  • Excellent analytic and problem solving skills

  • Good collaboration and multi-tasking capabilities

  • Strong leadership and communication skills

  • Background in banking or finance

  • High levels of self-motivation and stamina

  • Loves brainstorming, winning, and having fun

  • A focus on delivering results with benefits to the customer

  • Full software development lifecycle from Development through Production Deployment.

  • Experience with setting up high availability environments designed for 24X7 operations.

Experience and familiarity with:

  • Java EE/JEE


  • Spring and/or Spring Boot Framework

  • WAS Liberty, Tomcat and/or JBosss

  • Object-oriented methodologies and design patterns.

  • 12 Factor Application Patterns and Microservices Architecture

  • IaaS/PaaS technologies and cloud computing platforms such as Docker containers or OpenShift

  • Large-system integration patterns (e.g. ESB, SOAP/XML, JSON/RESTful Services, etc).

  • Knowledge of Swagger API Developer Tools or OAS (Open API Specification)

  • Understanding API Security Best Practices such as mutual SSL, Spring Security, SQL injection and other OWASP guidelines

  • DevOps concepts (Continuous Integration/Delivery) and tools (Git, Jira, Confluence, Bamboo, Maven, Ansible, Artifactory)

We’re here to help

At BMO 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 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 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. 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 Markets.We 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 division.In 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 division.We 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.