Associate Project Manager
BMO
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
4d ago

Key Accountabilities :

  • Has end to end accountability for the successful completion of the program / project. Directs and coordinates team members in creation of program / project deliverables.
  • Works with HR and Communications stakeholders to drive change, talent, and communications planning.

  • Possesses an understanding of a least 1 LOB, and directs sub-project managers, business and technology resources, user groups, internal and external consultants, and contractors and vendors.
  • Rigorously manages project scope to ensure commitments are achieved within agreed on time, cost, and quality parameters, with an enterprise perspective.
  • Ensures end results are of the highest caliber with a clearly articulated scope and quantifiable business benefit, and oversees governance controls to ensure that projects / programs meet all the performance, quality and compliance standards and conforms to appropriate methodology.
  • Identifies and tracks project risk and develops mitigation plans to manage risk (i.e. risk related to technology, change management, procurement, business process management, requirements management).
  • Supports project management activities following BMO’s project management methodology and practices.
  • Reports administrative and financial metrics back to Business Sponsors and related stakeholders to ensure transparency and accountability.
  • Establishes effective project or program oversight and other governance bodies, and engages the appropriate stakeholders to support the direction of the project or program and enable superior customer experience.
  • Contributes to the development of the seed funding request by ensuring project scope and benefits are clearly articulated and risks are identified.
  • Works in close partnership with Finance and key stakeholders for monthly reporting requirements (i.e. Finance, compliance, Status, Issues Management).
  • Manages and / or validate financial forecasts and provide on-going reconciliation of resources and other related project expenses.
  • Develops an understanding of organizational complexity to interact and engage with the appropriate matrix areas for the construction and delivery of the solution.
  • Develops innovative approaches to create solutions to resolve problems and significant issues within the project’s mandate.
  • Identifies, develops, and / or promotes best practices and applies learnings from the more fluid parts of the business.
  • Develops and recommends productivity aids in all aspects of assignments to accelerate delivery.
  • Seeks to integrate digital methods for agile, rapid prototyping, and for customer involvement.
  • Supports the execution of key improvement initiatives using data-driven insights to deliver positive financial and customer outcomes.
  • Continuously improves program / project processes in order to ensure the best possible deliverable outcome to improve overall efficiency and improve the bank.
  • Closes project or program spending accounts upon project closure
  • Identifies opportunities to strengthen the capability at BMO, such as : sharing expertise to promote technical development, mentoring employees, building communities of practice and networks across technology.
  • Stays abreast of industry technical and business trends through participation in professional associations, practice communities & individual learning
  • Core Knowledge :

  • Generally 2-5 years of work experience in IT or business environment and / or B.S. / B.A. in computer science, engineering, information systems, math or business
  • Experience in managing at least two projects of significant complexity and low value ($250K-$1MM) with low to moderate risk
  • Advanced level of knowledge in domain
  • Core project management skills including multiple aspects of the PMBOK (i.e. Project Management Institute's PM Body of Knowledge).
  • Knowledge and expertise in the use of project management methodologies and tools (e.g. Clarity, MS Project, SharePoint repositories, Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) if applicable).
  • Knowledge of waterfall and agile methodologies.
  • Sound business supported by previous technical experience.
  • Possesses relationship management and consulting skills.
  • Possesses solid presentation, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Possesses expert analytical and problem-solving skills, with ability to analyze a component or components of a process to optimize system functionality.
  • Possesses change management skills, including identifying people, processes, and technology implications to various end users / stakeholders and designing the change and implementation plan.
  • Able to identify and / or recommend opportunities create / contribute to tactical and strategic vision.
  • Able to deal with complex business or technical issues and make appropriate trade-offs / escalations as required, while maintaining an overall project or program perspective
  • Able to translate technology issues into business terminology and visa-versa
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