The Corporate Finance Team at BMO Harris needs a Senior Project Manager with strong Business and technical PM experience. This is a 12 month duration contract to start, and will likely be extended another 12 months after that. There will be up to 7 projects that this person will be handling.
Location: Naperville or Chicago (they are flexible, but the candidate must be on-site 5 days a week at either location)
Line of business: Corporate Finance
High visibility project within the bank. This person will have exposure and interaction with senior management.
What are the top skills/qualifications needed and how many years of experience:
* Project Management experience (10+ years)
* PM experience specifically within Banking and/or Financial Services
* PMP - This is a plus (not required, but it is something they will take into consideration)
* Experience working with high-end stakeholders
* Experience with regulatory and/or financial reporting projects
Technologies they will be using day to day:
* MS Office - Outlook and MS project
Soft skills/personality fit:
* Strong Leadership
* Good communication/presentation skills
* Ability to drive a diverse and distributed team
* Working closely with multiple stakeholders
* Spending time interacting with project team to drive the work for the project plan
* Escalating and resolving issues with the additional stakeholders as necessary
* Planning and managing communication with key stakeholders
Summary: Responsible for establishing and directing IT and Business projects which have been initiated by the Accountable Executive. These include (but are not limited to) launching new products and services, large-scale application development, systems integration, business acquisition and integration, operational efficiency improvements, process re-engineering, and infrastructure upgrades and deployment. Such strategic projects are often highly complex and large-scale in nature, spanning multiple functions and/or business groups. The Senior Project Manager holds the primary project relationship with senior executives and ensures that a successful business outcome is the prime measure of success.
He doesn't want just a 'Do-er' type of PM who will say 'okay, I'll get this done within budget and timelines' he wants a combination of a do-er and and someone that can take unrealistic expectations from the business and challenge them as well as present options to them. They want someone who is action-oriented and thinks logically. He doesn't necessarily want a people-pleaser, he wants someone who can provide different directions that maybe the business didn't necessarily think of initially and 'walk them off the ledge'
Job Responsibilities: Directs large-scale, complex projects often involving multiple internal and external constituents and matrix partners. Accountable party for defining, planning, orchestrating, and delivering assigned strategic projects, including all business, operational and IT deliverables. Manages all aspects of the project lifecycle and works with matrix business, corporate and IT partners to oversee all phases of the project, and to ensure that related project processes are completed as required (including, as applicable, change management, process management, transition to business/operations, system development, quality management, etc.). Within the context of the assigned project, responsible for building and sustaining the day-to-day relationships and communications (including project briefings) with stakeholders at various levels of the organization, including executive level, as well as other internal and external resources. Ensures end results are of the highest caliber with a clearly articulated scope and quantifiable business benefit. Ensures there is clear linkage between the business vision/context and the project scope and objectives. Chairs regular core team and key governance forums (e.g. Steering Committees, Operating Committees, Decision Forums) to review progress with key constituents. Represents the interests of the project or program in various project governance and inter-department forums. Rigorously manages scope to ensure commitments are achieved within agreed on time, cost, and quality parameters.Defines and tracks project milestones while developing, maintaining, and reporting on an overall integrated delivery plan. Develops or ensures development of project artifacts including charter, integrated plan, resource plan, contingency plan, and related PM artifacts, while complying with applicable enterprise standards (e.g. Project Management, Risk, Audit, Compliance). Monitors and controls the project. Proposes recommendations and adjustments to the Accountable Executive and publishes periodic project status reports. Contributes to improve the best practices of the project management community within the Enterprise to help drive consistency, transparency and execution excellence on projects
Skills: Possesses a university degree and/or 5-7 years relevant work experience. Industry-specific knowledge and experience is an asset
Education/Experience: Relationship management and consulting skills. Change leadership and management skills. Ability to navigate a highly matrixed organization effectively. Stakeholder management and influencing skills. Business and technical acumen. Good presentation, written and verbal communication skills which bring clarity and precision at executive levels. Problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. Understanding of project management skills. Knowledge and expertise in the use of project management methodologies and tools.
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