BMO Financial Group Human Resources Business Partner in Ontario, Canada


The Human Resources Business Partner (HRBP) acts as a trusted advisor for the designated business groups across all aspects of HR including employee relations, recruitment and staffing, compensation, talent review, organization design, resource planning, learning and career development. Reporting to the Director & HRBP, the incumbent works with leaders from the business as well as HR Centre of Expertise (COE) to define needs, provide input to the development of people strategies, lead HR colleagues to achieve the strategy and translate the impact via measureable results. The role is accountable for providing strategic advice and counsel to the Director & HRBP and other senior members of the CHRO’s direct report team relating to a range of HR matters including: strategic initiatives, issues management/escalation, building and managing talent, diversity and inclusion etc.

The role is also accountable for providing team leadership and counsel as required to the HR team.

Strategy Insights and Planning

  • Understand business strategy, plan, and activities, assess needs and barriers in order to drive business performance through development and delivery of people strategy and solutions (e.g. leadership development and gaps, succession planning, acquisitions and integrations, etc.)

  • Partner with leaders on developing short and longer term people strategies and annual goal setting process to ensure alignment to business groups strategic priorities

  • Foster and execute people related solutions aligned to enterprise priorities and plans (e.g. acquisitions, divestitures and integrations, brand promise, customer experience, risk management and compliance, etc.), by partnering with COEs

  • Provide ongoing HR consulting services to employees and leaders on HR programs, practices, policies, legislation and regulatory requirements including interpretation of policy, identification of risk, impact to the business and recommended solutions (e.g. diversity and inclusion, annual performance management compensation review process etc.).

  • Guide and influence decisions on Talent Management including succession planning (e.g. profiling candidates, identification of enterprise wide talent, diversity, workforce planning etc.)

  • Provide meaningful guidance and insights to leaders while facilitating talent roundtables and recommending action plans (e.g. forecasting talent pipeline requirements)

  • Maintain awareness of emerging trends and best practices within business group and in external environment to ensure alignment of business objectives to the people strategy

Relationship Management

  • Partner with COEs to effectively provide business context as the COE designs, develops and implements annual HR programs (e.g. performance assessment planning, talent management activities including assessment of potential and succession planning, compensation reviews, etc.)

  • Ensure a strong BMO-brand aligned approach for the business’ people related strategies; acting as liaison to positively influence and align the agendas of both the business and HR and to ensure the business context is communicated and understood by the COEs

  • Provide thoughtful and effective coaching to leaders on performance management, structural and staffing issues, including compensation, organization design, employee engagement and overall organizational effectiveness

  • Coach leaders to manage and maximize the skills/capabilities of their team members to create an environment of high performance and openness

  • Proactively identify partnership opportunities to foster effective relationships between business and broader HR community (e.g. monthly update meetings, cross functional project teams, Town Halls, etc.)

Data Analysis, Processes and Systems

  • Interpret and analyze management information and data to assist in making appropriate business decisions based on HR metrics and trends for business unit

  • Guide HRBPs and COEs to ensure that business context (both internal and external) is applied to data analysis

  • Drive workforce planning strategy in partnership with senior leaders, Workforce Solutions, Management Information and Strategic Workforce planning teams by proactively identifying resourcing issues and making recommendations based on predictive modelling and analytics (e.g. monitoring FTE levels, forecasting contingent and global resourcing talent)

  • Advocate the use of BMO HR systems (e.g. myHR) to employees and managers to keep accurate data in the system

Change Management

  • Act as Project lead on people change initiatives and/or point of escalation for unresolved issues requiring alignment to resolution

  • Anticipate people specific needs that drive business strategies forward

  • Challenge the status quo in order to continuously add business value

  • Turn ambiguous problems/blank pages into structured approaches and structured create change plan

Risk Management

  • Be a steward of BMO’s risk culture

  • Understand BMO’s risk management framework

  • Apply governance to Bank policies and procedures, government legislation and regulatory requirements across various jurisdictions (e.g. FLSA)

  • Engage Employee Relations to advise/guide leaders on difficult/complex ER matters (harassment, fraud, discrimination, termination)

  • Comply with audit processes

  • Adhere to policy and procedure documentation controls

People Management

  • Not formal people management but incumbent might act as a leader, role model, coach, and mentor to HR BP team

  • Second in command to Director & HRBP



  • University degree/ college diploma

  • Certified Human Resources Professional designation or equivalent completed preferred

  • Minimum 7 years of progressively responsible and related experience in Human Resources including Performance Management, Talent Management, Learning and Development, Organization Design, Compensation principles as well as policies and related legislation

  • Experience working in the financial services industry is an asset

  • Advanced knowledge of business strategy and financial acumen to align both business objectives and HR strategies with corporate goals to maximize shareholder value


  • Advanced relationship management and consulting skills

  • Ability to earn the trust/respect of the business groups and leaders team

  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of use of the HR processes and HR practices

  • Advanced presentation, written and verbal communication skills which bring clarity and precision at various decision-making meetings

  • Advanced problem-solving and critical-thinking skills

  • Ability to effectively influence at a senior level

  • Ability to lead and facilitate critical discussions ( e.g. leadership performance calibration, leadership talent roundtable)

  • Able to deal with ambiguity, amongst multiple projects and competing priorities

  • Strong diagnosis skills followed by good ability to evaluate options/alternatives and develop solutions/recommendations for solutions to complex and multi-dimensional problems/issues

  • Strong project management skills and effective execution skills to ensure successful delivery/implementation of special initiatives, processes and policies

  • Strong technical skills including: Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Word

At our company, we have been helping our customers and communities for over 195 years. Working with us means being part of a team of talented and passionate individuals with a shared focus on working together to deliver great customer experiences. We stand behind your success with the support you need to turn your potential into performance.

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BMO Financial Group is committed to an inclusive, equitable and accessible workplace. By embracing diversity, we gain strength through our people and our perspectives. We welcome and encourage applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

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