BMO Financial Group Team Lead in Quebec, Canada


Permanent position

Schedule:Monday to Friday from 9:30am to 6pm. Will include some statutory days

Location: Place Bonaventure, 800 de la Gauchetière W., Montréal

Department: Foreign Exchange & Money Market (FXMM)


Coordinate and oversee the work flow and activities of the FX & MM Accounting team, including assigning work, regularly reviewing output, providing input to employee performance reviews, training and problem resolution. Assist the manager in ensuring volume goals, turnaround times and quality expectations are met, while maintaining strict adherence to control procedures and compliance regulations. Resolve operational errors; recommend appropriate solution. Fulfill routine and frequently non-routine transactions, internal business partner and/or external customer inquiries/ requests, and/or audit/ reconciliation activities. Analyze and resolve complex issues efficiently and effectively in accordance with Bank and industry standards, focusing on a six- to twelve-month time horizon. Act as primary back-up to team members, support to the FX Settlement team and as back-up to the manager. Recommend/ implement process improvements.


  1. Product & Process
  • Manage and monitor a complex portfolio of work representing a significant amount of risk.

  • Provide information for regulatory reporting and audit queries, as required

  • Follow Bank Accounting Policies security and safeguarding procedures and apply appropriate due diligence in accordance with Bank policy for the prevention of loss or erroneous financial reporting

  • Adhere strictly toBMO and BMO Harris Banks Finance Standard Policies

  • Acts as a subject matter expert for Foreign Exchange and Money Market accounting

  • Interacts with Capital Markets Finance and various level of internal and external Auditors

  • Assist the manager by performing activities such as coordination and scheduling of work, resource forecasting, quality control, training, team coaching and guidance, research and problem resolution.

  • Act as back-up in the manager’s absence and as primary back-up to team members in the event of absence or vacancy.Act as the back up to the Manager, FX Settlement

  • Process and/or fulfill transactions, settlements, audit/ reconciliation activities and/or other activities in accordance with established priorities and deadlines on a timely, accurate and efficient basis.

  • Resolve discrepancies/ exceptions that deal with non-routine, complex situations, referred from other team members.

  • Investigate and resolve or make recommendations to the manager on complex, non-routine issues relating to internal business partner and/or external customer inquiries or requests, business process efficiency and quality control within existing procedures.

  • Approve (i.e., “release”) and/or resolve escalated work or issues from more junior staff.

  • Manage and resolve day-to-day issues specific to area(s) of expertise, including resolving complex internal business partner and/or external customer issues; escalate more complex issues to the manager, if necessary, with recommendations for resolution.

  • Coordinate and schedule work flow, including approving transactions, and act as the main escalation point for business challenges, as delegated.

  • Assign work accordingly to team/ staff members, ensure adequate work flow and meet various cut-off times during the day, as delegated.

  • Provide guidance and support to related business units regarding procedures for area(s) of expertise.

  • Build productive relationships within the line of business (LOB) and other functions through responsiveness and support. Proactively work with others (i.e., on own team, shared service centre, other operational areas, or with the internal business partner and/or external customer) to ensure delivery of timely, quality and efficient fulfillment activities.

  • Provide advice to internal business partners and peers to support the completion of a process or activity within established procedures.

  • Provide input and analysis into the continuous improvement of business processes and procedures within the scope of the work team, and participate in the planning, testing and implementation of projects and new/ revised products/ services or processes.

B. Risk & Control

  • Escalate issues that require resolution by the manager

  • Identify potential risk situations/ impacts, and make recommendations or escalate to the manager, and ensure contingency plans exist.

  • Review transactions and requests for compliance with regulatory and Bank requirements, as required.

  • Monitor production logs and schedules to ensure key controls are followed and exceptions are actively pursued; escalate to the manager as appropriate.

  • Provide information for regulatory reporting and audit queries.

  • Ensure all appropriate authorizations/ approvals are obtained in accordance with policies and controls.

  • Develop, document and maintain standards, processes and controls in area(s) of expertise in order to minimize loss/ risk, ensure all regulatory requirements are met, and safeguard the assets of the Bank.

  • Understand risks inherent in area(s) of expertise and take appropriate actions, including accuracy and safeguarding of all documentation and any other requirements to ensure operational integrity is maintained within the business.

  • Ensure adherence to all aspects of First Principles, Our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics Corporate Policy, as well as all applicable legislation, regulatory rules and requirements, and Bank standards, policies and procedures (P&Ps) for such things as potential conflicts of interest, safeguarding of customer information, trading in securities, anti-money laundering, privacy and disclosure of outside business activities.

  • Ensure strict confidentiality is maintained for both customer and Bank information to protect the customer and the Bank and to ensure compliance with Bank P&Ps.

  • Follow security and safeguarding procedures and apply appropriate due diligence in accordance with Bank policy for the prevention of loss due to such things as fraud or defalcation.

  • Contribute to the management of risk and minimize losses through monitoring and controlling various reports and taking appropriate action, ensuring compliance requirements, audits and verifications are completed in accordance with Bank P&Ps.

C. Business Performance Management

  • Monitor service delivery performance, production processes and quality, providing reports to the manager for the purpose of optimizing operational effectiveness.

  • Provide coaching and training to team members in area(s) of expertise, and provide feedback to the manager on gaps and opportunities. Provide input on employee performance to the manager.

  • Deliver exceptional customer service that builds trust through responsive, accurate, consistent, knowledgeable and available services and support.

  • Align individual performance goals to team and organizational goals.

  • Demonstrate behaviours that are consistent with “Our Way” model and aligned with BMO values.



  • University degree (BCOM in Finance, Audit or Accounting preferable)

  • 5 years of banking experience

  • Accounting background an asset

  • Experience in management

  • Solid understanding of the business unit’s risk and regulatory requirements

  • Solid knowledge of process and/or project management

  • Solid understanding of internal business partner’s business, services and organization


  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills

  • Strong computer literacy, with an ability to leverage technology associated with the job

  • Strong organizational skills and attention to details

  • Strong coaching, mentoring and training skills

  • Strong conflict management/ resolution skills

  • Strong presentation, written and oral communication skills in English

  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment

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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