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BMO Financial Group Lead Data Scientist in Chicago, Illinois


Lead Data Scientist works with business partners around the enterprise to lead the design, development, and implementation of analytics/machine learning solutions that drive measurable business outcomes and create a distinctive customer experience. In this role, you will lead and engage business partners to dissect business problems, conduct research and analysis, generate ideas, structure data and building end-to-end statistical and machine-learning solutions.

This is an exciting opportunity that is on the forefront of a critical enterprise capability and priority for the bank. As a change agent, you will be providing thought leadership to the enterprise on the value of data, analytics and machine learning and get to work with lines of business across the bank to help them achieve their objectives.

This role would be attractive for data scientists who have experience with big data analytics on large volumes and wide varieties of structured and unstructured data, and are looking to gain a wide exposure to problems in the financial industry.


  • Supportbusiness partners and advocate the benefits of advanced analytic and machinelearning, work collaboratively to define analytical solutions for prioritybusiness problems

  • Participatein brainstorming sessions and workshops to capture business objectives andprioritize opportunities

  • Translatebusiness objectives into high quality analytical and machine learning-based end-to-endsolutions that are innovative and drive real business outcomes

  • Building high quality analytic solutions thatare intuitive for senior audiences, simple to maintain, and drive real businessoutcomes

  • Responsiblefor the design, development, and implementation of innovative analyticalsolutions, including but not limited to:

  • Data cleansing, statistical transformation,feature engineering & selection

  • Predictive modelling techniques such assupervised/unsupervised learning, network analysis, optimization & naturallanguage processing

  • Visualize & build storyboards on modeloutputs and insights

  • Model production/deployment and performanceassessment

  • Contributeto enterprise data and analytics strategy and champion adoption of enterpriseanalytics capabilities, including “big data” platforms and open source tools




  • Possessesa graduate university degree in mathematics, statistics, engineering and/or physics,(PhD preferred) or 5years of experience in advanced analytics,finance and/or consulting

  • Advancedskills in Python/R, SQL and Spark

  • Experienceusing a wide range of analytical techniques: e.g. supervised learning,clustering, natural language processing (NLP), recommender engines, time seriesanalysis, A/B testing, network/link analysis, sentiment analysis and datavisualization


  • Exhibitsadvanced critical thinking skills, integrative skills and creativity to driveinnovation

  • Demonstratesability to build a good fact base, apply sound reasoning, and generate relevantrecommendations that get implemented and lead to business success

  • Able towork highly independently and manage multiple priorities in an agile fast pacedenvironment

  • Demonstratessolid communication skills (both written and verbal) and relationshipmanagement skills at a senior management level

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At BMO Harris Bank we have a shared purpose; we put the customer at the center of everything we do – helping people is in our DNA. For 200 years we have thought about the future—the future of our customers, our communities and our people. We help our customers and our communities by working together, innovating and pushing boundaries to bring them our very best every day. Together we’re changing the way people think about a bank.

As a member of the BMO Harris Bank 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 Harris Bank 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. BMO Harris Bank N.A. is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. To request accommodation, please contact your recruiter.


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Business Analytics & Reporting

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Primary Location:

United States-Illinois-Chicago