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BMO Financial Group Release Manager in Toronto, Ontario


Do you have experience running high profile implementations of multiple projects in an integrated fashion? Are you an excellent communicator, have the ability to deal with conflicting priorities, and have experience finalizing integrated implementation plans and running playbooks?

Needs to interface and communicate with project managers, test managers, development managers, IT operations, on a regular basis from initial planning through deployment.

Must have the confidence to manage up and provide reporting as well as meeting updates to senior IT management and line of business.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Facilitating cross-department coordination of release management functions, including running high profile implementations of multiple projects in an integrated fashion

  • Managing complexity across business value, technology, and interaction models.

  • Possessing a deep understanding and problem solving ability of IT of various scale, degree and dimension of complexity

  • Anticipates and reduces complexity for others.

  • Liaises with stakeholders to understand problems and opportunities, and recommends solutions to enable the organization to meet its goals

  • Analyzing data and creates documents and plans in service of informing, advising, or updating stakeholders

  • Tracking an enterprise-wide release calendar

  • Measuring release cadence and effectiveness using common metrics across the entire portfolio

  • Recommending approaches to streamline and integrate technological processes in the organization to improve overall efficiency

  • Supporting the execution of key improvement initiatives using data-driven insights to deliver positive financial and customer outcomes.

  • Developing, recommending and employing productivity aids in all aspects of assignments to accelerate delivery.

  • Understanding the scope of complexity that exists across business value, technology, and interaction models.

  • Identifying 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.

  • Staying abreast of industry technical and business trends through participation in professional associations, practice communities & individual learning

Also contributing to:

  • Development of common strategies for release governance across multiple departments.

  • Consistent release management processes.

  • Common standards and formats for release playbooks and standardizing release decision-making.

  • Common mechanisms for rollback and standards for capturing release-related performance indicators.

Success at BMO is driven by our focus on customers, effective financial management and risk & control as well as living Being BMO every day. The following statements for customer, financial, risk and change/improve apply to every job.


  • Creates & operates stable, optimized, and efficient solutions in consideration of the customer experience and business strategies.

  • Embraces and works effectively in a strong customer-centric team-oriented environment


  • Meets our financial objectives

  • Runs an efficient and effective technology function which uses common assets, reduces ongoing costs and increases service level performance


  • Promotes a strong risk management culture

  • Establishes appropriate mitigating controls and assesses the effectiveness of these controls


  • Continuously learns and makes changes that improve personal and team effectiveness

  • Makes recommendations to improve BMO processes and systems

Provides analysis and reporting services in support of LOB and Enterprise

  • Core: Liaises with stakeholders to understand problems and opportunities and recommends solutions to enable the organization to meet its goals. Builds exceptional relationships with business partners and T&O colleagues. Analyzes data and creates documents and plans in service of informing, advising, or updating stakeholders. Ensures the requirements map to a real business need, are approved by all relevant stakeholders, and meets essential quality standards. Participates in reviews or inspections, in collaboration with the project team, to ensure the quality of work products.


Core Knowledge:

  • Generally 4-7 years of work experience in IT or business environment and/or B.S./B.A. in computer science, engineering, information systems, math or business

  • Possesses analytical skills with the ability to collect, organize, analyze, and disseminate significant amounts of information with attention to detail and accuracy.

  • Possesses the ability to create/contribute to tactical and strategic vision.

  • Understands complete Software Development Life Cycle and can apply the applicable portions of the ‘Feasibility,’ ‘Requirements,” and ‘Analysis’ phases.

  • Demonstrates writing and documentation skills.

  • Understands and can explain to others the core processes involved in their area of support

  • Remains alert to new techniques for insights, analytics, and data visualization, and thinks about new ways of applying them.

We’re here to help

At BMO we have a shared purpose; we put the customer at the centre 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 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 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. 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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