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BMO Financial Group Intermediate Solution Architect in Chicago, Illinois


200 W Adams Street

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As a member of the BMO Harris Technology Strategy and Solutions team, the Intermediate Solution Architect, primarily

  • Under the guidance of a domain architect, leads end-to-end technology solutions and high-level designs for key initiatives in collaboration with other architects and in alignment with bank’s target architecture and standards for a business domain like Deposits, Cards, Lending, Channels, etc.

  • Contributes to technology strategy and roadmaps of business functional areas – deposits, cards, payments, operations, customer experience, analytics working with business and technology partners

  • Establishes as a technology solution expert in one or more of the banking domains to advise Lead Technology Officers and their business leaders in solving business problems

Requires Skillset:

  • Intermediate Solution architect, who works with other architects including enterprise architects, leads with all aspects solution architecture and design of a project in alignment with the bank’s target architecture and standards

  • Intermediate Solution Architect with the following experience:

  • Previous Development experience (Cloud, DevOps, Agile)

  • Experience with services management (APIs, REST, Web API, message-based/event-based architecture) development, integration and deployment

  • Enterprise-level Application Architecture

  • Strong application security/infrastructure, & deployment exposure

  • Data placement and data integration background

  • Able to relate to end-to-end business processes into solutions with a goal of simplifying the business process and improving UX

  • All aspects of solution function/data placement, end to end design & integration oversight,

  • Multi-vendor integration design including infrastructure experience

  • API, digital/mobile architecture experience

  • AI, Insights, Automation experience

  • Technical facilitator bringing various technology groups and vendors for solution design and execution to meet project timeline but keeping strategic focus

  • Document solution proposals (e.g. solution options sequence diagrams, conceptual diagrams) to get agreement from Security, Infrastructure, Enterprise Architecture, etc.

  • Resolve issues as they arise

  • Produce project-level and program-level technical documentations (solution options, solution architecture, high-level end-to-end design flow) collaborating with other technical leads

  • Assists with and contributes to function area-specific target architecture, transition architectures, and technology roadmap

  • Leads or assist with new technology evaluation against BMO target architecture and standards to solve business problems

  • Ability to learn/internalize existing information to assist several projects effectively and immediately

  • Strong written / verbal communication skills and comfortable interacting with developers all the way up to the “C” level

  • Banking solution experience is desirable

Addition Info:

  • The person will be working on multiple projects (2 to 3) at the same time in different functional areas of the Bank (e.g., Channels, Sales/Marketing/CRM, Commercial Lending, Collections) under the guidance of a Senior Architect

  • 10 years of IT experience with minimum 6 years of solution architecture experience

  • University degree

Typical Day-to-Day Activities

  • Coordinate cross-team communication and facilitate reviewing of technical issues for the technical governance forums. Lead socialization of the technical decisions with the project team.

  • Facilitate and lead resolution of all technical issues on the project/program by establishing strong working relationships with the business, operations and other technology team members

  • Identify and communicate risks (business, application, technical) associated with component or application implementation.

  • Participate in evaluating multiple solution design options, working with a multi-disciplined team to design integrated solution architecture across application areas and helping the project adhere to Enterprise standards

  • Document solutions using bank’s standard template

  • Document high-level design and hand-off work to next group in the development pipeline

Example Work & Projects:

  • Help extending existing target architecture and develop transition state solution architecture for customer data

  • Drive Digital Architecture for Deposits, or for Retail products

  • Drive cross-product cross-channel customer experience integration architecture retail or commercial customers

  • Drive the platform application architecture of a new loan origination platform

  • Drive payment process automation solution in backend payment processing (ACH, Check Processing, Lockbox processing)

  • Drive various aspects of Collections solution being part of the core architecture team responsible for enterprise-wide collections solution

  • Drive and document solution for risk underwriting and credit risk auto-decisioning integration

  • Drive target architecture and roadmap for various banking capabilities

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At BMO Harris Bank we are driven by a shared Purpose: Boldly Grow the Good in business and life. It calls on us to create lasting, positive change for our customers, our communities and our people. By working together, innovating and pushing boundaries, we transform lives and businesses, and power economic growth around the world.

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.

BMO Financial GroupServing customers for 200 years and counting, BMO is a highly diversified financial services provider – the 8th largest bank, by assets, in North America. With total assets of $728 billion as of October 31, 2018, and a team of diverse and highly engaged employees, BMO provides a broad range of personal and commercial banking, wealth management and investment banking products and services to more than 12 million customers and conducts business through three operating groups: Personal and Commercial Banking, BMO Wealth Management and BMO Capital Markets.We serve Canadian clients through BMO Bank of Montreal®, our personal and commercial banking business, BMO Nesbitt Burns®*, one of Canada's leading wealth management firms, and BMO Capital Markets™, our North American investment and corporate banking division.In the United States, clients are served through BMO Harris Bank, a major U.S. Midwest personal and commercial bank, and BMO Private Bank, with wealth management offices across the United States, as well as BMO Capital Markets™, our North American investment and corporate banking division.We help our customers make money make sense by delivering the broadest range of financial services through a single point of contact. Our financial service professionals provide access to any services our customers require across the entire enterprise.