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Director, Data Solutions Architecture & Design Management

Toronto, ON
Full Time
7 days ago
100 King Street West

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The Director, Data Architecture Solutions & Design Management within DnA's CTO, will organize, lead and develop data capability and platforms centered on building a digitally enabled, future-ready bank with leading efficiency, profitability and loyalty - all powered by a winning culture.

In this role you will propel BMO's Digital First strategy forward by providing business and technology the information management leadership necessary for solutions to realize a Future Ready data and analytics ecosystem. You will Cultivate Business & Technology Alliances towards:
  • Highly data-driven business & technology stakeholders.
  • Directionally aligned Enterprise Architecture, Platform Engineering and Line of Business CDAO Data Strategies.
  • Harmonized Business Data Strategies and Technology Data Roadmaps.
  • Value-driven actionable DnA and LOB Technology Data Roadmaps.

Within the DnA Technology & Operations (T&O) team, you will collaborate across business partners to develop strategic data initiatives, internally to develop data management practices and mature data science (ML/AI) competency, and throughout the T&O organization, especially engineering and enterprise architecture practices, towards cloud-first innovation and delivery of data and analytics capability and environments.
  • Fosters a culture aligned to BMO purpose, values and strategy and role models BMO values and behaviours in all that they do.
  • Ensures alignment between values and behaviour that fosters diversity and inclusion.
  • Regularly connects work to BMO's purpose, sets inspirational goals, defines clear expected outcomes, and ensures clear accountability for follow through.
  • Builds interdependent teams that collaborate across functional and operating groups to create the highest value for all stakeholders.
  • Attracts, retains, and enables the career development of top talent.
  • Improves team performance, recognizes and rewards performance, coaches employees, supports their development, and manages poor performance.
  • Acts as a trusted advisor to senior leaders for making business decisions and implementing strategic initiatives.
  • Develops an expert understanding of business/group challenges.
  • Networks with industry contacts to gather competitive insights and best practices.
  • Works with senior leaders from various groups to provide architectural recommendations and guidance and executive-level, enterprise presentations.
  • Leads and facilitates the design of technology projects and applications.
  • Participates in planning and implementing a 3-year engineering / technical roadmaps for one or more architectural layers.
  • Participates in architecture review / Board meetings to align the organization and architecture with the enterprise business model; provides architectural direction and communicates architectural decisions, plans, goals, and strategies.
  • Delivers architectural initiatives that drive revenue and improve efficiency to align with business strategy.
  • Develops and maintains current and planned state architectural blueprints.
  • Manages resources and leads the execution of strategic initiatives to deliver on business and financial goals.
  • Acts as the prime contact for internal/external stakeholder relationships, which may include regulators.
  • Solves complex system issues/failures and helps to determine root causes and designs solutions.
  • Ensures that chosen technology is updated or replaced, as needed; understands and balances the complete lifecycle of technical choices.
  • Identifies and develops operational plans across technologies and/or across systems.
  • Ensures that the right people from across the enterprise participate in technical design and vendor selection for projects.
  • Creates and manages key architecture assets for the designated portfolio and business scope.
  • Ensures sound and robust architecture and provides sufficient guidance for the successful implementation of solutions to mitigate negative enterprise technology and budget impacts.
  • Identifies risks or issues with technology solution and design that may impact realization of project benefits, and guides and supports stakeholders in making good decisions that proactively resolve or mitigate potential project risks/delays.
  • Participates in the system specification review process to ensure system requirements can be translated into valid software architecture.
  • Identifies and researches relevant technologies, performs proofs of concept / prototypes, and recommends the applications of such technologies for future product architecture.
  • Provides input into the preparation of business case.
  • Identifies opportunities to strengthen the capability of the technology organization (e.g. sharing architectural expertise to promote technical development, mentoring employees, building communities of practice and networks).
  • Stays abreast of industry technical and business trends through participation in professional associations, practice communities, and individual learning.
  • Provides architectural expertise and domain knowledge to advise and guide senior leaders.
  • Operates at a group/enterprise-wide level and serves as a senior specialist resource across BMO.
  • Influences how teams/groups work together.
  • Applies expertise and thinks creatively to address unique or ambiguous situations and to find solutions to multiple, interdependent, complex problems.
  • Communicates abstract concepts in simple terms.
  • Fosters strong internal and external networks and works with and across multiple teams to achieve business objectives.
  • Anticipates trends and responds by implementing appropriate changes.
  • Broader work or accountabilities may be assigned as needed.
  • Business, data & technology solutions architecture
  • Large scale integration, data migration and implementation solution's architecture
  • Enterprise data & analytics cloud platform design & engineering
  • Enterprise cloud transformation
  • Enterprise data security management
  • Business and technology management/client relationship management
  • Typically 10+ years of work experience in IT or business environment and/or BSc/BA or MBA/MS in computer science, engineering, information systems, math, or business.
  • Expert knowledge of computer or network systems hardware and software theory, practice, concepts, and technologies.
  • Sufficient business knowledge to assess impact of applied technology on customer business processes.
  • Knowledge of project management methodology and its applicability to successful delivery of technical change.
  • Understands the strategic technical direction of: middleware, continuous Integration, and continuous deployment, testing, systems management, enterprise data and access layers, and pertinent styles of computing.
  • Possesses a deep understanding and problem solving ability of various complexities.
  • Expert knowledge in the techniques that go into producing designs of complex systems, including requirements discovery and analysis, formulation of solution context, identification of solution alternatives and their assessment, technology selection, and design configuration.
  • Seasoned expert with extensive industry knowledge.
  • Technical leader viewed as a thought leader for innovation.
  • Verbal & written communication skills - Expert.
  • Analytical and problem solving skills - Expert.
  • Influence skills - Expert.
  • Collaboration & team skills; with a focus on cross-group collaboration - Expert.
  • Able to manage ambiguity.
  • Data driven decision making - Expert.

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At BMO 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 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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