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Senior Manager - Employee Relations Consulting (12 month contract)

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Job Description

Application Deadline:


105-119-129 rue St-Jacques O

Job Family Group:

Human Resources

Provides expert employee relations advice and governance to an assigned portfolio to ensure that employee relations policies, practices and strategies support the business/group strategies and meet regulatory/legal requirements. Ensures that initiatives and HR solutions (programs and processes) are consistently and effectively implemented across the business groups. Supports various employee relations programs & initiatives managed internally and with vendors, including work related to acquisitions, divestitures, employment transitions, separation agreements, and outsourcing.

Note: This is a 12 month contract.
  • 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.
  • Provides strategic input into business decisions as a trusted advisor.
  • Makes recommendations to senior leaders on strategy and new initiatives, based on an in-depth understanding of the business/group.
  • Acts as a subject matter expert on relevant regulations and policies.
  • May network with industry contacts to gain competitive insights and best practices.
  • May act as a point of contact for regulators / government agencies as required
  • Influences and negotiates to achieve business objectives.
  • Identifies emerging issues and trends to inform decision-making.
  • Provides expertise related to general operating procedure interpretation, misconduct, corrective action, attendance, leaves of absence, absenteeism, performance management and addressing underperformance, interpersonal conflict, work environment, coaching, displacement with redeployment or demotion, harassment and discrimination, workplace accommodations, and adjudication.
  • Manages resources and leads the execution of strategic initiatives to deliver on business and financial goals.
  • Develops the business case by identifying needs, analysing potential options and assessing expected return on investment.
  • Acts as the prime subject matter expert for internal/external stakeholders.
  • Designs and produces regular and ad-hoc reports, and dashboards.
  • Collaborates across BMO to develop communications strategies and ensure consistency of messaging, in order to positively influence or change behaviour.
  • Builds change management plans of varying scope and type; leads or participates in a variety of change management activities including readiness assessments, planning, stakeholder management, execution, evaluation and sustainment of initiatives.
  • Leads the execution of operational programs; assesses and adapts as needed to ensure quality of execution.
  • Establishes and maintains a center of excellence for employment law providing governance and supporting activities related to regulatory and legal requirements, as required.
  • Manages high risk ER matters i.e. Legal case management, human rights & harassment investigations, workforce transformation initiatives etc. and represents the business in legal proceedings as required.
  • Reviews all documentation, performs any required negotiation and authorizes separation agreements up to the prescribed limit and commits BMO FG legally on employment law challenges.
  • Monitors legislation and manages required compliance/regulatory program activities to achieve objectives.
  • Develops employee relations solutions and makes recommendations based on an understanding of the business strategy and stakeholder needs.
  • Provides employee relations advice and guidance to assigned business/group on the implementation of solutions.
  • Educates managers on all aspects of Labor Relations management including relevant HR policies, appropriate procedures and practices, legislation and regulations and employee relations related training and learning opportunities.
  • Acts as a subject matter expert to interpret applicable regulations & policies and makes recommendations on how to resolve business issues.
  • Supports the execution of strategic initiatives in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Conducts independent analysis and assessment to resolve strategic issues.
  • Provides support for severance and reductions in force (e.g., consulting with businesses, providing templates for severance packages, producing calculations & outplacement estimates, responding to inquiries from impacted employees/managers).
  • Performs the initial intake and primary assessment for employee relations requests to determine facts, identify issues & mitigate risks.
  • Provides input into the planning & implementation of operational programs and executes within required service level agreements and standards
  • Provides governance over employee relations matters by advocating the fair and equitable treatment of employees while ensuring that employee relations practices and strategies clearly support the business/group and enterprise strategies; has the dual challenge to protect the legal and legislative rights of both employees and the organization.
  • Investigates employee complaints within area of expertise, provide solutions for resolution and ensuring that finds are documented.
  • Builds effective relationships with internal/external stakeholders.
  • Ensures alignment between stakeholders.
  • May act as the point person for key vendor relationships (Supplemental Unemployment Benefit Plan Administrator, Career Transition Services, and Unemployment Claims Management) and manage operational programs.
  • Breaks down strategic problems, and analyses data and information to provide employee relations insights (including employee transitions) and recommendations.
  • Monitors and tracks program performance, and addresses any issues.
  • Operates at a group/enterprise-wide level and serves as a specialist resource to senior leaders and stakeholders.
  • Applies expertise and thinks creatively to address unique or ambiguous situations and to find solutions to problems that can be complex and non-routine.
  • Implements changes in response to shifting trends.
  • Broader work or accountabilities may be assigned as needed.

  • Typically 7+ years of relevant experience and post-secondary degree in related field of study or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Law degree preferred.
  • Appropriate HR designation preferred.
  • Bilingualism is an asset.
  • Seasoned professional with a combination of education, experience and industry knowledge.
  • Verbal & written communication skills - In-depth / Expert.
  • Analytical and problem solving skills - In-depth / Expert.
  • Influence skills - In-depth / Expert.
  • Collaboration & team skills; with a focus on cross-group collaboration - In-depth / Expert.
  • Able to manage ambiguity.
  • Data driven decision making - In-depth / Expert.
You're fluent in French and English to support business operations outside the province of Quebec .


$84,000.00 - $156,000.00

Pay Type:


The above represents BMO Financial Group's pay range and type.

Salaries will vary based on factors such as location, skills, experience, education, and qualifications for the role, and may include a commission structure. Salaries for part-time roles will be pro-rated based on number of hours regularly worked. For commission roles, the salary listed above represents BMO Financial Group's expected target for the first year in this position.

BMO Financial Group's total compensation package will vary based on the pay type of the position and may include performance-based incentives, discretionary bonuses, as well as other perks and rewards. BMO also offers health insurance, tuition reimbursement, accident and life insurance, and retirement savings plans. To view more details of our benefits, please visit:

We're here to help

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.

To find out more visit us at .

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.

Note to Recruiters: BMO does not accept unsolicited resumes from any source other than directly from a candidate. Any unsolicited resumes sent to BMO, directly or indirectly, will be considered BMO property. BMO will not pay a fee for any placement resulting from the receipt of an unsolicited resume. A recruiting agency must first have a valid, written and fully executed agency agreement contract for service to submit resumes.

About BMO

THERE’S NEVER BEEN A BETTER TIME TO BE PART OF BMO. We’ve set our sights on being the bank that defines great customer experience. Our customers’ needs are changing and so are we. Everyone who works here has a role to play in making a difference for our customers. Every day. It’s an amazing feeling when you know you’re making a customer’s life better, and you can do it at BMO – whether you’re imagining a new product, designing a customer experience, streamlining an application, launching a marketing campaign or just being there in a very human way with the right answer.


Banking & Finance

Company Size

10,000+ employees

Application closing date is 2024-09-12

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