Director/Supplier, Relationship Management Director/Supplier, Relationship Management …

BMO Financial Group
in Naperville, IL, United States
Permanent, Full time
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BMO Financial Group
in Naperville, IL, United States
Permanent, Full time
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Director/Supplier, Relationship Management
Director Supplier Relationship Management Naperville, IL, USA/en-US/External/job/Naperville-IL-USA/Director---Supplier-Relationship-Management_R200006739-1/apply


1200 E. Warrenville Road

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This role has the accountability for the objective management of the supplier relationships. The supplier control framework will align to regulatory guidelines, BMO Enterprise Standards and Policy and BMO stated risk appetite working closely with Global Third-Party Risk Management (GTPRM) team and Procurement to provide oversight and transparency against key supplier metrics and external market data. High risk suppliers will be managed with specific strategies and compensating controls to minimize risk to business operations.

This role is accountable to lead a cross boarder team across Canada and the U.S. and will oversee a diverse portfolio of suppliers covering the following services:

  • Print, Cheque & Archive: Printing and mailing of statements, letters, notices and cheque payables., Electronics funds transfer processing, image-based cheque processing, exceptions & chargeback processing. Document archive and image retrieval services.
  • Translation, Postal Services, Digital Signatures: Translation & graphic design, mailing products (Canada, US & International), e-Signature capabilities and professional services
  • Remittance (Lockbox): Processing of receivables and payments between businesses and customers, including image-based processing and electronic file transmission of data, images, and reports.
  • Records Retention: Records and information management services including hard copy records storage & destruction, secure shredding, document restoration, imaging and data management services. Operations and workforce management services including use of Work Assist software.
  • Consultants, Voice Services, Audit Services: Project management consulting, technology consulting (supporting the PO Remedy application), voice & automated communications, audit services of BMO-financed automotive dealership inventories in Canada and the US.


A. Product & Process

B. Business Performance Management

C. Risk & Control

D. Financial Management

E. Change Management


Product & Process

  • Build and maintain constructive relationships with internal business partners and suppliers and service providers, as the primary Bank contact for service and contract issues.
  • Develop and document effective strategies and an ongoing control framework to evaluate, track and manage a diverse set of supplier relationship.
  • Manage and administer supplier and service provider contracts in accordance with the Banks Outsourcing Model:
  • Ensure supplier and service provider policies and procedures (P&Ps) meet Bank legal, control, audit, compliance, risk or privacy mandates and security requirements, and comply with all regulatory and Bank requirements.
  • Provide day-to-day oversight of supplier and service provider services, ensuring adherence to all contracted service levels.
  • Evaluate the overall merits of contracts on a regular basis.
  • Participate in contract renewal negotiations, and provide SLA/ MSA/ BPA renewal notices, as required.
  • In partnership with sourcing, drive contract renewal negotiations under the clear direction of the business owner of the contract.
  • Prepare quarterly management interpretation documents.
  • Provide supplier scorecards that objectively and with full transparency assess the ongoing services provided by all suppliers.
  • Complete and submit annual outsourcing attestation.
  • Act as the escalation point for internal business partners in the resolution of service and/or payment issues, ensuring potential problem areas, trends and recommended solutions are further escalated to the manager.
  • Facilitate, lead, develop and implement service solutions related to current and new business activity in collaboration with internal business partners, stakeholders and suppliers and service providers.
  • Lead and facilitate meetings with suppliers and service providers, as required.
  • Identify and recommend business improvement process efforts to senior and executive management related to area(s) of expertise.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with industry contacts (internal and external), regulatory officials and consultants for the purpose of enhancing business effectiveness within the scope of accountability.

Business Performance Management

  • Evaluate, track and manage opportunities for quality improvement; lead the implementation of solutions.
  • Measure, monitor, manage and report on supplier and service provider service delivery performance and quality against SLAs, MSAs BPAs and evolving business needs, providing reports to the manager for the purpose of optimizing operational effectiveness.
  • Provide high level strategic assessment and review of supplier and service provider services to key internal stakeholders and senior management.
  • Participate in the design and negotiation of SLAs, MSAs and BPAs. Assess performance against SLAs/ MSAs/ BPAs.
  • Develop and deliver scorecard-based report which measure and monitor, supplier and service provider service delivery performance and quality against SLAs, MSAs and BPAs (as applicable) and evolving business needs.
  • Develop, implement, review and recommend revisions to the twelve-month business plan, including such things as financial, operational and resource components.
  • Monitor and manage changing business requirements and SLA, MSA and/or BPA quality measure performance, and escalate issues, as appropriate.
  • Develop and implement business performance measures, providing reports and presentations, as appropriate.
  • Provide consultative support to internal business partners and customers, directly or indirectly, utilizing strong operational knowledge.
  • Support the delivery of exceptional customer service that builds trust through responsive, accurate, consistent, knowledgeable and available services and support.
  • Align individual performance goals to team and organizational goals.
  • Demonstrate behaviours that are consistent with Our Way model and aligned with BMO values.

Risk & Control

  • Ensure regulatory/ compliance requirements and procedures are followed.
  • Escalate issues that require resolution by more senior team members, as per guidelines.
  • Identify potential risk indicators and, with business collaboration, lead the development of resolutions/mitigants, as appropriate, and ensure contingency plans exist.
  • Monitor and review outsourcing issues for compliance with regulatory and Bank requirements to ensure key controls are followed; escalate issues to the senior manager, as appropriate.
  • Provide information for regulatory reporting and audit queries.
  • Identify and manage potential risks inherent in area(s) of expertise and take appropriate actions to ensure operational integrity is maintained.
  • Validate disaster recovery and business continuity as per Bank requirements.
  • Prepare business continuity and disaster recovery test results for internal reporting.
  • Understand risks inherent in area(s) of expertise and take appropriate actions, including accuracy and safeguarding of all documentation and any other requirements to ensure operational integrity is maintained within the business.
  • Understand regulatory and compliance requirements as prescribed for the business unit, and provide recommendations and implement actions to ensure adherence, as required.
  • Ensure strict confidentiality is maintained for both customer and Bank information to protect the customer and the Bank and to ensure compliance with the Bank.
  • Follow security and safeguarding procedures and apply appropriate due diligence in accordance with Bank policy for the prevention of loss due to such things as fraud, robbery, counterfeiting, money laundering or defalcation.
  • Manage risk and minimize losses through monitoring and controlling various reports and taking appropriate action, ensuring compliance requirements, audits and verifications are completed in accordance with the Bank.

Financial Management

  • Participate in annual planning (volumes/ costing).
  • Assess the impact or potential impact of change initiatives on internal business partner financials.
  • Provide oversight to supplier and service provider invoice/ billing to ensure procedures are followed, monitor cost expectations, participate in review of costs, identify and resolve discrepancies, act as the primary contact to resolve billing and payment issues, as required.

Change Management

  • Ensure teams identify change opportunities; support the implementation of and/or implement changes required to standardize processes and to achieve consistency.
  • Develop short and long-term strategic direction for the business unit
  • Lead projects/ task forces, in support of major PO/ line of business (LOB)/ enterprise-wide initiatives.
  • Foster an environment of continuous improvement and encourage teams to identify process improvements/new ideas and adopt best practices.
  • Provide support and assistance to the change management process.



  • University degree/college diploma or equivalent work experience
  • Business analysis/ project management experience
  • 7 to 10 years of related customer service and/or operations experience
  • Solid knowledge of standard desktop applications used by the business unit (MS Office)
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of the business units key products, services, processes and controls
  • Advanced understanding of the business units risk and regulatory requirements
  • Solid knowledge of departmental systems and applications
  • Advanced knowledge of area(s) of expertise, including knowledge of all regulatory and Bank policies related to supplier and service provider services
  • Solid knowledge of industry and banking operations
  • Solid understanding of technology and services provided by suppliers and service providers
  • Advanced knowledge of process and/or project management
  • Advanced understanding of internal business partners business, services and organization


  • Advanced analytical skills, with ability to resolve operating/ technical issues within defined field of expertise
  • Advanced problem-solving skills, with ability to apply analytical, constructive and interpretative thinking to an often-unstructured environment
  • Advanced decision-making skills
  • Advanced investigative skills
  • Advanced change management skills

** Please note we are open to considering candidates for either our Toronto, Ontario Canada office locations and/or our Wisconsin or Illinois US office locations **

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Serving 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.