Contract Negotiator

111 W Monroe - 115 S LaSalle

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Provides services in support of legal counsel, primarily on transactions with third party vendors. The Contract Negotiator role supports the delivery of legal advice and services on products, services, initiatives, policies and developments for and on behalf of BMO Financial Group to achieve organizational goals while minimizing legal risk. The role draws on knowledge of the principles, practices and procedures of commercial negotiations and knowledge of the financial services industry and its environment to implement areas of improvement, to ensure consistency with market practice, to identify risk, to ensure compliance with internal policies & procedures and to communicate appropriately with stakeholders for various functions/activities for an assigned business area and communicating appropriately with stakeholders.

Responsibilities Include:
  • Supports the provision of commercial legal advice in the areas of procurement, operations, technology and outsourcings.
  • Assists in drafting, reviewing and negotiating commercial agreements.
  • Proactively provides ideas, advice and solutions relative to contractual issues.
  • Supports the interpretation of regulatory guidance and legislation affecting the organization or assigned groups.
  • Supports the management of transactions by monitoring progress against key milestones.
  • Operates effectively in a high stress environment with constantly changing expectations.
  • Builds effective relationships with internal/external stakeholders.
  • Exercises judgment to identify, diagnose, and solve problems within given rules.
  • Works independently and regularly handles non-routine situations.
  • Broader work or accountabilities may be assigned as needed.

  • Typically, 3+ years of relevant experience preferably in finance, risk management, legal or compliance.
  • Transactional experience in procurement.
  • Knowledge of technology and outsourcings will be considered an asset.
  • Post-secondary education e.g. Paralegal, Law Clerk certificate (Canadian, US or foreign law degree preferred).
  • Called to the bar in Ontario or Illinois considered an asset but not required.
  • Good relationship management skills/able to relate at all levels.
  • Knowledge of the business and regulatory environment.
  • Verbal & written communication skills - In-depth.
  • Collaboration and team skills - In-depth.
  • Analytical and problem solving skills - In-depth.
  • Influence skills - In-depth.

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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.