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Director, AML Decision Science Team

Phoenix, Arizona

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Job Description

Overview of the FIU:
American Express’ Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) is responsible for the end-to-end suspicious activity reporting process, which entails monitoring for, investigating, and, when appropriate, reporting suspicious activity. As part of this process, the FIU develops and implements automated transaction monitoring rules, reports, and other processes designed to identify activity potentially indicative of criminal behavior; investigates potentially suspicious financial activity; and, when appropriate, files suspicious activity reports (SARs) with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), part of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and/or refers matters to our compliance partners for review and reporting globally. The FIU performs a critical role in ensuring that American Express complies with the Bank Secrecy and USA PATRIOT Acts and provides law enforcement with key information for the investigation and prosecution of money laundering and terrorist financing, credit card fraud, identity theft, and other criminal activity.
Job Responsibilities:
The AML Decision Science team is responsible for the data capabilities in the Information Delivery Network (IDN) that is used in creating AML Monitoring Rules and Reports. This involves both management of data movement projects in support of Anti Money Laundering (AML) capabilities & programming to generate code for AML surveillance of financial transaction and demographic data. A Director in AML Decision Science will be responsible for leading 10+ resources and will oversee management of projects related to rule development in the IDN. In addition, the Director will partner with the FIU Monitoring Rule Development Team and the FIU Analytics Team to manage rule development and rule tuning requests. The Director will also oversee improvement of coding quality when developing AML monitoring rules and reports.


  • The successful candidate must be able to manage multiple projects simultaneously; must have excellent computer and internet research skills; strong communication skills; well- developed writing and editing skills; a keen attention to detail; and a willingness to be a deadline-driven team player in a dynamic working environment.
  • The successful candidate must understand AML concepts, associated criminal typologies, and have experience conducting financial crime investigations as part of a suspicious activity reporting program.
  • 6+ years of experience in project management, compliance, data security, or risk.  Ability to handle multiple tasks, take on new responsibilities and prioritize work in a challenging and deadline-intensive environment.
  • Expert-level skill in Excel.
  • Expert-level skill in Teradata SQL and Hive.
  • Intermediate knowledge of Unix.
  • Intermediate knowledge of Perl, Java, and similar scripting languages.
  • A background in statistics, mathematics, or economics is preferred.
Depending on factors such as business unit requirements, the nature of the position, cost and applicable laws, American Express may provide visa sponsorship for certain positions.  

ReqID: 18000614
Schedule (Full-Time/Part-Time): Full-time
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