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Director - Sox Advisory And Controls Management
The Director of SOX Advisory and Controls Management is a key leadership position within the Global SOX team at American Express. The Director will report to the Vice President – Global SOX and lead a team of three managers and three analysts. This position will be responsible for working closely with stakeholders across AXP to proactively strengthen the ICFR control environment across Business Units (BUs) and lead strategic companywide engagements, focusing on various aspects of ICFR requirements and the overall financial risk and control environment. The success of this role involves driving results through extensive engagement and close collaboration with multiple stakeholders including Operational Risk Governance Group, Operational Excellence (OE) teams, BUs and Staff Groups and Internal & External auditors.
Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
•Developing and implementing SOX Advisory strategy and guidance across the company
•Leading various global SOX initiatives focusing on strengthening AXP’s ICFR environment such as: assessment of ICFR Process Risk Self-Assessments (PRSAs), assessment of critical vendors and applications, controls rationalization, performance of ICFR PRSA Health Checks, approval of new products and providing ICFR training
•Lead end-to-end process review and identify areas of financial risks and mitigating controls to strengthen ICFR, including Significant Deficiency remediation.
•Partner closely with OE teams and business unit (BU) partners to proactively provide financial reporting risk SME coverage through assessment and monitoring of changes impacting the ICFR Control Environment for various BUs
•Lead / support ICFR and ad-hoc engagements
•Serve as a catalyst to proactively improve the ICFR control environment across BUs
•Assessing the design, introduction, modification and removal of SOX controls across the Company’s Financial Reporting activities
•Demonstrate thought leadership around innovation and efficiency for the Global SOX Team
•Establishing strong collaborative relationships across the matrix of key stakeholders across AXP including Operations, Finance, BUs and Internal Audit Group and external groups including Auditors, Consultants, and Regulators, as necessary
•Presenting senior leader communications on the progress of the efforts, as appropriate
•Managing a staff of professionals to accomplish the responsibilities listed
A minimum of 10 years of financial, accounting, internal audit, public accounting or operational risk experience including a strong understanding of the COSO Internal Control Framework
•Bachelor’s degree in Finance / Accounting or equivalent
•Expertise in the Sarbanes-Oxley Act
•Expertise in PCAOB and SEC ICFR Guidance
•Expertise in understanding financial reporting risks and identify and designing mitigating controls
•A solid understanding of control testing – must be able to design, document and assess tests of financial reporting controls
•A solid understanding of financial reporting controls – must be able to identify, document, analyze and implement financial reporting controls
•CPA is a plus
•Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal and facilitation and presentation writing skills
•Strong project and change management experience
•Strong relationship competencies, ability to collaborate, influence and manage through conflict to achieve successful outcomes
•Able to operate successfully across the matrix and at all band levels
•Strong ability to be flexible to changing business priorities
•Successful candidate will be results driven, able to lead and influence without authority, must be flexible and have good work prioritization skills
Schedule (Full-Time/Part-Time): Full-time