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Manager Finance - SOX

New York, New York

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Job Description

This is a key position within the Spreadsheets Program and Compliance vertical of the Global SOX team and will be responsible for working closely with stakeholders across American Express to proactively strengthen the Internal Controls over Financial Reporting (ICFR) control environment across Business Units (BUs) and support strategic companywide engagements, focusing on various aspects of risk identification and mitigation. 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:
  • Implementing the SOX Advisory & Assurance strategy and guidance across the company
  •  Conducting financial risk assessment of new product offerings and product discontinuations across AXP, identifying risks and mitigating controls to strengthen ICFR through working with key stakeholders across business product teams, Finance, Operational Excellence (OE) and Operational Risk Governance teams 
  • 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  
  • Assessing the design, introduction, modification and removal of COSO controls across the Company to meet requirements of the 2013 COSO Internal Control Framework 
  • Demonstrate thought leadership, innovation and efficiency for the Global SOX Team in implementation of ICFR and ad-hoc engagements 
  • 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 efforts, as appropriate


Qualifications required –
  • Minimum of 7 years of internal controls, public accounting advisory, audit or risk experience, including a strong understanding of the COSO Internal Control Framework
  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance / Accounting or equivalent
  • CIA, CISA and CPA is a plus
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal and facilitation and presentation writing skills
  • Good project and change management experience
  • Good 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
  • Ability to be flexible to changing business priorities
Financial Reporting (SOX) specific technical skills desired include:
  • Good understanding of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (Sections 404 and 302)
  • Good understanding of financial reporting risks and ability to make control recommendations to successfully mitigate such risks
  • Good understanding of financial reporting controls – must be able to identify, document, analyze and implement financial reporting controls
  • Good understanding of control testing – must be able to design, document and assess tests of financial reporting controls 

Employment eligibility to work with American Express in the U.S. is required as the company will not pursue visa sponsorship for these positions.

ReqID: 18017061
Schedule (Full-Time/Part-Time): Full-time
Date Posted: Oct 31, 2018, 8:15:57 AM
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