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Analyst - Compliance - Financial Intelligence Unit, Program Oversight Team - Reporting

Phoenix, Arizona; Salt Lake City, Utah; New York, New York

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Job Description

Overview of the Financial Intelligence Unit:

American Express’s Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), within Global Financial Crimes Compliance (GFCC), provides end-to-end support and oversight of global financial crimes investigations.  In conjunction with GFCC partners, the FIU develops and implements automated transaction monitoring rules, reports, and other processes designed to identify activity potentially indicative of criminal behavior.  The FIU also investigates potentially suspicious financial activity and, when appropriate, files suspicious activity reports (SARs) with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), which is part of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and/or refers matters to internal compliance partners for review and reporting globally.  In addition, the FIU manages risk associated with politically exposed persons and persons and entities on core sanctions and risk lists through regular screening, and also manages risk associated with improper payments that could be indicative of bribery, corruption, or other illicit activity by reviewing internal American Express payments and expenditures.  The FIU performs a critical role in ensuring that American Express complies with all applicable laws and regulations, including the Bank Secrecy Act, the USA PATRIOT Act, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, 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.
The FIU’s Program Oversight team facilitates alignment across all FIU teams in day-to-day operations and manages projects and issues, processes and controls, and reporting and metrics for the FIU.  Responsibilities include oversight of projects managed across FIU core teams and driving technology initiatives and implementation of FIU-wide enhancements; oversight and coordination of Operational Risk Events and Corrective Action Plans; management and oversight of formal and internal management reporting, metrics, and identification of key risk indicators; and managing development of processes and controls to ensure efficiency and sustainability.
Reporting to a Manager of Program Oversight, responsibilities in this role will include a combination of the following:

  • Utilize multiple technologies to develop and enhance reporting, including: Tableau, advanced MS Excel programming, MS Access Database reporting, SQL Server, Microsoft SSRS and SharePoint
  • Partner with American Express Technologies to find solutions and drive progress around connecting to data sources across multiple American Express systems, as well as additional projects as needed
  • Meet business needs by translating business requirements into SQL queries
  • Write complex SQL queries with minimum direction
  • Test and debugging SQL code
  • Conduct data analysis and develop indicator based reporting 
  • Monitor automated reporting to ensure on time delivery
  • Work in a fast paced environment which will require shifting priorities and toolsets throughout the day


  • Bachelor degree required, advanced degree preferred
  • Intermediate to advanced knowledge of SQL Server and Tableau
  • Experience in one or more of the following technologies preferred: MS Excel programming, MS Access Database reporting, Microsoft SSRS, SharePoint
  • Experience creating visuals (graphs, tables, dashboards)
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks, take on new responsibilities, and prioritize work in a challenging and deadline-intensive environment
  • Exceptional attention to detail and strong analytical skills
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, with proven ability to translate findings into impactful communications and presentations to senior leadership, regulators, etc.
  • Preferred, but not required certifications in: MCSA/MCSE certification in BI Development, Database Development, SharePoint, or SQL Server, Tableau Qualified Associate, Tableau Certified Professional

Why American Express?

There’s a difference between having a job and making a difference.


American Express has been making a difference in people’s lives for over 160 years, backing them in moments big and small, granting access, tools, and resources to take on their biggest challenges and reap the greatest rewards.


We’ve also made a difference in the lives of our people, providing a culture of learning and collaboration, and helping them with what they need to succeed and thrive. We have their backs as they grow their skills, conquer new challenges, or even take time to spend with their family or community. And when they’re ready to take on a new career path, we’re right there with them, giving them the guidance and momentum into the best future they envision.


Because we believe that the best way to back our customers is to back our people.


The powerful backing of American Express.

Don’t make a difference without it.

Don’t live life without it.


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: 19013047
Schedule (Full-Time/Part-Time): Full-time
Date Posted: Jul 11, 2019, 11:01:00 PM
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