Manager – Global Accounting Policy & Advisory –Mergers & Acquisition

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Job Description

This Manager role is a member of Global Accounting Policy & Advisory (GAPA) group within Global Controllership at American Express Company (the Company).

The GAPA Manager will support the GAPA M&A Director in providing technical accounting advisory services and thought leadership for a range of transactions executed primarily by the Corporate Development organization, GAPA works closely with its Corporate Development business partners on a one-on-one consultation basis, or as part of a broader team including other constituents such as tax, in-house and external counsel, business teams, legal entity teams and risk management.  Transactions range from business and asset acquisitions and divestitures, recognition and impairment testing of goodwill, common control transactions, stock compensation, consolidations.

Beyond providing technical accounting advice to the teams mentioned above, GAPA’s primary roles include technical accounting guidance to the Company’s broader Global Controllership organization on new products and transactions, as well as co-leading the implementation of emerging GAAP, updating and maintaining accounting policies, providing technical accounting training, maintaining the Company’s Goodwill assessment, and interacting with the Company’s internal and external auditors as well as influencing external standard setting. Over time, this role will likely be exposed to various opportunities within GAPA based on the varying business needs.


This position offers excellent exposure to a diverse and talented team of controllership professionals who support a broad array of American Express businesses and products.  


What Type of Work Will I Do


  • Support the GAPA M&A Director by researching accounting topics and providing expert accounting guidance on complex accounting issues from concept to execution.
  • Assist with project management and status reporting of GAPA specific tasks into the central Project Management Organization function on deals.
  • Prepare Memorandums for Record on accounting impacts of material deals and transactions.
  • Assist, and at times manage, special projects, including preparation of board presentations, development of training, development and implementation of accounting policies, assist in the impact assessment of newly issued US GAAP and IFRS standards, coordination of group meetings and other initiatives as required.




  • Professional accounting experience, including at least 4 years of experience at a large public accounting firm
  • Strong technical understanding of US GAAP and IFRS, with a particular focus on  M&A and Business Combinations (ASC 805), Consolidations(ASC 810) and Stock-based Compensation (ASC 718).
  • The ability to develop optimal and compliant solutions to accounting and financial objectives and articulate complicated accounting concepts to a variety of audiences, many with minimal accounting knowledge. 
  • An affinity and ability for developing strong relationships.
  • Excellent numeracy, written and verbal communication skills; confident and engaging.
  • Excellent leadership and collaborative skills, with the ability to generate action, influence decisions with limited authority and manage expectations in high-pressure situations.
  • CPA, Chartered Accountant or equivalent required
  • The role will be based in New York.
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: 19018961
Schedule (Full-Time/Part-Time): Full-time
Date Posted: Oct 21, 2019, 7:28:16 AM