Financial Analyst - 12 Month FTC

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Job Description

You’ll do more than the expected. You’ll do the unexpected. 

As an Analyst on the UK Controllership team, you will report to the Manager UK Controllership and be responsible for the group, statutory and regulatory reporting as well as the financial integrity and governance of American Express Group Services Limited (AEGSL) and American Express Payment Services Limited (AEPSL). You will also be responsible for working closely with the Audit & Finance Committee, Company Secretary, Tax, Treasury, Global Finance Operations, Operational Excellence, General Counsel and the Business to support various legal entity initiatives.

    Principal Accountabilities

    • Maintaining the integrity of the UK ledgers, overseeing the US GAAP month end close and ensuring entries passed by other Finance and non-Finance teams are in compliance with relevant US GAAP and internal Amex policy

    • Preparing month end reporting based on legal entity P&L and Balance Sheet

    • Acting as a point of contact for all legal entity related queries

    • Supporting the preparation of the annual financial statements under IFRS (FRS 101) and coordinating the external audit process in partnership with the Legal Entity Reporting (LER) team

    • Providing regular financial updates and results analysis to the legal entity boards and operating committees

    • Maintaining an up-to-date understanding of all Regulatory and Statutory Reporting requirements (incl. FRS101/IFRS and the Companies Act) and partnering with the LER team to proactively implement any changes

    • Assessing local IFRS implications for key business transactions, communicating to Business and Finance partners and documenting via a Memorandum For Record

    • Partnering closely with the relevant Line of Business Segment Controllership teams to ensure business transactions are supported in a coordinated fashion, knowledge is shared and resources are utilised efficiently

    • Preparing and regularly updating legal entity forecasts

    • Complete filings to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Office of National Statistics (ONS)

    • Monitoring intercompany transactions and ensuring appropriate service fees exist to drive accurate transfer pricing between legal entities

    • Proactively seeking opportunities for process improvements across all areas of the role, through implementation of new systems and Oracle tools, elimination of non-value added work and streamlining of functional procedures


    • You will be responsible for maintaining legal entity governance when accounting entries and processes are being performed by multiple different teams, many of whom are focused on line of business results

    • You will need to be able to coordinate effectively with cross functional teams, and influence business partners and customers on legal entity and accounting requirements

    • You will have to assess and communicate IFRS implications, when the primary ledgers are maintained under US GAAP, as well as understanding and implementing local regulatory or policy driven changes to deliver high quality and accurate financial information within critical deadlines 

    • You will need to demonstrate personal accountability to ensure all tasks and activities are driven through to completion and delivered within the required timelines, handling issues and making decisions on a standalone basis, but applying sound judgment to determine when something needs to be escalated

    Offer of employment with American Express is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background verification check, subject to applicable laws and regulations.


    • Qualified accountant, ideally with practice or audit experience
    • Experience in accounting, reporting and statutory audit
    • Knowledge of IFRS reporting requirements (understanding of US GAAP and UK Companies Act also preferable)
    • Proficiency in MS-Office applications and experience of Oracle
    • Verbal and written communication skills
    • Ability to manage own workload and operate autonomously
    • Experience in operating in a large company / global matrix environment
    • Results driven - ability to perform multiple tasks, work to strict deadlines and prioritise tasks
    • Knowledge and experience of using data analytic techniques such as SQL, etc and related tools such as Tableau would be beneficial

    Why American Express?

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


    Amex have 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.


    To complete your application please click on the links below. However, if you require any assistance with the completion of this process – or need any reasonable adjustments to be made – then please contact the Recruitment Team on or 00800 83 000038 (free phone, subject to individual carrier charges). For Russia based candidates on 810 800 83 000038.

    ReqID: 20000420
    Schedule (Full-Time/Part-Time): Full-time
    Date Posted: Jan 10, 2020, 12:36:40 PM