• Manager - Global Services Group Controllership

    American ExpressNew York, NY 10176

    Job #1571521274

  • Description

    Manager - Corporate Controllership

    Job Description:

    This role is within the Controllership Organization supporting the American Express ("AXP") Global Services Group and will report directly to the Global Services Group Controller. Global Services Group ("GSG") is comprised of key internal and external servicing functions that deliver extraordinary customer care to Card Members, merchants, and commercial clients around the world and is home to various shared services that help to power American Express and our Colleagues including real estate and workplace experiences among many other critical services.

    This individual will play a critical role in providing transaction and accounting advisory to the Global Real Estate & Workplace Enablement ("GREWE") Organization and will be the primary point of contact to the GREWE business and our CFO and Corporate Planning Finance partners. GSG Controllership is a key strategic partner to the GREWE Organization communicating, in real time, the accounting implications of the new Lease Accounting Standard (ASC 842) and providing recommendations or alternatives during the negotiation process to support the business in achieving optimal results. The team also plays a critical role in supporting our Finance partners in creating CBAs, developing forecasts, and identifying risks and opportunities.

    Following the adoption of ASC 842, the GSG Controllership team now owns a centralized accounting process for all real estate leases across AXP. This process is supported by a newly implemented lease accounting system. This role will support the monthly close process ensuring the accuracy of AXP's lease accounting under US GAAP and IFRS, including all required disclosures and other regulatory submissions. The role will also support the team's compliance with internal controls and business continuity planning.

    This role will include a high level of visibility across AXP including frequent interaction with Senior Leadership and will provide many opportunities for career advancement.

    Primary responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

    • Providing accounting advisory to the Global Real Estate Business on all real estate transactions

    • Subject matter expert on the treatment of fixed assets in accordance with the AXP Fixed Assets Policy

    • Advising Finance partners on accounting impacts of real estate and other transactions

    • Subject matter expert of lease accounting module in the IBM Tririga system

    • Support the monthly close process and provide all required reporting and disclosures to External Reporting Teams

    • Ensure compliance and documentation of internal controls and support internal and external audit requests

    • Represent Global Services Group Controllership on internal and cross-functional projects

    • Building and maintaining strong relationships with key Business and Finance partners including counterparts within the broader Controllership organization


    • Bachelor's Degree in Accounting or Finance, CPA / MBA preferred

    • 5 years of cumulative accounting or finance experience

    • Strong ability to interpret accounting guidance per the FASB codification including the ability to form and communicate clear and concise accounting conclusions. ASC 842 experience preferred.

    • Ability to work autonomously and drive progress against team goals

    • Excellent communication and relationship management skills

    • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills

    • Working knowledge of Oracle Accounting system.

    • IBM Tririga experience preferred

    American Express is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, age, or any other status protected by law.

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

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

    Job: Finance

    Primary Location: US-New York-New York

    Schedule Full-time

    Req ID: 21005123