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American Express Director, Strategic Initiative & Finance TLM in Salt Lake City, Utah


This is an exciting and challenging role in Controllership within the American Express Finance organization. The position supports the VP & Chief of Staff to the EVP, Corporate Controller and plays a vital leadership and strategic role in the effective operation of the organization, driving and supporting high profile initiatives on behalf of the Corporate Controller and the broader Controllership organization.

Controllership is comprised of over 1,500 colleagues in more than 25 countries around the globe and partners with business units and staff groups across the Blue Box to ensure financial integrity and a strong control and compliance environment.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Plays key role supporting the Chief of Staff in the execution of high priority deliverables on behalf of the Corporate Controller, including ensuring the execution of Controllership priorities, helping to oversee organizational strategy, and creating key presentations for internal and external constituents.

  • Serves as trusted advisor, challenging leaders to help drive discussion and decision-making.

  • Key contributor to deliver against Controllership Build an Inclusive and Diverse Team goals, including specific support of I&D initiatives

  • Provides support to the Controller and Chief of Staff, working closely with the CEG partner, to help set and execute talent, performance, development, recruitment, and compensation initiatives/reviews.

  • Leads the tactical team for Finance to deliver against the elevated requirements of the Company’s Third -Party Lifecycle Management (TLM) program; utilizes project management skills to execute on a plan to enhance workflow, ongoing oversight and reporting

  • Partners with S&T to help drive organizational strategy initiatives, providing insights on trends and organizational needs

  • Leads a team of two colleagues in India who manage the $145MM Controllership operating budget, including monthly results review, on-going financial projections, and the Risks and Opportunities process

  • Collaborates with the CLT and their MA/DA’s to ensure completion of key organization deliverables and with the CFO VPA and FLT support teams to deliver against pan-Finance initiatives


  • Builds and leverages relationships, using a strong network of partnerships across the organization to drive deliverables to closure

  • Influences respectfully beyond direct authority and across band levels to drive results

  • Handles multiple responsibilities concurrently, pivoting as circumstances change and staying calm under pressure

  • Plans for medium and long term; is organized about his/her work and deliverables, pays meticulous attention to details

  • Ability to understand financial concepts and experience working with P&L’s and forecasting/budget process

  • Demonstrates a risk and control and compliance mindset

  • Thinks strategically, focusing on big picture

  • Employs agile and resilient mindset in changing circumstances and focuses on continuous improvement opportunities

  • Communicates effectively, both in written and verbal mediums; presents with confidence

  • Possesses emotional intelligence; able to handle sensitive matters with discretion

  • Bachelor’s degree

  • 5-7 years of experience in a Finance-related role

Why American Express

Talk to our people and you’ll find out what we’re all about. Open, creative, risk-taking, collaborative and innovative are just some of the expressions you’ll hear. It’s our culture that makes American Express an outstanding place to work, and a big part of why we regularly win best workplace awards all over the world. If you’re ready to take on a challenge and make an impact, you owe it to yourself to launch or grow your career here.

Additional Details:

Ongoing Workplace Flexibility: Position will currently be work-from-home due to COVID-19. American Express is committed to the well-being of its colleagues and to creating a safe work environment; colleagues will continue to work remotely until a return to the office can be safely accomplished.

Location(s): Salt Lake City, UT, New York, NY, Phoenix, Arizona

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.

Job: Finance

Primary Location: US-New York-New York

Other Locations: US-Utah-Salt Lake City, US-Arizona-Phoenix

Schedule Full-time

Req ID: 21007304