Sr Dir Risk Mgmt & Controls (Finance) - 90139201 - Washington DC (Hybrid)

Date: May 26, 2023

Location: Washington, District of Columbia, US, 20001

Company: Amtrak

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As we move America’s workforce toward the future, Amtrak connects businesses and communities across the country. We employ more than 20,000 diverse, energetic professionals in a variety of career fields throughout the United States. The safety of our passengers, our employees, the public and our operating environment is our priority, and the success of our railroad is due to our employees.


Are you ready to join our team?

Our values of ‘Do the Right Thing, Excel Together and Put Customers First’ are at the heart of what matters most to us, and our Core Capabilities, ‘Building Trust, Accountability, Effective Communication, Customer Focus, and Proactive Safety & Security’ are what every employee needs to know and do to be most impactful at Amtrak. By living the Amtrak values, focusing on our capabilities, and actively embracing and fostering diverse ideas, backgrounds, and perspectives, together we will honor our past and make Amtrak a company of the future.


This position is responsible for:

  • Building and maintaining a highly sophisticated controls department that is responsible for an annual enterprise risk assessment in which Amtrak identifies and evaluates the significance of and likelihood of occurrence of risks at the enterprise level.
  • Administering the Company’s enterprise risk management program, including execution of Control Environment Assessments (CEA).
  • Coordinating Office of the Inspector General (OIG) entrance and exit conferences, developing and managing responses to OIG audits and evaluations, and tracking outstanding recommendations.
  • Administering the Company’s enterprise-wide fraud risk management program to proactively identify and address the Company’s fraud risks.  
  • Providing regular briefings to the Company’s Executive Leadership Team and Board of Directors/Audit & Finance Committee on status of Amtrak’s control environment.


Responsibilities include:

  • In collaboration with the Compliance function (within the Law Department), implement and maintain the Company’s Integrated Risk & Compliance Program, including providing leadership on the Company’s Risk & Compliance Advisory Council.  
  • Facilitate OIG audits and evaluations with Amtrak management by
    • (1) coordinating entrance and exit conferences with Amtrak managers
    • (2) developing and coordinating management responses to OIG reports
    • (3) following up with Amtrak managers to track the status of management actions to implement OIG recommendations.
  • Track all outstanding control findings from all sources (which may include OIG, external auditors, GAO, FRA, the Company’s own CEAs) and facilitate documentation, remediation and closures.
  • Administer Amtrak’s enterprise risk management program, including the annual enterprise risk assessment to determine the Company’s top risks, development of risk action plans to mitigate risks where appropriate and monitoring and tracking of risk management efforts.
  • Annually review and update Amtrak policies related to Amtrak’s control environment, to include the Enterprise Risk Management policy, Correction Action Plan Policy, and Anti-Fraud Policy.
  • Brief the Company’s Executive Leadership Team and Board of Directors/Audit & Finance Committee on the continued development of the Company’s enterprise risk management program, results of the annual enterprise risk assessment, and the status of open control findings.



  • Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, Accounting or equivalent field of study
  • Certified Public Accountant or Certified Internal Auditor
  • At least 15 years of direct or related external or internal audit experience
  • Ability to plan, effectively execute planned activities, motivate others who are not direct reports and work across multiple departments to achieve goals
  • Strong interpersonal communications skills to work effectively across all levels of the organization
  • Strong written communication skills – must be able to write clearly and concisely and take complex topics and present them in a way that is understandable to people who are not experienced in this area
  • Must possess strong leadership skills with the ability to visualize, plan, negotiate and focus others to implement change
  • Ability to clearly describe or explain information, concepts, ideas and instructions to others.  
  • Ability to comprehend various business processes and quickly grasp new concepts, approaches and systems
  • Ability to collect, organize and analyze qualitative and quantitative data. 
  • Ability to multi¬task effectively and patiently while remaining flexible in an ever-changing, fast-paced environment. 
  • Practitioner of diversity in the workplace. 
  • Must possess strong interpersonal communication skills with good listening and speaking skills, and with a strong respect for others. 
  • Demonstrated skills using Excel, Word, PowerPoint




  • External or internal audit experience in the transportation or a customer facing industry
  • Experience leading the enterprise risk management process
  • Knowledge of COSO and COBIT frameworks




Physical Demands:

  • Works in a fast paced environment with frequently changing priorities
  • Frequently uses a computer keyboard, monitor and mouse to perform a variety of tasks

Mental Demands:

  • Frequently acquires new knowledge, skills and tasks, both complex and simple in order to maintain effectiveness
  • Constantly communicates, comprehends and responds to verbal statements and instructions both orally and in writing
  • Frequently resolves problems with conflicting priorities in cognitively demanding situations
  • Must be able to work effectively with those who may be resistant and convince them of the value of Controls testing and analysis




Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.



The salary/hourly range is $172,580-$223,660. Pay is based on several factors including but not limited to education, work experience, certifications, etc. Depending on an employee’s assigned worksite or location, Amtrak may consider a geo-pay differential to be applied to the employee’s base salary. Amtrak may offer additional incentive and pay programs to recognize and reward our employees, including a short-term incentive bonus based upon factors such as individual and company performance that is commensurate with the level of the position and/or long-term incentive plan compensation. In addition to your salary, Amtrak offers a comprehensive benefit package that includes health, dental, and vision plans; health savings accounts; wellness programs; flexible spending accounts; 401K retirement plan with employer match; life insurance; short and long term disability insurance; paid time off; back-up care; adoption assistance; surrogacy assistance; reimbursement of education expenses; Public Service Loan Forgiveness eligibility; Railroad Retirement sickness and retirement benefits; and rail pass privileges. Learn more about our benefits offerings here.

Requisition ID:158384
Posting Location(s):District of Columbia
Job Family/Function:Finance 
Relocation Offered:No 
Travel Requirements:Up to 25% 

Amtrak employees power our progress through their performance.

We want your work at Amtrak to be more than a job – we want it to be a fulfilling experience where you find challenging and rewarding opportunities, respect among colleagues, competitive pay, benefits that protect you and your family and a high performance culture that recognizes and values your contributions and helps you reach your career goals.

All positions require pre-employment background check verification, a pre-employment drug screen and proof of full vaccination against COVID -19. Amtrak is committed to a safe workplace free of drugs and alcohol and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing. Marijuana, notwithstanding any statute, ordinance, regulation, or other law that legalizes or decriminalizes the use or possession of marijuana, whether for medical, recreational, or other use.  Candidates who engage in the usage of marijuana will not be qualified for hire.   Successful applicants for employment with Amtrak must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the date of hire as a condition of employment, subject to requests for accommodation.  Fully vaccinated means 14 days have elapsed since receiving the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or 14 days since receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

In accordance with DOT regulations (49 CFR § 40.25), Amtrak is required to obtain prior drug and alcohol testing records for applicants/employees intending to perform safety-sensitive duties for covered Department of Transportation positions. If an applicant/employee refuses to provide written consent for Amtrak to obtain these records, the individual will not be permitted to perform safety-sensitive functions.


In accordance with federal law governing security checks of covered individuals for public transportation ( Title 6 U.S.C. § 1143), Amtrak is required to screen applicants for any permanent or interim disqualifying criminal offenses.

Note that any education requirement listed above may be deemed satisfied if you have an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Amtrak is an EOE/Affirmative Action Minority/Female employer, and we welcome all to apply. We consider candidates regardless of race/color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related conditions), national origin/ethnicity, age, disability (intellectual, mental and physical), veteran status, marital status, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, genetic information, citizenship or any other personal characteristics protected by law.

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