Senior Director Controller

  • São Paulo, State of São Paulo, Brazil
  • Full-time

Company Description

Common Purpose, Uncommon Opportunity. Everyone at Visa works with one goal in mind – making sure that Visa is the best way to pay and be paid, for everyone everywhere. This is our global vision and the common purpose that unites the entire Visa team. As a global payments technology company, tech is at the heart of what we do: Our VisaNet network processes over 13,000 transactions per second for people and businesses around the world, enabling them to use digital currency instead of cash and checks. We are also global advocates for financial inclusion, working with partners around the world to help those who lack access to financial services join the global economy. Visa's sponsorships, including the Olympics and FIFA™ World Cup, celebrate teamwork, diversity, and excellence throughout the world. If you have a passion to make a difference in the lives of people around the world, Visa offers an uncommon opportunity to build a strong, thriving career. Visa is fueled by our team of talented employees who continuously raise the bar on delivering the convenience and security of digital currency to people all over the world. Join our team and find out how Visa is everywhere you want to be.

The Visa Internship Program is the biggest step you can take to joining our Revolution of Payments Innovation. Throughout the 12 weeks at Visa, you will take on meaningful work, get executive exposure, engage in out-of-the-box problem solving, and participate in social and community service activities. From technology to business, we are looking for people who can innovate, collaborate and drive Visa into the next era of an already rapidly-evolving digital market place. If you’re up for the challenge, please consider joining our team.

You’re an Individual. We’re the team for you. Together, let’s transform the way the world pays.

Job Description

The Sr. Director Controller for Brazil will oversee one of the largest and most critical markets for Visa internationally. The candidate will oversee a staff of 10+ employees and will be a member of the Leadership Team in Brazil, reporting to the Regional Vice President and LAC Controller and working closely with the local Finance Leadership and providing support to the Heads of Functions in country. As a Sr. Director Controller, the candidate will have responsibility for all aspects of accounting, reporting, internal control and financial operations and will collaborate with the Tax organization on managing the unique complex tax environment in Brazil. It is also expected that the Controller will play an important role in assessing talent and developing the workforce.


  • Responsible for the preparations financial statements in compliance with US GAAP and Local GAAP (IFRS)

  • Provide direction and guidance on the accounting of complex transactions, especially around client incentive contracts

  • Oversees the control environment and drive execution of financial transactions in compliance with internal policies and procedures

  • Responsible for the accurate execution of the local revenue billing, recording and collection process, in addition to applicable tax matters related to municipal and state taxes

  • Liaise with key corporate controllership functions on technical accounting matters and support strategic investments working in partnership with CDMA as applicable

  • Provide leadership to a team of professionals ensuring accuracy in finance processes, financial statements and seek opportunities to improve existing processes, improving finance response time to business demands

  • Ensure accurate adoption for ASC606 (IFRS 15) during fiscal year 2019 and ensure alignment with FP&A function on changes in revenue recognition

  • Proactively engage business partners offering a solutions oriented approach to problems, while adhering to company policies and standards

  • Collaborate with International LAC Tax on driving and supporting Deferred Tax calculations and oversees proper execution of existing intercompany agreements

  • Partner with treasury on the adequate management of cash/cash flow and on the dividend process

  • Take a leadership role in fully overseeing all aspects of the controllership function and serves as the key point of contact for external and internal auditors, Deloitte and as needed with tax advisors in Brazil


  • 1.     Ensure accounting deadlines for monthly, quarterly and annual financial closes are met and that the quality of accounting records is of the highest standards, compliant with corporate policies, GAAP, SEC and SOX.

  • 2.     Ensure delivery of accurate accounting of transactions – leading to minimum accounting adjustments/errors with no significant audit or control findings. Establish a process through which unusual items are properly identified, surfaced and resolved promptly

    3.     Develop productive work relationships and is perceived as a proactive collaborator, who facilitates the execution of Visa’s strategy vs. being a road block

    4.     Minimizes instances of lack of alignment between actuals and budget via partnering with FP&A on key incentive deal structure and key accounting policy changes

    5.     Deliver good control review results and partners with other control functions (legal, compliance, sourcing) in leading a control program which provide adequate oversight of financial transactions.

    6.     Develops and ensure execution of the controllership agenda in country, playing a leading role in maximizing results from the team via talent development


  • Determine accounting treatment for transactions in compliance with published policies and guidelines and exercise judgement in when to engage the technical accounting group

  • Interprets a range of policies & procedures and offers thought leadership to executive team on best approach to significant transactions
  • Partner with other finance functions in country and creates a solid mutual understanding of expectations/deliverables
  • Drives process efficiency and challenges status quo on improving existing tools, systems and procedures
  • Exercise good judge to escalate issues to Senior Management    

  • Interacts with global, regional Controllership, Compliance, Internal Audit, and Finance teams and is the key point of contact on all controllership related matters for Brazil


  • Collaborates with function leaders (e.g., Business Development, Acceptance, Product, Marketing, Finance and Corporate Services) in support to the execution of the strategy in country

  • Demonstrate sound decision-making and judgment, and lead issue resolution, keeping key stakeholders aware of developments at all times

  • Support the monitoring and review of Compliance to statutory and accounting regulations of multiple countries in LAC.



  • Degree in Accounting, Business or equivalent

  • CPA equivalent and MBA/Graduate studies preferred

  • Minimum 15 years’ experience with past lead roles in accounting and reporting functions in a multi-national publicly traded company

  • Strong experience in managing teams and ability to quickly promote increase in performance

  • International experience is a plus

  • Experience in a Big 4 public accounting firm is preferred

  • Fluency in Portuguese and English

  • Technical

  • Knowledge of US GAAP, IFRS, Brazil Statutory and Tax rules, and sound understanding of ASC606

  • Strong customer service and communication skills, managing relationships in a matrixed organization

  • Must project credibility, integrity, and demonstrate strong sense of ownership

  • Good business judgment balancing risks and rewards

  • Works well under pressure and has the ability to quickly establish priorities and re-direct self and team efforts

  • People-oriented/team player and strong coach

  • Takes initiative to resolve matters and is highly accountable

  • Delivers on time and maintains herself/himself highly visible in important projects/issues


  • Excellent business English and Portuguese

  • Good communication, interpersonal and influencing skills and ability to work effectively in a matrix management structure in a complex and diverse, international and multi-cultural environment.

  • Able to quickly understand industry challenges and opportunities in a fast paced, quickly evolving space


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