Accounts Payable Team Leader - Chester, UK

Chester, UK
16 Aug 2019
22 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
The Team

Our finance team is central to the success of the business, a fact that was recognised by us being finalists for the 2015 large finance team award in the North West Finance Awards. Our aim is to proactively drive business value through informed and insightful decision-making.

We work in partnership with the business and are agile and responsive to business needs whilst maintaining a transparent system of effective standards, processes and controls. To support this goal we strive to have the best highly engaged finance professionals in our team. We are on an exciting journey, and we have the strategies in place to get us to our destination.

The Role

Based out of our Chester head office, the Accounts Payable Team Leader will report directly into the Finance Manager within this fast paced and acquisitive organisation and take responsibility for the purchase to pay process. Alongside monitoring the transactional processing, the successful candidate will be expected look for ways to continuously improve processes and systems.

What you will do...

You will:

• Supervise and manage our three accounts payable assistants, which includes 1:1's, KPI settings, training, etc.
• Support to Finance Manager
• Manage and review payment run processes
• Monthly reporting & review of aging purchase ledger, clearing of debit balances, unallocated payments & any payments on hold.
• System Admin for in house Purchase Order System
• New vendor credit checks and set up
• Escalation point for queries
• Assist with any system upgrades
• Work closely with relevant stakeholders to integrate any newly acquired businesses where necessary
• Training new users / running workshops on P2P process
• Continuously review and implement new processes to improve the efficiency of the online purchase to pay system and accounts payable team
• Ensure comprehensive process and procedure notes are kept, and updated as and when required.
• Liaise with internal and external stakeholders to resolve queries
• Undertake ad-hoc tasks as required

To enable you to be successful, we are looking for...


• Demonstrable experience in a fast paced, high volume purchase ledger role and experience of processing large payment runs to tight deadlines
• Experience using purchase to pay systems
• Experience of multi-currency transactions & reconciliations
• Experience of managing an accounts payable team
• AAT qualification
• Excellent organisation and planning skills with the ability to work to strict deadlines whilst maintaining quality
• The ability to communicate effectively with internal stakeholders and external suppliers to resolve queries
• Strong numeracy skills and computer literacy
• Proficiency in Excel including the ability to analyse large volumes of data


• A highly motivated, organised individual, that brings energy and confidence, that is target driven and able to work as part of a team
• You will be able to demonstrate a positive, engaging, hard-working approach and exhibit the company values of Quickly, Differently & Together.

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