Accounts Payable Service Owner

Recruiter
Baker&McKenzie
Location
Belfast, UK
Salary
Competitive
Posted
13 Sep 2019
Closes
19 Sep 2019
Ref
1237486965
Sector
Accountancy
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Description
Role Type: Full-time, Permanent
Role Close Date: 16th September 2019
Location: Belfast The Accounts Payable Service Owner will assume accountability as the Owner for the Accounts Payable End-to End service area across geographic and business unit boundaries; partner with key members of the Procure-to-Pay (P2P) and In-Market teams and other Professional & Business Services (PBS) teams to drive efficiencies and operational excellence in delivering timely and accurate payment to the Firm's vendors while minimizing business and financial risk.
Responsibilities:Collaborate with P2P leads and In Market teams across all geographies in the efficient, high quality delivery of Accounts Payable End-to-End services across the Firm in alignment with the Service Catalog
Collaborate with Process and Quality (P&Q) experts to establish appropriate Service Levels (SLAs) and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
Facilitate the consolidation of KPI data and analyse findings; recommend and deliver solutions to address emerging challenges and opportunities
Align key stakeholders, both internal (budget owners, In-Market business partners, etc) and external (vendors) on the direction of the global process; support process implementation
Assess team skills and support the end to end teams where necessary
Build strong, collaborative working relationships with Center-based personnel and In-Market Business Partners with a focus on driving efficiencies and improving levels of service
Collaborate with technology resources to ensure AP systems (SAP, SuccessFactors, Chrome River) are used efficiently; recommend and assist with the implementation of system enhancements as part of a continuous improvement effort
Design and execute testing strategies and plans for ongoing process and technology change initiatives
Enhance accounts payable reporting packages
Maintain and document relevant policies and standard operating procedures
Experience RequiredSkills and Experience:
Bachelor's degree in business administration, commerce, finance, liberal arts, or related courses
Experience leading teams in a shared service center or business process outsourcing organization as well as remote resources.
Strong understanding of accounting or finance principles as well as the specific law firm or professional service accounting structure, environment and requirements
Strong understanding of best practices related to vendor invoice payment service delivery
Keen attention to detail and effective organizational skills
Excellent English verbal and written communication skills
Good working knowledge of MS Office applications (e.g. Excel, Word, Outlook)
Must be confident to escalate and ask questions, especially when being asked to deviate from standard processes.
Knowledge and experience of financial systems (SAP preferred but not required)
Ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks to meet deadlines
Ability to perform at high levels in a fast paced ever-changing work environment and successfully adapt to changing priorities and work demands, including learning new skills when required
Strong problem solving and analytical skills
Ability to anticipate work needs and follow through with minimum direction, follow up on own initiative

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