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Senior Accounts Payable

Supporting Education Group
Closing date
7 Jul 2022

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Contract Type
Full Time
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Who are we?

Supporting Education Group is a leading UK education sector provider. SEG is a £200m private equity backed group, with aggressive growth history and plans, delivered organically through its current nine (9) trading units, but also through remaining highly acquisitive in nature. To find out more about SEG visit (url removed).

Who are you?

This role suits a confident, self-driven problem solver who has a proven track record in managing material purchase ledgers under minimal supervision throughout their career. You will enjoy working in a fast paced transactional role and building relationships with key suppliers and stakeholders across all the entities.

Job Description:

Job Title: Senior Accounts Payable
Reporting To: Finance Manager
Hours: 40 hours per week (reduced hours in the summer holidays)
Contract Type: Permanent - Immediately Available
Location: Mix of remote working and office based (Bloomsbury, London)
Salary Package: Competitive (+ benefits)

Job Purpose:

Working within an immediate finance team of 5, you will be fully responsible and in control of purchase ledgers for multi-entities, processing invoices with different levels of complexity, whilst tracking important information in respect of projects and other central group initiatives, processing staff expenses, as well as preparing weekly payment runs for the review and approval of the Finance Manager.

Duties and Responsibilities:

* Manage several AP mailboxes in a methodical way to ensure proper email/invoices organisation
* Ensure invoices are fully authorised and approved before they become due
* Review supplier statements and perform regular reconciliations with our records
* Ensure the timely payment of suppliers' invoices in accordance with the agreed terms
* Approve and process expenses payment runs for an average of 100 employees on a weekly basis
* Administration of multi-entity credit cards, liaising with employees and ensuring correct allocation of expense types and VAT
* Be the first point of contact for all suppliers and staff and be able to solve their queries efficiently
* Build and maintain good relationships with managers and HoDs to ensure a smooth approvals and invoice processing
* Maintain all purchase ledgers, ensuring that there are no overdue invoices or un-allocated transactions at all times
* Run Aged Creditors Reports and follow month-end procedures
* Assist and be heavily involved in projects to enhance OCR, POS and expense management systems

Person Specification:


To have extensive experience and a proven track record in a similar role within a finance team or an accounts payable department, operating in a highly transactional environment with tight deadlines.
A self starter who is team oriented and able to have a consultative and receptive approach, and the ability to find creative solutions to everyday challenges.
To have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to build positive relationships across all levels of management.
To be confident working on different accounting systems and expenses packages, as well as Office365 applications.
To have strong administration, time management and organisational skills, by being a pro-active and motivated problem solver.
To be able to work effectively with suppliers, as well as internal and cross-function teams.Desirable:

Strong working knowledge of Access Group accounting applications.
Previous experience working in a highly functional and system driven environment.
Previous involvement in projects to enhance or implement OCRs and purchase ordering systems.
What do we offer in return?

Supporting Education Group (SEG) offers a dynamic and fun working environment, based in our modern central London offices, with the flexibility of hybrid working and reduced summer hours.

Learning and Development is encouraged here at SEG and the chosen candidate will be supported in their academic studies, as well as have access to our internal L&D programmes and workshops to support employees growth and development in all areas, including management and leadership as the career progresses.

Your health is also a priority for us. After your probation, you will be enrolled into our life insurance policy as well as added to our basic health plan. Our occupational health partners will also be there to support both your physical and mental health needs.

We work hard here at SEG but we also know how to have fun and celebrate our successes! Beside regular trips to the pub and other social events/activities, our end-of-year and summer parties spare no expense, hosted in some of the most exclusive London locations. You can join us or not (if you prefer) but who would want to miss out?

So if you think you fit in our culture and have what it takes to be our colleague and embark on a journey of growth and success, let us know
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