Accounts Payable Manager - Gillingham

Accounts Payable Manager

While a startup company will usually get by with a single accountant dealing with all the incoming and outgoing payments, as it grows, this becomes more complex, especially when the business relies heavily on suppliers. Whether it’s vendors, freelancers or other services, they normally work on credit, so won’t expect immediate payment, but will expect regular, timely and predictable payments after invoicing if the relationships are to survive.

In supplier-heavy businesses, the accounts department will often be split into accounts payable and accounts receivable, and overseeing the payable team will be the accounts payable manager. It is the team’s responsibility to ensure all invoices coming in are correct, matching purchase orders and other forms of confirmation that products and services have been delivered. Then, they’ll ensure payments are made within the agreed timeframes. The Accounts payable manager will put procedures in place to ensure the department runs smoothly, and will troubleshoot and chase up queries when the staff are unable to.

The skills required for senior accounts payable jobs

Accounts payable manager jobs are best performed by those who have worked their way up the accountancy departments of businesses, whether that’s in general accounts or specifically in accounts payable. Since payable and receivable do have different goals and responsibilities, experience in the payable side is often preferred, but there’s enough crossover to make the skills quite interchangeable at the managerial level.

The accounts payable manager will be an excellent communicator, and should know their way around the various accounting software suites. They’ll also need to be able to investigate queries and chase up disputes, as the supplier is often right when there’s an invoice disagreement.

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Accounts Payable Manager Jobs in Gillingham

Gillingham is a town in Kent where the River Medway spills out into the Thames Estuary. It was historically the site of a barracks and port, but today is home to a popular marina for yachts and small boats. The Royal Navy had a base there until the mid-1980s, when it closed down. The inevitable unemployment caused by the decline of its seafaring links was reversed somewhat by the construction of a business park, which created many jobs and was a success thanks to its already good road and rail links and proximity to London. The town serves much of the surrounding area as a centre of retail.

Gillingham Business Park is a thriving and productive area of the town, and employs many locals. In fact the park is so busy that Premier Inn has a branch there to assist face-to-face business in this region in the South East corner of the UK. With a population of around 100,000 inhabitants and a successful business park and retail sector, Gillingham can be an ideal place to look for a Accounts Payable Manager position if you are living in the area.

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