Accounts Payable Manager - Gloucester

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 Gloucester

Situated in the county town of Gloucestershire, Gloucester is located near the Welsh border and around 30 miles north-east of Bristol.

It's also situated on the River Severn, which eventually flows to the Bristol Channel and this, combined with an extensive canal network that was built in the 19th century, led the city to become an important place for international trade, particularly with Spain, France and Portugal.

Gloucester has long been an important site for banking and the financial industry, while manufacturing has also played a big part in the local economy. In fact, there are still factories and research and development facilities within the area for companies like BTR Permali, which makes water tanks and automotive mouldings, and Du Pont.

What's more, Gloucester is also known as a hub for the aerospace industry. Smiths Aerospace and Messier-Bugatti-Dowty are located here - the latter makes landing gear, braking systems and wheels.

Over the last 30 years, Gloucester has undergone significant regeneration, and it is now an ideal place for those seeking Accounts Payable Manager opportunities.

Many of the old warehouses in the port area having been converted or replaced with more modern structures. In addition, there are now a number of business parks - such as Ashville Industrial Estate and Waterwells Business Park - that house a number of IT and media companies, SMEs and businesses based in the service sector.

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