Accounts Payable Manager - Greater Manchester

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 Greater Manchester

One of the largest metropolitan areas in the UK, Greater Manchester is situated in the north-west and includes not only the city of Manchester, but also other settlements like Bolton, Stockport, Wigan and Salford. It is a thriving area and an ideal option for anyone seeking Accounts Payable Manager vacancies.

From as far back as the Middle Ages, the region was known for its cloth and wool trade. The Industrial Revolution brought with it a massive boost to the economy and population, as mechanised mills, cotton spinning and textile factories sprouted up across the area.

The Manchester Ship Canal was completed in 1894 and provided a way for ships to come all the way into the city, simplifying trade and giving rise to a thriving port area.

Today, the Greater Manchester area is home to a vast range of companies. Manufacturing is still an important part of the local economy, while financial services, real estate and media have also become big business.

Just some of the well-known organisations with head offices or other large facilities in Greater Manchester include the BBC, the Co-operative Group, BUPA, Barclaycard, Kellogg's, the Guardian Media Group, ITV, McVitie's, Adidas, AstraZeneca, Patak's, Warburton's and PG Tips.

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