Accounts payable (A/P) administrators (or managers) are responsible for the daily management of staff in the accounting department for a business. Their staff members can include accounts payable clerks and bookkeepers. They ensure the accuracy and timeliness of processes and payments. They are also responsible for ensuring compliance with federal and state government requirements. At times, they serve as a liaison for outside vendors, corresponding with them and responding to their inquiries.
Accounts payable managers prepare annual reporting and daily, weekly and monthly analysis and reconciliations. They may have to resolve discrepancies where they exist. They work closely with the purchasing departments, management, and the accounting departments they oversee. They typically work in an office environment on a normal Monday through Friday work week with standard business hours. They may, however, be required to work additional hours during peak accounting times, such as the end of year and tax seasons.
Accounts payable administrators may work in a wide variety of industries: They can be employed in the public or private sector, across all areas of government, as well as large and small private companies. Typically these companies require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in accounting, business, finance, or a related field for an accounts payable manager. Several years of work experience is also usually required. Aside from those requirements, accounts payable administrators need to have a strong basis and understanding of accounting concepts, an advanced aptitude in spreadsheet software and excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
Accounts Payable (A/P) Administrator Tasks
- Calculate the money a company owes and send payments to vendors.
- Review invoices for accuracy and work to resolve discrepancies.
- Manage a company’s vendor billing system and update vendor files.