Accounts receivable (AR) managers are responsible for overseeing the part of a company that deals with money owed to the business. AR managers must manage and coordinate billing and credit related activities such as sending invoices, determining customer credit worthiness and the amount of credit to be extended, attempting to collect on unpaid debts, updating billing records and handling most billing disputes. Some employers may also require that they be responsible for handling commissions and reporting sales tax as well. AR managers usually oversee a team, which may consist of accountants, collectors, analysts, clerks and/or credit professionals. This often varies based on the size of the company. For example, an AR manager at a small company may just oversee a few AR clerks, while a manager at a larger company may oversee a team of ten or more specialists. Regardless of the company’s size and amount of staff, AR managers are usually responsible for hiring, training and evaluating the AR staff.
An accounts receivable manager usually works a standard 40 hour work week and spends their time working in an office setting. Because this type of position is a supervisory position, most companies prefer at least an associate’s degree in accounting, business administration, bookkeeping or a related field. Companies usually also require at least five years of experience in an AR department and require applicants to have demonstrated some leadership experience.
Accounts Receivable Manager Tasks
- Produce and analyze Accounts Receivable reports.
- Research and resolve escalated accounting inquiries develop polocies and procedures for the Accounts Receivable department
- Manage all the day-to-day Accounts Receivable and Collection activities.