March 19, 2010, Newsletter Issue #121: Accounts Payable Resume

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An accounts payable job can range the entire gamut from an accounts payable clerk to accounts payable manager. They each have their own job descriptions and responsibilities. An accounts payable job is concerned with the outflow of company cash, dealing with invoices and vendors, and maintaining the liability account of accounts payable. Be sure that your resume fully represents your accounts payable experience, especially if you are looking to move up in title. An Accounts Payable Manager usually oversees the Accounts Payable team. They provide supervision and guidance for the accounts payable team. The A/P Accountant ultimately reports to the Manager. Other duties and responsibilities the Accounts Payable Manager can perform include: Establish company A/P guidelinesApprove payment vouchers Oversee accounting software programDevelop A/P chart of accountsApprove new vendorsCommunicate with management regarding purchasing and A/P issuesHires, trains, terminates A/P personnelApproves or denies A/P personnel requests such as vacation time, sick time, etc. Updates A/P job descriptionsWrites A/P manualAscertains A/P budget complianceSigns A/P checksConducts A/P trainingCoordinates monthly closing proceduresManage invoice documentation retentionSchedules and conducts meetings as needed.The A/P Manager requires supervisory skills, advanced A/P experience, and advanced knowledge of industry standards. They usually hold an advanced degree in accounting.

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