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Accounts Payable Manager

Harris Federation
Croydon, London, United Kingdom
Competitive Salary
Closing date
May 22, 2024

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Job Role
Accounts Payable
Contract Type
Full Time
Working With Us
The founder and sponsor of the Harris Federation, Lord Harris of Peckham, opened our first school in 1990. We have, over the past thirty years, implemented ideas and initiatives that have transformed the opportunities of pupils from working class and disadvantaged backgrounds. Harris academies are widely recognised as a force for social mobility. We are immensely proud of the role that our alumni are now beginning to play in the world and of what we believe our current generation of pupils will go on to achieve.

We now have over 50 schools educating more than 40,000 young people across London and Essex, and employ over 5,000 staff across our academies and head office. With the majority of our academies located in areas of high socioeconomic disadvantage, a high-quality education is key to the futures of the pupils we serve.

As a provider of employment and education, we value the diversity of our staff and students, and all our staff are equally valued and respected. We are committed to providing a fair, equitable and mutually supportive learning and working environment for our students and staff.

Our work will impact many generations to come, and our staff come from all backgrounds and walks of life, coming together to inspire young minds. We promote an inclusive culture that embraces the valuable and enriching contribution that all of our community make. We continue to be proactive in uplifting and supporting all voices at Harris.

To discover more about our culture, ethos and what it is like to work here, visit the Why Work For Us page.
Main Areas of Responsibility
Your responsibilities will include:
  • Ensuring that purchasing administration from point of order through to payment is administered in line with agreed Service Levels
  • Ensuring Suppliers are informed and up to date with payments, striving to ensure positive supplier engagement as a baseline to securing favourable terms
  • Ensuring creditors control accounts and purchase ledger are operated accurately, efficiently and to agreed timescales
  • Ensuring smooth operation of the payment process
  • Ensuring that accounting information is correct and can be relied upon
  • Ensuring all employee expense processing and auditing is completed on time and in line with internal policies
  • Ensuring timely problem and issue management in line with agreed service levels
  • Developing and maintaining insightful management reporting on key performance indicators
  • Ensuring a high level of data quality is maintained
  • Driving efficiencies and effectiveness of the team, processes, data, and systems to enable improvements in the end-to-end P2P workflow
  • Developing and leading an efficient and motivated team to delivery of accurate and timely P2P information and results
  • Maintaining effective communication with key stakeholders developing strong and positive relationships
What We are Looking For
We would like to hear from you if you have:
  • Proven experience in similar Accounts Payable leadership roles
  • Experience of processing high volume transactions across complex structures
  • Knowledge of accounting and VAT principles
  • Experience of running and driving improvements within an Accounts Payable function
  • Track record of managing and developing high performing team
  • Experience of Oracle Fusion or similar complex financial systems
  • Strong ownership and accountability along with a positive can do attitude
  • Ability to assess performance from a holistic view, drawing out key areas for improvement and resolution
  • Strong data analysis and problem solving skills
  • Excellent customer service and communication skills
  • Strong time management techniques to plan and organise workload
  • Strong people management skills

For a full job description and person specification, please download the Job Pack.
Applying for this Position
If you would like to discuss the opportunity further, or if you have any questions, please contact us via email to arrange a conversation.

Before applying please ensure you download the job pack from our careers website, this will help with completing your application. Please note that we only accept applications submitted online before the closing date.

When applying, you will have the option to import your CV or use a LinkedIn profile which will auto populate the online application.

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