Head of Accounts Payable

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    Swindon, Wiltshire

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    £60000.00 - £70000.00 per annum + Bonus, Benefits

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    Experis UK

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    6 months ago

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Head of Accounts Payable


£60,000 - £70,000 + Bonus + Benefits

About the Role

This leading, global Pharmaceutical organisation are seeking their next Global Head of Accounts Payable to join their Finance Shared Services leadership team, based in Swindon, Wiltshire.

You will be responsible for running the Accounts Payable process globally across the business. You will work with the Director, Finance Shared Services to ensure that the needs of the business and the clients receive World Class Functional support from your team.

Having brought their Accounts Payable function back in house 18 months ago, there has been clear processes embedded but there is scope for the right individual to come in and make the role their own, and drive continuous improvement through the function.

You will lead a team of 30 to include Supervisors and AP Clerks, and closely partner with the leadership team and key management on wide ranging projects.

This role presents an excellent career development opportunity for the right person.

Key duties will include:

  • Ensure timely and compliant payment to suppliers
  • Ensure business processes and structures are effective and efficient, and whenever possible, are best in class.
  • Manage working capital requirements and targets through payables process
  • Baseline & Improve compliance infrastructure within payables process
  • Support audit discussions as a subject matter expert, and answer audit requests accurately and on time.
  • Provide SME & leadership to any consolidation activities involving Buy to Pay function
  • Perform "Pivot" process role between corporate & sites on all payables process needs
  • Work with external agencies/suppliers to ensure that internal process needs and customer expectations are met
  • Be a "subject matter expert" & clearly documents business processes in order to develop finance operations objectives
  • Determines and clearly documents operational / financial risks and takes actions to mitigate/eliminate risks

About You

  • Experience in leading a large AP or Finance Shared Services function
  • Thrives on working in a fast-paced environment
  • Ideal industry background includes Pharma, FMCG, Manufacturing or similar
  • JD Edwards ERP system knowledge highly desirable
  • Comfortable dealing with stakeholders up to C-suite level