What does an Accounts Payable do?

Accounts payable specialists are responsible for managing and maintaining financial records, with a particular emphasis on processing invoices and other bills. They review and reconcile invoices, obtain any necessary approvals, and initiate payment. They use a variety of AP software programs and other electronic tools to allow for fast and efficient processing and ensure accurate recordkeeping. They prepare year-end summaries, statements, and tax forms such as 1099s. They perform a range of general bookkeeping and accounting tasks.

Accounts payable specialists typically have at least a high school diploma, although additional training or education is helpful. They commonly have a background in accounting or administrative support, and ideally have experience in roles involving the processing of invoices. Proficiency with office software programs like Excel is generally expected.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
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Career Opportunity
3.3 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Accounts Payable Salaries near United Kingdom

Average Base Pay

£28,536 /yr
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Accounts Payable Career Path

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O'Reilly Auto PartsO'Reilly Auto Parts
Accounts Payable Specialist
20 Jan 2022

“Training was sufficient and I felt like I could ask for help when I needed it”

Accounts Payable
22 Jun 2023

“Good training and development schemes and apprenticeships on offer to better yourself and progress your career.”

Brittany Global TechnologiesBrittany Global Technologies
Accounts Payable
7 Jul 2021

“If you are studying or have interest in accounting it is a great position to learn and further your career.”

Carloans 365Carloans 365
Accounts Payable Specialist
20 Nov 2023

“I have worked for the company for several years and have enjoyed the opportunities for personal growth within the business.”

Kate-Lo Tile & StoneKate-Lo Tile & Stone
Accounts Payable Specialist
2 Jul 2023

“Little expectation of contribution outside of normal business hours (there are occasional special projects which require a weekend)”

23rd Group23rd Group
Accounts Payable
13 Apr 2023

“Honestly 23rd Group should be on the top 100 list of best places to work for!”

Accounts Payable
11 Jan 2022

“ABB is one of the best company I have ever seen in my life very good work cul”

Accounts Payable Associate
25 May 2022

“career opportunities are narrow unless you really are looking to do AP for your whole life”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of an Accounts Payable

When working as an Accounts Payable, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Excellent Customer Service, ERP System, Microsoft Office Suite, Attention To Detail and Excellent Communication.

The most similar professions to Accounts Payable are:
  • Management Accountant
  • Accountant
  • Accounting Manager
  • Cost Accountant

The most common qualifications to become an Accounts Payable is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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