What does an Accounts Payable Specialist 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
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Career Opportunity
3.3 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

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Accounts Payable Specialist Career Path

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
34%
2 - 4
56%
5 - 7
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8+
6%
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Accounts Payable Specialist Insights

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Holly Hill HospitalHolly Hill Hospital
Accounts Payable Specialist
4 Jan 2021

“I enjoy working with people who need help and I am a very caring and personable.”

Wisco Supply
Accounts Payable
19 May 2021

“I learned so much about this position and I was grateful enough to work with a great manager.”

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”

Brittany 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.”

VeritivVeritiv
Account Payable Specialist
22 Mar 2021

“I had lots of opportunities to learn all aspects of the company and I am grateful for that.”

ABBABB
Accounts Payable
11 Jan 2022

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

RocheRoche
Accounts Payable Associate
25 May 2022

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

QuatrroQuatrro
Account Payable Specialist
20 Mar 2021

“You may not add new learning to your bucket list otherwise its a very good company.”

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

When working as an Accounts Payable Specialist, 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 Specialist are:
  • Management Accountant
  • Accountant
  • Accounting Manager
  • Cost Accountant

The most common qualifications to become an Accounts Payable Specialist 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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