Accounts Payable Manager

Company Name:
AmeriGas Propane is the nation's largest propane distributor, serving over 2 million residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural and motor fuel propane customers in all 50 states. We have more than 8,000 employees whose spirit, enthusiasm and dedication are displayed every day in the hundreds of cities and towns that we serve across the nation. The companys focus on employees and our employees dedication to customer service will confirm our position as the industry leader. AmeriGas is listed on the New York stock exchange NYSE: APU . For more information visit our website at www.amerigas.com
Job Summary:
Manage daily and monthly processing activities of the Accounts Payable Department to ensure timely payment of all trade payables and to support all field locations, management, and vendors. Ensure proper classification of expenses and liabilities. Manage the paper flow and records retention process. Evaluate processes and initiate new policies, procedures, and technology to reduce costs and improve workflow. Partner with senior management in providing cost effective transaction processing on a timely and accurate basis while fulfilling all internal control requirements of AmeriGas
Duties and Responsibilities:
Directly supervises 3 employees, indirectly supervises 11 employees.
Manage the invoice processing and disbursement process providing a high level of service to vendors and internal customers;
Manage the daily functions of the Accounts Payable Department including but not limited to invoice processing and payment, and reconciliation to the general ledger.
T&E and PCard administration and reconciliation to the general ledger.
Maintain strong internal controls over invoice processing, T&E, P Card transactions and disbursements.
Manage the interface of electronic methods of invoice payments, including payroll garnishments, summary billings, and EDI, interaction with IT, Payroll, Purchasing, and Fleet departments, as well as various major distributors/ vendors.
Integration of acquired entities accounts payable systems as required
Manage the vendor maintenance process including but not limited to vendor set-up, changes to vendor master file, to third party screening and W-9 verification (EIN, SDN, Etc.), and issuance of 1099s
Manage the daily functions of vendor maintenance, voided checks, and posting of work files. Manage the annual preparation and distribution of W-9s and 1099s to comply with IRS regulations. Mange the unclaimed property processes in accordance with each state regulation.
Manage accounts payable function in accordance with AmeriGas policies, procedures and applicable federal and state laws.
Responsible for training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; and appraising performance.
Manage Accounts Payable journal generation process to ensure reconciliation to general ledger.
Manage relationships with internal and external audit
Coordinate with Procurement to attain maximum efficiency and effectiveness through national vendor terms negotiations and policy adherance.
Serve as a liaison between Accounts Payable and IT in the development and management of application systems and procedures, adapting to changes in best business practices.
Communication Skills:
Must possess a strong communications skills set on both verbal and written levels. Ability to independently visualize and format financial/statistical data in a manner which conveys a large amount of information for decision making purposes with limited further analysis or interpretation. Present information and comfortably respond to questions from various groups including vendors, suppliers, employees, peers, and senior management.
Key Characteristics:
Ability to both aggressively manage day-to-day operations and to develop and execute strategies as to how Accounts Payable can be a value added partner to the AmeriGas financial group.
Strong management, analytical and organizational skills
Strong understanding of internal controls and SOX compliance in a financial operations environment. Ability to develop internal control standards if such standards are not present.
Ability to communicate effectively with varying constituencies, including field operations, technology providers, vendors, suppliers, external auditors and senior management
Successful track record in building a financial operations function and establishing a working environment that encourages and supports teamwork in addition to the promotion of continuous process improvement and productivity gains.
Experience leading and maximizing productivity with a diverse organization with a wide range of technical abilities and developmental needs
Willing to make difficult management decisions in support of management objectives.
Education and Experience Required:
Bachelors degree in Accounting or Finance
7-10 years management experience in a heavily transactional financial operations environment
3-5 years management experience with accounts payable processing and disbursements in a centralized environment servicing many physical locations
Strong project management skills
Experience with ERP transaction systems such as PeopleSoft, Oracle, or SAP, etc.
Experience in the use of Microsoft Office Suite.

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