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Senior Manager, Accounts Payable

Requisition Number:  12059
Contract Type:  Permanent
Location(s): 

Betzdorf, LU

 

ROLE DESCRIPTION SUMMARY

 

The position leads the SES group’s team of accounts payable (‘A/P’) specialists, mainly located in Luxembourg and The Netherlands, who cover, primarily, the following activities:

 

  1. The processing of supplier invoices, and other financial obligations such as taxes;
  2. The timely settlement of supplier invoices, and other financial obligations; and
  3. The processing of expense reports from SES staff in connection with business travel.

 

The team covers many associated activities such as: business partnering with internal procurers and external vendors; ensuring regulatory obligations (such as tax-related data capture and sub-missions) are dealt with in a competent and timely way; and, managing the development and quality of all associated systems and processes in the areas of vendor invoicing and travel operations.

 

Extended Job Description:

 

 

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES / KEY RESULT AREAS

 

  • Manage the A/P team, balancing workloads to ensure timely processing and settlement of vendor invoices and other financial obligations.
  • Set realistic, but challenging, performance targets, and establish key performance indicators, to monitor the effectiveness and quality of the service provided.
  • As global process owner for A/P, and in conjunction with other stakeholders, monitor, and actively manage, the various process elements and propose, design and implement measures necessary to increase their efficiency, robustness and level of automation.
  • Work with the Controlling and Financial Governance functions to ensure a robust controls and compliance framework is in place and generate and monitor exception reporting.
  • Ensure the necessary level of expertise within the team to cover its activities and coach and develop the team to deliver an efficient and responsive business service.
  • Ensure the timely and efficient processing and settlements of employee travel expense claims, including interfacing with business travel partners where required (for example providers of corporate credit cards and procurement cards as well as the group’s travel service partner).
  • Ensure the Travel Operations team in Luxembourg is an effective and responsive business partner and adviser to business travelers across the group, responding promptly to queries and feedback from the traveler community.

 

COMPETENCIES

 

  • Hands-on expertise in accounts payable processes - preferably also those of travel opera-tions
  • Ability to drive change including the structured analysis of processes and stakeholder inputs to develop actionable, prioritised improvement proposals.
  • The focus and drive needed to ensure continuous process improvement alongside the flexibil-ity and management skill to respond to operational needs in a fast-moving business environ-ment
  • Good interpersonal skills in dealing with business partners / customers across the group, pro-cess stakeholders and external business counterparts.
  • The ability to work effectively in a multi-cultural, multi-location team environment
  • Fluency in both written and spoken English; convincing and clear presentational skills.

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QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE

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  • Minimum ten years’ relevant work experience with at least five in a leadership role in A/P
  • Management experience running financial procurement operations, ideally in the framework of a multi-jurisdictional shared services structure
  • Demonstrable examples of change management in the area of A/P
  • College/university degree in Accounting or other relevant professional qualification
  • Knowledge and expertise in relevant ERP modules and processes (SAP ECC experience an advantage)

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