Director of Accounts Payable - Los Angeles, CA

Summary

We are looking for a detail-oriented, motivated individual with an entrepreneurial spirit who is excited by the opportunity to help build something incredible from the ground up. Reporting to the Corporate Controller, the ideal candidate will lead, motivate and manage the corporate accounts payable function for a high-growth, multi-site, publicly traded company. The position will be responsible for the timely, efficient, accurate and cost-effective accounts payable processing, including day-to-day activities, critical and timely solutions, proper controls and compliance with statutory requirements. This position will work closely with internal customers and departments involved in supporting both the technical and functional aspects of the department's applications, processes and procedures. This job is full time and will be based in Los Angeles (or Culver City adjacent), California. 
 

EssentialFunctions

  • Sets and applies strategic vision for the AP department and aligns it with the strategic vision of the overall organization

  • Directs AP operations, processes, and strategies, meeting all deadlines and related responsibilities in support of the business

  • Possesses and applies a comprehensive knowledge of current and evolving best practices and industry trends

  • Optimizes the companies ERP system for maximum efficiency and informational effectiveness

  • Implements appropriate financial and organizational controls to ensure that all contractual and operational payments are processed in a timely fashion

  • Guides and influences people, processes, and resources to support the best interests of the business. Available to all internal and external customers for timely issue resolution

  • Builds trusting relationships with business leaders and partners

  • Adapts to shifting priorities while maintaining focus on the broader business

  • Leads non-routine special projects that may include reporting and analysis for internal departments, technology enhancements, and system upgrades

  • Actively and consistently supports all efforts to simplify and enhance the customer experience

  • Maintains an understanding of financial concepts, methods, standards, principles, and technology, and makes sound decisions and recommendations

  • Provides support, training, mentoring, and development to reporting staff on an ongoing basis to ensure the department performs at a maximum performance level. Plans, schedules, and directs staff to promote efficiency in completing their job responsibilities

  • Supports the internal, external audit processes and directs the documentation of procedures to comply with audit requirements for the area of responsibility

  • Consistently examines trends in the existing data to uncover opportunities for improvement and efficiency in the business


Competencies

  • Strong analytical, problem-solving and communication skills

  • Knowledge of accounting theory and procedures

  • Exceptional organizational and documentation skills

  • The ability to multi-task and effectively prioritize in a fast-paced environment

  • Highly collaborative team player with the ability to develop and enforce policies and procedures

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Professional attitude and a strong work ethic

  • Superior managerial and interpersonal skills, with an ability to supervise and motivate others


Preferred Education and/or Experience 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, Accounting, Economics or related discipline

  • 10+ years of progressive accounting work experience, with 5+ years in an AP leadership role in a high volume environment

  • Demonstrated understanding of successful benchmark, KPI and SLA delivery to targets

  • Advanced PC skills in Microsoft office suite,  advanced Excel skills including Pivot Tables and Nested Formulas

  • ERP systems experience required

  • Proven Manager and Mentor

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