Regional Accounts Payable Manager
The Accounts Payable Manager will have overall responsibility for the accounts payable function for all North American Operating Units (OU) under a newly formed Shared Service Center (SSC) concept. Using a thorough knowledge of accounts payable systems, processes and reporting routines, the position will initially be an integral participant in the transition of OU's accounts payables functions to the SSC under a tight time schedule.
This position will have the responsibility to build up and manage a team of qualified accounts payable staff to enable a smooth and seamless transition from the OUs to the SSC. This team will also be responsible for ongoing accounts payable functions for the defined OUs in North America. The ability to work in a multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural environment and strong problem solving and communication skills will be required for success.
The position reports directly to the Regional Head of Accounting SSC North America.
Plans, directs, and manages the Accounts Payable activities of each supported OU in accordance with SSC Accounting guidelines.
Ensure accuracy and timeliness of activities to provide a high level of service to internal customers.
Coordinates and motivates the team to work together and with the OUs in a collaborative manner.
Ensures that the team obtains and maintains the knowledge necessary from each OU to successfully accept and perform the duties and tasks transferred to the SSC.
Develop and maintain procedures, policies and processes surrounding the accounts payable area with an eye toward a strong system of internal controls.
Work within a diverse ERP System landscape with an underlying objective of harmonization and collaboration between other Regional SSCs.
Identify potential process improvements and drive implementation with the goal of promoting and providing cost efficient services to internal customers.
Develop and maintain Key Performance Indicators to measure and promote high levels of efficiency.
Research, analyze and resolve complex accounts payable issues.
Support the annual external audit and internal audit requests and Tax Department as required.
Provide leadership to the team including ongoing development and evaluation of members, develop and maintain a succession plan, and support with work load balance and prioritizing activities.
Maintain clear communication lines between supported OUs and the accounts payable team to ensure accurate processing of transactions.
Actively engage in problem/conflict resolution during the implementation process.
Support OU questions on accounts payable as required.
Qualification & Business Experiences
Excellent management skills and ability to organize and plan effectively to meet goals, deadlines, and objectives.
Strong oral and written communication skills and ability to convey business requirements and technical needs in a clear, concise, and effective manner.
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively across Divisions and Departments.
Ability to exercise professional judgment and assume responsibility for decisions which have an impact on people, quality of service, and costs.
Experience in a multi-industry environment (manufacturing, construction and distribution).
Solid understanding of foreign currencies and the accounting for transactions in multiple currencies.
Familiarity with modern payment processes.
Strong analytical skills to solve problems and the ability to accurately communicate findings.
Possesses ability to manage multiple project plans successfully and simultaneously.
Accomplishes commitments towards goals and objectives by motivating individuals and groups by creating a positive work environment.
Ability to adapt and understand different operating unit accounts payable processes.
Deals with interpersonal conflict, stressful work conditions by coping in a mature, problem-solving, solutions-oriented manner
Education and Experience
Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Business or related discipline, or equivalent work experience.
Minimum of five years of solid experience in accounts payable operations, two of which should be in a supervisory role.
Experience with highly integrated ERP systems (SAP, Navision or J.D. Edwards preferred).
Prior experience in a Shared Service Center environment would be a plus.
Strong computer skills particularly Microsoft Office.
Voith is an EEO compliant employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law.