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Accounts Payable Officer

Manage payments and expenses for an organisation as part of a finance team.

What's it like to be an Accounts Payable Officer?

An Accounts Payable Officer is responsible for finalising payments and managing expenses for items sold and services provided to customers or clients. They may also manage the payment cycle for employees of the organisation.

Accounts Payable Officer

Tasks and duties

  • Reviewing, processing, verifying and reconciling all payments and expenditures including payroll, invoices, superannuation and purchase orders.
  • Preparing monthly financial reports and expense statements.
  • Addressing and resolving financial queries from clients, suppliers and staff.
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Accounts Payable Officers are important members of a finance team. They work in a range of settings such as educational institutions, finance and accounting firms, building and construction companies, within the health industry and non-profit organisations.

People with skills in data entry, an interest in financial matters, a keen eye for detail and excellent organisational skills are well suited to a career as an Accounts Payable Officer.

What can I earn as an Accounts Payable Officer?

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How to become an Accounts Payable Officer


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While formal qualifications aren’t required to become an Accounts Payable Officer, a solid understanding of bookkeeping and accounting is needed. Employers may prefer individuals who have qualifications in a related field or those with several years experience in accounts payable.

  1. Gain experience in the field with an entry-level position or alternatively, undertake qualifications in finance or economics, accounting, business or commerce. This may be a course such as a Diploma of Accounting (BSB50217) or a Bachelor of Accounting.
  2. Investigate whether you also need skills in software such as MYOB and Xero.
  3. There are multiple opportunities for Accounts Payable Officers who wish to further their career, such as working up to senior or managerial roles or to an Assistant Accountant position.

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Diploma of Accounting

This diploma will provide you with the skills needed to find employment in professional accounting roles in the financial services industry.
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Bachelor of Accounting

This degree will prepare you for employment in a range of professional roles in the Accounting industry.
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Certificate in MYOB Bookkeeping

This certificate provides you with a foundation in MYOB software and the skills to maintain accounting data.

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Latest Accounts Payable Officer reviews

Latest reviews from 42 Accounts Payable Officers surveyed on SEEK
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May 2021
Accounts Payable can be easy and hard but learning to adapt makes it worth it
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Business
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Accounts Payable
The good things
Structure in tasks, autonomy, learning new things along the way and being able to make changes/improvements
The challenges
Policies in place in most businesses differ so making sure to be able to adapt and know what you are doing and expected is a challenge. This is in terms of work being reviewed, how often payments are ...
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Nov 2018
Accounts payable is great for those that like to build on familiarity to gain company knowledge
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Psychology
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Foreign accounts
The good things
Processing and QC of data for budget Cost control Detail orientated data or summary for future budgets Linking and information relevant to assets
The challenges
Integration of systems Limitations of system work flows Database management Training of staff for consistency
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