University of St. Thomas

Accounts Payable Manager

St. Paul
Dec 20, 2016
Mar 04, 2017
Job Type
Employment Status
Full Time

The University of St. Thomas invites qualified candidates to apply for an Accounts Payable Manager within Accounts Payable.

This position is responsible for management functions for the Accounts Payable Department at the University of St. Thomas. These key functions include; payables processing including p-card processing, IRS 1099 reporting, process ownership, project management, system administration and analysis. Customer service is critical as this position is responsible for assisting internal departments in payment processes in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. This position is responsible for providing support regarding policy, procedures and best methods to ensure solid financial controls and prudent stewardship of university resources. System skills are critical as the position must utilize, support, train and/or administer several financial systems including; Banner Finance, SciQuest, banking and check-writing systems, reporting tools, Microsoft Excel and others. This manager will personally process financial transactions and must have a high level of personal productivity. This manager role also provides departmental leadership for accounts payable employees and as the owner of accounts payable systems and processes.

  1. Accounts Payable Process Management & Processing
    • Accounts Payable Processing – leads team responsible for the timely processing of University of St. Thomas accounts payable transactions including; invoices, check requests, independent contractors, employee expense reports, prepaid expense requests, cash advance, p-card, student reimbursements, petty cash, stale checks, check voiding and refund processing while ensuring the highest standards of regulatory compliance, accuracy and productivity.
    • Check-Run - responsible for management and execution of weekly check-run including; running and printing checks, meeting payment schedules, monitoring payable cash flow, monitoring vendor discounts and dating, check register reconciliation and positive pay communication processes.
    • Electronic Processing – responsible for all electronic methods of payment including ACH, wires, credit card and others as needed.
    • Financial Controls – work with Controller’s Office to ensure proper treatment of payables in compliance with GAAP, IRS regulations and University of St. Thomas policies and procedures.
    • Disputes - responsible for resolving questions and disputes associated with payment processes.
    • IRS 1099 Processing – responsible for timely, accurate processing of IRS 1099 documents.
    • Data Retention – ensure proper scanning, storage and retention of documents per GAAP, IRS Regulations and University of St. Thomas policies and procedures.
  2. Accounts Payable Process Ownership & Project Management
    • System Management – Responsible for accounts payable systems including; upgrade testing, issue escalation and resolution, enhancement recommendation and follow-thru.
    • Electronic Processing - researches and implements accounts payable technology to optimize electronic payment processing.
    • Continuous Improvement - Maintains on-going expertise and pursues continuous improvement in accounts payable as relates to industry standards and best methods and communicates such standards and methods with university departments.
    • Collaboration – collaborates with Purchasing Services, Controller’s Office, IRT and other departments as needed on routine processing and projects.
  1. Analysis of Accounts Payable Data.
    • Key Metrics - report on key accounts payable metrics semi-annually.
    • Data Mining - review, evaluate, recommend and create and/or simplify accounts payable processes for the broader university community based on accounts payable data and industry best methods.
    • Ad Hoc Reporting - Analyze accounts payable data as needed to drive opportunities with internal departments, vendors, consortiums.  
  1. Customer Service, Training & Communication.
    • Daily Customer Service Focus - demonstrate a high level of customer service to internal customers and external vendors representing Finance, and Administration’s vision and strategic initiatives in a professional manner.  
    • Timely & Proactive Communication - respond to internal customers and vendors via phone, fax, mail, and/or e-mail in a professional and timely manner using good judgment and initiative with projects that improve accounts payable customer service, vendor relations and the welfare of the UST community.
    • Documentation - develop, write and effectively communicate accounts payable related content via an e-mail, newsletter, website update, verbally, etc.
    • Training - provide assistance, training and advice to customers on Banner and e-procurement systems with compliance to department and university policies and procedures.
  1. Supervision.
    • Supervise Staff – Supervises full time and part time hourly staff members.
    • Student Worker Responsibility - delegates and supervises the hiring and training of accounts payable student workers. 

Perform additional tasks as assigned by supervisor.

This is a full-time, benefits eligible position. The University of St. Thomas offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits program, which includes medical, dental, vision, life, long-term care, legal, and disability insurance coverages. Offerings also include retirement plans, flexible spending accounts, a health savings account, and an employee assistance program. The University provides tuition remission to its employees, spouses, and dependents. In addition, the University values a healthy work/life balance and has generous provisions for paid time off.


Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree and five years of professional accounts payable experience to include at least two years of supervisory experience. An equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and skills have been acquired may be substituted.

Preferred qualifications: Higher education experience and experience with project management.

Knowledge of: Business arithmetic; standard office practices and procedures, including filing and the operation of standard office equipment; record keeping principles and practices; correct business English, including spelling, grammar and punctuation; techniques for dealing with vendors, suppliers and university staff, in person and over the telephone, occasionally in confrontational situations; specification writing and competitive bidding practices; standard vendor, price and purchasing reference sources for materials, equipment and supplies; principles and practices of contract negotiation and administration; applicable laws, codes, regulations and policies; computer applications related to the work; basic budgetary practices and terminology.

Skill in: Reading and interpreting purchase requests, specification and other written materials; learning, interpreting and applying applicable laws, codes and regulations; making accurate arithmetic calculations; maintaining accurate office files; preparing clear and concise reports, agenda items, correspondence and other written materials; understanding and following oral and written directions; organizing own work, setting priorities and meeting critical deadlines; establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work; buying effectively with regard to quality, quantity and price; contributing effectively to the accomplishment of team or work unit goals, objectives and activities; using initiative and independent judgment within established procedural guidelines.

Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good.  The successful candidate will possess a commitment to the ideals of this mission statement.

In light of its commitment to create and maintain a safe learning and working environment, employment with the University of St. Thomas requires successful completion of a background screening.

The University of St. Thomas, Minnesota Human Resources Department advertises the official job listing on its website. If you are viewing this posting from a site other than “Jobs at St. Thomas”, the University assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of information.

The University of St. Thomas is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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