Sr. Accounts Payable Representative

REI (Recreational Equipment Inc)

Seattle Washington

0 year(s)

Job Description
Sr. Accounts Payable Representative



Posted Date: Aug-30-2021

Job ID: 21282

Job Type: Full Time

Job Function: Finance

City: Seattle

State: Washington

Store: Seattle HQ

Remote Eligible: No

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What's cool about this job

This job contributes to REI’s success by engaging, contributing and sharing in the success of REI’s procure-to-pay (P2P) team. This role is responsible for working with the Ariba and SAP P2P systems, engaging with other team members and partnering with our customers and vendors. The role also processes disbursements in a timely and accurate manner in accordance with internal policies and GAAP. This role is responsible for driving continuous process improvement, optimizing the leveraging of technology and providing outstanding customer service. This role addresses escalated internal or external customer service issues with high level conflict resolution and negotiation skills to ensure a positive customer experience. Leading by example and providing guidance to other team members while modeling and acting in accordance with REI’s guiding values and mission is key.

• Acts as an escalation contact for internal and external customer service issues in a timely and professional manner
• Ensures accurate data retention as defined by policy
• Maintains company and employee confidence by keeping information confidential
• Ensures Non-PO invoices are coded and approved in compliance with REI's Chart of Authority and processed only once appropriate documentation and approval is secured
• Reviews, prepares and processes invoices by comparing receiving documents to vendor invoices including verification for the proper cost, discounts, payment terms, allowances, freight terms, tax and account codes
• Acts as an escalation point for invoice processing and account reconciliation activities
• Effectively partners with internal and external partners to ensure complex vendor account reconciliation is managed effectively and efficiently
• Minimizes expenses by processing invoices in a timely manner and taking advantage of supplier discounts
• Manages aging accounts payable (debit balances) to ensure REI funds are collected in a timely manner by investigating issues, corresponding with vendors and escalating when needed
• Reviews, prepares and processes foreign merchandise prepaid invoices. Collects purchase orders; requests a wire transfer, applying duty, customs, freight and miscellaneous expenses to foreign invoice for data entry; clears prepaid inventory account; updates to Inventory Cost Accounting system
• Provides monthly and annual reconciliations of the General Ledger accounts for Prepaid Domestic and Foreign Inventory and Cost of Goods Sold (COGS) accounts
• Oversees the tracking and monitoring of aging credit memos for the Company including the Vendor Marketing Program, New Store allowances, Promotional billings, vendor rebates, personal employee travel and miscellaneous receivables
• Performs the disbursement function by utilizing current accounting systems technology which includes check printing and bank wires. Troubleshoots problems arising from the transmission of data between the bank and internal software
• Assists with period end close process
• Serves as a liaison for external auditors. Assists external auditors by providing requested information/documentation of system or financial data during audit review
• Assists with monthly company purchase card reconciliation
• Reviews expenses to ensure they comply with company policies including the Chart of Authority, Travel Policy, Multi-card policy, Cell Phone/Communication Device policy

Bring your passion and expertise

• 5+ years full cycle accounts payable experience, preferably in a procure-to-pay environment
• 5+ years accounting or bookkeeping experience preferred
• 3+ years accounts receivable or collections experience preferred
• Proficient in Excel, Word and Outlook
• Previous experience using financial systems or AP related software
• Excellent organizational skills with attention to detail
• Consistently demonstrated excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
• Demonstrated ability to resolve and/or escalate conflict using tact and diplomacy
• Builds rapport with all kinds of people inside and outside the organization
• Actively participates and collaborates with others on one's own team and across REI for the achievement of business goals.
• Flexible in one's viewpoints and positions in order to support the direction taken by others at REI
• Ability to maintain confidentiality surrounding sensitive customer or company information
• Uses business knowledge, innovative thinking, and sound judgment in the solution of problems or the pursuit of business opportunities.
• Consolidates information from various sources including feedback from others to reach sound decisions
• Considers the ultimate impact of decisions and actions on internal and external customers
• Works smart by setting effective work goals, establishing priorities, and planning well in order to produce quality work
• Executes effectively by using resources efficiently, meeting deadlines, and keeping others informed of work plans and progress toward goals
• Clearly conveys and accurately receives information by a variety of methods and in various situations
• Acts upon opportunities and involves and influences others in the accomplishment of worthwhile organizational goals
• Challenges the status quo, champions change and influences others to change

At REI we offer an enviable work environment that Fortune Magazine has recognized on the "100 Best Places to Work" list since the award's inception – 23 years in a row! Sure, we work hard, but it’s balanced with time off to play—a strategy that works for us as we continue to grow and thrive. Want to enjoy a workplace where you can be yourself, be heard and be respected while having a job that challenges you? This is the place.

With more than 160 retail locations (and growing), REI offers unique competitive benefits to its more than 15,000 employees, including healthcare, gear and apparel discounts, free equipment rentals and challenge grants to help employees reach personal outdoor goals, generous retirement plan contributions, public transit subsidy, adoptions assistance, paid sabbaticals, and more.

REI is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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