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Accounts Payable Manager

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Date: 10-Jan-2022

Location: Solihull, Solihull, GB

Company: Britvic

At Britvic, we strive to be the most dynamic soft drinks company, creating a better tomorrow. We offer consumers a range of family favourite and global premium brands. We exist to help people enjoy life’s everyday moments.

As one of the UK’s leading players in the FMCG market we pride ourselves on setting high standards, being courageous and pushing ourselves to think outside the bottle.
Our story started in 1938 as a product that was an affordable source of vitamins to the Great British public. Originally selling Tomato Juice, followed by other juices and mixers, the brand has continued to evolve, becoming a fantastic core range of fruit juice and soft drinks sold across the globe.

You will know some of these brand and most likely have some in your homes, such as Robinson's cordials, Tango, R White's Lemonade, J20, Pepsi and 7up.
We have operations in Great Britain, Ireland, France & Brazil and have been taking our brands around the world, exporting to over 50 countries and working with carefully chosen partners to franchise our brands. 

About the Role:

Over the last 18 months the Accounts Payable team have been on a transformational journey both in terms of people and process.

As a business we are partway through a project to transform the way in which we buy goods and services, from “request to receipt”. The project sees us implementing SAP Ariba which allows us to unlock our full potential to be recognised for excellence in Procurement. 
The implementation of SAP Ariba will support our relationship with suppliers in ultimately ensuring they are paid on time whilst offering the ability for our suppliers to self-serve.

The Accounts Payable team consists of 12 people of which 7 directly report into the Accounts Payable Manager and as a team are responsible for the following activities:

•    Processing of supplier invoices and associated transactions in accordance with financial control framework, systems, deadlines, and targets
•    Prompt resolution of queries with either internal or external stakeholders
•    Supplier statement reconciliations to ensure our liabilities are accurately recorded
•    Managing all payments out for all Britvic entities (including tax, treasury, payroll, co-sec)
•    Ensuring bank reconciliations are completed for all bank accounts and all items that have been processed through the bank are accurately posted to the general ledger
•    Management of the supply chain finance programme
•    KPI management and statutory payment practise reporting
•    Cashflow forecasting and actual cash reporting
•    Reconciliation and review of creditor balance sheet reconciliations


Key Responsibilities:

•    Invoices are processed accurately and promptly inline with targets 
•    Deliver exceptional customer service both internally and externally using NPS (Net Promotor Scoring to identify development opportunities
•    Ensure suppliers are paid on time, first time with no exceptions
•    Be proactive in identifying problems and solutions; engage with stakeholders to ensure best possible outcomes
•    Lead and mentor the team in their professional and personal development; using the Purchase to Pay skills matrix to identify development areas
•    Champion and drive the team working well charter ensuring the balance of office and remote working is fair, consistent and works well for both team and organisation
•    Embrace and challenge ways of working to deliver superior outcomes 
•    Proactively work with the Financial Control team to ensure GRIR ageing balances are kept to a minimum
•    Manage the day-to-day payments to ensure bank entries are processed to the general ledger promptly and there are no bank reconciling items at period end
•    Work with the Treasury team to report accurate currency cash outflow’s and ensure payments are made in accordance with daily deadlines
•    Proactively manage the creditor ledger integrity to ensure minimal debit balances and no aged balances over 30 days unpaid
•    Embrace new initiatives, positively supporting the team in change and innovation
•    Build strong relationships with stakeholders outside of Shared Services but also within the Shared Services manager community
•    Be an advocate of our mission; Talented & Empowered People, Strong Controls and Governance, Continuous improvement driving effectiveness and efficiency, driving business performance with insight, Seen as a valued partner to our stakeholders


Knowledge, Skills & Experience Required:

•    Experience of managing an Accounts Payable team in a high volume, target driven, professional and highly customer focused environment
•    Excellent understanding of basic accounting and VAT principles predominately in GB and Ireland
•    Excellent presentation and communication skills
•    Excellent knowledge of multicurrency ERP systems, preferably SAP
•    Very thorough with a clear eye on attention to detail and accuracy
•    Proven self-ability to identify problems, offer solutions and act on the agreed solution to resolve the identified issue
•    Good understanding of either SOX (Sarbanes Oxley) or financial control framework relating to Purchase to Pay activities
•    Very strong team player, with the drive and flexibility to mentor and support others in the team
•    Excellent IT skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SAP, Microsoft Teams)
•    Good understanding of the end-to-end S2P (Source to Pay) cycle


What we Believe - We're Striving for better

Our Purpose
We give our all to creating products people truly love. Together, we are united by one shared purpose: enjoying life's everyday moments.

Our Vision
The world around us is changing - and we must evolve too. We're on a mission to become the most dynamic soft drinks company, creating a better tomorrow.

Our Values
At Britvic everything we do is informed by our values. It's the way we act in order to achieve our goals and nurture a culture we can all feel proud of.
We care - We care deeply about our brands, our role in society and our impact on the planet. But above all, it's the happiness and health of our people that always comes first.
We're courageous - We're free to dream big, act bravely and lead with heart to deliver breakthrough outcomes.
We own it - Our Integrity, how we work, show up and take accountability matters. We do the right thing, for the right reasons, in the right way. We say what we mean, and do what we say.
We act with Pace - We cut through complexity, responding to opportunities or challenges with agility and pace. We listen to understand, identify solutions and are trusted to deliver.
We're stronger together - We are open, collaborative and inclusive, respecting and learning from each other's unique contributions, while celebrating our collective success. 


We’re committed to providing equal opportunities to all applicants and employees – in fact, this is at the heart of our company culture and values, and we welcome applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds.

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