Accounts Payable Team Leader

United Kingdom, Manchester

Accounts Payable Team Leader

Today, Lonza is a global leader in life sciences operating across three continents. While we work in science, there’s no magic formula to how we do it. Our greatest scientific solution is talented people working together, devising ideas that help businesses to help people. In exchange, we let our people own their careers. Their ideas, big and small, genuinely improve the world. And that’s the kind of work we want to be part of.

We are currently looking for an experienced Accounts Payable Team Leader to join our Accounts Payable team based in our busy Shared Service Centre in Manchester, UK. As the Accounts Payable Team Leader you would be responsible for leading the Accounts Payable team in the provision of timely, accurate and compliant purchase to pay services whilst seeking out opportunities for process alignment and improvement.  In this role, you will focus on Payments to include; Supplier Invoices, Inter-company invoices, 3rd party supplier invoices and payroll payments, as well as Travel and Expenses.

Key responsibilities:

  • Provides timely, accurate and compliant accounts payable services

  • First point of contact for Global Process Owner and for investigation and initiation of queries with suppliers and internal purchasing departments

  • Creates work plans, ownership of KPIs, to define team priorities and coordinates team to ensure completion and inputs into performance evaluations for the team members and manage unresolved queries in the team

  • Supervise, improve and streamline AP process including automation

  • Providing other ad-hoc reporting and financial analysis to line managers and stakeholders

Key requirements:

  • A proven track record, strong understanding and working knowledge of reconciling accounts, particularly supplier accounts and the importance of maintaining strict internal controls ideally within shared services.

  • Experience of managing team within periods of substantial change

  • Experience of leading migration projects and continuous improvement projects

  • AAT desirable

  • Good working knowledge of SAP and Excel and OCR

  • Proven ability to work as a member of leadership team and influence senior management

  • Strong educational background with effective verbal and written communication skills

  • Management of people as well as operational responsibilities essential

  • European Languages desirable

  • Exceptional communication skills – both written and verbal.

  • Problem solving and root cause identification skills.

  • Strong analytic and decision making abilities.

Every day, Lonza’s products and services have a positive impact on millions of people. For us, this is not only a great privilege, but also a great responsibility. How we achieve our business results is just as important as the achievements themselves. At Lonza, we respect and protect our people and our environment. Any success we achieve is no success at all if not achieved ethically.

People come to Lonza for the challenge and creativity of solving complex problems and developing new ideas in life sciences. In return, we offer the satisfaction that comes with improving lives all around the world. The satisfaction that comes with making a meaningful difference.

Reference: R34550