SSC Accounts Payable Payments Analyst (6 months contract)

Costa Rica, San Jose

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.

The SSC Accounts Payable Payments Analyst is responsible for processing various types of accounts payable transactions including data entry of vendor invoices, employee expense reports and manual check request vouchers.  The position is also responsible to ensure controls are adhered, invoice processing is accurate and timely within internal agreements.

Key responsibilities:

  • Ensure that all the related tasks associated with AP Process that may include but are not limited to register direct and indirect charges (FI/MM), prepare payment proposal, perform intercompany processes, control GR/IR open items and prepare reports have been processed with quality in a timely accurate process. Comply with all internal control procedures to ensure accurate financial records.  Taking the lead to provide guidance to the accounts payable (AP) team.  Understand the possible exceptions depending on the specific process and assure that they are documented and communicated to all the team members.

  • Review and analyze the AP day to day process, identifying improvement initiatives to obtain/apply best practices. Ensure the possible payment process issues are being solved in a timely manner. Investigates and initiate queries with the vendors in a timely manner if needed.  Track, review and solve escalations daily that may require to create reports, make root cause analysis, and plans to mitigate them.

  • Perform advanced level review of the payment requests to moderate the risk of irregular payments.  Identify risks and gaps to improve the process.  Maintains compliance documentation covering all in scope AP Controls.  Organized problem solver with a can-do attitude.

  • Effective working relationships with both internal departments and vendors and understanding the urgency and impact on both vendors and the corporation.

  • Interact with auditors, accountants and management as needed to provide information about the department and specific AP request.

Key requirements:

  • Advanced English level (spoken and written).

  • Technical High School degree in Accounting or an advanced Bachelor degree or equivalent in Accounting, Business or related field.

  • SAP/Oracle experience.

  • Intermediate knowledge in Excel.

  • Intermediate experience in Accounts Payable cycle, including Payment Process

  • Excellent attention to detail and quality on data entry.

  • Good customer service & communication oriented.

  • Tactful, confident telephone manner Ability to self-manage daily workload and maintain focus of individual and team goals.

  • Take personal accountability for decisions and actions.

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.

Lonza is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a qualified individual with a disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Reference: R45142