How to Hire an Accounts Payable Specialist

Does your growing business need an Accounts Payable Specialist? As a part of your financial team, Accounts Payable Specialists are responsible for ensuring all bills are paid and payments are issued in a timely manner.

Here are some tips to help you find great Accounts Payable Specialist candidates and make the right hire for your business.

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Salary Information

  • Common wage in US: $17.14 hourly
  • Typical wages range from $7.25$31.65 hourly
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*Indeed data (US) – Jan 2019

Why hire an Accounts Payable Specialist?

The need for new staff can affect both your existing team and your bottom line.

A great account payable specialist hire can help your business:

• Manage petty cash and budgeted expenditures
• Maintain company ledgers for all outgoing expenses and billings
• Ensuring all payments are legal and appropriate taxes are applied

Skills to look for in a great Accounts Payable Specialist

A great Accounts Payable Specialist will have the following skills and attributes as well as work experience that reflects:

• Strong corporate communication skills.
• Expert comprehension of Quickbooks and relevant accounting software
• College degree with an accounting-based focus
• Highly organized
• Teamwork relationship with account receivables
• Swift problem-solving skills

Writing an Accounts Payable Specialist job description

A thoughtful description is important to find a qualified Accounts Payable Specialist. An Accounts Payable Specialist job description includes a compelling summary of the role, detailed list of duties and responsibilities, and the required and preferred skills for the position.

Keywords to include in your Accounts Payable Specialist job description:

• Accounting
• Accountant Specialist
• Accounts Payable

Interviewing Accounts Payable Specialist candidates

Strong candidates for Accounts Payable Specialist positions will be confident answering questions regarding:

• Managing problems surrounding the reconciling of accounts
• Managing the needs of vendors

See our list of interview questions for more examples.

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