Accounts receivable clerks work in the accounting or finance departments of companies and manage incoming payments from customers and vendors. Specific duties include posting payments to the accounts of customers and handling delinquent accounts.
Accounts receivable clerks are expected to prepare and deliver invoices to customers, organize incoming payments, file deposit receipts and review financial records for accuracy. Clerks may be expected to take payments directly from customers, authorize payments over the phone and issue direct receipts. In addition to mastery of basic math, clerks need to have good interpersonal communication ability if they are in direct contact with customers. Some companies may require familiarity with their accounting software in order to enter records. Accounts receivable clerks must be trustworthy, as they handle large amounts of money on a monthly basis.
Accounts receivable clerks work in government, non-profit and private industry. Entry-level positions generally require no more formal education than a high school diploma, but some positions may require years of related experience in accounting or an equivalent college degree. Unlike accounts payable clerks, there is no specific industry certification for accounts receivable clerks. However, some accounts receivable clerks may seek a Certified Bookkeeper Designation from the American Institute of Bookkeepers.