Typical work duties of an accounts payable specialist include handling vendor correspondence via phone or email and preparing requisitions for non-inventory purchase orders. Another common duty is coding items such as vouchers and invoices.
An accounts payable specialist also attaches purchase orders to incoming invoices and investigates issues with purchase orders and invoices. Accounts payable specialists also often prepare wire transfers and batch check runs as part of daily duties, and may also assist with monthly tasks such as monthly closing and status reports. People in this position also may reconcile accounts and processes remittance information for invoices.
In general, there are a couple of requirements to meet before working in this field. For instance, most companies require a few years of experience in accounting, as well as 10-key experience. An account payable specialist must also have experience with common computer programs such as Sage MAS 90. People in this field must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and must pay attention to details when working.
Those working as account payable specialists must also have the ability to multi-task, have a willingness to learn new skills and remain open to change. These people must also know to follow up on any pending issues and must meet deadlines.