Accounts Payable Manager

Kemper Corp. Birmingham , AL 35202

Posted 2 months ago


Birmingham AL


Kemper is one of the nation's leading specialized insurers. Our success is a direct reflection of the talented and diverse people who make a positive difference in the lives of our customers every day. We believe a high-performing culture, valuable opportunities for personal development and professional challenge, and a healthy work-life balance can be highly motivating and productive. Kemper's products and services are making a real difference to our customers, who have unique and evolving needs. By joining our team, you are helping to provide an experience to our stakeholders that delivers on our promises.

Position Summary:

Kemper Corporation is seeking an organized Manager, Accounts Payable to oversee the processing of approximately 8,000 invoices and payments monthly, employee expense reports, administrating the Corporate Credit Card program, and centralize mail intake function for the Accounting Operations team. The manager will have oversight over a team of 15 FTE based in Mumbai, India and 1 direct report based in Birmingham, AL. The manager will have a focus on process optimization, general maintenance of systems and workflows associated with Accounts Payable, coordination of activities with the Procurement function as part of Procure to Pay life cycle and maintaining an effective control environment.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Develop, implement, and maintain systems, and policies and procedures for accounts payable, corporate credit card administration, expense report reviews and processing, and inbound mail intake functions

  • Manage employees directly and indirectly including training, performance appraisal, work allocation and conflict resolution; provide daily oversight, work assignments, and feedback to onshore and offshore team.

  • Oversee the compliance reviews and payment of expense reimbursements against Corporate Travel and Expense policies.

  • Accountable for all Corporate Credit Card Program administration, including processing approved requests, canceling cards for terminated employees, addressing changes in card limits, and investigating any employee inquiries.

  • Oversee all vendor invoice intake and disbursement activity for accuracy and appropriate general ledger coding before processing.

  • Coordinate with adjacent Procure to Pay functions to develop and execute strategies to improve Procure to Pay processes, policies and tools and implement metrics that measure performance against industry benchmarks to drive best in class procurement performance.

  • Developing, implementing, improving, and enforcing budgets, policies, and department controls to increase accuracy and efficiency.

  • Identifying new opportunities for technology and analytics to streamline, automate and improve Procure to Pay processes

  • Maintaining, producing and managing using KPIs and publishing dashboards to communicate department volumes and performance.

Position Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Finance, Accounting, Procurement, or other related field preferred but equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered

  • Minimum 5 years of experience in accounts payables and management with at least 2 of those years leading a team

  • Experience with Workday required

  • Collaborates

  • Builds partnerships and works collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives by:
  • Sharing information with others so there are no surprises

  • Involving others as appropriate to accomplish individual and group goals

  • Encouraging unity rather than "us vs. them" thinking

  • Welcomes and acknowledges the ideas and input of others

  • Communicates Effectively

  • Develops and delivers multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences by:
  • Being clear, concise and professional in communication

  • Listening with interest to what others have to say

  • Sharing information and updates with others as needed

  • Being clear and thorough in reports, documentation and other written information

  • Decision Quality

  • Makes good and timely decisions that keep the organization moving forward by:
  • Demonstrating good judgment in routine, day-to-day decision-making

  • Making sound independent decisions in urgent and non-routine situations

  • Considering various inputs, criteria and trade-offs to arrive at effective decisions and recommendations

  • Using good judgment about whether to act independently or to escalate an issue

  • Drives Results

  • Consistently achieves results, even under tough circumstances by:
  • Demonstrating a strong drive to achieve meaningful results

  • Driving tasks to successful completion and closure

  • Showing determination in the face of obstacles and setbacks

  • Setting high standards for own performance

  • Ensures Accountability

  • Holds self and others accountable to meet commitments by:
  • Monitoring progress of performance and changes approach accordingly

  • Taking ownership of own work

  • Taking responsibility for successes and failures in own work

  • Following through on commitments

  • Manages Conflict

  • Handles conflict situations effectively with minimum noise by:
  • Addressing challenging situations by remaining open to alternate views

  • Expressing differing viewpoints tactfully to avoid creating unnecessary conflict

  • Remaining positive and respectful in the midst of conflict

  • Seeks to find common ground with others to build agreement

  • Nimble Learning

  • Actively learns through experimentation when tackling new problems, using both successes and failures as learning fodder by:
  • Applying new concepts and principles to address problems

  • Enjoying experimenting with test cases as a means to learn

  • Learns from mistakes and adjusts accordingly

  • Learns quickly when facing new situations

Kemper is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, disability status or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. We are committed to supporting diversity and equality across our organization and we work diligently to maintain a workplace free from discrimination. Kemper is focused on expanding our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts to align with our vision, mission, and guiding principles. Kemper does not accept unsolicited resumes through or from search firms or staffing agencies. All unsolicited resumes will be considered the property of Kemper and Kemper will not be obligated to pay a placement fee.



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Accounts Payable Manager

Kemper Corp.