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Accounts Payable Assistant


Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £17,408 to £19,730 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term (1 year)
Closing Date:  Friday 21 December 2018
Interview Date:   Thursday 10 January 2019
Reference:  1089318RR

The University of Southampton is among the UK’s top research-intensive universities, with an international reputation for its research, teaching and enterprise activities. As an organisation we have more than 23,500 current students, including 16,000 undergraduates, 7000 postgraduates and researchers, we employ in excess of 5,000 FTE staff. 

The Central Finance Department is seeking to appoint an Expenses and Payments Assistant, to be based in the Payments Office, which houses the Expenses and Accounts Payable teams.

The office processes many types of documents and transactions and generates frequent payments to suppliers, staff, students and visitors.

The role of the Expenses and Payments Department is to support The University’s world-leading teaching and research activities, and other professional services departments, facilitated through the smooth running of our purchase to pay and expense processes.

The University raised 100,000 purchase orders, paid 111,000 supplier invoices and processed 26,000 reimbursement claims in the last financial year. 

The successful candidate will be observant, well organised, and have excellent communication skills along with a flexible working approach. They will work with accuracy and attention to detail, to be able to accommodate the needs of the business.

Strong interpersonal skills and professional telephone manner are fundamental to this post.

Good IT skills including the Microsoft Office package are required, and experience using Agresso or a similar complex finance software package is preferred.

The University offers a generous benefits package including an excellent pension scheme, discounted access to sports & fitness, arts and cultural activities, private healthcare and more.

A generous holiday allowance is offered – up to 20 days annual leave (after a qualifying period), plus 6 paid University closure days, as well as the 8 standard bank holidays.

 Application Procedure

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Elsa Samwell (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2507. Please quote reference 1089318RR on all correspondence.

Please note: The University Recruitment department will be closed from close of business on Thursday 20th December 2018 to Wednesday 2nd January 2019, so we will not be able to assist you with any application queries during this time.

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

Further details:

We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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