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Company: PRA Health Sciences
Location: Reading - United Kingdom
Reference: 2017-38921
Closing Date: 15 Mar 17
Type: Full Time
Salary (£): Competitive
Benefits: Excellent salary + benefits

Job Summary:

An outstanding opportunity to join one of the world’s leading contract research organisations and be part of a dynamic and growing international company. Join PRA Health Sciences as a Accounting Specialist (AP Team Lead) and help realize your career potential.



Location: Reading - United Kingdom 

As a top five CRO, we have worked on 100+ marketed drugs across several therapeutic areas and conducted the pivotal or supportive trials that led to FDA and/or international regulatory approval of 45+ such drugs.

At PRA Health Sciences, providing innovative solutions for our clients is what we do. From full service clinical development to the pioneering Embedded SolutionsTM model, PRA provides a broad spectrum of solutions that meet the demands of a diverse marketplace.

At PRA, borders do not create boundaries. PRA’s success is dependent upon our ability to attract and retain a talented team of diverse professionals.  Our growing workforce is comprised of over 10,000 employees, spanning 13 time zones across six continents and who speak more than 30 languages – yet operate in unison as one worldwide PRA community. 

For more information please see our website:

We are currently seeking an experienced Accounting Specialist (AP Team Lead) to join our Accounts Payable team in Reading. Reporting to the Supervisor of Accounts Payable, the role is responsible for the coordination of work in addition to day-to-day Accounting Specialist duties. The responsibilities in this role include:

Accounting Specialist:

  • Maintenance of Accounts Payable Ledger
  • Entering data efficiently and accurately into multiple accounting systems
  • Complying with complex coding structure
  • Providing Purchase Orders for Approved Requisitions
  • Ensuring Invoice approvals comply with Authorisation Matrix
  • Timely processing of and weekly payment of invoices
  • Assisting Accounts Receivable in collating invoice backup for pass through costs recharged to clients
  • Assisting with Internal and External Audit requests
  • Maintaining the integrity of the AP Ledger (follow up of old items, credit balances, ensuring approved invoices are within approval limits etc)
  • Meeting period and year end deadlines for sub ledger deliverables and close
  • Developing solutions to routine problems in relation to the efficient and accurate entry of data

Team Lead responsibilities, in addition to the above:

  • To coach, mentor & train team members (including unfamiliar areas or procedures) and to promote agreed AP best practice processes at all times
  • Review AP150 payment runs for SOX compliance, Authorisation policy compliance and due dates.
  • Review e-mails to your teams' AP distribution lists to be aware of any issues, potential problems, back-logs, delays, returned payments, to enable you to provide help and support/intervention as required and identify any payment issues/patterns emerging.
  • Convey any concerns or issues you have to AP Supervisor
  • Be aware of the overall AP team and individual management of workloads.
  • Encourage cross ledger cover during holidays/absences within the teams & ensure sufficient training has taken place.
  • Ensure regular AP136 review for ledgers within team.
  • Ensure regular PO135 review for ledgers within team.
  • Ensure regular Invoice log review and ensure regular outstanding approvals are followed up.

Desired skills & qualifications:

To be considered for this role you must have solid previous Accounts Payable experience within a high volume, multi-currency & deadline environment – ideally shared service centre. Experience in providing outstanding customer service, performing complex activities associated with maintaining ledger accounts, and in ensuring compliance with company’s system of internal controls is required. Demonstrated team lead and/or coordination experience is strongly preferred for this opening.

You must have excellent written and spoken English and the ability to communicate effectively. Proficiency in spreadsheet software is essential as is the ability to work under pressure and to multi task. Previous experience of working in a team environment is essential, as is a willingness to help colleagues and provide cover during absences.

Together with a competitive salary, we offer a comprehensive range of benefits and an excellent working environment. As we continue to expand, there will be career opportunities on a truly global scale.

If you have any questions please email or call our recruitment department at +44 (0) 1189 5185 63. 

PRA Health Sciences is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We welcome and encourage diversity in the workplace.

Apply for this job: ACCOUNTING SPECIALIST (AP TEAM LEAD) - Reading, UK

Contact Information:

Address:  Head Office
500 South Oak Way
Green Park
Tel:  +44 (118) 918 1000
Fax:  +44 (118) 918 1001
Website:  Visit Our Web Site

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