With 2765 global outlets, over 19,000 employees and an estimated £2bn turnover, there is no doubting the fact that Arcadia Group Ltd is an established retail powerhouse. Made up of seven of the UK high street’s best loved fashion brands – Burton Menswear, Dorothy Perkins, Evans, Miss Selfridge, Topshop, Topman, Wallis and out of town shopping concept, Outfit. In 2002 Arcadia Group became part of Taveta Investments, since then we’ve expanded our digital business rapidly and seen huge international growth - now operating with over 600 outlets across 40+ markets.
Operating at the heart of our business, Shared Services offer efficiencies to all of our Brands by providing centralised resources and competitive synergies for the Group. The Shared Services Teams work across all Brands and are responsible for a huge range of activities from delivering product to over 40 countries worldwide, to achieving award winning store designs and handling 100,000 Customer Care calls each year. Within Shared Services there are over 1,000 employees working across 16 distinctive departments including International, IT, Finance, HR, Logistics, PR, Property, Digital and Sourcing.
The AP Manager will be responsible for managing a team of 35 through 3 direct reports. You will manage all allocated resources effectively and efficiently delivering a best in class service to both internal and external customers. This is a key role within Transactional Services that interacts closely with various business units (Purchasing, multiple brand B&M teams, Logistics, Finance and Legal) to ensure timely and accurate payment of goods for and goods not for resale supplier Invoices. You will have knowledge of OCR (optical character recognition) and ERP implementation projects to support our finance transformation program.
Day to Day:
Responsible for BAU system, process and business change during finance transformation as a major stakeholder in ERP Payables process delivery
Drive effective team performance through the daily review of KPI’s, ensure all risks and concerns, along with potential solutions are escalated in a timely manner to senior management
Develop teams understanding of all key activities across AP (end to end)
Coach and mentor to ensure continued professional development whilst achieving departmental service level agreements
Conduct 121’s and lead team meetings to drive ownership of roles and responsibilities
Accurate amendments to supplier bank details and new set up in line with controls and company policy
Accurate processing of supplier invoices, developing an understanding and awareness of financial impacts caused by non-compliance
Resolution of internal and external queries, escalating potential areas of risk to senior management
Timely approval of supplier payments, liaising with treasury department to provide visibility of cash flow
Ownership of internal expenses process, providing timely payment for employee claims
Maintenance of creditors debit balances, completing month end procedures in accordance with policy
Support implementation and education of AP and stakeholders of “No PO no Pay” best practice
Accountability for ensuring all balance sheet reconciliations are prepared and independently reviewed on a monthly basis in accordance with Accounting Centre policies
Either AAT qualified or equivalent accounting qualification is desirable but not essential
Prior experience as a project stakeholder for change or implementation/transformation of automated P2P solution
Experience of business and supplier engagement to support change and training
Credible leader with the ability to improve productivity and drive change
Experience of managing a large team in a complex organisation
Good attention to detail with the ability to prioritise tasks accordingly and manage a varied workload
Strong numeracy and analytical skills with the ability to investigate queries thoroughly and accurately
Ability to build strong relationships and work collaboratively across the various Arcadia brands
Good knowledge of purchase to pay and accounting principles, activities and processes
Strong written and oral communication skills and ability to present and deliver proposals to senior management within the business
The exciting Part
25% discount across all our fab 8 brands to shop until you drop
Regular sample sales to refresh your wardrobe at fractional prices
Fun, inspiring and ambitious colleagues pushing the boundaries across the whole business
Regular competitions to win amazing prizes
Events to support our diverse range of charities
We regret, due to volume, only suitable applicants will be contacted.
You’ll find every Arcadia brand shares the same values. We all start with letting people be themselves.
We are informal while professional, and we are all about mixing fun with commercial nous.
Throughout your career with us we will help you develop, and give you the chance to
influence our future. It's not only our products but our people who drive our success.
Our people are at the heart of everything we do.