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Accounts Payable Specialist - Level II

Company: Lakeshore Learning Materials
Location: Carson
Posted on: January 15, 2022

Job Description:

Company Description
Lakeshore Learning Materials is one of the most innovative manufacturers of educational materials in the country. Specializing in top-quality products for the home and classroom, we are a thriving multichannel organization with a robust web business, multiple catalogs for early learning and elementary programs, over 60 store locations and a sales force that is second to none. Thanks to the daily contributions of the amazing people who make up our team, Lakeshore has experienced continuous growth since the day it was founded in 1954.

Job Description
We are currently searching for an Accounts Payable Specialist Level II to handle a wide variety of complex accounting work in both accounts payable and general accounting. In this role, you will take ownership of all accounts payable duties for a wide variety of departments throughout the company, including processing, scanning, researching and mailing. As a member of the Accounts Payable team, you will rely on your great people and problem-solving skills, superb attention to detail and ability to excel under tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment. This position is on-site at our Carson headquarters.

A day on the job looks like this:
Using your expert-level understanding of workflow-based approval systems for order and expense invoices
Maintaining quality control verification of invoice data collected in OCR software
Reconciling and resolving three-way match variances (invoices against purchase order and receipt) using Accounts Payable (AP) software, including reaching out to vendors and internal stakeholders as needed
Facilitating the setup of vendors and invoices in AP software to create proper approval routing, tax verification and coding within the workflow
Maintaining documentation thoroughly and accurately in accordance with company policies and accepted accounting practices
Monitoring aging reports to ensure payments are made on time to vendors and term discounts are handled
Reconciling vendor statements to ensure all invoices and credits are processed
Assisting with vendor setup, including verbal verification of banking information
Supporting the processing of payments, including check, credit card, ACH and wire transfers
Ensuring proper maintenance and storage of records in anticipation of potential audits

Got the skills and experience? Here's what we're looking for:
3-5 years of related accounts payable or accounting experience required; business school or college courses may be substituted for up to one year of experience
Proficiency with accounting software (Lawson/Medius preferred)
Previous experience working for a consumer products business with inventory and three-way match processes
Knowledge of office practices and clerical/accounting procedures
Knowledge of accounts payable workflow
Experience with prepayments is preferred
Strong Excel skills required
Experience with imaging software (ReadSoft/Kofax preferred)
Great accuracy and attention to detail
Exceptional customer service and communication skills over the phone and in person
Self-directed and motivated personality with a talent for working in a collaborative environment
Excellent organizational skills and a strong sense of urgency
Ability to work on-site at our Carson office

And here's our end of the bargain!
Competitive compensation based on skills and experience, plus a bonus plan
Excellent medical/dental and vision coverage-EPO, PPO and HSA
401(k) retirement plan with company contribution (because you will retire someday)
Flexible benefits-choose what you like, ignore the rest
On-site preschool for our employees' children
On-site employee gym for all levels/fitness needs
Generous employee discount on products that make you smarter
Casual dress---and we really mean it

At Lakeshore, we know our diversity makes us stronger, and when everyone feels included and valued, we all win. We strive to embrace our differences and create an intentionally diverse and inclusive community that is representative of the teachers, families and children we serve.
We know we couldn't do the extraordinary things we're doing without the people on our team. Thanks to the passion and enthusiasm of this spectacular group, Lakeshore is more than a great place to work-it's a great experience to be part of. Day in and day out, we give everything we've got to create products that instill a sense of wonder and foster a true love of learning. To help maintain this high bar for success, we're constantly on the lookout for people to join us. So if you're a down-to-earth professional who shares our desire for making a difference, we'd love to hear from you.

To learn more about Lakeshore, visit

Keywords: Lakeshore Learning Materials, Carson , Accounts Payable Specialist - Level II, Accounting, Auditing , Carson, California

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