Element Materials Technology

Senior Accounts Payable Representative

Job Locations UK-Edinburgh


Element has an opportunity for a new Senior Accounts Payable Representative to join our team. This is a great opportunity to join one of the fastest growing global leaders in the Testing, Inspection and Certification sector.


Our new Senior Accounts Payable Representative will report to the European Accounts Payable Manager within Element’s Shared Service Centre (SSC) in Newbridge, Edinburgh. The position plays a crucial role in the daily upkeep of our accounts payable department. The role holder will develop a strong collaborative working relationship with the SSC and with the multiple laboratories and locations across the UK and Europe.


You will strive for best practice and work collaboratively on continuous improvement initiatives across the Accounts Payable function and you will be a self-motivated team player with strong communication skills and a solution-oriented mindset. With an excellent eye for detail, you will always strive to deliver brilliant outcomes for your customers.



In this new role you will be responsible for the execution of payments across multiple systems ensuring all payments are made timely and accurately, working to ensure effective controls are maintained, with key responsibilities including:


  • Day to day management of AP payment processes
  • Daily download of multiple bank statements and posting to customer accounts
  • Preparation of weekly payment runs which includes pulling invoices for payment from multiple AP systems
  • Monthly Intercompany payment runs
  • Cash Forecasting in line with all treasury requirements
  • Download and allocation of credit card statements
  • Weekly Bank reconciliations
  • Resolve queries with credit controllers on unallocated cash/remittances
  • Generate monthly metrics, measuring and driving performance improvements
  • Drive continuous improvement ideas
  • Work as knowledge partner of Element lab assigned and their vendors / customers for AP related topics

Skills / Qualifications

  • Previous experience off working in AP department in a SSC environment advantageous
  • Experience in multi-site / location accounts payable support 
  • Studying towards an Accountancy Qualification beneficial
  • Experience with Navision / AX experience desirable (although training will be provided)
  • Proficient in MS Excel
  • Experience of designing and implement KPI’s and scorecards for AP advantageous
  • Excellent analytical skills and knowledge of accounting and financial principles
  • Proven ability to lead and motivate a team
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and comprehension skills.
  • Ability to read and interpret accounting related documents
  • Ability to effectively communicate inside organisation (manager, peers, members of Element team) as well as externally (vendors)
  • Demonstrated problem resolution skills
  • Attention to detail is critical
  • Ability to remain calm when faced with deadlines and multiple priorities
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to function as part of a team
  • Additional language skills other than English is advantageous


Company Overview

We are Element, one of the fastest growing testing, inspection, certification and calibration businesses in the world.


We deliver critical services in Materials Testing, Product Qualification Testing, Certification, Device Calibration and Advisory Services to the Aerospace, Oil and Gas, Transportation, Industrials, Fire and Building product, Infrastructure and other leading sectors, where failure in service is simply not an option.


Everything we do helps our customers to build better products; get their products to market on time; save them time and money; and minimize the risk associated with product development and production.


Our mission is simple: to be the best testing partner in the world and together we strive towards a common vision of becoming the world’s most trusted testing partner.


We have four values that we strive to live by every single day.

  • Safety - We keep our colleagues and visitors safe
  • Integrity - We act honestly and fairly to do the right thing
  • Excellence - We set new standards of excellence in everything we do
  • Partnership - We work together for the benefit of our customers

When combined with our mission and vision, the ethos this creates, enables Element to deliver one thing. CERTAINTY.  We exist to help make certain that the materials and products we test, inspect, certify and calibrate for our customers are safe, quality, compliant and fit for purpose.

Diversity Statement

At Element, we always take pride in putting our people first. We are an equal opportunity employer that recognizes diversity and inclusion as fundamental to our Vision of becoming “the world’s most trusted testing partner”.


All suitably qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment on the basis of objective work related criteria and without regard for the following: race, colour, age, religion, gender, national origin, disability, and/or protected veteran status, or other characteristics in accordance with the applicable governing laws.

TIC Council Statement

Element is proud to be a full member of the Testing, Inspection & Certification Council (the “TIC Council”), an international association representing independent testing, inspection and certification companies. 


Members of the TIC Council must implement and abide by the TIC Council Compliance Code. Element has therefore issued an overarching Code of Conduct which is supported by our Compliance Programme. A copy of the Code of Conduct and more information about our Compliance Programme can be found in the Governance and Integrity section of www.element.com


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