Accounts Payable Assistant (16441)

  • Competitive
  • London, England, United Kingdom London England GB
  • Permanent, Full time
  • Fitch Ratings
  • 19 Jun 18 2018-06-19

Accounts Payable Assistant (16441)

Dual-headquartered in New York and London, Fitch Ratings is a leading provider of credit ratings, commentary and research. Dedicated to providing value beyond the rating through independent and prospective credit opinions, Fitch Ratings offers global perspectives shaped by strong local market experience and credit market expertise. The additional context, perspective and insights we provide help investors to make important credit judgments with confidence.


Fitch Solutions delivers credit market data, analytical tools and risk services to the global financial community. In addition to offering proprietary market-based content, Fitch Solutions distributes the ratings, research and financial data of Fitch Ratings through a variety of flexible platforms. With innovation and experience behind every solution, Fitch Solutions helps financial professionals meet the diverse and evolving needs of today's global markets.


Fitch Ratings and Fitch Solutions, along with Fitch Learning and BMI Research, are part of the Fitch Group, a global leader in financial information services with operations in more than 30 countries. Fitch Group is majority-owned by Hearst.


Fitch Ratings and Fitch Solutions are an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer, complying with all laws governing employment in each jurisdiction in which operating, and provide equal opportunity to all applicants and employees. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and other status protected by applicable laws.


The Finance Department in London is a team of around 60 members in an open plan environment with responsibility for all financial and accounting requirements of the Fitch Group's UK and certain European subsidiaries.  In addition, it has responsibility for oversight and consolidation of Fitch's other entities in EMEA, Asia Pacific and Latin America.


Fitch is seeking an Accounts Payable Assistant to join the Accounts Payable team (currently seven staff) responsible for all aspects of the day to day Accounts Payable function of the UK operations, together with oversight and assisting the operations of the other EMEA group companies (Germany, France, Sweden, Poland, Dubai, Saudi Arabia and Spain) on the Group's SAP accounting system. This role is hands on, with the expectation that all account payable tasks within the team will need to be covered.


Role Accountabilities:

  • Ensure entries for all vendor invoices are recorded on a daily basis and they are allocated to correct cost centres
  • Review and process employee expense reports (including company credit cards) ensuring efficient and accurate reimbursement of expenses and that they are properly authorised
  • Ensure correct processing of intercompany invoices
  • Requesting outstanding invoices from vendors
  • Identifying prepayments and processing these correctly in SAP
  • Vendor account reconciliation
  • Assist in creation of new vendor accounts including the verification of vendor bank details
  • Assist in raising multi-currency payments (priority and bacs)
  • Assist with month end tasks
  • Ad hoc tasks as and when required


Required Skills/Knowledge/Experience:
  • Experience as an AP assistant in a busy Finance environment with subsidiaries overseas
  • Time management and workload efficiency skills
  • Persistence in finishing tasks in spite of hindrance
  • Experience in posting invoices in SAP R/3 ( or similar) with and without purchase orders required
  • Good communication skills with all stakeholders at all levels of the business
  • European language skills would be beneficial


Required Characteristics:

  • Highly motivated to carry out daily tasks
  • Focused, accurate and great attention to detail
  • Happy working in fast paced and demanding environment
  • Ability to manage own workload and impact on company
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Punctual


Key Contacts:


  • Accounts Payable Staff
  • Accounts Payable Manager
  • Management Accountants team
  • Relevant stakeholders in all regions



  • Vendors



Hours of work:

9 am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday (37.5 hours per week)

Flexibility required, including additional hours as appropriate to meet reporting deadlines


30 North Colonnade, Canary Wharf, London