Accounts Payable Lead

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The University of Cambridge is currently undergoing an ambitious transformation programme of its finance systems and processes (FTP), and as such requires support with the management of its day-to-day administrative functions whilst colleagues concentrate on the FTP.

The Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable teams are responsible for making payments to the University's external suppliers as well as Employees and Students expenses on behalf of University Departments by BACS, cheque, and International Payment transfers. We manage the e-Invoicing processes and major supplier reconciliations.

The Role

The Accounts Payable Lead oversees the Accounts Payable Function of the University, taking responsibility for ensuring payments are made in a timely and accurate manner.

You will manage the Accounts Payable team that provides various services and support to the wider University departments, will be responsible for monitoring key service levels, as well as provide and present regular reports from gathered data to a diverse stakeholder audience.

You will also deputise for the Head of Accounting Services for Accounts Payable as required and in dealing with more complex accounting issues for Accounts Payable purposes.

Your Skills

You will:

  • Have a thorough understanding of accounts payable functions.
  • Be educated to degree level and be a Chartered accountant or have equivalent level of experience.
  • Have experience of leading an accounting/finance team, experience of providing financial advice to non-financial staff.
  • Be a skilled organiser and people manager, who is effective, efficient, patient, tactful and able to prioritise and manage their own workload, as well as their teams, sometimes against competing deadlines.


The University offers an excellent benefit package including:

  • 41 days annual leave, inclusive of Bank Holidays
  • Defined benefits pension schemes
  • Flexible working options
  • Family-friendly initiatives
  • Career development opportunities
  • Support for health & mental wellbeing
  • Rental deposit scheme
  • Public transport season ticket loans
  • Tax-efficient bicycle and charity-giving schemes


The Finance Division has embraced hybrid working and individuals are currently working with their team two days a week from a University site, principally Greenwich House, and three days worked remotely (for those working a standard Mon to Fri week). This arrangement is subject to change and will not form a part of the contractual terms of the role.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 September 2025 in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records check) check and a security check.

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Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

If you would like more information about this role, informal enquiries can be directed by email to Chris Patten, Head of Accounting Services

If you have any questions the application process, please contact a Recruitment Administrator at

Please quote reference AG38771 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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