Looking for a career that adds up? You should be a Purchase Ledger Clerk…
Purchase Ledger Clerks are responsible for overseeing and monitoring a company’s spending, ensuring all payments are authorised, processed, and logged in the correct way.
In addition to keeping a clear record of transactions, they’re also in charge of coding invoices and producing cheques – working closely with suppliers to get the best possible rates.
Purchase Ledger Clerks are an integral part of an organisation’s finance team, and are relied on to deal with a range of expenditure based queries and reports.
Typical tasks and duties for a Purchase Ledger Clerk include:
- Checking and coding invoices
- Calculating VAT payments
- Handling purchase enquiries
- Dealing with expenses and petty cash
- Producing company reports
- Liaising with suppliers
- Reconciling supplier statements
First and foremost, you’ll need to have a mathematical mind and a head for numbers.
After all, you’ll spend the majority of your days looking at them (and calculating them, and collating them, and reporting on them…)
And, because the role involves a high level of teamwork and relationship building, you’ll need to be an excellent communicator with an ability to stay calm and negotiate – no matter what the situation.
Purchase Ledger Clerks will also need to have:
- Organisational skills
- Ability to meet deadlines
- Excellent attention to detail
- A focused work ethic
- Knowledge of accounting software
Purchase Ledger Clerk
Up to £21,000
Up to £25,000
Up to £40,000
Being a Purchase Ledger Clerk is a great way to combine my love of numbers with my love of people. Whilst my day-to-day will vary depending on the time of year and the kind of payments I’m dealing with, I find that no matter what - I’ll always find satisfaction in the little things. Whether it’s finally finishing a supplier report, or helping a colleague claim expenses. My advice? A good eye for detail and an ability to stick to deadlines is absolutely key. Nail these two things, and you’ll be a great Purchase Ledger Clerk.
Whilst you won’t always need a degree to become a Purchase Ledger Clerk, some bookkeeping experience along with knowledge of software packages such as SAGE and BACS is desirable. Having an industry recognised qualification like AAT is also a great way to stand out from the crowd.
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