How much thought or effort goes into payment runs within your Accounts Payable operation? This is not a trick question. Has it become routine? Some companies spend too much time on tasks that don’t add value and could adversely affect cash flow while not spending enough time performing checks and balances that could reduce the risks of incorrect payments. This is not to say that things are being done wrong but perhaps things can be done more efficiently and effectively. This course covers steps that can be taken throughout the payment process from selecting invoices for payment to setting up a Positive Pay file process with your bank. As details are supplied, benefits are highlighted. Here are a few:
Another way to reduce the risk of fraud is to implement a Positive Pay process, which is an automated fraud detection tool offered by most banks. This tool should be seriously considered by any company still issuing payments by check.
Whether a company implements these options or not is up to management but they should at least be aware of available options that can help catch errors or areas of non-compliance before they snow ball into bigger issues such as payment to the wrong vendor or unauthorized spend.
Review Questions: Payment Process: Selection, Review, Approval, Release
Final Exam: Payment Process: Selection, Review, Approval, Release
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I started CS Process Flows, LLC in April of 2016 after a 30+ year career working in various accounting areas. My career in accounts payable started when I was hired as a processor. Then I worked my way through accounts receivable and general accounting before coming back to accounts payable as a manager. The challenges presented in Accounts Payable and all of the exciting changes going on in this area over the last few years and into the future are my passion.
My experience includes building new AP operations, identiifying ineffecienies and implementing solutions in existing teams and being involved with other areas of the Procure to Pay work stream. I have success in establishing and strengthening relationships with team members within Procurement, IT, and other areas of finance when working on AP related projects and with management of outsourced delivery centers overseas.
Needless to say, I have learned a lot and I want to share my knowledge with companies that may be just starting to explore some of the options now available. or simply what to improve their current operations.
My experience includes managing up to 25 AP staff members processing upwards of 30K invoices a month, so I am very aware of what it takes to manage transations. I have also managed the implementation of several different types of AP workflow systems over the years, a Concur Travel and Expense reporting system, different Corporate Card programs, including both Purchasing and T & E cards, and ACH payment programs. My experience also includes a project to outsource check printing and the transition of 7 Tyco Business Units to an outsourced delivery center in India.
I am an Accredited Payables Manager (APM).
I hope by sharing what I have learned, I can help you.