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Requisition Number 17-0264
Post Date 11/29/2017
Title Accounts Payable Specialist
City Tucson
State AZ

The Central Administrative Services (CAS) unit of AURA is seeking an entry level Accounts Payable Specialist for its office in Tucson, AZ. The Accounts Payable Specialist is responsible for processing high-volume, full-cycle Accounts Payable, check runs, vendor communications, and maintaining accurate accounts payable records. AURA/CAS offers an excellent benefits package, competitive salary commensurate with experience, and a very attractive work environment.

Essential Functions to Include:

  • Prepares accounts payable vouchers and inputs these into PC based computer system.
  • Matches invoices to receivers and purchase orders, and account codes prior to entering into system.
  • Checks invoices for proper extension, taxing and discounts.
  • May assist in maintaining records for encumbering and paying employee and visitor travel.
  • Assembles checks and purchase orders returned from Data Processing and orders them for review by the Accounting Supervisor.
  • Handles all vendor correspondence via phone or e-mail.
  • Receives, researches and resolves a variety of routine internal and external inquiries concerning account status, including communicating the resolution of discrepancies to appropriate persons.
  • Files, maintains, and distributes accounting documents, records and reports.
  • Responsible for efficiently performing all assigned general accounting functions.
  • Other miscellaneous duties, as may be assigned by supervisor.
  • Graduation from High School or equivalent.
  • Must be computer literate.

Applicants are requested to submit a cover letter and resume to apply for this position. Please include a telephone number where we may contact you during business hours, 8 AM – 3 PM. Please reference Job #17-0264, Accounts Payable Specialist, when applying. If you have any attachments, please save them with the following format: 17-0264_lastname_docname. Application documents that are not uploaded as part of the application may be sent to 

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