posting, Protagonist Therapeutics, Accounts Payable Specialist



The Accounts Payable Specialist is responsible for coordinating and executing activities to ensure that all financial commitments and bills are validated, accurately coded, reported and paid promptly according to documented policies and procedures and in accordance with the company’s goals. Candidates must be comfortable with GAAP accounting concepts and principles for purposes of month-end & quarter-end reconciliations.

It is essential that candidates for this position are organized, can work autonomously without supervision, and possess an adequate interpersonal aptitude for carrying out interactions with vendors, auditors, third party consultants, compliance officers, other employees, and members of senior management team. Candidates must be willing to enthusiastically take on additional responsibilities on a permanent or ad hoc basis as the needs of the company change and evolve. Candidates must also be willing to grow their professional skills to keep up with these needs.  This role reports to the AP Supervisor.

Job Description:

  • Analyzes and processes accounts payable in a timely manner.
  • Process 2-way, 3-way matched invoices, check requests with correct codes conforming to standard procedures to ensure proper entry into the financial system.
  • Handles all vendor correspondence via phone or email.
  • Investigates and resolves problems associated with processing of invoices.
  • Reconciles various accounts on a monthly basis, bringing any discrepancies to the attention of the AP Supervisor
  • 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.
  • Review and approve expense reports in accordance with the company’s T&E policy
  • Responsible for IRS 1099 compliance and reporting associated with their respective vendor portfolio
  • Manage vendor relations and build effective partnerships
  • Analyze processes, recommend improvements for same and manage all internal controls on documents
  • Perform vendor payment reconciliation monthly and serve as subject matter expert for various account payable functions
  • Monitor internal controls within the P2P cycle, including collaboration with other departments when necessary. Ensure compliance of internal controls in accordance with SOX
  • Performs other duties as required to support AP Supervisor


Bachelor's degree or equivalent degree in Accounting/Finance or work-related field/discipline from an accredited college or university.

Essential Skills & Experience Requirements:

  • Minimum 5 years of related accounting and finance experience in an Accounts Payable function
  • Experience with Expensify preferred, NetSuite a plus, and Coupa required
  • Superior attention to detail and strong organizational skills; strong process improvement and problem-solving skills
  • Strong Excel expertise • Experience in SOX compliance requirements
  • Polite disposition/customer service, able to interact with external vendors and employees without supervision or oversight
  • Excellent listening/communication/collaboration skills
  • Able to work in an adaptive environment and welcomes new & different tasks with a desire to learn and grow your role
  • Project management experience desirable, able to provide details of past successes

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