Accounts Payable Clerk (6 month FTC)

  • OVO Energy
  • Bristol, United Kingdom
  • Nov 21, 2020

Job Description

The OVO Group’s purpose is to drive progress towards net zero carbon living. To reach Plan Zero, we need everyone to come together - not just as customers buying energy, but as members with a common goal. As part of this ambitious plan, our goal is to become the ‘Leading Employer in the UK’ by 2030. If you think you could be the talent we’re looking for, then come and join the adventure!

We launched in 2009 with a mission to change energy for the better. Since then, we’ve welcomed over a million members, planted a million trees, and set our sights on helping save the planet.

As a Group, we’re working to become a net zero carbon business by 2030, while helping our OVO Energy members halve their carbon footprints at the same time. 

Green energy and technology are great tools to fight the climate crisis with. But it’s people power that will rewrite history.  

So we’re building a zero carbon team inside and out. Of people who share our values, feel inspired by our mission, and want to make change happen. When you work for OVO, it’s not just a job. It’s the work of a lifetime. And we want the sharpest minds to help. 

Up for the challenge?


Where in the world of OVO will I be working? 

Reporting into the Accounts Payable Manager, you’ll be part of the Financial Control Team within OVO Retail’s wider Finance team.

The Financial Control team is responsible for ensuring OVO’s resources are directed, supervised and measured in an accurate and timely manner and to maintain a ‘No Surprises Environment’.

It’s an exciting time to join the team following OVO’s acquisition of SSE Retail as we’re integrating both businesses, working to deliver an outstanding Financial Control service.


What will I be doing?

You’ll be collaborating closely with our suppliers, including validating supplier account information, raising and resolving invoice queries and completing supplier account reconciliations. You’ll be investigating draft invoices and supplier statements and completing regular supplier statement reconciliations for our key suppliers. You’ll also be answering internal queries and guiding our buyers in best practice in regard to Purchase orders and AP automation. This role is vital in ensuring our external suppliers maintain a positive relationship with OVO.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Maximising the use and accuracy of our Accounts Payable Automation system by investigating issues with invoice submission, purchase orders, approval routes and moderating the automation rules.
  • Assisting with monthly ledger reconciliations for Accounts Payable and Receivable and investigating ageing items and balances
  • Assisting with annual audit queries
  • Creating customer invoices for trade and commercial partners
  • Assisting with the accurate and timely payment of customer refunds.
  • Reviewing and responding to all tickets via the finance team's external service desk system (JIRA) and internal query board (ASK Finance) and raising where required

You’ll also play a key role in making sure the team runs efficiently by helping produce, run, and then feedback regularly on our critical metrics. You’ll help protect the company’s credit rating by supporting late payment reporting and motivating changes to minimise them.

This role is a fantastic opportunity to suggest and implement improvements to the efficiency, accuracy and reliability of the Purchase Ledger process.


Is this the job for me? 

Life at OVO is pretty fast-paced and vibrant so you’ll embrace change and adapt to it and initiate it when needed.

You’re a numbers enthusiast and people-focussed with high integrity and a positive and friendly demeanour. You're a confident communicator who’s able to interact with people from all levels and adapt your communication style accordingly. You’re a team-player but also comfortable working independently - this role is for self-starters and proactive people.

Ideally you will have:

  • AAT qualifications aren’t necessary but they’re a bonus!
  • Strong attention to detail and accurate, timely data input
  • Good workload management skills – planning, prioritising and completing tasks
  • Great IT proficiency, with a sound knowledge of Microsoft Office and G-Suite, including Docs and Excel


From us you’ll get*

  • An annual discretionary bonus
  • 4% of your salary to spend on flexible lifestyle benefits
  • 5% matched employer contribution to your pension
  • 25 days holiday + 1 for your birthday
  • And many more... 

(*) Please note that certain benefits kick-in once you have passed probation which can be up to 6 months after your start date.


We want the best people 

At OVO, we empower our people to have choice around where and when they work - flexible working arrangements can be discussed for all of our roles. Please speak to the Talent Acquisition team for more info.

We’re keen to meet people with varied backgrounds - our view is the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We want to build teams which represent a variety of experiences, perspectives and skills, and we recognise talent on the basis of merit and potential.

We understand some people may not apply for jobs unless they tick every box. If you're excited about joining us and think you have much of what we're looking for, even if you're not 100% sure… we'd love to hear from you.

Learn more about working in the OVO family of companies on our careers page and Glassdoor. We’re also delighted to have received a Top Employers certificate in 2018, 2019 and 2020!

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