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Accounts Payable Team Lead

Date:  Jan 25, 2023

Milwaukee, WI, US, 53204-2941

Req ID:  26101
Onsite or Remote:  Onsite Position

Komatsu is an indispensable partner to the construction, mining, forestry, forklift, and industrial machinery markets, maximizing value for customers through innovative solutions. With a diverse line of products supported by our advanced IoT technologies, regional distribution channels, and a global service network, we tap into the power of data and technology to enhance safety and productivity while optimizing performance. Komatsu supports a myriad of markets, including housing, infrastructure, water, pipeline, minerals, automobile, aerospace, electronics and medical, through its many brands and subsidiaries, including TimberPro, Joy, P&H, Montabert, Modular Mining Systems, Hensley Industries, NTC, and Gigaphoton.

Job Overview

The Accounts Payable Lead is a key role for driving departmental results, effective staff training, and issue resolution.  They will serve as a departmental Subject Matter Expert in project roles and be a key point of escalation for other staff members. This includes but is not limited to investigating and resolving cross functional problems associated with processing invoices, advising other staff members on problem issues, and reviewing processes for potential efficiency improvements, as well as general AP processing activities. The position is key to the continued improvement mindset of the department. This role will be based at our offices located in Milwaukee's Harbor District. 

Key Job Responsibilities

  • Liaise with department management, department staff, IT and AP service receivers to help eliminate AP processing pinch points and processing failures.

  • Conduct departments training and coaching. 

  • Research anomalies in AP performance metrics for root cause and propose mitigation to management.

  • Work with departmental management to continuously improve processing `efficiency and effectiveness.

  • Represent the department in cross functional projects.

  • Be a point of escalation with AP processing issues.

  • Search for RPA (robotic process automation) opportunities within the departmental processes.

  • Be a resource for AP data collection for audits and departmental projects.

  • Author/update SOP documentation for AP processes as assigned for management review and approval.

  • Partner with suppliers and buyers to enhance the purchase to pay process.

  • Daily invoice processing activities as assigned with may include but are not limited to:

    • Processing daily invoices through both internal and external systems.

    • Contacting vendors to resolve AP issues

    • Working with internal AP service receivers on processing issues and failures both within and outside of the AP department

    • Audit vendor accounts

    • Respond to vendor inquires

    • Review vendor statements


  • Associates degree in accounting, finance, or related field; Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • 4+ years of accounts payable or accounting experience
  • Ability to think critically and troubleshoot issues when they arise
  • Advanced MS office skills – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • Experience working with a large-scale ERP system; SAP experience preferred
  • Ability to effectively communicate, including written and oral, and develop effective working relationships within and outside of the department.
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize workload
  • Continuous improvement mindset
  • Experience with high volume, multi company, multi-location environment, preferred

Additional Information

Komatsu is an Equal Opportunity Workplace and an Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

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