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Accounts Payable Administrator (6 month FTC)

Department: Core Finance

Location: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

About Abcam

As a global leader in the sale of research antibodies, Abcam is committed to serving life science researchers to achieve their mission, faster. We continue to identify the biological pathways of greatest interest to our consumers and continuously strive to provide products of the highest quality with increased specificity, reproducibility and sensitivity. At the same time, through investment and acquisition, we are expanding into new markets, identifying new technologies and applications while moving into new geographic regions, thereby driving sustainable growth.

Abcam was founded in 1998 and has been listed on the UK AIM market since 2005. Market capitalisation is c.£3bn and revenues for the last financial year ended 30 June 2019 were £260m.

The business continues to be strongly cash generative and is putting that cash to work in both capital projects, to ensure the future scalability of the business, as well as investing further in the continued development of products and services. Strategic goals include expansion in growth markets and investing in operating capabilities and long-term plan incorporates investment to achieve revenue of £450-500m by 2024.



Job description overview

As an Accounts Payable Administrator, you will be part of a team of 12 Accounts Payable professionals, based in Cambridge office. The Accounts Payable department are one half of the Abcam Finance Shared Services Department – who have a collective responsibility for all Accounts Payable activities in the UK/EMEA and USA. All report into the Accounts Payable Manager.

You will work alongside your peers to ensure that our end to end Accounts Payable process is both seamless and supports the business and supplier needs. You will in addition be expected to provide some cross-cover support for our colleagues in the US and this will include some flexible working to provide some overlap with US time zones

The role is responsible for day to day key tasks in Accounts Receivable – including the completion of individual tasks as pre-agreed, regular chasing of outstanding debt in a professional and efficient manner, the coding of invoices and the allocation of cash receipts within our ledgers.



General Responsibilities



  • The prompt and accurate processing of approved expenses and supplier invoices/credits, to help ensure payment are made within the pre-contractual/agreed payment terms.

  • Take ownership of resolving queries in a timely manner. This will involve communicating with external suppliers and internal departments.

  • Plan and organise time and tasks to ensure all deadlines are adhered to.

  • To work with our suppliers regarding their statements, reconciling and updating them in a timely manner to ensure any discrepancies are resolved and a positive relationship is always maintained.

  • Timely scanning of documentation saved under appropriate and easy to identify titles in correct locations.

  • Support process improvement initiatives as directed and provide feedback to Manager with respect to implementation progress.

  • Query resolution, to be striving for one touch resolution, actively seek positive conclusions to supplier and internal queries with drive to have a reputation as a 1st class Payables department. Achieve this by proactively working both with counterparts in the business and suppliers accordingly

  • Always maintain employee and supplier confidentiality.

  • Always ensure compliance with SOPs and accounting policies manual

  • Keep the AP Manager informed at all times of any issues or outstanding work, escalating any problems or issues promptly.

  • To adhere to company policies and to uphold our company behaviours always.

  • Assist members of the Finance Department with ad-hoc duties as required.




  • Prior role in an Accounts Payable function dealing with significant volumes of transactions in multiple different forms.

  • Integrated payables systems experience (Oracle exposure useful, but not essential).

  • Proficient with MS Office Suite, particularly MS Excel/Word

  • Proven ability to succeed in a team-oriented environment

  • Superior communication skills – both oral and written

  • Self-motivated and possess a strong attention-to-detail

  • Exceptional customer service and problem-solving skills




About Us

Ever since 1998, when our founder, Jonathan Milner, started selling antibodies from the back of his bike, Abcam has aimed to help scientific researchers make breakthroughs faster. We now have offices and labs in the UK, the US, China and Japan, and as we continue to grow, we remain ambitious, driven by our customers’ success and their research needs.

It’s our goal to provide a world-standard in protein research tools, technical support and delivery. When you join Abcam, you’ll join a global business with the passion and the vision to become the most influential company, and, best-loved brand in life sciences.

Our culture is our key differentiator. We believe in empowering individuals, with responsibility given at an early stage. The working environment is fun and fast-paced, collaborative and outcome focused, with a strong customer focus. In addition to competitive salaries, we offer an attractive and flexible benefits package (which includes shares for eligible employees), a culture focussed on wellbeing and opportunities for growth and development.