Accountant II - Accounts Payable

Requisition Number:  5401
Pay Rate:  GR09

Houston, TX, US

Category:  Administration

Basic Function

Performs a variety of accounts payable processes ranging from routine to complex. Processes payments and maintains related vendor information, petty cash replenishments, expense reports, travel advances, check requests and wire transfers. Assists in maintaining data integrity in SAP. Supports effective internal controls and financial reporting. Performs duties in a safe, efficient manner and in compliance with all applicable rules and safety procedures.

Responsibilities and Specific Duties

  • Coordinates interface to accounts payable from other sources.
  • Reviews interface amounts reported by departments coincide with amounts in SAP.
  • Processes payments and confirms disbursements with Treasury Services and other departments.
  • Processes payments in a timely manner and in compliance with legal requirements.
  • Ensures related payment records are maintained in accordance with METRO’s retention policy.
  • Works directly with internal and external auditors in resolving payment questions.
  • Ensures vendors are properly set-up in SAP including W-9 and 1099 records.
  • Evaluates outstanding checks to determine if payments should be cancelled and re-issued or sent to state as escheat property.
  • Processes checks, ACH, wire requests, travel advances and expense reports.
  • Performs detailed audits and reviews all employee expense reports. Resolves expense report issues with employee and travel coordinator.
  • Reviews Procurement Card statements, resolves discrepancies and ensures transaction logs have been processed.
  • Processes payments for payroll deductions (child support, IRS levies, student loans, etc.) and is responsible for reconciling payment with general ledger.
  • Reviews all billings for proper approvals according to Delegation of Authority. 
  • Resolves open or past due amounts with vendors.
  • Monitors reimbursement of Petty Cash Funds for authorizations, documentation and cost distribution. Resolves discrepancies and improprieties with the various fund custodians.
  • Performs various general ledger account analyses.
  • Provides excellent customer service to METRO internal and external customers.
  • Promotes safety awareness and follows safety procedures to reduce or eliminate accidents.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Education Requirement

Associate’s degree in Accounting, Finance, or related degree (with five years of professional accounting experience) or Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, or related degree.

Years & Experience Required

Minimum three (3) years professional accounting experience.

Knowledge & Skills Required

Working knowledge of accounts payable and accounting procedures. Good analytical skills and ten key. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel). Good interpersonal and communication (written and verbal) skills. SAP experience preferred.

Additional Information

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas has a zero tolerance drug and alcohol policy for all employees. All internal and external applicants will be required to undergo drug testing before employment and will be subject to further drug and/or alcohol testing throughout their employment.

Further, employees who perform safety-sensitive functions will submit to drug and/or alcohol testing in accordance to the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) regulatory requirements.

We provide equal opportunity to all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, veteran status, genetic information or disability.

Nearest Major Market: Houston