Accounts Payable Specialist


Houston, Texas, US, 77002

Job ID#:  681
Job Category:  Accounting / Finance
Position Type:  Regular FT

JERA Americas Inc. is part of a global energy company, supporting the transition to a cleaner, more sustainable world while fulfilling our responsibility to provide a safe and stable supply of reliable and affordable energy. The Company is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based JERA, which stands for Japan's Energy for a New Era. JERA has committed to achieving net zero CO2 emissions from its businesses by 2050 and is contributing to the development of a sustainable society.

JERA Americas seeks to continue its rapid expansion into renewable energy markets focusing on wind, solar, and cutting-edge technologies for hydrogen production and transportation. To meet the challenges of a fast-growing company, we are searching for talented individuals who thrive in a fast-paced environment and want to be part of the equation to provide energy for a new era.


The AP Specialist will lead various essential functions within the Corporate Accounting division and reports directly to the Corporate Accounting Senior Manager. The immediate focus of the AP Specialist will be to assist the Controller and other Corporate Accounting managers to develop the accounts payable process, oversee account payable, and be the central point of contact for accounts payable related questions for vendors and departments within the Company. As the accounts payable process stabilizes, the AP Specialist will expand their responsibilities and will make recommendations toward building best-in-class processes relating to other ongoing functions such as expense reimbursements, payroll, cash application, and intercompany invoicing. The ideal candidate is interested in increasing their responsibilities, takes a commonsense approach to designing workflows, has an eye for maintaining internal controls, and takes the initiative to adopt new technology in order to increase bandwidth.

Position Description

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Takes ownership of the accounts payable cycle by designing
  • Entering AP invoices into SAP for a weekly payment run and an off-cycle payment
  • Achieve 5 business day monthly closing for AP and related accounts
  • Implement and maintain the SAP purchase and payment modules, and Concur (coordinate with IT team, and corporate accounting)
  • Designs and collaborate user-friendly processes by taking advantage of the IT solutions while ensuring proper authorization and approval process
  • Manages and maintains A/R invoices including intercompany service fees, and the 3rd party invoices
  • Ensures that A/P inquiries are researched, resolved, and answered on a timely basis; assists team members with escalated issues
  • Work closely with the Corporate Accounting team to ensure proper GL coding of AP invoices and accruals
  • Manages weekly payment process (i.e. settlement runs), including the review of payments batches for accuracy and completeness
  • Assist external and internal audit efforts by preparing schedules and samples as needed
  • Investigates and documents current processes and makes targeted recommendations for improvements
  • Maintain employee reimbursement system (Certify)
  • Acts as the lead business resource as the Company implements new technology related to A/P, A/R, cash application, expense reimbursement, and integrated payroll

Position Description Continued


Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Excellent Excel skills (vlookup, sumif, etc.)


Preferred Education and Experience

  • 3-5 years of broad experience in shared service functions
  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from an accredited four-year university
  • 5 years of Accounts Payable experience
  • Experience in international business environment

Qualifications Continued

  • Broad exposure to efficient accounting organizations with large-business ERP’s (SAP, Oracle, Workday, etc.)
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Strong communication (written and oral) and interpersonal skills needed to work effectively within all levels of management throughout the organization
  • Highest standards of ethical conduct, discretion, and confidentiality 
  • Ability to complete multiple, diverse tasks of differing priorities

AP/EEO Statement

JERA Americas Inc. provides equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local law. Further, the company takes affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed, and employees are treated during employment without regard to any of these characteristics.

Nearest Major Market: Houston