Manager Expense Payables – Lakeland

Location: Lakeland, FL between Orlando and Tampa
Job ID: 26306BR
Department: Finance
Date Posted: Oct 11, 2023

$98 - 148k


The purpose of this position is to provide direct support to the Sr. Manager Corporate Accounting, including leadership of all areas assigned in times of absence. Daily duties include management of the Repairs and Maintenance Expense, Warehouse Expense, Support Expense and other Expense Accounting departments as requested to achieve prescribed strategic, financial and operational control results. This is accomplished by participating in duties assigned by the Sr. Manager Corporate Accounting, assuring financial review of accounts as well as department activity that impacts Publix’s income statement or balance sheet while providing leadership of the associates assigned.

Responsibilities include:

  • Overseeing and providing all financial accounting analysis as it relates to Expense Payables areas as assigned
  • Leading, directing and managing the activities of the Expense Payables departments in providing performance measurement and business and accounting advisory services to the procurement areas (Facility Services, BAR, Facilities Purchasing, Construction, etc.) and corporate strategic initiative teams to enable and support information-based decision making
  • Mentoring and coaching the associates of Expense Payables, which comprises monthly salaried and over 30 hourly paid associates
  • Serving as point of contact for leadership, managing and ensuring consistent support in both strategic and regularly recurring decision-making processes for areas assigned
  • Gathering and compiling data to meet the information needs of the department or company initiatives

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance or related analytical discipline or equivalent experience
  • 8 years of relevant accounting experience including 5 years of management experience in a financial field and at least a year of experience with SAP or equivalent enterprise-wide software such as an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system (e.g., PeopleSoft, Oracle)
  • Knowledge of Accounting Principles, Accounts Payables functions and Financial Statements (Financial Acumen)
  • Knowledge of best practices for Accounts Payable
  • Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Practices (GAAP), SOX, and other accounting regulations
  • Knowledge of cash flow payment term impact
  • The ability and willingness to demonstrate eagerness, enthusiasm, optimism, and passion when working
  • The ability to set priorities, plan and coordinate work activities, schedule staff, and obtain and manage resources so that work objectives are accomplished on time and within budget
  • The ability to inspect, cleanse, transform and model data from various sources with the goal of discovering useful information/trends, informing conclusion and supporting decision-making
  • The ability to interpret, analyze, and explain financial information
  • The ability to effectively resolve problems; identify and analyze key information from multiple sources; determine the root causes and find solutions to eliminate them; proactively anticipate potential problems and implement or modify systems to prevent their occurrence
  • The ability to manage and resolve conflict or disputes between individuals
  • Verbal communication skills
  • Ability to understand and incorporate the Publix Strategy to educate and train associates within Expense Payables
  • Strong leadership skills to help drive projects through to implementation utilizing necessary resources and to delegate routine tasks to others and follow through to ensure work meets defined objectives
  • Project management skills to develop solutions on significant projects or problems and apply creative (innovative) thinking on strategic initiatives
  • Ability to prioritize information and tasks to accomplish the projects and the goals for the position, department and for the company. This skill applies not only to work – but also with the associates within the department.
  • Ability to maintain confidential information to secure financial information as to be devoted to the highest standards of stewardship for our stockholders and secure personnel information as to be dedicated to the dignity, value and employment security of our associates
  • Intermediate skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, Access
  • Basic skills in Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Availability to work nights, weekends, and holidays as business needs require
  • Be at least 20 years old
  • Have a valid driver’s license and obtain authorization to drive a company vehicle (on or before his or her start date in the position)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Accounting or MBA
  • 12 years of relevant accounting experience with 8 years of financial leadership experience with SAP managing a large group of accounting associates
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Knowledge of SAP and SAP related systems (such as Business Intelligence)
  • Knowledge of Information Systems terms and Business Practices
  • Knowledge of Business Systems Support (BSS), I/S, Business Analysis and Reporting (BAR), Construction, Retail Operations, and Accounts Payable processes which impact Expense Payables
  • Skills in Taulia, EDI or other business area specialized software


  • Employee stock ownership plan that contributes Publix stock to associates each year at no cost
  • An opportunity to purchase additional shares of our privately-held stock
  • 401(k) retirement savings plan
  • Group health plan (with prescription benefits)
  • Group dental plan
  • Group vision plan
  • Sick pay
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Long-term disability insurance
  • Company-paid life insurance (with accidental death & dismemberment benefits)
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vacation pay
  • Free hot lunches (buffet-style) at facilities with a cafeteria
  • Paycheck direct deposit
  • Credit union
  • Access to over 50 discount offers including discounts on computer, vehicle and wireless purchases
  • 6 paid holidays (associates can exchange the following holidays with their manager’s approval: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day)

Additional Information

Your application may have additional steps that you will need to complete in order to remain eligible for consideration. Please be sure to monitor your email, including your spam folder, on a daily basis for critical, time-sensitive emails that could require action within 24-48 hours.

Please do not use your Publix email address when applying. Once your application has been successfully submitted you will receive a confirmation email.

In Publix’s corporate offices, we value in-person interactions, similar to those our store associates have with customers. Many of Publix’s corporate offices offer work from home up to two days a week. Each business area implements their policy differently and should be discussed during interviews.

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