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Sr. Accountant – Expense Payables, Lakeland

Location: Lakeland, FL
Job ID: 29235BR
Department: Finance
Working Hours: 8:00am - 4:30pm; Monday - Friday
Pay Frequency: Monthly
Date Posted: Jun 11, 2024

Salary varies
Full Time - Regular


Publix Super Markets tops the list of privately-owned supermarkets in the US. Publix and our associates excel in community involvement, volunteerism, and environmental sustainability. Our collective commitment to diversity has contributed to our success in being a great place to work and shop. It’s satisfying to work for – and be an owner in – a Fortune 100 company that is widely recognized as a leader in the supermarket industry.

The Expense Payables department processes invoices for non-merchandise items ensuring suppliers are paid efficiently, timely and accurately. Within the team, the Senior Accountant performs accounting, internal control oversight, business analysis, report generating, automation and special project support as a direct report to the Manager of Expense Payables. Ideal candidates have strong written, verbal, and presentation skills with the ability to interpret, analyze, and explain financial information.

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.

What you’ll do:

  • Coordinate and perform monthly, quarterly, and annual accounting oversight and duties for the department
  • Oversee internal controls within the department, as well as address operational review weaknesses in conjunction with Internal Audit (IA)
  • Review and analyze existing departmental data and current reporting as well as develop and generate additional financial analysis processes and reporting
  • Assist the department in special projects by developing and evaluating complex data sources to effectively consult with all levels in Corporate Accounting and other business areas

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or another analytical discipline from an accredited college or university or equivalent experience
  • At least three years of relevant business experience in Accounting
  • Knowledge of accounting principles including Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Sarbanes Oxley (SOX), general business practices and financial statements
  • Ability to interpret, analyze, and explain financial information
  • Ability and willingness to demonstrate eagerness, enthusiasm, optimism, and passion when working
  • Ability and willingness to adjust one’s style or approach in response to differing circumstances or to work in ambiguous situations
  • Ability to effectively self-direct work activities without close supervision or guidance and take action on tasks without direction from a supervisor
  • Ability to develop oneself and effectively resolve problems
  • Ability to attend to and verify the accuracy and completeness of detailed information such as prices, quantity, weights, lists or data
  • Ability to develop and maintain professional, trusting, positive, and productive working relationships with associates, managers, customers, and vendors
  • Ability to demonstrate a high degree of self-motivation, commitment, and integrity
  • Basic Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Access skills
  • Intermediate Microsoft Excel skills
  • Knowledge of Systems Applications and Products (SAP) or equivalent Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system
  • Availability to work night, weekends, holidays, and extended hours as business needs require
  • Must be at least 20 years old
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and maintain an excellent driving record

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Accounting or MBA with concentration in Accounting or Finance
  • Five or more years relevant business experience in Accounting
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Knowledge of Retail, Distribution, Manufacturing, Facilities and other support department functions or environments
  • Knowledge of major Publix technology systems and the inter-relationships of those systems
  • Knowledge of Publix policies and guidelines
  • Knowledge of/and commitment to the QIP process and methodologies including project management tools and processes
  • Intermediate Microsoft Word and Access skills
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel skills
  • Knowledge of Specialized Software (EDI, Taulia, Dynamic Discounting, etc.)


  • 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, dental and vision plans
  • Paid Time Off
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Short- and long-term disability insurance
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Free hot lunches (buffet-style) at facilities with a cafeteria
  • Visit our website to see all of our benefits: Benefits – Jobs (

Year End Bonus

As a year-end bonus to associates, Publix issues one month’s extra pay (pro-rated in the first year) each year if associate remains employed through issue date of the bonus check that year. This is calculated as a 13th month of pay in the Potential Annual Pay with Bonus line above.

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.

*Please note that Publix will not sponsor any hire for this position for a visa or permanent residence

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