Bridgestone Americas, Inc Accounts Payable Analyst in Antioch, Tennessee

Overview

Nashville, Tenn.-based Bridgestone Americas, Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest tire and rubber company.

Bridgestone Americas and its subsidiaries develop, manufacture and market a wide range of Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires to address the needs of a broad range of customers, including consumers, automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment manufacturers, and those in the agricultural, forestry and mining industries.

The companies are also engaged in retreading operations throughout the Western Hemisphere and produce air springs, roofing materials, and industrial fibers and textiles. The Bridgestone Americas family of companies also operates the world’s largest chain of automotive tire and service centers.

Guided by its One Team, One Planet message, the company is dedicated to achieving a positive environmental impact in all of the communities it calls home.

Position Summary

​Under the direction of the Bridgestone Shared Services Accounts Payable Operations Manager, the associate is responsible for supporting plants, field management, purchasing and vendor inquiries on multiple levels. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: reviewing vendor data and verification of payables through SAP, Master Data Governance, Ariba, work flow tools, scanning, EDI, ERS, upload tools (i.e. Winshuttle, LSMW, ZOption, etc.) reporting & analytics, performing wire payments and reconciliations, GRIR reconciliation, payment execution, exception handling, month end close, release invoices, handle consignment invoices, work directly with audit, customer service, & trouble shooting. Maintains key relationships and communicates with business units and the Master Data Governance (MDG).

Responsibilities

•Effectively & proactively supports, communicates, and partners with the Shared Services team (US & Costa Rica), Firestone Building Products as well as on an 'as-needed' basis, Industrial Products and Bandag locations/management and other internal business partners and internal/external customers.

•Reconciles invoices, credit memos, etc. with receivers as well as SAs/PO and manages invoice escalations and other issues on an ad hoc basis

•Knowledgeable and capable in Accounts Payable electronic processing methods such as electronic data interface (“EDI"), electronic receipt settlement (ERS), electronic invoice presentment & payment (EIPP) and other electronic processing methods

•Prepare JEs for month end as assigned

•Monitors and resolves outstanding checks in cooperation with the Record to Report team

•GRIR Reconciliations

•Escheat Process/Contacting vendors regarding uncashed payments/Perform Due Diligence

•Resolution and collection of Credit Balances on open AP

•Monitor invoices placed on Payment Hold

•Resolve issues regarding Ariba submitted invoices, supporting the vendor and the business while partnering with Procurement

•Prompt/Timely execution of all job functions

•Triage returned checks that include processing stop payments through banking system, voiding checks

•Partner with Vendor Master to ensure accurate information is on the VM file, especially resolving ACH discrepancies

•Creating reconciliations of vendor accounts utilizing statements

•Proofing, formatting and uploading consolidated Excel invoice files for upload

•Preparing month and year end reports through SAP and occasionally Peoplesoft

•Supports processing team and business with all invoices, RMs, RTVs, etc.

•Subject Matter Expert to support and direct processing of Down Payment, Drop Shipment and Warranty Invoices

•Partners with the Customer Service team to resolve Down Payment, Drop Shipment and Warranty Invoices.

•Primary processor and supporter of all BP wire payments, primarily with our Brussels office.

•Partners with Procurement to resolve pricing issues

•Executes T-Code in SAP to clear all items within system tolerances

•Review of Blocked Items report and partnering with Procurement as well as sites for resolution

•Supports Costa Rica to resolve Parked Items

•Back-up Support of Bandag processing team, SME and back up to process US Bank (Syncada) freight payments in BATO SAP

•Month End support to timely resolve issues preventing closing of AP

•Performs as Backup for check run and positive pay files

•Troubleshoot/perform root cause analysis as issues arise

•Supporting the business in resolving payment issues timely through service to both internal and external customers

•Foreign wire payments

•Follows the organization's policies and procedures; strongly adhering to internal controls and best practices

•Applies best practice knowledge and experience to standardize & optimize AP processes

•Adapts quickly to software upgrades and/or system implementations

Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance or related field or 10 years Accounts Payable experience in lieu of degree

•Minimum 5 years accounts payable experience in a large, fast-paced environment.

•Working knowledge of SAP, Peoplesoft

•Working knowledge of Core integrator (WF) helpful

•Experience in ERP vendor master table maintenance and Windows Office products

•Knowledge of Payment types: Checks, ACH, CTX, Foreign and Domestic Wires, etc.

•Familiarity with EDI and other data import processes

•Knowledge of Webtop

• Ability to prioritize workload while working in a fast-paced environment, meeting deadlines and effectively working with a team-based culture

• ◦Microsoft Office Suite proficiency with Excel (advanced is preferred), Word and Power Point

◦Working knowledge of computerized accounting and software as well as basic office equipment

◦Ability to work independently and in a team environment

◦Able to work in an ambiguous environment

◦Detail-oriented, flexible, possesses good communication and telephone etiquette skills

Preferred:

Experience with electronic invoicing processing methods including EIPP platforms (i.e. Ariba, JPM/Xign, etc.)

· Experience with reporting and analytics tools and capabilities, including KPI fulfillment

· Six sigma experience preferred, including process mapping & other key tools

· Experience with writing and or running ERP upload scripts (i.e. Winshuttle, LSMW, Z-Option, etc.)

Employee Type Regular Full-Time

Degree Preferred 4 Year Degree

Requisition ID 2018-128630

Posted Date 3/1/2018

Location US-TN-Antioch

Zip Code 37013

Functional Area Shared Services

Category Shared Services

As an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)/Affirmative Action employer, it is the policy of Bridgestone to consider for employment all individuals regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.