What does an Accounts Receivable Clerk do?
The role of the Accounts Receivable Clerk is to focus on the accounting transactions of the company's clients and ensure that they are properly superintended. He principally manages the processing of invoices and the general accounting of the company's customers.
What are the responsibilities of an Accounts Receivable Clerk?
The responsibilities of the Accounts Receivable Clerk vary, depending on the structure of the company. He is in charge of the company's customer portfolio and records all the accounting operations of each customer, ensuring a complete and regular follow-up of invoices (payment, invoicing date, etc.) and receipts. In the event of a dispute, the processing of the latter is also up to him. He implements a monitor and control strategy with the aim of reducing unpaid invoices.
The Accounts Receivable Clerk, who answers to the Chief Accountant of his company, has to report regularly on the documents he processes for the general accounting.
What are the required skills and proficiencies for an Accounts Receivable Clerk?
- Master accounting management
- Master an ERP system (MS Office, MS Dynamics, SAP, Oracle, etc.)
- Perfect knowledge of accounting tools/software (EBP, Sage, Ciel, etc.)
- Knowledge of IFRS and US GAAP
- Knowledge of commercial transaction laws
- Good communication skills
- Good knowledge of computer tools
- Good analytical and synthesizing skills
- Proficiency in business Dutch and French is highly recommended
What background is needed to become an Accounts Receivable Clerk?
An Accounts Receivable Clerk has generally obtained a Bachelor's degree in Accounting (including management or tax courses).
However, other paths are possible provided that you have followed a specialization in accounting and management (e.g.: CBCEC - Belgian Chamber of Accountants). This position is open to young graduates provided that they have completed internships or training courses, or even a work-study program.
What are the career prospects for an Accounts Receivable Clerk?
The Accounts Receivable Clerk may evolve into an Assistant Accountant position and then into the position of Accountant. Depending on his ambitions, experience and initial training, he may progress to a Chief Accountant position.