Accounts Payable Manager

National Resources Defense Council
1152 15th St NW #300
Washington, D.C., DC 20005
United States
Job Description

NRDC is a non-profit environmental advocacy organization. We use law, science, and the support of 3.1 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure the rights of all people to clean air, clean water, and healthy communities. NRDC was founded in 1970 and our people helped write some of America's bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act and many of the implementing regulations. Today, our team of more than 700 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy advocates, communications experts, and others work across the United States and the globe from our offices in Beijing; Bozeman, Montana; Chicago; New Delhi; New York; San Francisco; Santa Monica; and Washington, D.C. 


Position Summary

Reporting to the Assistant Controller, the Accounts Payable Manager serves in a key organizational role to oversee the financial processes related to purchasing goods and services, processing invoices, ensuring efficient payment procedures, and maintaining accurate financial records. The position plays a crucial role in controlling costs, optimizing procurement strategies, and maintaining strong financial controls. Additionally, the role involves extensive cross-departmental collaboration to ensure timely and accurate invoice processing, and thoughtful implementation of procurement and accounting software enhancements. The role will oversee 2-3 staff members and is charged with managing the weekly cadence of the organization’s payable activities.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the following essential functions:

  • Oversee the processing of invoices and process to verify accuracy and compliance with NRDC fiscal policies, and ensure timely approval and coding of invoices
  • Manage the payment process, including scheduling, approvals, and execution of payment releases
  • Collaborate with the Treasury and FP&A functions to optimize payment methods to smooth cash outflows
  • Maintain positive relationships with vendors and work to resolve any payment-related inquiries or issues
  • Manage the annual accrual process for accurate financial reporting, and year-end 1099 reporting
  • Prepare and maintain accurate records of payable transactions needed for the monthly and annual close process
  • Ensure compliance with NRDC policies, industry regulations, and legal requirements related to
    procurement and accounts payables
  • In collaboration with the Assistant Controller and Controller, establish and maintain internal controls to prevent fraud and errors in the procurement and payment processes
  • Supervise and develop the accounts payable team members; provide guidance and training as
  • Participate as a key stakeholder in AP focused projects (i.e. new accounting system build out,
    enhancements to procurement system, and operational initiatives to build more controls into the procurement and vendor management processes)

The above list of duties is not comprehensive but generally demonstrates the types of matters
under this position’s responsibility. Other duties may be assigned.


Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting, Business, or a related field (a Master’s degree is a plus)
  • At least seven years of experience in procurement and/or accounts payable roles, with progressively increasing responsibilities
  • Prior experience with any of the following applications is a plus: Concur for expense reporting, Paramount Workplace, Dynamics Business Central, Agiloft, Tableau, or Adaptive Insights.

Skills, Abilities, Competencies

  • Knowledge of accounting principles and financial reporting
  • Demonstrated proficiency in software applications for procurement, accounting, third party payment solutions, and expense reimbursements
  • Ability to work collaboratively with cross-functional teams to identify process bottlenecks or inefficiencies and craft an action plan to work through the issues.
  • Strong interest and aptitude for new technologies and software features to minimize manual or redundant work
  • Commitment to leadership, mentorship, and building a culture of learning and respect
  • Experience building, or scoping for build, procurement platform dashboards for both internal and external stakeholders (ex. dashboards that quickly show the KPIs on invoice processing statistics, scheduled weekly draws on cash, AP days to pay, etc.)


NRDC is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, both in our work and in our workplace. We believe that celebrating and actively welcoming diverse voices and perspectives is essential to solving the planet's most pressing environmental problems, and we encourage applications from candidates whose identities have been historically under-represented in the environmental movement. 


We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.  


We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a supportive working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and is commensurate with skills and experience. Internal equity will be reviewed and considered to determine a final offer. For this position, the salary range is $113,000 to $130,000.  


Our offices are open and we are operating in a hybrid model. We offer NRDCers flexibility, and we ask them to come into the office and spend meaningful time there in collaboration with their colleagues. We call this purposeful presence. 


As a science-based organization, NRDC aims to do our part to help contain the COVID-19 public health crisis. For the sake of health, safety, and equity, we ask that people be vaccinated unless they have an approved medical or religious accommodation or other exemption in accordance with state and local law. We consider a person to be vaccinated two weeks after receiving one full course of a CDC-approved vaccine. In accordance with state or local law, new hires will be asked to attest to vaccination, those wishing to do so may request medical or religious accommodations or other exemptions via NRDC Employee Relations. NRDC treats all vaccine-related data confidentially, in keeping with local, state, and federal laws. 


1152 15th St NW #300
Washington, D.C. DC 20005
United States