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Accounts Payable Supervisor


Northbrook, IL, US, 60062

Job Description

The Accounts Payable Supervisor position is a hands-on, “roll up your sleeves” position that will lead and support corporate accounts payable activities to ensure transactions are processed timely, accurately and in compliance with established SOX controls, company policies and regulatory requirements.  
Key Accounts Payable Responsibilities:
Reporting to the AP/AR and Payroll Manager, this position will work closely with the Procurement Department and SAP/Ariba automation system.

  •  Support full Accounts Payable cycle from invoice received to payment in SAP environment, including but not limited to, coding invoices, 2-way/3-way matching purchase orders and service sheets, obtaining approval and entering the invoices into SAP;
  • Supervise Accounts Payable team, cross-functionality working with Procurement
  • Assist and provide Accounts Payable subject matter expertise to internal partners with problem resolution and finding and executing process improvement opportunities;
  • Lead in invoice management and document retention in accordance with SOX controls and company policies; 
  • Active participant in the implementation of SAP and other related IT projects, providing accounts payable technical and functional expertise/guidance and ensuring projects are sustainable long-term.
  • Manage GR/IR and problem resolution;
  • Investigate and resolve problems associated with processing of invoices and purchase orders/service sheets, supporting suppliers and customers/vendors with reconciliations and problem resolution;
  • Support vendor setup validation process as well as relationship and effective partnerships;
  • Participate in designing and implementing process improvements and automation (e.g. RPA);
  • Support processing and file forms 1099, and other tax filings; 
  • Support corporate finance and treasury department on funding/bank interfaces, reconciliations and general ledger mapping and journal entries;
  • Work closely with various stakeholders, especially the Procurement Department, on process and master data issues and provide support for issue resolution when identified;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • A minimum five years of SAP Accounts Payable experience required, preferably in a large global organization with detailed SAP hands on experience;
  •  Ability to take initiative, adapt, prioritize and problem solve with strong verbal and written communication skills;
  • Supervisory experience perferred
  • Energetic, strong work ethic, resilient, collaborative, ability to juggle multiple projects at once and personally committed to achieving success;
  • Ability to take ownership and determine escalation requirements and ensure key issues are put in front of key stakeholders with recommendations for resolution;
  • Attention to detail and continuous process improvement mindset;
  • General information flow and understanding of end-to-end Procure to Pay is required; 
  • SAP/Ariba automation module experience or equivalent is highly desired;
  • General understanding of US GAAP is a plus;
  •  General Payroll and/or Accounts Receivable experience is a plus.


Bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent work experience



Stepan Company does not accept or retain unsolicited resumes or phone calls and/or respond to them or to any third party representing job seekers.

Established in 1932, Stepan Company is a major manufacturer of basic and intermediate chemicals including surfactants, polymers, as well as specialty ingredients that go into consumer, household, and institutional products such as laundry detergents, shampoos, and surface cleaners. Stepan Company currently has 20 global manufacturing locations and over 2,000 employees. We have a strong record of growth. Our growth allows us to provide meaningful career opportunities and stability to our team members. We have big goals at Stepan and know every team member will be crucial to achieving our objectives. Regardless of function, we are looking for team members who bring with them a growth mindset, an entrepreneurial spirit, and the ability to thrive in an evolving environment.


We celebrate diversity at Stepan and are committed to creating a diverse, inclusive environment. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, disability, age, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.





Stepan is a global specialty and intermediate chemical manufacturer that has been serving a broad range of industries for 88 years. Today, Stepan is a $2 billion revenue company. Our continued success is driven by the passion and commitment of our 2,200 employees around the world.

Why Work At Stepan?

  1. Stable & Growing
  2. Collaborative Environment
  3. Make a Difference & Be Recognized
  4. Committed to Safety & Sustainability
  5. Value Driven Culture

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