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Become an Accounts Payable Assistant

Here is your opportunity to join the Finance department at The Royal College of Art.


Location: London

What you will be doing

Operating within the Finance team, the Accounts Payable Assistant will be responsible for supporting and developing the College’s payment services. Working to the Head of Financial Accounting and with the Accounts Payable Officer, you will support the delivery of high quality accounts payable service to the College and its stakeholders.

Accounts Payable encompasses; processing invoices (including scanning), customer service, reconciliations, preparation of Bacs submissions, non-staff and staff expenses, international payments and highlighting risk and potential fraud.

  • You will ensure payments are processed in accordance with College policies and controls
  • You will sort and distribute different forms of prime documents coming into the College, identifying urgent & critical documents ensuring processed in a timely manner
  • You will process all payments to students and payments of expenses to staff
  • You will promote the College’s regulations on purchase orders and payments and promote appropriate Service Level Agreements 
  • You will maintain & develop expert technical knowledge of Agresso Accounts Payables/procurement modules and provide assistance & training to College users in the requisition/purchase order process 
  • You will ensure potential risk/fraud is investigated & audit controls are adhered to. Reporting any finding to the Head of Financial Accounting 

What you will have

  • You are AAT qualified or knowledge of working in Accounts Payable
  • You have excellent keyboard skills to enable efficient & effective document processing & attention to detail
  • You have an understanding & detailed experience of month end processes ensuring delivery to strict deadlines 
  • You have an ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines.
  • You are able provide high level customer service at all times 
  • You are able to handle sensitive & confidential issues, keeping the Head of Financial Accounting/Accounts Payable Officer informed at all times 
  • You have excellent communication skills with the ability to communicate effectively within the College with students and staff and externally with suppliers.
  • You have a proven track record of work experience, demonstrating practical & theoretical knowledge
  • You have an ability to prioritise & delegate as required 


Join The Royal College of Art


The Royal College of Art is the world’s most influential institution of university status devoted to the study of art, design, humanities and communication and has an international reputation for excellence in teaching, practice and research. The College has some 1,550 students following postgraduate courses and staff, both full and part-time, totalling approximately 400.



The College is located on two sites in Central London, in South Kensington and Battersea. The main campus in South Kensington includes among its neighbours the Royal College of Music, Imperial College London, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Natural History Museum and the National Museum of Science and Industry. The completion and opening of the Dyson Building in 2012 has also seen the dramatic expansion of the Battersea Campus, which now hosts the School of Fine Art, as well as InnovationRCA, the knowledge exchange and commercialisation centre of the RCA. As the Battersea campus undergoes major development and grows in capacity, it is anticipated that it will host additional programmes.


The College boasts numerous eminent graduates and a remarkable record of graduate employment. Truly a leader in its field, its excellence in teaching and research has been consistently recognised as being of the highest standing. The REF 2014 results cemented the RCA's position as the UK’s leading university of art and design, with its research gaining more 4* ratings than any of its competitors. Crucially the College was rated 100% 4*and 3* in both impact and environment.

The College sustains a tradition of creative and intellectual excellence combined with a modern work culture that supports diversity, equal opportunity and work/life balance.

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