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Purchase Ledger Clerk
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What is a Purchase Ledger Clerk?

 


The primary function of a Purchase Ledger Clerk is to monitor, record and provide accurate financial information relating to cash management and business bookkeeping. 

The main responsibilities include invoicing, raising and processing purchase orders and bank reconciliation. The Purchase Ledger Clerk will usually report to the Financial Controller or Accountant. 

As a Purchase Ledger Clerk, a typical career path would see you progress into roles such as Accounts Assistant, Finance Assistant or Assistant Accountant.

 

 

What is a Purchase Ledger Clerk?

 


The primary function of a Purchase Ledger Clerk is to monitor, record and provide accurate financial information relating to cash management and business bookkeeping. 

The main responsibilities include invoicing, raising and processing purchase orders and bank reconciliation. The Purchase Ledger Clerk will usually report to the Financial Controller or Accountant. 

As a Purchase Ledger Clerk, a typical career path would see you progress into roles such as Accounts Assistant, Finance Assistant or Assistant Accountant.

 
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Purchase Ledger Clerk Job Description

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Job Description


A Purchase Ledger Clerk will work within a larger finance team, providing detailed financial information regarding company finances and checking and filing invoices, expenses and statements.

 

Company details and relevant information

Here you would add details about your company, your history and what you can offer.

 

Purchase Ledger Clerk Responsibilities

  • Bookkeeping
  • Recording and filing invoices
  • Payment processing
  • Calculating VAT payments
  • Managing petty cash
  • Accurate data entry
  • Processing staff expenses
  • Communicating with externals vendors and suppliers
  • Compiling company reports
  • Make payments via BACS

Working hours

The working hours of a Purchase Ledger Clerk will be dependent on the industry and the size of organisation, but will usually be 9-5 Monday to Friday.

 

 
 

Purchase Ledger Clerk Skills and Experience


Key to a business’s finance team, a Purchase Ledger Clerk should have:

Skills

  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Knowledge of accounting software
  • Time keeping
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Self discipline
  • Team player
  • A good temperament
  • Numerical skills
  • Administration

Experience
 

Although it is not imperative for a Purchase Ledger Clerk to be educated at degree level, it is advantageous. It will be required that you have GCSEs in both Maths and English. Strong IT skills and experience with data input, administration and accounts payable are also desirable.


Purchase Ledger Clerk Qualifications

To ensure that your business hires the most suitable candidate for the role of Purchase Ledger Clerk, the applicant may have to hold specific qualifications, including:
 

  • A degree in Finance, Business or Mathematics would be beneficial but not essential
  • Some employers would also prefer a specialist Accountancy qualification such as AAT Level 1




It’d also be beneficial for a Purchase Ledger Clerk to have:

  • An understanding of general software packages such as Microsoft Office, in particular, Microsoft Excel
  • An understanding of finance-specific packages such as Sage, Dynamics and BACS
  • Excellent administration skills
  • Strong numerical skills


 

Purchase Ledger Clerk Salary


Determined by experience, qualifications and company size, a Purchase Ledger Clerk in the UK currently earns between:

Entry-level Purchase Ledger Clerk with <1 year of experience: Approximately £18k

A Purchase Ledger Clerk with 1-4 years of experience: On average, £19k

A Purchase Ledger Clerk with 5 - 9 years of experience: £20k

Over 10 years of Purchase Ledger experience: Excess of £21k

 

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Where can I advertise a job for a Purchase Ledger Clerk?

The finance industry is highly competitive when it comes to hiring suitably skilled and experienced candidates as Purchase Ledger Clerks. At Four Recruitment, we work directly with businesses looking to recruit for this position and can advertise relevant job openings on our site.

How can I recruit for a Purchase Ledger Clerk?

We can help you to recruit a highly qualified and professional Purchase Ledger Clerk that will fit well within your team. Through outsourcing your hiring processes, you can be sure that only the most appropriate candidate joins your finance team. You can also have a look at our blog post for advice on how to build out the ultimate finance team


If you’d like us to help support your recruitment efforts, contact us today to learn about how we can supplement your processes.

 

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