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Purchase ledger clerk jobs

Usually reporting to the financial controller, purchase ledger clerks are fully accountable for the entire purchase ledger process, from purchase orders through to invoices and reconciliation. They are a crucial component of the finance team, underpinning the wider financial stability of the business through their robust processes and systems.

The primary role of a purchase ledger clerk is to provide a professional and efficient service to the finance function, monitoring how much is owed at all times and providing accurate financial information to the Finance Director as needed.

Basic information 

  • Salary bracket: £16,000 to £23,000 depending on experience
  • Contract basis: temporary, contract and permanent roles available
  • Job location: across the UK – including North West, Midlands and East Midlands
  • Working hours: full-time

Key responsibilities of a purchase ledger clerk: 

The main duties of the purchase ledger clerk include:
  • Matching and coding invoices
  • Preparing and running BACS payments
  • Reconciling supplier statements and working out VAT payments
  • Processing staff expenses
  • Setting up of new supplier accounts and maintaining existing account details
  • Filing invoices
  • Managing petty cash
  • Data entry
  • Being the first point of contact for all relevant enquiries
  • Maintaining strong relationships with customers and suppliers
  • Reviewing systems and processes and making improvements where necessary

Experience/qualifications needed to be a purchase ledger clerk 

There are no fixed qualifications necessary to become a purchase ledger clerk. Many can enter the role straight from college or even school.
Given the competitive nature of the finance and accountancy jobs market, anything that can set candidates apart will improve your chances of finding work in this field. So, as well as solid GCSEs and A levels particularly maths, business and economics – you may want to have, or be looking to study:
  • ACCA, ACA and CIMA Qualifications
  • AAT Accounting Qualification
  • Or equivalent

Person specification of a purchase ledger clerk 

Purchase ledger clerks are expected to have the following characteristics: 
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Solid team working skills
  • Self-disciplined and efficient, with a flexible and proactive nature
  • Experienced in Excel and Microsoft office packages
  • Knowledge of software packages such as SAGE and BACS
  • Demonstrable experience of bookkeeping
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines
  • Attention-to-detail

Career progression for a purchase ledger clerk 

For many, working as a purchase ledger clerk is the first step on the ladder towards becoming a fully-fledged accountant. 

Many organisations are happy to support purchase ledger clerks through training for industry qualifications such as ACCA certificates. 

Working hours/benefits of a purchase ledger clerk

Generally purchase ledger clerks will work full-time: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, depending on the organisation.

One of the main benefits of working as a purchase ledger clerk is that it gives junior finance candidates valuable experience of working in an accounts department, placing them in a good position to apply for more senior roles either internally or with another employer.

Looking for your next role?

Sellick Partnership specialises in the provision of purchase ledger clerk jobs for organisations across the UK. Our experienced recruitment team can help ensure that you find your ideal position in keeping with your career goals and experience.

We have built strong ties with a wide range of businesses throughout the UK, recruiting for roles on a temporary, contract and permanent basis.

Apply for our latest purchase ledger clerk roles today – simply scroll down this page to see the latest positions. If there are no roles to suit your requirements at this current time, you can sign up to our daily email job alerts or alternatively send your CV via our contact form and a consultant will call you back.


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