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Accounts Payable - From Accounting to Management

Tre Canns



When it comes to the running of any financial operations within an organisation, the Accounts Payable Course must be considered as an aspect of great importance, as it plays a substantial role in the accurate recording and calculating of an organisation’s finances. It helps in conveying any payments that an organisation must make to external sources, such as suppliers. This course focusses on teaching individuals about how accounts payable functions as a whole, works as the best methods for the management of accounts payable, and how to assess and improve any existing operations for accounts payable.

The term ‘accounts payable’ refers to any investment or debts that are owed by an organisation or business to any relevant third party. Typically, these third parties may be any suppliers of goods for that respective organisation, as well as other types of creditors. This is in direct contrast to ‘accounts receivable’, which refers to any money that is owed to an organisation or business by other third parties, and is considered as being a financial asset.

Accounts payable are usually considered as a liability account, and are recorded in the same general ledger as that which is used during the accounting cycle to record and clarify the accounts that takes place within an organisation. Typically, any payments made towards accounts payable do not happen immediately but over a period of time. In some cases, the management of an accounting department may choose to make payments for any accounts payable closer to their respective due dates in order to affect the organisation’s overall cash flow.

Accounts payable may also be used as a term to refer to any department within a business or organisation that is responsible for handling any invoices or bills that must be paid by the organisation, as well as payments to any of  the third parties as an outlined priority. Typically, larger organisations and businesses will have an entire department responsible entirely for the management of any accounts payable, whereas smaller businesses may have departments that focus on both accounts payable and receivable. 

In our course, we focus on Accounts Payable from Accounting to Management, we aim to provide attendees with a deeper comprehension of the role of accounts payable within an organisation and how it functions, as well as how to achieve successful management of the accounts payable system in one’s own organisation. Our course emphasises on the importance of different aspects of management over accounts payable, while also providing an insight into some of the different processes and practices that one can implement. When it comes to dealing with any accounts payable, such as three way matching; this process involves checking a supplier’s invoice against the organisation’s actual purchase order and receiving report, in order to ensure that any potential losses are minimised as much as possible. By utilising the different information and methods taught in our course, individuals will be sure to excel at the management of accounts payable.

To conclude, accounts payable covers a significant part of a business or organisation’s financial operations; the accounts payable department maintains a significant degree of management over how the organisation’s spending occurs. While making sure that any outstanding bills or invoices are tracked paid in a timely manner, thus protecting the organisation’s value as a whole. Alongside this, accounts payable in itself provides a strong indicator of how an organisation or business is doing financially, as well as which investments it has made and how said investments end up performing for the organisation.


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