Accounts Payable Lead

Brevan Howard Asset Management

Brevan Howard Asset Management

Accounting & Finance
Posted on Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Main Duties/ Responsibilities of the role:

Responsible for leading and managing the Accounts Payable (AP) function, including:

  • Operational excellence: designing workflows which minimize risk of failure; invoice triaging and tracking; exceptions handling; leveraging all systems capabilities and producing meaningful operational reports.

  • Service standards and protocol: fostering a client-centric approach, introducing best practices, embedding and tracking service-level targets, maintaining workflow cadence and overseeing bespoke solutions for straight-through and recharged invoices.

  • Leadership and resource management: liaison with Procurement and Corporate/Fund Finance colleagues; escalation management; direct team support and staff development; workload balancing / absence management + medium-range resource planning.

  • Controls and process hygiene: aged approvals and creditors review; invoice ingestion protocol management; periodic AP mailboxes review; supplier statement reconciliations; supplier relationship management and static data maintenance.

  • Stakeholder management: face of AP to internal and external stakeholders; optimize stakeholder experience eg. via fixes to approval matrix or changes to remittance advice setup.

  • Working capital management/forward planning: just-in-time settlement; cash reporting and projection + management of long-term commitments including settlement diary.

  • Projects: onboarding of Asia AP process; straight-through system enhancements eg. Brightflag/Workday integration + ongoing enhancements and integrations.

This role would suit someone who is motivated to deliver results through team working. The successful candidate will lead, motivate and develop the AP team while maintaining focus on continuous improvement of business processes.

Work Experience/ Background:


  • Extensive experience, including team management, within the financial services sector

  • Track record in running and evolving complex continuous-delivery operational workflows

  • Experience of control-focused monitoring and reporting including KPIs and proactive exceptions management

  • Understanding of key financial roles including AP, financial controllers and procurement.

  • Basic accounting knowledge covering AP and all touchpoints

  • Proven initiative and ability to cope with tight deadlines, curve balls and the unexpected

  • Experience working with colleagues in different locations and time zones.

  • Exposure to enterprise-grade financial systems

  • Familiarity with MS office applications

  • Good numerical skills


  • Experience within or leading the AP function

  • Experience working in alternative asset management, understanding of hedge fund business model

  • Bookkeeping or accounting qualification

  • Involvement in transformation and change initiatives

  • Experience of working capital management / optimisation

  • Exposure to Workday

Personal Attributes:

  • Highly organised with the ability to meet deadlines and manage a varied workload

  • Can-do approach: natural leader who steps up to own and shows initiative to resolve problems

  • Detail-focused, lets nothing fall through the cracks; picks up figurative litter

  • Mature and resilient under pressure

  • Strong work ethic and focused on excellence, sets high standards for self and others

  • Empathetic, leads from the front and naturally steps in to help the team when needed

  • Coaching mindset: takes pride and is personally invested in their team’s work

  • Collaborative, enjoys working with other teams

  • Passionate about providing high levels of customer service

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, can deal effectively with colleagues at all levels.