Accounts Payable Manager

Accounts Payable Manager

Location: Peoria, IL


Located in Peoria, Illinois, Natural Fiber Welding, Inc. (NFW) produces a scalable and sustainable universe of peerless high-performance materials created from abundant natural sources. NFW is driven by an entrepreneurial spirit, innovative ideas, and the desire to commercialize new products from nature and is comprised of a team of scientists, engineers, and business leaders that are inspired to impact the world. We are looking for exceptional talent who can contribute to our exciting and fast-paced, rapidly growing organization. 

The mission of Natural Fiber Welding, Inc. (“NFW” or the “Company”) is to invent and manufacture shockingly sustainable materials from plants. Beginning with inherently circular, natural ingredients, NFW is making a material-rich, plastic-free future possible.


Reporting to the Accounting Manager, NFW presents the opportunity to lead Accounts Payable, and will oversee all aspects of accounts payable for the Company. 

The ideal candidate for this position will have excellent organization, prioritization, and communication skills. A strong attention to detail, the ability to meet deadlines consistently, and to work well under pressure is a must. Further, the candidate must have an eye for improving the control environment of the Company by creating and/or adhering to AP processes that aid in the overall success of the finance organization. The position is in Peoria, IL, and can be Hybrid.  


  • Handle day-to-day processing of accounts payable
  • Ensure adherence and maintenance of corporate policies, procedures, and controls, including, but not limited to, ensuring invoices were properly authorized and supporting documentation was received
  • Act as point of escalation and work to identify, track, document, and resolve errors, issues and risks proactively with timely further escalation of unresolved items to senior management
  • Drive process standardization, automation, and continuous process improvement to ensure efficiency and effectiveness
  • Develop and own the accounts payable strategy, roadmap, and operational plan
  • Ensures accounts payable documentation is uploaded and maintained in the ERP
  • Assists with year-end audit, including providing key schedules and documents to external auditors
  • Maintain key documents (i.e. accounts payable schedules) and ensure data is transferred to key systems
  • On a monthly basis, reconciles accounts payable to the general ledger and prepares reconciliations on a timely basis
  • Project lead for accounts payable-related ad hoc projects, including continuous development of processes that are scalable and support the company's growth



  • Bachelors in Accounting or Business and/or equivalent experience. 
  • Must have the highest level of integrity
  • Minimum four (4) years of progressive accounts payable and accounting experience, including the preparation of journal entries
  • Motivated and able to work under minimal supervision in a fast-paced environment 
  • Strong problem solving, PC technical skills, project management, and organizational skills
  • Strong organizational skills & attention to detail and highly motivated/proactive
  • Tolerate and embrace ambiguity and change in a rapidly growing company
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively partner with all levels of the organization
  • Ability to deal with high volume transactions
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Special Skills:

  • Experience with GSS a plus
  • Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Excel (e.g. pivot tables, vlookups, etc.) and Word
  • Attention to detail and focus on accuracy is a must
  • Experience in a rapidly growing and changing company
  • Established track record of process improvement

 Required Critical Attributes

  • Ability to deal with high volume transactions
  • Ability to work successfully under minimal supervision in a fast paced and dynamic environment
  • Strong critical thinking and intuitive problem-solving skills
  • Strong sense of urgency, collaborative and consultative
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Learning, development, and people focused
  • “Team-player” mindset; comfortable partnering with all levels and functions
  • Ability to be detail oriented but maintain a “bigger picture” mindset; awareness of downstream and upstream impacts of each task and decision
  • Solid project management skills
  • Unquestioned integrity, moral character, ethics and values
  • Ability to earn trust and credibility within the organization
  • Solid project management skills

NFW is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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