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Lead, Accounts Payable

Location Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota Date posted 10/01/2021
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CHS Inc. is a leading global agribusiness owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the United States that provides grain, food and energy resources to businesses and consumers around the world.  We serve agriculture customers and consumers across the United States and around the world.  Most of our 10,000 employees are in the United States, but today we have employees in 19 countries. At CHS, we are creating connections to empower agriculture.


CHS has an exciting opportunity in our Corporate Accounts Payable group. We are looking for an Accounts Payable Team Lead to provide the JDE Crop Nutrients & Energy team guidance and support in performing all departmental duties associated with the accurate and timely processing of vendor invoices and other payment requests in accordance with applicable federal and state regulations, company policies, and standard internal control requirements. You must be detail oriented, have strong leadership and communication skills (verbal and written), and be able to work independently in a fast-paced, customer-focused, and collaborative team environment while promoting a culture of continuous improvement.


  • Process invoices for payment to vendors, including complex Accounts Payable (AP) transactions related to contracts, product, freight, EDI invoices and miscellaneous expenditures.
  • Resolve complex transactional issues by collaborating with AP team members, business unit members, and/or vendors. 
  • Collaborate with AP team members to create and maintain procedural manuals and work instructions.
  • Provide guidance, direction and training to AP team members and business personnel to resolve matters related to vendor invoice-to-payment issues. 
  • Develop, monitor, and publish daily metrics, KPI’s, and backlog reports.
  • Provide cross-functional collaboration with Finance Shared Services & all Accounts Payable Operations customers to ensure business needs are being met.
  • Train new hires within the AP team on policies, procedures, and AP systems.
  • Utilize Lean methodologies to identify process inefficiencies and collaborate with others to identify underlying root causes, recommend solutions, test system enhancements, and implement system and/or process changes
  • Monitor and manage shared departmental email and voicemail accounts. Distribute daily work to AP Specialists to ensure inquiries are resolved in a timely manner.
  • Participate in SOX testing, audit activities, special projects as needed, and perform other duties as assigned / required.

Minimum Qualifications (required)

  • Associate degree in Accounting or other related business degree program (additional years of experience may offset degree requirement)
  • 3+ years of accounts payable experience in a high-volume, fast-paced, large company environment
  • Experience using ERP systems such as SAP, JDE, Oracle, Great Plains or Lawson
  • Extensive professional work experience with the full life cycle of accounting entries associated with the procure-to-pay process
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, and Outlook

Additional Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or other related business degree program
  • Accounts payable certification such as Accounts Payable Specialist (APS) or Certified Accounts Payable Associate (CAPA)
  • Previous direct work experience directly or indirectly leading a team
  • Experience with EDI.

CHS offers a competitive total compensation package. Benefits include Health, Dental, Vision, Hearing, Life Insurance, Health and Day Care Savings Accounts, Paid Vacation, 401K, Company Funded Pension, Profit Sharing, Long and Short Term Disability, Tuition reimbursement, and Adoption assistance.

CHS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Effective January 6, 2020, the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires employers to conduct a pre-employment verification full query against the newly established License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse prior to beginning employment in a position that requires a valid commercial driver’s license (CDL). Candidates seeking employment in a position that requires a commercial motor vehicle license must voluntarily enter their information into the FMCSA and must provide disclosure authorization, at the time of offer, to CHS or an authorized third-party agent of CHS to verify the information.

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