Avanir Pharmaceuticals

Accounts Payable Associate

Aliso Viejo, CA
Jun 04, 2021
Biotech Beach
Required Education
High School or equivalent
Position Type
Full time
The Accounts Payable Associate (A/P Associate) will be responsible for certain aspects related to the accounts payable process, working primarily under the direction of the Associate Manager, Accounting. Responsibilities include daily vendor invoice processing, check runs, wire transfers, journal entries, account reconciliations and assistance with expense reporting.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Process purchase orders and vendor invoices
  • Interact with both internal and external contacts to resolve any issues related to invoices and vendor payments.
  • Respond to vendor-related and Avanir internal inquiries
  • Process vendor payments: check payments, ACH and wire transfers.
  • Maintain check log and AP filing
  • Assist with GL close: prepare AP Accruals and journal entries.
  • Assist with Internal and External Audit requests.
  • Assist with additional projects, as needed.

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.

Education/ Qualifications:

  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • BA/BS degree in Accounting, Finance, Economics or related field preferred but not required
  • Minimum of 2-3 years of accounts payable experience
  • Understanding of accounting and internal control principles
  • Strong analytical, organization, and problem-solving skills
  • Strong attention to detail, excellent organization skills and an ability to work autonomously and in a fast-paced team environment
  • Must demonstrate the ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, work efficiently, and meet deadlines is essential.
  • Proficient computer skills, including MS Office (Excel, Word)

Physical Requirements:

This position primarily works in an office environment. It requires the ability to sit or stand for long periods of time and frequent walking. Daily use of a computer, phone, office equipment and other computing and digital devices is required. May be required to stand for extended periods when facilitating meetings or walking in the facilities. Some local travel may be necessary, so the ability to travel by plane, operate a motor vehicle and maintain a valid Driver’s license and/or effectively navigate public transportation is required. While performing the responsibilities of the job, the employee must be able to read and respond to interoffice communications as well as effectively participate in meetings. The employee is often required to sit and use their hands and fingers, to lift up to 20 lbs., pull, push, carry, handle or feel. The employee is required to carry, handle items, reach with arms and hands, to stoop, kneel, or crouch; talk or hear. Mental demands may require prolonged concentration, reading comprehension, understanding and interpretation of concepts, ideas and philosophies.  The physical demands of the position described herein are essential functions of the job and employees must be able to successfully perform these tasks for extended periods. Reasonable accommodations may be made for those individuals with real or perceived disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job described unless such accommodations would cause Avanir an undue burden.

Work Environment:

While performing the responsibilities of the job, these work environment characteristics are representative of the environment the job holder will encounter. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job unless such accommodations would cause Avanir an undue burden. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving carts, mechanical equipment (copiers, computers, coffee machines) and vehicles. May be subject to smells and odors. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate. The passage of employees through the work area is average and normal.

EEO Statement:

As an equal opportunity employer, Avanir Pharmaceuticals is committed to providing all applicants and employees with equal access to employment opportunities, regardless of sex, race, age, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, pregnancy, religion, genetic information, sexual orientation transgender status, gender identity, marital status, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.  All Avanir Pharmaceuticals employees, officers, principles, agents, and representatives are expressly prohibited from engaging in unlawful discrimination.  Consistent with federal, state, and local requirements, Avanir Pharmaceuticals will reasonably accommodate any qualified individual with a disability if such accommodation would allow the individual to perform the essential functions or the job, unless doing so would create an undue hardship.

Avanir Pharmaceuticals shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR-60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a).  These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals on the basis of protected veteran status or disability, and require affirmative action by covered prime contractors and subcontractors to employ and advance in employment qualified protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.