Accounts Officer Kaituhi Kaute
Accounts officers are responsible for monitoring and managing financial accounts for their organisation.
Accounts officers may do some or all of the following:
- arrange payment of bills and accounts
- issue customer invoices
- follow up outstanding payments
- process and keep records of financial transactions
- account reconciliation
- handle general accounts queries
- provide support to a wider financial or accounting team.
Useful experience for accounts officers includes:
- financial processing
- office administration.
Accounts officers need to be:
- able to adapt to new processes and systems
- accurate, with high attention to detail
- good at communicating
- proactive and show initiative
- well organised and have strong time management skills.
Accounts officers need to have:
- an understanding of basic accounting principles
- basic maths skills
- knowledge of computer and accounting software.
- usually work regular hours, but may work weekends or evenings to meet deadlines
- work in offices, but may travel to visit clients.
There are no specific secondary education requirements to become an accounts officer. However, NCEA Level 3 maths, accounting and digital technologies are useful.
Accounts officers may progress into payroll work or study to become an accountant.
Accounts officers may specialise in:
- accounts payable - organising the payment of invoices for an organisation
- accounts receivable - collecting and recording payments that come into an organisation.
Years Of Training
There are no specific requirements to become an accounts officer as you gain skills on the job. However, a business or accounting qualification may be useful.