Accounts receivable role and responsibilities

As an accounts receivable specialist, your first responsibility is to respond to basic client inquiries and other clerical tasks related to maintaining the accounts receivable records for your organization. You may also:

  • Prepare customer statements, bills and invoices, and reconcile expenses to the general ledger
  • Calculate and post receipts to appropriate general ledger accounts and verify details of transactions, such as funds received and total account balances
  • Prepare monthly receivable statements
  • Compile and sort documents, prepare and post invoices and credit and debit memos
  • Make copies of all checks, complete deposit slips and make bank deposits
  • Work with collections personnel to verify status of delinquent accounts and solicit payments on overdue accounts
  • Provide backup support to other groups in the accounting department, type periodic reports and perform other general administrative duties
  • Rely on instructions and pre-established guidelines to perform the functions of the job
  • Work under immediate supervision
  • Typically report to a supervisor or manager

Accounts receivable skill set

  • Organization and prioritization skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Problem solving skills
  • Ability to complete work on schedule
  • Customer service skills


Depending on the job you want, you may need:

  • High school diploma
  • 0-2 years of experience in the field or in a related field
  • Familiarity with accounting programs and software
  • Basic understanding of principles of finance, bookkeeping and accounting

Prepare for these 5 accounts receivable interview questions

Get ready for your interview by practicing your answers to these common questions. Remember to be honest instead of just saying what you think the interviewer wants to hear.

  1. What is a customer master record?
  2. How is a journal entry recorded?
  3. What is factoring?
  4. What information would you include on a bill for services?
  5. What are the goals of accounts receivable?

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Similar positions

  • Accounts payable specialist
  • Billing specialist
  • Accountant
  • Bookkeeper

Career Advancement

Depending on the path, accounts receivables can become:

  • Senior accounts receivable specialist
  • Accounting clerk
  • Payroll clerk

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