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United Natural Foods, Inc.

Accounts Payable Specialist

United Natural Foods, Inc. - Lincoln, RI


Assist with training and supporting the department’s staff. Assist with resolving supplier payments as needed. Take an active role in coaching the Accounts Payable Representative I & II staff in an effort to enhance productivity, accuracy, and efficiency amongst the team. Perform various projects at the request of the department Supervisors and Managers.



Manage accounts payable portfolio of higher profile accounts to ensure highest level of service by researching and resolving issues related to invoices, prepayment, cash discount, pricing and receiving to ensure proper recognition of liability and payment.

Research and resolve accounts payable accrual items. Maintain reporting for AP department including received not invoiced purchase orders, outstanding checks and vendor holds.

Proactively implement process improvements.

Research, analyze, and resolve situations in a timely manner.

Assist with guiding, supporting and actively coaching the Accounts Payable Representative I & II staff.

Train new/existing employees on the department’s processes, procedures, and guidelines.

Effectively communicate and correspond both internally and externally to address & resolve issues.

Assist the department Supervisors and Managers with the day-to-day operations.

Perform UAT for system enhancements as needed.

Aid in development and tracking of team metrics.

Performs other job duties as required.

Required Experience



Associates or Bachelors’ degree preferred or equivalent supervisory work experience in an accounts payable environment or equivalent satisfactory combination of experience and training which demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform duties


Two years of experience in accounts payable processing

System Implementation preferred


Understanding of accounting, reconciliations and accounts payable functions

Additional training in bookkeeping concepts and procedures preferred

Proficiency in Microsoft Access and Excel


Ability to communicate well verbally and in writing with internal departments, vendors, and customers

Analytical abilities to perform account research and reconciliations in order to resolve account disputes

Ability to prioritize workload in a highly fast paced office environment

Ability to analyze and resolve supplier payment opportunities accurately, promptly, and in a professional manner

Ability to support and coach a clerical staff in a professional manner

Ability to work in a team environment and handle workload changes as they occur

Ability to recognize and formulate change for areas of improvement in order to increase productivity and efficiency

Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality

Job Location

Lincoln, Rhode Island, United States

Position Type


6 days

United Natural Foods, Inc.


Accounts Payable Specialist United Natural Foods, Inc. - Lincoln, RI, United States


Location: Lincoln, RI

Company Profile:
America's Premier Certified Organic Distributor® UNFI is the leading independent national distributor of natural, organic and specialty foods and related products including nutritional supplements, personal care items and organic produce, in the United States. In addition to excellent distribution services, we provide a range of innovative, value-added services for our customers and suppliers, to foster mutual success and growth. Our services include marketing and promotional tools, merchandising, category management and store support services. At the core of UNFI's distribution operation are five main units: UNFI Eastern Region, UNFI Western Region, UNFI Canada, Albert's Organics and Select Nutrition. In addition, our non-distribution divisions include Blue Marble Brands, Earth Origins Market and Woodstock Farms Manufacturing.