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Career Story: Accounts Receivable Representative For A Large Dairy Manufacturer

Accounts Receivable Representative For A Large Dairy Manufacturer

Job Title: A/R Representative

Type of Company: I am a A/R financial administrator for a large manufacturer of milk & milk products.

Education: AS in Criminal Justice & Child Psychology

Previous Experience: I have always worked in the accounting & marketing field, whether it be for a Fortune 500 company or or a small mom & pops operation. I have worked most recently for a sales & marketing broker for several manufacturers before being employed by a major milk manufacturer for the past three years.

Job Tasks: As an Accounts Receivable (A/R) Financial Administrator, I am responsible for maintaining and reconciling millions of dollars for multiple national retail establishments that use or supply milk. I do heavy accounting duties as well as customer service. I make sure the money coming in matches what is going out and resolve any issues that may arise with delivery and production of milk products.

On a daily basis I am working as a liaison with the shipping department to make sure that there are not any issues with the delivery of the product which would interfere with getting paid with what we billed. If there is an issue, the research would consist of reviewing POD's and working with the sales dept to manage the pricing and any discrepancies that might have occurred.

I will also work with the particular vendors to make sure that they are adhering to national sales policies and following the milk guidelines that are tolerated by the states in which they reside. I may on any given day have to disrupt service to a customer who is not complying with the sales contract or the terms set for payment before them when they became a customer. I am the point person for anything and everything that could go wrong with a billing or a collection of the money for that delivery.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is the fact that I am constantly busy and there is never a dull moment. I also love the fact that I have the room to expand my duties and knowledge as I learn something new every day on the job.

The worse part of my job is the same reason as it is the best. There is never room to relax.

Job Tips:
1. I would advise anyone who is looking to get into the manufacturing business to review the places where they get their goods. There is more involved in every business and should not be looked down upon. From every bagging clerk, to cashier, to the manager of the store that provides a product - there's a lot of work that goes into delivering it - from the manufacturing to the sale to the collection of funds associated with that product.

A solid work performance as well as an education and a strong desire to succeed is all that is needed to be successful in any job that you choose.

Additional Thoughts: I never stop learning on my job so everyday can be a surprise. I love being able to be responsible for my own accounts and to be able to work at my own pace. I have learned that with a lot of hard work and reliability, you most often get what you give. Whether it be a raise, or unconditional understanding if something personal comes up that may temporarily interefere with the job, I have earned the right to be not under close scrutiny.

If I could change one thing about my career is that I would not have spent so much time having fun and would have concentrated on not wasting time. I went back to school at the age of 25 and paid for it on my own. I wasted a lot of time working without an education and would be much further in my career if I had only decided what I wanted to do sooner instead of wasting my time in dead end jobs. I thought I could do it all without an education and that is where I failed and cost myself valuable time.

The most valuable personal qualities for my career is that I am very results driven and am an extremely hard working. I am also very reliable. These qualities have provided me with more opportunities than if I was just giving adequate work performance and attitude.

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