Accounts Payable Projects Analyst

Position Summary

The Role
The Accounts Payable (AP) Projects Analyst is responsible for providing analytical support within Global Business Services (GBS) and liaising with Tax, Legal, IT and third party vendors to lead projects such as 1042 tax withholding reviews, tax and compliance audits, annual 1099s filings, system and process implementations, escheatment and unclaimed property, and robotic process automation (RPA) improvements. This individual will also prepare month-end reports, metrics and dashboards and analyze trends to recommend improvement opportunities, business changes and service performance results.


Our Team
Discovery’s Global Business Services (GBS) organization maintains operations across the global including major hubs in Silver Spring, Maryland, Chiswick Park, London, Mexico City and Warsaw, Poland. The organization is known for its innovative thinking, best practice implementation and customer service. We seek to unlock financial value for the company through igniting curiosity in all of our team members, encouraging collaboration and constantly transforming.


1. Generate reports to monitor AP aging and VIM processing status and assisting the AP Supervisor and Cash Manager to resolve aged transactions
2. Assist in review and processing of AP transactions from SAP Vendor Invoice Management System (VIM), uploads, iDocs and adjustments
3. Assist in month-end close activities by preparing account reconciliations and analysis of current period activity (i.e., vendor reports, accruals, goods received not invoiced, etc.)
4. Assist in preparation and review of vendor 1099 reports and forms for annual filings
5. Prepare reporting and reconciliation for unclaimed property; provide reports to third party vendor to perform due diligence, follow-up and preparation of state filings; complete any necessary requests to finalize submission and filings
6. Partner with Tax and implement a process for foreign vendor tax withholdings; perform due diligence to ensure foreign vendors are property set-up and tax is withheld on treaty countries; liaise with Tax to ensure annual 1042 reporting and filings are accurate
7. Liaise with Tax and Legal departments to provide supporting documentation and data analysis required for IRS, sales & use tax, compliance, and subpoena requests, audits and projects
8. Assist with ERP implementations, process integrations, system upgrade testing and go-live support, as required
9. Prepare and analyze monthly metrics (i.e., DPO, Balance Sheet flux, accounts payable forecast, etc.) and explain rationale for month-over-month movements and trends
10. Assist in developing KPI’s, Customer, Operational and Improvement metrics for reporting that drive improvement to customer service, operational efficiency and improvement in the business process and compliance
11. Create P2P dashboards and measure performance against SLAs. Use analytics to identify and report issues, trends, areas for investigation and improvement, working with the operational teams to deliver change through specific monitoring and reporting. Meet with stakeholders periodically to discuss results and update SLAs as needed
12. Provide reports and supporting documentation for audit requests from internal and external auditors


Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration or related years of experience preferred
Minimum three years of P2P, accounts payable or project management experience
Proficient experience with SAP and Microsoft Office highly preferred
Knowledge and understanding of various tax rules and filings applicable to AP for a global public company (e.g., Form 1042, Form 1099, W9, sales and use tax, escheatment, etc.)
Experience with implementing systems and process, data clean-up and user acceptance testing
Experience with month-end close and preparation of account reconciliations, reports and analysis to support the financial close process
Proven ability to project manage, multi-task, provide timely deliverables and meet deadlines in a fast paced environment while maintaining a high level of accuracy and attention to detail
Possess critical thinking, analytical, and problem solving skills; ability to analyze data, tell a meaningful story, and implement solutions
Ambitious and with good judgement, able to develop and adapt strategy to meet the needs of the business and employees
Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and written, within the team and with different levels of the business
Ability to build strong relationships with internal customers such as Tax, Legal and IT and provide best-in-class customer service
Strong commitment to teamwork through relationship-building, reliability, and collaboration
* Must have the legal right to work in the United States

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