Accounts Receivable Specialist I

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Description/Job Summary

Brownells enjoys a great reputation in its industry and a great team to drive that brand, but we’re constantly growing and need passionate people like you to join our team. As a family-owned company for more than 80 years, we can’t wait to meet you -- and your family.

Speaking of your family, they come first, and we’ll always do our best to help you spend the most time with them possible. In fact, we can prove it. We’re the proud recipients of The Alliance of Work-Life Progress Seal of Distinction in both 2014 and 2015. We achieved this by implementing a number of employee-friendly programs including flexible work arrangements, and numerous initiatives designed to enhance the quality of the lives of our team members and their families.

Because of our great team, we’re able to maintain a small-company feel, backed by the Midwestern values of honesty, integrity and respect, while being an internationally-recognized brand with customers in more than 60 countries worldwide.

We’re proud to be a progressive company in a traditionally conservative industry, we’re proud of our shooting heritage and we are Serious About Firearms.

This position is responsible for processing the organization’s accounts receivables on a daily basis, resulting in a detailed and accurate record of cash flow transactions.  Perform other accounting support functions such as compiling, sorting, preparing documents and reports, and maintaining files and general accounting documentation.  Backs up other areas of the business as needed.

  • Processes AR in a timely manner
  • Enters cash, checks, credit card payments, and mail orders received into computer system
  • Reviews customer payments to verify accuracy against account charges, and works with customer service and sales reps to resolve variances
  • Coordinates customer billing and collections activities
  • Reviews and follows up with past-due accounts to arrange for timely payment
  • Works with collection agencies to recover monies owed and non-sufficient funds
  • Opens new customer accounts and checks customer credit references to verify eligibility
  • Reconciles daily cash, checks, and credit card receipts
  • Reviews daily sales and COGS reports to verify they agree with the general ledger posting
  • Handles customer inquiries
  • Open account management
  • Provides support for other areas as needed
  • Works with pricing to resolve minor and non-routine customer issues such as balances due or shortages
  • Demonstrates good team and communication skills at all times
  • Generates routine balance reports
  • Maintains files and accounting documentation
  • Performs multiple accounting functions such as compiling, sorting and preparing documents and reports, issuing bills and invoices, calculating and verifying debit and credit amounts, and posting transactions to appropriate accounts
  • Ensure the appropriate filing and maintenance of accounting records
  • Input data into financial system and reconcile reports
  • Create and produce reports and assist various team members on special projects as necessary
  • Verify bank/credit card records with system via excel functionality
Education and Experience
  • High school diploma, GED, or equivalent required
  • AA required (Accounting preferred)
  • 1-3 years Office Experience required, Accounting preferred
  • Experience with computer based accounting systems preferred
 Knowledge & Skills
  • Accounting knowledge preferred
  • Organization
  • Verbal Communication
  • Listening
  • Written Communication
Leadership Competencies
  • Customer Focus (L1)
  • Creativity and Innovation (L1)
  • Teamwork and Collaboration (L1)
  • Communication and Interpersonal Effectiveness (L1)
  • Drive for Results (L2)
  • Organizational Finance Policies Compliance and Maintenance (L2)
Physical Demands
  • Sedentary work. Sedentary work involves lifting no more than 10 pounds at a time and occasionally lifting or carrying articles like docket files, ledgers, and small tools. Although a sedentary job is defined as one which involves sitting, a certain amount of walking and standing is often necessary in carrying out job duties. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required occasionally and other sedentary criteria are met.
Physical Hazards – Health and Safety Concerns
  • General office environments
  • Ergonomics

DISCLAIMER:  The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified. In addition, the employer may consider whether the individual applying for or holding the position is qualified.  There are two steps involved in this determination.  The first concerns whether the applicant or current employee satisfies the prerequisites for the position.  The second step involves whether or not the person can perform the essential functions with or without reasonable accommodation.

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Brownells, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, genetic information, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic or status protected by law.

If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please contact us by email at and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information. Requests for accommodation will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please note that only inquiries concerning a request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to from this e-mail address.

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