Operational Collections Specialist (Virtual)

Lee Enterprises Inc   Davenport, IA   Full-time     Accounting
Posted on September 8, 2023
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Lee Enterprises is seeking a candidate for the position of Operational Collections Specialist within its centralized Customer Service team.

Position Responsibilities
  • Maintains accurate account information in proprietary software including addresses, phone numbers, contact information and account status.
  • Researches accounts with credit balances more than 60 days old. Determines cause of credit balance and prepares documentation for refund or transfer according to department guidelines.
  • Provides accounting support to Advertising, including but not limited to invoice customer accounts as requested.
  • Locates and sends requested information to third party collection agencies or law firms on bad debt accounts. Monitors collection status of bad debt accounts on a monthly basis, updating as needed.
  • Responds to requests for credit references customers.
  • Runs a variety of standardized reports for the credit manager and other designated persons.
  • Reviews the data for completeness and correctness.
  • Provides administrative assistance to the credit manager and other members of the credit department
  • Process payments received from customers, accurately and timely.
  • Resolves payment problems/ discrepancies in a timely manner
  • Answer inquiries from customers and company personnel regarding payment applications.
  • Return messages or inquiries for information requested in a timely basis.
  • Place collection calls for specified past due accounts as directed.
  • Strong written and verbal communication
  • Ability to prioritize tasks to meet deadlines with high quality work
  • Attention to detail and strong organization skills
  • Strong work ethic and team focus
  • Ability to multitask and work in a fast pace work environment
  • Microsoft Office to include excel experience
Education and Experience

Previous customer service and collections experience is a plus. High School diploma is required.

Why Join Us?

Lee Enterprises offers competitive wages in a dynamic, interesting work environment with career growth opportunities. We offer an extensive benefit program that can be personalized to your needs. Our benefit program includes medical, dental, vision, short and long-term disability, company provided life insurance and supplemental life insurance. In addition, we offer a 401K retirement plan with company match. We also offer generous paid time off to allow the flexibility to balance personal life and work. This includes paid parental leave for new parents.

Lee Enterprises is a major subscription and advertising platform and a leading provider of local news and information, with daily newspapers, rapidly growing digital products and nearly 350 weekly and specialty publications serving 75 markets in 26 states. Year to date, Lee's newspapers have an average daily circulation of 1.0 million, and our legacy websites, including acquisitions, reach more than 34 million digital unique visitors.

Lee Enterprises is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to attracting and retaining a workforce whose diversity reflects the communities we serve. Lee embraces change, and we recognize that we must create and maintain a culture of fervent inclusion. For more information about Lee, check us out at www.lee.net .

We are focused on building a diverse and inclusive workforce. If

you are excited about this role but do not meet 100% of the qualifications above, we encourage you to apply.