Director, Payroll

Fully Remote Job

About The Role

We are looking for a Director of Payroll to join our fast-paced growing company. This individual will lead the Payroll team and manage US and Canada payroll operations. The ideal candidate is experienced in leading and growing a Payroll Operation both in Canada and the USA and is passionate about developing innovative payroll processes. The Direct of Payroll will lead S&P Data Digital through a system and process transformation including the integration and launch of a new payroll and ancillary systems. This position will foster relationships with various internal stakeholders by establishing and maintaining exceptional business relationships and working collaboratively with other organizational teams. The ideal candidate is a hands-on manager, who is expected to run day to day payroll operations, support new and existing pay programs, manage vendor contracts and relationships, and drive process standardization, automation, and improvement in the controls for payroll and ensures process efficiency and effectiveness. The candidate will have a strong knowledge of US payroll including compliance with Federal and State taxes as well as strong understanding of Canadian payroll laws and taxes. This role will be part of the Human Resources organization, will lead and manage several direct reports based in US and Canada.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Payroll and benefits process: Manage U.S. and Canada payroll processing and compliance, analysis of exempt and non-exempt payrolls, work closely with the payroll vendors and accounting teams on various monthly/quarterly accounting close activities including account review, reconciliations and variance analysis.
  • Overall management and analysis of payroll operations and related activities that ensure compliance with U.S. and Canada jurisdictions for 2200+ employees and growing. Ensure proper processes are in place for capturing all inputs accurately and review payroll output from payroll vendors, which includes but is not limited to performing payroll analysis such as total gross payroll to net payment, average paid per headcount by country, and comparison of analysis to prior period, etc.
  • Employee coordination: Respond to employee inquiries and serve as liaison between employee and third-party providers; educate and counsel employees on how to use ADP Payroll.
  • Cross functional partnerships: Drive meetings with cross-functional departments to identify and implement payroll process improvements and best practices to drive excellence and eliminate errors.
  • Payroll policies and procedures: Develop and implement payroll processes, policies and procedures to ensure proper internal controls, efficiency and a great employee experience.
  • Third parties: Manage third-party vendors and the preparation, analysis and maintenance of all payroll related reports, including governmental and regulatory filings.
  • Partnerships: Work with internal partners in HRs/Recruiting/Finance/Operations to facilitate and improve the payroll processes, including benefits and withholdings (e.g., leave of absence, employee benefits, 401k, FSA, etc.)
  • Compliance: Review all payroll reporting and ensure accurate and timely filing with appropriate government authorities. Support external financial audit. Manage any payroll related audits e.g., 401(k), worker's compensation, etc.
  • Program Management and Payroll systems integration experience.
  • Special Projects: Provide ad-hoc support and services as needed.

What You’ll Need

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent. CPP designation required.
  • Minimum of 10-12 years of end-to-end payroll processing with at least 8+ years proven management/supervisory experience including companies with 2000+ employees.
  • Experience with Canadian, US payroll is required. 
  • Systems: Advanced level experience with ADP Workforce Now, Workday (or equivalent HCM) and advanced Excel Skills (pivot tables and lookups).
  • Experience with reporting of a mix of fixed and variable compensation programs thru payroll
  • Experience with managing a remote team
  • Process Oriented: Strong understanding of payroll processes and best practices.
  • Excellent management and organizational skills. Project Management/System implementation experience is a plus
  • Technical skills: Thorough knowledge of payroll-related state, legal, tax, and compliance requirements.
  • Communication: Strong verbal and written communication skills needed to interface and establish rapport with all levels of the organization including executive team members.
  • A proactive, high energy attitude geared towards achieving continuous improvement.
  • Flexibility: Ability to operate in a fast paced, and rapidly growing organization.
  • A self-starter and excellent people manger and team player
  • Ability to take your work, but not yourself too seriously.

Benefits Of Working At S&P Data

  • Remote-friendly culture
  • Competitive Salary, vacation and flexible working arrangements 
  • Comprehensive health benefits
  • Wellness programs
  • A variety of professional development and mentorship opportunities


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