Senior Payroll Accountant

Tempe, Arizona, United States
15 Jun 2022
14 Jul 2022
Contract type
Full time
Experience level
Qualified accountant

Northern Trust provides innovative financial services and guidance to corporations, institutions and affluent families and individuals globally. With over 130 years of financial experience and nearly 20,000 partners, we serve the world’s most sophisticated clients using leading technology and exceptional service. Northern Trust is one of thelargest banking institutionsin the United States and one of theoldest banks in continuous operation. As of December 31, 2021, it had $1.6 trillion in assets under management and $16.2 trillion in assets under custody / administration.

We burnished our reputation as a global leader delivering innovative investment management, asset and fund administration, fiduciary and banking solutions enabled by sophisticated, leading technology. And through it all, we continually laid a solid, forward-looking foundation on which future generations can continue growing and achieving greater.

Working with Us:

As a Northern Trust partner, you will be part of a flexible and collaborative work culture, which has a strong history of financial strength and stability. Movement within the organization is encouraged, senior leaders are accessible, and you can take pride in working for a company that is committed to strengthening the communities we serve!

We recognize the value of inclusion and diversity in culture, in thought, and in experience, which is why we are honored to receive the following awards in 2021:

  • Gender Equality Index Member, Bloomberg
  • Top Financial & Banking Company, Black EOE Journal, Hispanic Network Magazine, Professional WOMAN'S Magazine
We’d love to learn more about how your interests and experience could be a fit with one of America’s best banks and most sustainable companies! Build your career with us and apply

Job Summary

Designs and recommends new and/or improved payroll policies or programs. Counsels management concerning the interpretation or administration of the payroll policies or guidelines. Resolves highly sensitive issues related to policies with appropriate internal contacts.

Is a technical expert with in-depth knowledge in area of expertise and strong knowledge of other areas

Must be familiar with all aspects of Payroll processing including payroll production, reconciliation, tax and Time & Labor, and is able to backup any function or process.

The key responsibilities of the role include:

  • Administers and processes various corporate human resource programs or staff services within Payroll function. Strategic in developing, implementing and administering these HR programs within Payroll.
  • Responds to most complex payroll inquiries from all levels throughout the organization to explain adjustments to pay and tax law changes.
  • Designs, develops and analyzes existing policies, procedures, and practices to ensure compliance with state and federal wage and tax laws. Recommends modifications of existing payroll processes to ensure compliance with legislated requirements.
  • Monitors payroll transmissions and system inputs; performs more complex system level tasks related to payroll calculations and system processes.
  • May lead/manage HR system implementations.
  • Resolves highly sensitive payroll issues.
  • Researches and monitors regulatory and legislative changes impacting all areas of payroll to ensure ongoing compliance.
  • Serves as an expert resource or go to person within a group.
  • Encourage, participate and support process improvements within the team
  • Reviews work of others, and approves transactions based on SOX requirement to ensure compliance and accuracy
  • Handles more extensive, high-profile work
  • Responsible for direct interaction with different committees, management and internal/external auditors.
  • Project lead.
  • Maintains regional payroll calendars and interfaces with HRIT and Global Payroll team to provide same, for purposes of system/process scheduling, interfaces, partner communications, etc.
  • Coaches, mentors and trains other members of the team, consultants to enhance cross training and support cover within the department during times of planned and unplanned leave, contributes to performance management review process for the team
  • Oversight of day to day payroll processing and functions.
Qualifications / Skills/ Experience

The successful candidate will benefit from having:

  • 10 plus years of payroll experience, preferably dealing with multiple countries.
  • Must be familiar with all aspects of Payroll processing including payroll production, reconciliation, tax compliance and Time & Labor.
  • Ability to be back up to the Regional Payroll Manager to lead and support the team and represent the payroll function in internal and external meetings and projects
  • Able to multi-task in a high paced environment
  • Excellent attention to detail, analytical and problem solving skills, with a focus on continuous improvements
  • Knowledge of other areas of Human Resources & Finance, and their impact on payroll production activities
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