• Payroll Director

    Job Locations
    US-CA-San Francisco
  • Overview

    Best-in-class service, stewardship, independence, seamlessness, and transparency – these are the five core values that define the talented professionals at Andersen Tax. We are committed to hiring highly motivated individuals who desire to enhance their career and make a distinct impact. Andersen Tax is one of the largest independent tax firms in the United States, providing a wide range of tax, valuation, financial advisory, and related consulting services to individuals, commercial clients, and alternative investment funds. Andersen Tax is the founding member of Andersen Global, an international association of legally separate, independent member firms with over 3,500 professionals worldwide. In the U.S., Andersen Tax has more than 1,000 personnel located in 19 cities across the country. Our team of top advisors has extensive backgrounds in international accounting firms, law firms, IRS, and state taxing authorities. We demonstrate our commitment to our people through programs like our Women’s, Veterans’, and Diversity initiatives, which allow us to maintain both a positive and supportive work environment. We aim to be the benchmark for quality in our industry and serve as the standard by which other firms are measured.


    At Andersen Tax, we offer a rewarding career path for exceptional and motivated individuals. From the moment your employment begins, you will be exposed to a wide variety of projects that will give you the opportunity to stand out and make a difference. Additionally, due to our favorable Managing Director to Associate ratio, you will receive significant hands-on mentoring from our senior professionals who are invested in your growth and development. We foster an environment based on learning and allow our employees to grow through hands-on work experience, participation in local office and national training programs, and strong mentoring relationships. Through our sustained growth and best-in-class service, we can offer substantial long-term career opportunities and the tools you need to become an emerging leader. If you want to be a part of a growing and exciting organization, then consider your opportunities with Andersen Tax – a name from the past, a firm for the future.


    Please view our website at www.andersentax.com for additional information on Andersen Tax.


    Andersen Tax offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, retirement programs, flexible spending accounts, tuition reimbursement, professional accreditation assistance, and other employee incentives.



    The Payroll Director will oversee all aspects of the Firm’s US payroll function, including payroll systems operation, payroll processing, resolution of errors and discrepancies, and long term planning for enhancement of the payroll management function. The Payroll Director is the US Firmwide subject matter expert concerning implementation of both federal and state multi-jurisdictional payroll administration. This position will maintain vendor relationships and determine best practices to fully utilize the payroll system (UltiPro) including workflows and interfaces with other HR and other functions. The Payroll Director will be a member of the Finance team, reporting to the Company Controller, and will supervise two direct reports.


    Primary job responsibilities include:

    • Supervise and direct all payroll department functions including payroll processing, reconciling payroll discrepancies, payroll tax filings, wage garnishments, W-2 processing, facilitating internal/external audits, and assisting with reconciliation of GL discrepancies relating to payroll.
    • Oversee the bi-weekly payroll process in conjunction with the Payroll Manager and Payroll Senior Associate for all U.S. operations
    • Develop and maintain thorough and user-friendly documentation of payroll policies, procedures and internal controls, including workflows and interfaces with HR, Benefits and other departments.
    • Ensure proper systems in place for accurate and timely pay, proper recordkeeping and compliance with all regulations for tax filings in all states and other jurisdictions
    • Drive continuous improvement throughout the payroll department that increases productivity and improves service levels
    • Recruit, select, train, develop and manage the performance of the payroll team; provide leadership and clear direction, guidance and coaching aimed at enhancing performance, quality, productivity and team satisfaction
    • Monitor the payroll reporting process (weekly, monthly, and quarterly) to capture key metrics such as volume, timing of resolution and trending issues
    • Have or develop a robust knowledge of our payroll system, currently Ultipro, including new system capabilities, in order to drive system efficiencies, implementations and modifications of technology systems to support payroll needs
    • As necessary, participate in new vendor selections, and lead or participate in any software implementation initiatives involving the payroll function
    • Ensure compliance with internal policies and SOX controls; oversee relationships with internal and external auditors and state and federal agencies
    • Develop and oversee pre- and post-payroll auditing procedures, troubleshoot issues and implement corrective actions eliminating the root cause of issues, as needed
    • Develop and maintain effective communication with both national and local Human Resources/Operations colleagues and with employees directly regarding any changes or issues affecting an employee’s compensation
    • Maintain a high level standard of customer service, professionalism, ethics and confidentiality.


    Knowledge and Skill Requirements

    • Bachelor’s Degree required; major in Accounting, Finance or a related degree is preferred;
    • Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) credentials;
    • 10+ years of demonstrated experience with multi-state payroll functions;
    • 5+ years of management experience;
    • UltiPro knowledge and experience strongly preferred;
    • Extensive current knowledge of federal and state laws impacting payroll;
    • Familiar with multi-state payroll processing and tax jurisdictions;
    • Excellent problem solving skills;
    • Analytical, strategic, and critical thinking skills with a focus on driving results;
    • Effective communication skills: verbal, written, listening and presentation;
    • Ability to respond to a changing environment.


    Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.


    Andersen Tax welcomes and encourages workforce diversity. We are an equal opportunity employer. Applicants and employees are considered for positions and are evaluated without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sexual orientation (including gender identity and gender expression), mental disability, physical disability, sex/gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), age, marital status, military status, veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws or regulations. All qualified individuals, including those with criminal histories, will be considered in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws. Additionally, we make every effort to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities.


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