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Analyst, Payroll

Date:  Jan 6, 2021

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46278

Store # - Mall Name:  Corporate Office

General Description

Do you have payroll experience and are ready to take your game up a notch? If you want to do more than just the processing, if you want to dig deeper and be part of creating processes that get the employees paid right every time, this job may be for you. We are looking for someone capable of leading daily payroll operations while also analyzing processes and offering recommendations on process improvement. The ideal candidate for this role is someone who is not satisfied with simply correcting the error, but someone who wants to follow the path of the error to the source and determine the best way to keep from occurring in the future. This position will have the opportunity to positively impact US, Canada and Puerto Rico payroll operations and work cross-functionally with Lids HR, Finance, Operations and HRIS teams. This position is highly visible throughout the Lids organization and is a great fit for someone with a customer-focus mindset with strong analytical aptitude.

Principle Duties and Responsibilities

  • Supports the Payroll Manager by leading company payroll processing, including maintenance of payroll information; collection, calculation and entry of data; retroactive pays; verifying and processing of bonus files and other forms of compensation; and front-end edits. Processes organization's payroll and compiles and analyzes payroll data to maintain accurate payroll records.
  • Identifies and implements payroll process improvements and best practices, driving improved customer service levels and eliminating unnecessary payroll errors. 
  • Monitors payroll-related transactions and verifies that they are processed in compliance with external and internal policies. Maintains knowledge of payroll-related rules and laws that govern the payroll administration practices. Applies professional and technical knowledge, skills and judgment to ensure accurate and timely payroll processing.
  • Reconciles errors and maintains payroll records. Audits payroll data changes to ensure validity and accuracy. Responsible for the data integrity of the payroll systems and ensures accuracy of employee information and cost centers. 
  • Drives the resolution for technical, system or other payroll issues. Monitors system reports and alerts Payroll Manager of problems or errors.
  • Develops system reporting to provide relevant and timely data and analyses. Uses analytical approach to create metrics to provide to business partners to assist in critical business decisions. 
  • Communicates with and coaches department heads, managers and others on payroll policies and procedures to ensure smooth ongoing payroll operations.
  • Resolves payroll inquiries to ensure a timely, equitable and courteous resolution; process adjustments as necessary. 
  • Assists Payroll Manager with the training of payroll staff. Back up for the Payroll and/or Benefits Manager in areas of payroll forecasting, month-end/year-end duties, company benefits administration. 
  • Oversees external and internal partnerships that facilitate payroll processes, including garnishment administration, bonuses, benefits administration, etc.  
  • Maintains an exceptional attention to detail.
  • Utilizes organizational and prioritizing skills to manage multiple ongoing projects.
  • Partners with Payroll Manager to manage regular preparation of relevant reports, including monthly, quarterly and year-end (gross payroll hours worked, paid leave accrual, tax deductions, benefit deductions, workers compensation, legal requests, 
  • Performs all other duties as assigned with a willingness to adapt to changing department demand. This includes HRIS-related projects as well as implementing payroll related programs and efforts.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Job Required Knowledge & Skills

  1. Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  2. 3+ years of payroll experience, working with both payroll and time and attendance systems.
  3. Advanced knowledge of Excel required (i.e. Advanced formulas, pivot tables, lookups, and index abilities)
  4. Strong analytical, organizational, troubleshooting and problem-resolution skills.
  5. Strong attention to detail.
  6. Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills. Must be able to communicate effectively to a large remote workforce. 
  7. Ability to work under pressure and multitask within time-sensitive constraints.
  8. Ability to work collaboratively with others.
  9. Understanding of time and attendance and non-exempt pay requirements. 
  10. Good understanding of basic accounting principles; knowledge and experience with journal entries and reconciliatioDemonstrates sound judgment and discretion when handling confidential information.
  11. Experience working with ADP is a plus.


Bachelor's Level Degree in Accounting or Finance

Reports To

Payroll Manager

Nearest Major Market: Indianapolis