Reporting to the Manager of Payroll, this position will play a key role in co-managing and supervising the Payroll Office operations on a daily basis ensuring that payroll deadlines are met and employees are paid on-time. The Assistant Manager will serve as workstream lead for the implementation of the University’s Workday Platform – Payroll module.
The Assistant Manager will assist the Payroll Manager in developing payroll policies and procedures and work in collaboration with departments to approve the processing of regular and off cycle checks when requested by departments and verify the accuracy of overpayment calculations. The Assistant Manager will also update taxable wages, deductions and taxes to ensure the accuracy of data for year-end processing and assist with coordinating the collecting of information requested by auditors,and complete state reporting on a monthly and quarterly basis.
- Manage the daily Workday operations of the Payroll Office. Answer policy and procedure questions related to Workday. Serve as payroll SME on current Workday processing and procedures. Participate in Workday HCM projects involving strategy, implementation support, and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) optimization related to Information technology (IT) operations, business processes, security, and data integrity for the Workday applications. Coordinate training of newly hired staff. Act on behalf of the Payroll Manager in their absence. Manage the payroll function. Coordinate the work of the Payroll Clerk Sr. staff to keep everyone working on schedule for each of the pays. Resolve system issues and work with IT staff when needed. Create and support complex Workday payroll calculations and Workday optimization. Contact HR, Benefits, Student Employment and others for information or problem resolution. Ensure all steps are completed and issues resolved before confirming the pay. Work in collaboration with department to: approve the processing of checks when requested by departments, verify the accuracy of overpayment calculations, process reversals and adjustments in Workday, update taxable wages, deductions and taxes to ensure the accuracy of data for year-end processing, coordinate the collecting of information requested by auditors, complete state reporting on a monthly and quarterly basis and assist the Payroll Manager in developing payroll policies and procedures.
Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business, or a related field. At least four (4) years' experience in a payroll/accounting environment while performing supervisory responsibilities. Computer skills including spreadsheet, word processing and database capabilities. Strong communications skills and the ability to communicate with all levels of employees and maintain control when dealing with an upset employee. Strong organizational, problem-solving and time management skills.
A minimum of three (3) years of enterprise resource planning (ERP), HCM implementation, and upgrade experience (Workday preferred). Knowledge of University policies, Federal, State and Local tax regulations, Ohio retirement systems policies, payroll policies and procedures.
Compensation and Benefits
The compensation for this position is commensurate with experience and qualifications.
The University of Akron offers a competitive total compensation package comprised of a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits for eligible employees including medical, dental, vision, short and long-term disability, life insurance, and paid leave of absences including time off for illness, vacation, and maternity or paternity leave. In addition, eligible employees and their dependents are provided tuition remission. All staff, contract professionals, and eligible non-bargaining unit faculty have the option to request a Flexible Work Arrangement (FWA). The University of Akron participates in state retirement systems and offers alternative retirement options with competitive employer contributions. Optional investment opportunities are available including deferred compensation programs (403(b) and 457(b)). Please visit our benefits home page for more information.
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To apply for this position, you must complete the on-line application and attach a resume and a list of three professional references to your profile. Please include contact information, including email addresses for your professional references.
After submission of your application, return to the "My Activities" link and upload the required documents to your profile under the "Cover Letters and Attachments" section.
Applicants should fully describe their qualifications and experience with reference to the minimum and preferred qualifications. This is the information on which the initial review of materials will be based. A resume will not be accepted in place of any information requested on the application. For assistance with your application or attachments please call Cindy Harm, Human Resources at (330) 972-8399.
Review of applicants will begin October 4, 2022.
This position is open until filled.
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