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Senior Payroll Specialist

Role: Senior Payroll Specialist, US

Purpose of role: Assisting the Payroll Manager with team management and ensuring that the company payroll deliverables are met

Reports to: Payroll Manager
About the job
Hi, We’re Primark. We’re all about fun, fashion, and a fabulous career. We’re fast-paced, with our stores receiving hundreds of new products every week. We have amazing fashion at amazing prices, all of the time. We set the fashion trends. We’re committed to providing our customers with service that is second to none. As part of our global team, you’ll be at the forefront of expanding this fashion revolution in the United States. Are you game?
Primark is seeking a full time Senior Payroll Specialist to join a small team responsible for producing its US Payrolls.
What the successful candidate will be doing:
  • Help lead and oversee the administration of payrolls, ensuring that payrolls are paid accurately and on time
  • Help ensure that the team is compliant with relevant rules and legislation
  • Oversee the validation and processing of spreadsheets and HR and Time and Attendance files
  • Fill in for the payroll manager where required
  • Finalization and payment processing in respect of company payrolls
  • Overseeing 401K administration and support annual plan audit processes
  • Applying federal and state regulations and company rules on all payments and deductions
  • Pursuing policy of continuous improvement
  • Lead on knowledge of tax and other regulations in relation to team support
  • Assist with reconciliation processes and resolution of any payroll discrepancies
  • Demonstrate and maintain a positive customer service focus to both internal and external payroll customers
  • Work cross functionally with other departments
  • Check and sign correspondence where required
  • Assist with year-end duties such as balancing, reconciliations and year end returns
  • As the team grows, develop team members and perform activities that help with long term retention of team members
  • Assist with special projects related to the payroll function
  • Research and prepare special reports for management and ensure reporting needs within the company are met
  • Carry out problem and error analysis including period end validations
  • Support growth in the company
  • Other duties as may be required



What Primark is looking for a candidate:
  • 7+ years payroll experience is required with some experience of managing people preferred.
  • Hands-on approach to problem solving.
  • Able to step in to various activities where required to support the team.
  • Detailed knowledge of tax regulations including federal and state legislation.
  • Demonstrable experience of working to deadlines and performing duties under pressure.
  • Microsoft Excel knowledge to Intermediate level preferred.
  • Ability to see through tasks fully.
  • Good analytical ability and excellent communication skills.
What the ideal individual will be:
  • Organized, detail-oriented, possessing the ability to effectively prioritise ad hoc requirements and deliverables whilst meeting deadlines.
  • Excellent planning and organization skills, ability to multi-task, plan and prioritize work schedule for self and others and work within agreed timescales.
  • Excellent attention to detail and an ability to analyze and interrogate high volumes of data as well as demonstrating an ability to focus on higher level overview.
  • Proven ability in managing sensitive matters whilst ensuring all Primark information remains confidential to the business.
  • A collaborative team player with excellent interpersonal/communication skills.
  • Proven ability in assisting with effective working relationships across all levels of the organisation.
  • Ability to operate with a high level of integrity, diplomacy, tact, and professionalism.
  • Effective and persuasive oral skills, including the ability to present complex information in an understandable manner.
  • Sound judgement, unquestionable ethics and integrity with high degree of transparency and trust.
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