Job Location:
US-DC Washington DC

Director of Payroll


Job Description


Director of Payroll


CoStar Group is currently seeking a Director of Payroll in our Washington, DC office to manage the ongoing operations and execution of the company’s payroll department. Reporting to the Vice President Treasury, the Director of Payroll will provide strategic and operational leadership and serve as a strategic partner responsible for the design, implementation, administration, and communication of the Company’s Payroll program.  

The incumbent should possess an in-depth knowledge of US/Canada payroll/payroll tax laws, compliance, regulations, and requirements relative to the accurate delivery of services for large employee populations (2,500 and above). The incumbent should be a skilled communicator, both in verbal and written form, self-motivated, detail-oriented, and possess the ability to manage competing priorities with time sensitive deadlines. The ability to provide excellent customer service in an accurate, professional, and timely manner should be paramount.


  • Designs, evaluates, develops, recommends, and implements short-term and long-term payroll policies, processes, and system enhancements designed to improve business processes for accuracy and efficiencies within the department
  • Provide pro-active leadership to the teams by maintaining and improving payroll practices and related information management.
  • Ensure compliance with all applicable federal, state, and provincial wage and hour laws, as well as collective bargaining agreements.
  • Partner with various internal departments including Finance/Controllership, HRIS, Operations, Human Resources, IT, and Legal, and manage external payroll service vendor relationships (Workday, ADP, TMF).
  • Ensure process documentation, standard operating procedures, and SOX documents are maintained and current at all times.
  • Engages in various audits, including meeting with third party auditors, developing strategies, and preparing documentation.
  • Lead strategy and execution of payroll objectives
  • Responsible for payroll operations
  • Manages a payroll team
  • Coordinates with other finance teams, including global payroll, and Human Resources


  • Bachelor’s Degree and at least 10 years of payroll management experience with a history of increasing responsibility in a dynamic environment.
  • Workday Payroll experience
  • CPP or FPC certification a plus
  • Public Company (SOX 404 experience) required
  • Strong working knowledge of current payroll practices and trends.
  • Excellent analytical, organizational and project management skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and written/verbal communication skills with the ability to interact with all levels within the organization including executives. Demonstrated ability to resolve issues using active listening, good judgment and problem solving skills.  Proven ability to maintain strict confidentiality in all matters.
  • Proactive team member with strong customer service orientation, excellent attention to detail and follow through.
  • Ability to manage in a matrix environment
  • Proven ability to work in a large, fast-paced environment and the ability to prioritize activities and effectively manage time and tasks.
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Office, particularly in Excel
  • Permanent US work authorization


Founded in 1987, CoStar Group is the leading provider of commercial real estate information, analytics, and online marketplaces. Our suite of online services enables clients to analyze, interpret and gain unmatched insight on commercial property values, market conditions and current availability. Behind some of the most well-known brands in the industry, CoStar Group includes CoStar, the largest provider of CRE research and real-time data; LoopNet, the most heavily trafficked mobile and online real estate marketplace; Apartments.com, the premier rental home resource for renters, property managers and owners; STR, the leading provider of performance benchmarking and comparative analytics to the hotel industry; BizBuySell, the largest online marketplace for businesses-for-sales; and Lands of America, the leading operator of online marketplaces for rural real estate.

Headquartered in Washington, DC, CoStar Group maintains offices throughout the U.S. and in Europe, Canada, and Asia with a staff of over 4,300 worldwide.


Working at CoStar Group means you’ll enjoy a culture of collaboration and innovation that attracts the best and brightest across a broad range of disciplines. In addition to generous compensation and performance-based incentives, you’ll be supported in both your professional and academic growth with internal training, tuition reimbursement, and an inter-office exchange program.

Our benefits package includes (but is not limited to):

  • Comprehensive healthcare coverage: Medical / Vision / Dental / Prescription Drug
  • Life, legal, and supplementary insurance
  • Commuter and parking benefits
  • 401(K) retirement plan with matching contributions
  • Employee stock purchase plan
  • Paid time off
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • On-site fitness center and/or reimbursed fitness center membership costs (location dependent), with yoga studio, Pelotons, personal training, group exercise classes, as well as Segways and bikes available for use during the day
  • Complimentary gourmet coffee, tea, hot chocolate, prepared foods, fresh fruit, and other healthy snacks

Be part of a team of professionals enjoying the opportunity to learn, do, and grow in a rewarding atmosphere. But don’t just take our word for it — see why our team chose to work at and stay at CoStar Group: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVbJRnJ2sX0

We welcome all qualified candidates who are currently eligible to work full-time in the United States to apply.  However, please note that CoStar is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position

CoStar Group is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer; we maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing




CoStar Group is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer; we maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing