Overview

Job Location:
Los Angeles, California, USA

OVERVIEW OF THE COMPANY

Fox Corporation

Under the FOX banner, we produce and distribute content through some of the world’s leading and most valued brands, including: FOX News Media, FOX Sports, FOX Entertainment, FOX Television Stations and Tubi Media Group. We empower a diverse range of creators to imagine and develop culturally significant content, while building an organization that thrives on creative ideas, operational expertise and strategic thinking.

JOB DESCRIPTION

We are seeking a Sr. Director, Union Payroll and Tax who is a passionate, people-focused, action-oriented leader who will foster proactive collaboration with all internal and external business partners to join our Payroll Shared Services team. Under the leadership of the VP, Payroll, the Sr. Director, Union Payroll and Tax is responsible for leading FOX’s Union Payroll and Tax operations both from a strategic and day-to-day perspective for a Payroll Shared Services team currently supporting  freelance, union and non-union employees and across multiple divisions, multiple unions, multiple companies and departments working in most US states. This role is responsible for union time and attendance compliance and governance and the accurate calculation and timely remittance of union benefits. Additionally, this role will provide technical expertise on tax  and garnishment related issues while ensuring ongoing compliance with all federal, state, and local tax laws and regulations, accurate tax and garnishment withholding and managing third-party vendors for the accurate and on-time filings and remittance of taxes and garnishments on varying schedules.

The Sr. Director, Union Payroll & Tax will be instrumental in the design, administration and ongoing operational services of the union payroll and tax functions, enabling efficient and effective ways to deliver standardized Payroll solutions to the organization. This role will be pivotal in improving the operational efficiency and delivery of Union Payroll & Tax services as well as enhancing the capability across the teams with the goal of developing a best-in-class shared service organization with a specialized focused team structure – a center of excellence. The Sr. Director, Union Payroll and Tax will play a key role in the implementation of a new Union Time and Attendance (Workforce Management) system.
The Sr. Director, Union Payroll and Tax must have outstanding collaboration and communication skills, and will partner closely with the VP Payroll, Finance, IT, HR, Labor Relations and the relevant operational departments to ensure the union payroll and tax teams and processes are proactively evolving with the business and responding to change to enable FOX Payroll to integrate new and expanding businesses more quickly and with less disruption. 

This is a hybrid role, requiring a minimum of three days working onsite in the LA office.

A SNAPSHOT OF RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Lead the Payroll Shared Service union payroll team to ensure the successful accurate and timely processing of payroll for weekly union and freelance employees in accordance with company policy, collective bargaining agreements, and federal and state regulations
  • Lead a team with diverse and varying levels of experience and provide coaching and learning opportunities, leaning into each team member's strengths while continuing to develop and prepare team members for the next level
  • Ensure that union benefit contributions and employee deductions are set up, maintained, paid, and reported in accordance with collective bargaining agreements and in compliance with applicable federal, state, and local regulations
  • Ensure the union time and attendance system rules are updated as needed to be in compliance with collective bargaining agreement changes and wage and hour regulations through the establishment and oversight of a governance process
  • Ensure the accurate timely review and reconciliation of federal, state, and local taxable wages and withholding tax, unemployment tax, and disability insurance tax for multiple legal entities in the U.S. including the review of year-end balancing of W-2’s and related federal and state agency forms to the payroll system
  • Ensure timely and accurate interpretation, input, and payment of deductions and remittances to federal, state, local, and commercial agencies for all involuntary/court-ordered wage assignments, child support, tax levies, and bankruptcy orders
  • Ensure strict adherence to established internal controls and SOX compliance procedures
  • Provide coordination/oversight over the internal Payroll Shared Services payroll tax team and third-party tax and garnishment services vendor to ensure integrity and accuracy of filings of employment taxes and garnishment remittances
  • Monitor all incoming tax notices to ensure compliant resolution and avoidance of penalty and/or interest
  • Determine root cause of tax notices and work to implement necessary changes to avoid future issues
  • Analyze payroll tax issues and provide recommendations for solutions relating, but not limited to employee mobility, reciprocal taxation, stock taxation and reporting, employer-provided fringe benefits, and local taxation
  • Standardize and optimize the preexisting divisional processes/procedures to create optimal efficiency
  • Establish relations and partner strategically with Finance, IT, HR, Labor Relations, and operational departments on ongoing business requirements
  • Take charge of escalations, directing the payroll team, and guiding other departments in corrective actions
  • Implement workable and scalable solutions to business issues/problems
  • Impart lessons learned afterward to prevent future issues
  • Identify and mitigate potential payroll-related risks and implement controls to prevent errors, fraud, or compliance violations
  • Develop and maintain Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and flowcharts for all payroll processes across the payroll teams to ensure complete, accurate, and up-to-date depiction of processes
  • Draft and maintain open and effective communications to employees and business partners regarding new payroll developments

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

  • 10+ years of relevant experience leading Payroll and related processes for a large volume of employees (including a remote workforce) in a complex and rapidly changing multi-state, multi-entity organization; and at least five of those years have been in a relevant media/entertainment industry union payroll environment, preferably at another major studio
  • Experience with managing Payroll for employees covered by the IBEW, IATSE, and/or NABET collective bargaining agreements
  • Experience with cloud-based (SaaS) Payroll applications
  • Experience with managing the integration of large groups of employees from corporate acquisitions
  • Experience using software, including but not limited to, PowerPoint, Word, Excel, and Smartsheet
  • Outstanding people skills with proven experience in cultivating cross-collaborative working relationships across an organization and ability to influence at all levels
  • Demonstrated ability to build and manage highly collaborative and effective teams supporting multiple companies/business units, with a commitment to a culture of collaboration, performance, transparency, and integrity
  • Proven track record of bringing teams together to develop and deliver a consistent, effective, and efficient delivery of services to internal and external stakeholders
  • Expert knowledge of FLSA, federal, state, and local wage and hour regulations, and multi-state tax and garnishment regulations with an emphasis on New York and California
  • Strong working knowledge of fringe benefits taxation and long-term equity incentive instruments (RSUs, NQ Stock Options, etc..)
  • Working knowledge of tax rules for Inpats and Expats across various jurisdictions
  • Aptitude for streamlining and simplifying teams, policies, and processes for efficiency with an appropriate balance of internal controls
  • Customer-centric mindset with a seasoned ability to confidently communicate with all levels of leadership

NICE TO HAVE BUT NOT A DEALBREAKER

  • Ability to interpret collective bargaining agreements for pay, benefit, and paid time off rules
  • Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) designation
  • Specific experience with Workday

#LI-DNI

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with applicable law.

At FOX, we foster a culture and environment where everyone feels welcome and can thrive. We are deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including attracting, retaining, and promoting diverse talent across our company. We live in a diverse world, with different ideas and different perspectives that come together to spark new ideas and make great things happen. That means reflecting the diversity of the world around us is critical to our company’s success. We ensure that our viewers, communities and employees feel heard, represented, and celebrated both on screen and off.

Click here to learn more about the diverse communities of people behind our brands. 

Pursuant to state and local pay disclosure requirements, the pay range for this role, with final offer amount dependent on education, skills, experience, and location is: $161,500.00-210,000.00 annually for California. This role is also eligible for an annual discretionary bonus, various benefits, including medical/dental/vision, insurance, a 401(k) plan, paid time off, and other benefits in accordance with applicable plan documents. Benefits for Union represented employees will be in accordance with the applicable collective bargaining agreement.

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