Job Location:
United States – North Carolina – Raleigh

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Job Description

Gilead Sciences is a biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative therapeutics in areas of unmet medical need. The company’s mission is to advance the care of patients suffering from life-threatening diseases worldwide. Headquartered in Foster City, California, Gilead has operations in North, South and Central America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. Gilead makes it a priority to increase access to its medicines for people who can benefit from them, regardless of where they live or their economic status.

The Senior Payroll Analyst is responsible for the execution of payroll processing, tax withholding, compliance, and customer service for employees in the United States.  The position requires the individual to be highly self-motivated, innovative, effectively multi-task, prioritize work, demonstrate accountability, and effectively collaborate with both internal and external business partners to perform towards best practice payroll solutions.  The Senior Payroll Analyst is accountable for executing all activities performed, align to best practice through increased use of technology enablers to create capacity, increase efficiency, quality, and ensure systems and internal controls adequately support U.S. payroll, employment taxes, all applicable labor laws, regulations, and company policies.  A high degree of professionalism and discretion is mandatory in handling sensitive and confidential information.  Key responsibilities include:

Operations/Technology/Continuous Improvement:

  • Responsible for providing operational support to U.S. payroll for approximately 8,500 employees in multiple states.

  • Accountable for delivering high quality customer service to employees by using modern technology (ex. virtual agent), developing and maintaining content for self-service, and enhancing the customer experience.

  • Actively participate in implementing new payroll technology and integrating business partner needs to deliver high quality service to employees.

  • Support year-end payroll processing/reporting (W-2’s).

  • Perform reporting of equity compensation (ESPP, RSU’s, stock options, etc.).

  • Resolve problems by analyzing reports, applying good judgment, and escalating unresolved issues.

  • Utilize emerging technology and best practice to increase efficiency and quality of service delivery.

  • Actively participate in process improvement initiatives.

  • Support strategic and cross functional projects.

  • Other duties and special projects, as assigned.


  • Responsible for the execution and delivery on payroll processing controls.

  • Accountable for actively participating and enforcing the internal control environment over the financial as well as the business process aspects of the payroll business process.

  • Provide guidance and direction to business partners for various Federal, State, and Local legislations.

  • Accountable for executing on process integrity, internal and SOX controls, and compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.

Business Partnering/Customer Engagement:

  • Build and maintain credibility with internal/external business partners and employee population from a Business Service Center model.

  • Actively partner with various internal/external business partners to deliver on payroll activities

  • Accountable for service delivery against agreed and evolving KPI’s and Service partnership agreements.

  • Collaborate and partner with cross functional business partners and International colleagues to identify and implement options to improve the quality of service delivery from a global perspective and pursue opportunities for global process delivery in line with best practice.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Delivery of process related training.

  • Develop global process maps, desk-top manuals and documentation.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, an inquisitive mind, and the ability to work effectively with multiple, cross-functional stakeholders.

  • Strong analytical skills and a critical thinker; must have the ability to use excellent judgment and resolve issues with dexterity and effective decision making.

  • Excellent communications skills: written, verbal, and presentation.

  • Ability to influence others.

  • Results Oriented. The ideal candidate will be results-driven and must thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.

  • Ability to operate successfully across diverse geographical locations and cultures.

  • High level of self-motivation, accountability, leadership, positive attitude, and strong work ethic.

Basic Qualifications:

  • High School Degree and Nine Years Experience OR Associate’s Degree and Seven Years Experience OR Bachelor’s Degree and Five Years Experience OR Masters Degree and Three Years Experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with Workday (Payroll, HCM and Time & Attendance) is preferred.

  • A minimum of 4 years of experience and proven knowledge of payroll operations best practice programs in a multi-national corporation.

  • A minimum of 2 years of experience with utilizing a support ticketing system to enable best practice customer experience.

  • Experience with administering/processing payments of Leave of Absence program.

  • Advanced proficiency with Microsoft tools (Excel, Outlook, Word, Visio, PowerPoint). (i.e. V-Lookups, Pivot-Tables, Sum Ifs, etc.)

  • Knowledge of US GAAP and SOX Controls.

  • CPP certification is preferred.

  • Experience with Workday, ADP, or SAP for payroll processing and disbursement is preferred.

  • Experience working in a global Finance organization.

  • Experience in biotech or pharmaceuticals industry a plus.


The salary range for this position is: $89,930.00 – $116,380.00. Gilead considers a variety of factors when determining base compensation, including experience, qualifications, and geographic location. These considerations mean actual compensation will vary. This position may also be eligible for a discretionary annual bonus, discretionary stock-based long-term incentives (eligibility may vary based on role), paid time off, and a benefits package. Benefits include company-sponsored medical, dental, vision, and life insurance plans*.

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* Eligible employees may participate in benefit plans, subject to the terms and conditions of the applicable plans.

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