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The EMEA HUB Payroll Specialist is responsible for supporting the payroll processes for Morningstar’s 17 countries working in a cell concept structure. The role will be based in Madrid reporting to the EMEA Payroll Manager who will also be based in Madrid. Key tasks include preparing and validating regular payroll data, holiday and benefit calculation and other payroll employment related payments such as bonuses, commission and RSU’s. The person responsible will need to ensure accurate data is maintained within the payroll systems by partnering with the T&C (HR) operations team and outsourced payroll provider. The EMEA HUB Payroll Specialist will also need to provide company mandatory support for taxes at year end and handling of services not provided by the existing payroll vendor.

The role will initially be focused on supporting the legacy payroll processes for UK, Germany & Spain but will eventually transition to the dedicated EMEA HUB Shared Services position, covering all markets, under the new EMEA Payroll Shared Services operating model which is due to launch during 2023.

Job responsibilities:

•Prepare monthly data input for all assigned payrolls in coordination with Morningstar’s payroll processing requirements.

•Prepare compensation elements, holiday accrual and other benefit calculations monthly.

•Accurately prepare payroll in line with all monthly cut-off dates.

•Maintain payroll processes in line with current GDPR and Sarbanes Oxley (SOX) requirements

•Accurately maintain all pension and third-party payroll requirements across the EMEA region

•Prepare EMEA payroll review documents for payroll approvers.

•Partnership and continuous communication with T&C to ensure all payroll activities are executed accordingly & employee query management through Zendesk, Service Now.

•Assist with all yearly EMEA Payroll legislative submissions outside the monthly payroll cycles.

•Manage shared drive and record EMEA payroll reports in line with approved SOX controls.

•Provide project related data entry for parallel Employee Upload Templates (EUT) inputs for each legal entity. Review elements and mapping table for each country entity.

•Supporting the wider EMEA Payroll Team with administrative project related tasks for future and current payroll implementation activities

•General assistance with project work and administrative tasks, as and when required.

•Provide assistance when required with the related teams in project implementation tasks – payroll provider change management, Workday sandbox testing with T&C applications, system maintenance, etc.


•Minimum of 3 years’ experience and fluent in both Spanish & English

•Fundamental expertise on processing social security via payroll is mandatory

•An exceptional eye for detail as well as a proactive and methodical approach to payroll operations.

•Ability to adapt to change and to thrive in a fast-paced environment.

•Experience with payroll software, like Safeguard, Unity is desirable but not necessary.

•Experience with Workday has an HRIS systems is desirable and will be an advantage. Knowledge of basic local payroll legislation requirements.

•Knowledge of payroll confidentiality & entry level GDPR requirements

•Time management skills.

•Numeracy & intermediate excel skills.

•Excellent interpersonal skills.

Languages and experience with the following countries. UK, Spain, Germany, Italy, France, South Africa, UAE, Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Romania, Poland

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Morningstar’s hybrid work environment gives you the opportunity to work remotely and collaborate in-person each week. While some positions are available as fully remote, we’ve found that we’re at our best when we’re purposely together on a regular basis, typically three days each week. A range of other benefits are also available to enhance flexibility as needs change. No matter where you are, you’ll have tools and resources to engage meaningfully with your global colleagues.