Job Location:
Norfolk, VA

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Job Description


About the Role:

In this key position as Sr. Payroll Specialist, you will work in a team environment supporting several payroll processes, including assisting with year-end reporting of W-2’s. You will seek and recommend ways to improve daily processes to enhance productivity and customer service and assist with quality assurance to ensure team follows established controls. You will report to the Payroll Manager.


  • You will process payrolls, transmit issuance files to bank, and send payroll packages to our business units.
  • You will seek and recommend ways to improve daily work processes to enhance quality, productivity, and customer service. You will assist Payroll Manager in partnering with HR, HRIS, Finance and Benefits.
  • You will assist Payroll Manager with quality assurance and ensure team follows established controls.
  • You will respond to questions from our business units and employees regarding payroll or Workday system matters and investigate and resolve discrepancies.
  • You will conduct complex analysis and tests of several components of payroll systems and processes comprised of data analysis, systems evaluation, product assessment and quality control.
  • You will facilitate the timely and accurate completion of migrations, system and product test, to production.
  • You will coordinate internal and external payroll audits and compliance reviews to ensure applications and controls are in place according to our internal procedures.
  • You will be responsible for most technical and complex quality control testing to ensure compliance with company and regulatory changes.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance/ Accounting/ Business Administration is preferred
  • 3+ years payroll experience required
  • Knowledge of Workday payroll system is preferred
  • Experience with formatting and query new reports from our payroll database. Experience with payroll concepts and procedures
  • Experience with Microsoft Office, specifically Excel (maintaining spreadsheets and using complex functions) and Word
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills necessary to explain ideas and prepare reports

  • Demonstrate analytical, methodical and resourceful approach in problem solving work atmosphere.

  • Experience converting complex data into meaningful information so applicable plans can be developed; assess and inform Manager of work related issues.

  • Work with moderate management oversight.

  • Ability to build and maintain relationships and interact well across all levels.

  • Ability to prioritize and adjust to changing priorities, circumstances, and personal interaction styles.

The annual base pay range for this role is between $58,000.00 and $78,500.00.


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