Job Location:
Los Angeles, CA – University Park Campus

Payroll Business Data Analyst

Job Code: 185515

Building on a rich 140-year legacy in Los Angeles, the University of Southern California (USC) is expanding its horizons, aiming to become a leading research institution of this century. To support this vision, USC's Finance Division is looking for a talented Payroll Business Data Analyst to contribute to the evolving landscape of higher education.


USC is the leading private research university in Los Angeles—a global center for arts, technology, and international business. With more than 47,500 students, we are located primarily in Los Angeles and various US and global satellite locations. As the largest private employer in Los Angeles, responsible for $8 billion annually in economic activity in the region, we offer the opportunity to work in a dynamic and diverse environment in careers that span a broad spectrum of talents and skills across a variety of academic and professional schools and administrative units. As a USC employee and member of the Trojan Family—the faculty, staff, students, and alumni who make USC a great workplace—you will enjoy excellent benefits, including various well-being programs designed to help individuals achieve work-life balance.

The Work You Will Do

The Payroll Business Data Analyst will analyze data to support business practices, develop reporting tools, ensure data accuracy, and lead strategic business decisions. This role may lead staff or student workers as assigned.


The candidate for the position of Payroll Business Data Analyst must meet the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience/education as a substitute for minimum education.

  • Minimum one year in operating analysis and reporting.


The ideal candidate for the position of Payroll Business Data Analyst has the following qualifications:

  • Minimum three years in a university environment with knowledge of university systems and procedures preferred.

  • Three to five years in analysis and reporting.

  • Knowledge and experience with I-9 compliance, including auditing I-9 statuses, are highly desirable. This includes effectively managing I-9 verification processes and ensuring adherence to relevant regulations and policies.

  • Knowledge and experience with Nonresident aliens including visas, taxation and reporting, NRA database management such as Glacier.

  • Demonstrated advanced proficiency in utilizing advanced Microsoft Excel features.

  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills, crucial for working effectively with diverse teams and ensuring compliance with employment verification processes.

  • Extensive experience using a central ERP platform (e.g., Workday, Oracle, SAP).

  • Demonstrated experience in performing regular and ad-hoc reporting.

  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to evaluate and analyze operating reports.

  • Experience developing conclusions and recommendations based on data analysis.

  • Solid background in performing analyses to assist in planning.

  • Experience in reviewing and enhancing reporting and data management systems.

  • Contribute to the development or modification of strategies to improve reporting capabilities.

  • Proven ability to identify and resolve business problems through research and data interpretation.

  • Strong skills in evaluating alternatives and determining appropriate methods of presentation.

  • Workday experience is a plus.

Job Accountabilities:

  • Performs data analyses and assists in interpreting results using various techniques to support business practices. Works with management to obtain and identify analytical requirements. Researches best practices and develops benchmarks. Produces data collection methods (e.g., surveys, tests, etc.) and develops tools and processes to support analyses. Analyzes results, reviews data for anomalies, investigates to identify and determine cause, and corrects data inaccuracies and inconsistencies as necessary. Provides recommendations and conclusions gained from analyzing data.

  • Oversees or performs maintenance and development of databases for collecting data and reporting purposes. Designs data input or data collection screens, as needed. Enters and/or validates data entry as required. Ensures data errors are addressed. Provides technical support and design enhancements.

  • Provides business data trend information to support recommendations for action. Collaborates with management on best practices, appropriate statistical measures, and benchmarking. Provides management with suggestions, as appropriate.

  • Review existing accounting, reporting, and data management systems and methods for adequacy. Contributes to the development and/or modification of financial systems and applications to enhance reporting and information capabilities.

  • Assists in the identification and resolution of business problems. Researches and interprets available data. Evaluate alternatives and determine appropriate methods of presentation.

  • Maintains Glacier database, Audits Glacier and Workday for record accuracy, and creates reports based on audit results for record updates.

  • Handles Unemployment Claims through Equifax, tracks metrics for UI claims, Department

communication for documentation.

  • Communicated with departments regarding I-9 compliance, Audited I-9 statuses, and created reports for leadership of Payroll Services.

  • Participates in projects or special studies of significant importance to the university. Performs other related duties as assigned or requested.  The university reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.

  • The annual base salary range for this position is $70,000 – $90,000. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state, and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.

Join the USC Payroll team and work as a trusted partner in shaping an environment of innovation and excellence.

Minimum Requirement of a Bachelor’s degree
Minimum of one year work experience. Combine experience/Education as substitute for minimum of work experience.


USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy. USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinance. We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact USC Human Resources by phone at (213) 821-8100, or by email at uschr@usc.edu.  Inquiries will be treated as confidential to the extent permitted by law.

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