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CNO Financial Group Lead Payroll Analyst in Carmel, Indiana

Are you experienced in Payroll Operations and have a passion for creating innovative payroll solutions? As a Lead Payroll Analyst, you will lead the day-to-day payroll operations and in supporting new and existing pay programs.


  • Provide day-to-day oversight to the payroll team.

  • Administer end to end payroll process and compliance for exempt and non-exempt employee populations, to include garnishments and retention bonus/severance coordination/payout/tracking.

  • Reconcile payroll net and tax reporting after each pay run to ensure accuracy by service provider.

  • Manage notices and weekly tax updates, monitoring of quarterly tax filings, and reconciliation of Payroll year-end reporting (e.g. 941, W-2, etc.).

  • Assist with resolution of errors and system problems by analyzing all payroll related data and then researching and finding solutions.

  • Identify process improvement initiatives and define standards for new processes.

  • Research and reconciliation of payroll taxes from prior periods.

  • Oversee maintenance of payroll files as required by law and company policy; oversee response to outside information requests as appropriate.

  • Assist in establishing payroll procedures and guidelines as well as troubleshooting payroll problems.

  • Apprise manager of any issues that may affect the timely and accurate processing of payroll.

  • Perform the reconciling of all payroll accounts, including taxes and third-party payments.

  • Oversee periodic reviews/audits of payroll related processes to ensure compliance with all CNO policies and procedures as well as federal, state and local laws.

  • Establish and maintain relationships with the other functional areas such as Finance, Compensation, and Benefits and act as a resource for payroll related requests.

  • Provide Tier 2 escalation support to ensure customers receive prompt, efficient and courteous attention for all inquiries.

  • Be familiar with procedures for handling all aspects of customer complaints and disputes and resolve any customer complaints in a friendly, courteous manner, escalating serious complaints or incidents to the Manager, Payroll Systems and Administration.

  • Provide ad-hoc support and services as needed for special projects, including, but not limited to, Workday testing, HRIS-related projects, etc.

  • Train team members on new or enhanced operational procedures and policies.

  • Cover for team members in back-up role for vacation and/or high-volume work efforts.


  • BS in Accounting or Finance and CPP designation preferred.

  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience of end-to-end payroll processing including companies with 500+ employees and multi-state payroll; working knowledge of US payroll laws and taxes.

  • Workday Payroll experience preferred.

  • Thorough knowledge of payroll-related state, legal, tax, and compliance requirements.

  • Good understanding on basic accounting principles, experience with journal entries and reconciliations.

  • Strong understanding of payroll processes and best practices.

  • Understanding of time and attendance and non-exempt pay requirements.

  • Advanced Excel experience (pivot tables and lookups) preferred.

  • Excellent management and organizational skills.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills needed to interface and establish rapport with all levels of the organization including executive team members.

  • A proactive, high energy attitude geared towards achieving continuous improvement.

  • Flexibility and adaptability: ability to operate in a fast paced, rapidly evolving, and data driven organization.

  • Ability to maintain complete discretion and confidentiality always.

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