CNO Financial Group Lead Payroll Analyst in Chicago, Illinois
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.