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Payroll Specialist

Outdoor Research, LLC Seattle, WA
  • Posted: August 30, 2019
  • Full-Time

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Payroll Specialist
About the Organization
At Outdoor Research, we built a company from a feeling: the urge to get out. It's what drives us. We love coming to work every day and inventing ever better solutions to what nature throws our way. But we're more than just the gear we build. We're part of a community of friends whose lives are connected by our common need to be outside. Our tribe is devoted to exploring our outdoor passions and challenging ourselves in the mountains, water and deserts of the planet we love so much.
In 1981, a brilliant scientist and adventurer named Ron Gregg watched his frostbitten partner get airlifted off a glacier on Denali. He'd spent months planning a new route in the purest style, skiing 100 miles from the road to the base of the climb. Barely halfway to the summit, their trip ended with the failure of a simple pair of gaiters. Stubborn to the end, Ron refused a seat on the helicopter and descended alone for two weeks, pondering what had happened. Somewhere along the way he realized he could both fix the gear problem and devote his life to pursuing his passion for adventure. By the end, he knew one thing for sure: He wasn't going back to his old job.
Ron Gregg built Outdoor Research on the idea that life is an adventure, and the best gear makes it more fun. Though he died tragically in an avalanche more than a decade ago, his legacy remains at our core. In our world, it's not about chasing heroes; It's about being on the journey. It's not how often we get out as much as how often we want to be out that makes us who we are. Our goal is to do all we can to expand the tribe of people who share our belief that progress is spiritual and life is unimaginable without the quest.
And we want you in it, because we're pretty sure that the bigger our tribe gets, the better off the world will be.
Outdoor Research. Designed By Adventure.
Payroll Specialist
About this role
We are looking for an expert payroll specialist to join our HR team. In this role, you will be responsible for managing and processing Multi-state payroll for 350+ employees.
What you will do
+ Reliably and accurately process Bi-weekly payroll to create accurate employee records; administer timely and correct wage payments; distribute paychecks and paystubs; oversee all payroll tax filings.
+ Monitor electronic timesheets for accuracy; communicate with staff and supervisor regarding problems or needed adjustments.
+ Maintain paid time off accruals.
+ Calculate and enter into the pay system items such as manual payroll checks, piece-rate pays and retroactive payments.
+ Coordinate effectively with accounting staff and the staff of other departments to ensure timely, appropriate handling of transactions and accurate payroll, accounting records.
+ Update HRIS system including process of employee transactions, paperwork as related to new hires, status changes and termination by managing and maintaining employee records through physical and digital files.
+ Respond to all employment verifications in a timely and accurate manner.
+ Assist with preparation of various HRIS reports and payroll / benefits audits.
+ Assist with employee and supervisory training of payroll processes and programs.
+ Continuously look for improvements to systems, processes, procedures and/or equipment.
+ Maintain and organize HR files and other duties as assign.

Position Requirements
What you should bring to the table

+ Must possess a passion for educating and guiding employees through the process of understanding the payroll process and resources.
+ Ability to model excellent customer service for both internal and external clients required.
+ Excellent written and oral communication skills, with the proven ability to explain complex information in easy to understand terms.
+ Must possess a high degree of emotional intelligence and outstanding listening skills along with the ability to display the appropriate degree of compassion and understanding.
+ Ability to partner across the organization at all levels.
+ Must possess excellent organizational skills, with the ability to multi-task, maintain proper focus and pay excellent attention to detail.
+ Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information in a professional manner.
+ Self-motivated and directed.
+ Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook required.
+ Familiarity with multi-faceted HRIS systems (preferably Paychex) and employee record filing and systems management required.
+ Familiarity with human resources best practices, payroll taxes, employment law and regulations required.

Does it look like you?

+ Associate's Degree or equivalent years of experience required.
+ 5+ years of hands-on experience with payroll administration.
+ Proven Human Resources records administration (physical and HRIS) required; experience with Paychex highly preferred.
+ Solid working knowledge of report and presentation preparation using Microsoft Office Suite products Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
+ Knowledge of accounting, budgeting principles required.
+ Knowledge of federal and state accounting regulations required.
+ Preferably knowledge of Piece-rate system, but not required
+ Ability to maintain confidentiality regarding sensitive information required.
+ Bilingual in Cantonese desired.

What do we bring to the table?

+ 10 paid holidays each year and 3 floating holidays
+ Transportation benefits
+ Paid volunteer time
+ Comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans
+ 401K with company match
+ Bouldering wall, work out room, gear rentals
+ Product/Industry discounts
+ Employee interest groups including various sports activities and our one and only Fun Force club

Seattle, WA
EOE Statement
OR is committed to equal employment opportunity and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment in an unlawful manner. Employment-related decisions are made based on an individual's qualifications without regard to race, sex, color, religion, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or military status, genetic information, political ideology or other applicable protected class status. This commitment extends to all employment practices including selection, hiring, placement, recruitment advertising, promotion or transfer, rate of pay or other forms of compensation, selection for training, demotion, layoff, or separation. All employment decisions are based upon the qualifications of the individual and the job requirements.
OR supports this commitment with an Affirmative Action Program, which is updated annually. The
objectives of the Affirmative Action Program are to ensure that our team reflects the diversity of our local community. We fully support affirmative action to include women, ethnic minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities throughout our workforce. The OR Affirmative Action Program is available for review by all employees and is maintained in the Human Resources Department.

Outdoor Research, LLC


Seattle, WA
98194 USA

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