Director, Global Payroll


Remote, United States

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Confluent is pioneering a fundamentally new category of data infrastructure focused on data in motion. Have you ever found a new favorite series on Netflix, picked up groceries curbside at Walmart, or paid for something using Square? That’s the power of data in motion in action—giving organizations instant access to the massive amounts of data that is constantly flowing throughout their business. At Confluent, we’re building the foundational platform for this new paradigm of data infrastructure. Our cloud-native offering is designed to be the intelligent connective tissue enabling real-time data, from multiple sources, to constantly stream across the organization. With Confluent, organizations can create a central nervous system to innovate and win in a digital-first world.

We’re looking for self-motivated team members who crave a challenge and feel energized to roll up their sleeves and help realize Confluent’s enormous potential. Chart your own path and take healthy risks as we solve big problems together. We value having diverse teams and want you to grow as we grow—whether you’re just starting out in your career or managing a large team, you’ll be amazed at the magnitude of your impact.

About the Role:
The Director of Global Payroll will be responsible for developing the overall strategic vision for Confluent’s global payroll department, as well as leading the day-to-day operations which include supporting international expansion efforts and overseeing payroll operations and compliance. This is a hands-on leadership role responsible for building scalable business processes for our payroll department and ensuring our internal control environment is effective. You will also play a key role in the implementation and optimization of systems/processes.

What You’ll Do

  • Provide strategic leadership for Payroll operations while measuring and monitoring the effectiveness and efficiencies of the services provided
  • Hire, manage, train, and develop a team of global payroll professionals
  • Own and manage relationships with external global payroll service providers
  • Oversee global payroll operations, including ensuring accurate and efficient payroll processing, compliance with US and foreign securities regulations and tax requirements, and month-end close procedures
  • Ensure all payroll-related tax filings are completed timely and accurately, including the creation of new accounts with various federal and state agencies as required; Work with tax agencies and payroll service providers to resolve tax issues
  • Lead the consolidation of global payroll service providers and the implementation of a new service provider with an objective of automation, efficiency, and scale
  • Partner with the Stock Administration and People teams to manage stock-based compensation processing in payroll, including stock option exercises, RSUs and ESPP, to ensure payroll tax compliance
  • Identify recommendations to scale processes to enhance payroll operational efficiency including the design and implementation of internal controls and maintain payroll policies and procedures

What We’re Looking For

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Finance / Accounting, or related discipline
  • 10+ years of experience in payroll operations, operating at a global, multi-national, publicly-traded company
  • Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) designation preferred
  • Strong experience in SaaS payroll solutions
  • Workday experience required. Familiarity with Equity Edge Online a plus
  • Expert knowledge of US federal, state, and local payroll regulations, including payroll tax, reporting, and required filings
  • High level of familiarity with international payroll and compliance requirements
  • Strong project management experience including the ability to manage project plans, dependencies, critical path activities, and milestones
  • Experience transforming a payroll function to maximize automation, scalability, and cost-effectiveness
  • Excels in hyper-growth environments; versatile, capable of managing multiple projects and tasks
  • Able to communicate effectively with cross-functional business partners, internal/external stakeholders, and various levels of management
Come As You Are

At Confluent, equality is a core tenet of our culture. We are committed to building an inclusive global team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, beliefs, and experiences. The more diverse we are, the richer our community and the broader our impact. Employment decisions are made on the basis of job-related criteria without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

Confluent requires all employees (in office and remote) in the U.S. to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Consistent with federal, state, and local requirements, Confluent will consider requests for reasonable accommodation based on medical conditions/contraindications or sincerely-held religious beliefs where it is able to do so without undue hardship to the company.

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Adjustable Working Arrangements
Robust Benefits
Rest and Recharge Days
Weekly Lunch Spend
Flexible Paid Time Off (PTO)

Confluent is Remote-First

At Confluent, we care about how you work - not where. We encourage you to apply for positions outside of the listed location or your immediate region.

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