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Payroll Manager

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Finance & Accounting

Remote, California

Job ID: R00363

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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 AMER Payroll Manager will be a key member of Confluent’s global payroll team and will be responsible for developing, mentoring, and managing America’s payroll team. Reporting directly to the Director of Global Payroll, you will be responsible for managing the US, Canadian, and LATAM payroll process and leading the execution of scaling our people, processes, and systems for the region.

The ideal candidate is a strong people leader, a self-starter, a problem solver, and is comfortable in challenging the status quo in order to improve and scale the function. This individual should be experienced in overseeing the end-to-end payroll process, driving process optimization/automation, managing external audits, SOX compliance, and mentoring/developing a high-performing team. You should also have experience partnering with multiple stakeholders and business partners to drive cross-functional initiatives while ensuring strong governance and compliance.

The ideal candidate is an experienced CPP with at least 7 years of experience in payroll operations, operating at a global, multinational, publicly-traded company.


What You Will Do:

  • Responsible for timely and accurate payroll processing for the US, Canada, and LATAM in compliance with local tax and labor regulations including variable pay, equity, or other supplemental/non-recurring items
  • Drive, review and audit work performed by AMER payroll team, including auditing payroll data, ensuring accurate wages, tax withholdings, deductions, and garnishments
  • Reconcile quarterly and year-end payroll tax returns for federal, state and local taxes, as required. Researches and resolves any issues related to tax return filings, penalty notices, garnishments, timecards, etc
  • Manage third-party vendors and the preparation, analysis and maintenance of all payroll related reports, including governmental and regulatory filings, and payroll and benefit reconciliations
  • Support special projects, including process documentation and improvements, system updates, integrations, upgrades or implementations
  • Lead the implementation of SOX, designing and maintaining strong internal controls in the Payroll Process
  • Develop a continuous culture of mentorship, process improvement, training, and access in the payroll organization. Attract, develop, motivate, and manage a high-performing and high-potential team. Sets annual goals and develops effective career and development paths


What You Will Bring:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Finance / Accounting, or related discipline
  • Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) certification preferred
  • 7+ years of experience in payroll operations, operating at a global, multi-national, publicly-traded company
  • Workday Payroll experience
  • Expert knowledge of US federal, state, and local payroll regulations, including payroll tax, reporting, and required filings
  • Strong organizational, change management and execution skills, along with ability to prioritize and drive multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Highly developed communication and interpersonal skills
  • Eagerness to learn and willingness to take on new challenges
  • Ability to attract, develop, re-skill, motivate, and manage a high-performing and high-potential team
  • Experience with process improvement and redesign



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.



At Confluent, we are committed to providing competitive pay and benefits that are in line with industry standards. We analyze and carefully consider several factors when determining compensation, including work history, education, professional experience, and location.  This position has an annual estimated salary of 108,000 - 124,200 USD, an annual bonus, and a competitive equity package. The actual pay may vary depending on your skills, qualifications, experience, and work location. In addition, Confluent offers a wide range of employee benefits. To learn more about our benefits click HERE.


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