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Senior Manager, International Payroll

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Finance & Accounting

Remote, United Kingdom

Job ID: R00534

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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 favourite 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 organisations 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 organisation. With Confluent, organisations 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 energised to roll up their sleeves and help realise 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 Senior Manager, International Payroll will be a key member of Confluent’s global payroll team and will have a direct impact on the international payroll operations. This role will be responsible for developing, mentoring, and managing the APAC and EMEA payroll teams. Reporting directly to the Director of Global Payroll, you will have a deep knowledge of international payroll, tax, and compliance and keep up with ongoing changes and trends in Payroll globally. You will be responsible for vendor management, stakeholder relations, and employee engagement. This role will be the subject matter expert for International Payroll. You will be the point of contact for special projects and internal and external audits.

The ideal candidate is a strong people leader, a self-starter, a problem solver, and is comfortable 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.


What You Will Do:

  • Responsible for overseeing the timely and accurate payroll processing for the APAC and EMEA in compliance with local tax and labor regulations
  • Drive, review, and audit work performed by APAC and EMEA payroll team, including auditing payroll data, ensuring accurate wages, tax withholdings, deductions, and garnishments
  • 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
  • Work in collaboration with regional-based cross-functional partners
  • Represent payroll in various cross-functional strategy and alignment meetings

What You Will Bring:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Finance / Accounting, or a related discipline
  • CIPP (Charted Institute of Payroll Professionals) qualification preferred
  • The ideal candidate has 10+ years of experience in payroll operations and 3+ years managing a payroll operations team at a global, multinational, publicly-traded company
  • Workday Payroll experience required
  • Expert knowledge of international payroll regulations, including payroll tax, reporting, and required filings
  • Experience with onboarding new countries across multiple regions
  • Strong organizational, change management, and execution skills, along with the 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


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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.



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