Director Payroll

New York, NY

We are looking for a driven, enthusiastic Director - Payroll to lead our North American payroll team. This person will be responsible for enabling the team to improve business performance and operational effectiveness and efficiency.


New York

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The ideal candidate will have at least 15 years of combined experience in payroll and equity at a global organization listed in the U.S. The position is based in New York, NY. 

What You'll Do

  • Inspire leadership in your immediate team that oversee Payroll, providing mentoring and coaching opportunities with a strong investment of development in their careers
  • Partner with Compensation & Benefits, HRIS, Equity and Accounting teams to ensure the accuracy, timeliness and compliance of reporting, while maintaining documentation of the policies, processes and controls, and identify and implement improvements
  • Set performance / productivity targets and execute against them with a thoughtful plan
  • Work closely with Equity & tax teams to ensure tax calculations for equity based compensation awards are prepared, reviewed, and timely submitted to payroll for processing
  • Be responsible for properly coding payroll, taxes and stocks to ensure expenses, cash, tax payments, stock reports, etc.. are reconciled to payroll sub ledger/system
  • Ensure compliance with internal policies and controls, SOX as well as compliance with external laws and regulatory guidance
  • Review and approve payroll process, wires, off-cycle checks
  • Report on key metrics to monitor, manage and improve quality and efficiency
  • Other responsibilities include but are not limited to participate in special projects or ad hoc analyses as assigned; in particular, experience of onboarding employees from acquired companies is a strong plus

Who You Are

  • Bachelor’s degree in business or accounting
  • CPP required
  • 15 years+ of related experience with global, public companies
  • Experience with major Payroll and ERP systems required (e.g. ADP, Workday, NetSuite)
  • Global stock plan administration/management experience a plus
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including extensive experience meeting and presenting to senior executives
  • Experience working in U.S. listed public companies is a must

Where You'll Be

  • We’ve introduced Work From Anywhere to give you more options!
  • Our offices are currently closed due to COVID-19. Post COVID, we will ask you to pop into the office a few days a week, we are giving you the flexibility to work from home on some days should you choose to do so.
  • Working hours? We operate within the local (EST) timezone for collaboration 

Our global benefits

  • Extensive learning opportunities, through our dedicated team, GreenHouse.
  • Flexible share incentives letting you choose how you share in our success.
  • Global parental leave, six months off - fully paid - for all new parents.
  • All The Feels, our employee assistance program and self-care hub.
  • Flexible public holidays, swap days off according to your values and beliefs.
  • Spotify On Tour, join your colleagues on trips to industry festivals and events.

Learn about life at Spotify

Spotify is an equal opportunity employer. You are welcome at Spotify for who you are, no matter where you come from, what you look like, or what’s playing in your headphones. Our platform is for everyone, and so is our workplace. The more voices we have represented and amplified in our business, the more we will all thrive, contribute, and be forward-thinking! So bring us your personal experience, your perspectives, and your background. It’s in our differences that we will find the power to keep revolutionizing the way the world listens.

Spotify transformed music listening forever when we launched in 2008. Our mission is to unlock the potential of human creativity by giving a million creative artists the opportunity to live off their art and billions of fans the chance to enjoy and be passionate about these creators. Everything we do is driven by our love for music and podcasting. Today, we are the world’s most popular audio streaming subscription service with a community of more than 381 million users.

Global COVID and Vaccination Disclosure

Spotify is committed to safety and well-being of our employees, vendors and clients. We are following regional guidelines mandating vaccination and testing requirements, including those requiring vaccinations and testing for in-person roles and event attendance. For the US, we have mandated that all employees and contractors be fully vaccinated in order to work in our offices and externally with any third-parties. For all other locations, we strongly encourage our employees to get vaccinated and also follow local COVID and safety protocols.

This role is not eligible for hire in Colorado, USA.

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