Senior Payroll Specialist

Chicago, IL

Amer Sports is a dynamic, global sports company offering passionate achievement-oriented professionals the chance to succeed and flourish in an international environment. Our globally recognized brands include Salomon, Wilson, Arc’teryx and ENVE. We are a company where ambitious, competent and motivated people can make their mark. All our team members are ready to strive for the best of the company and to win together. Just like our customers, we are dedicated to an active lifestyle and sports. Join us.


We are currently seeking a Payroll Associate to join our team. This role will support all Amer Sports team members across the U.S. consisting of multiple brands and various locations (warehouse, factories, retail stores and various offices). 

What You'll Do

This role will provide support under a shared services model; and as part of a team, will help ensure payroll and other HR processes run smoothly and efficiently. You will assist in the coordination of payroll processing with our third-party provider; and will also respond to team member inquiries related to payroll, timekeeping, benefits and company policies. Qualified candidates must be able to multi-task and juggle competing priorities in our busy department. Specific duties may include:


Timekeeping / Payroll

  • Work within the Kronos timekeeping system: set up new hires or temps, program accrual rates & holidays and assist with general issue resolution
  • Act as liaison with payroll partner ensuring the timely processing of payroll; act as backup to manager
  • Review timecards prior to payroll processing to ensure accurate pay
  • Work within the When I Work scheduling system
  • Run weekly Workday reports in preparation for payroll processing
  • Work with the team to develop processes and recommend changes to remain compliant and increase efficiencies
  • Liaison with other locations to gain a full understanding of practices and business needs, develop relationships and provide strong customer service
  • Ensure the resolution of issues in a timely manner and provide recommendations to prevent future issues

HR Shared Services

  • Respond in a timely manner to team member questions via the HRSS ticketing system and/or phone
  • Possess a broad knowledge of payroll, timekeeping, benefits and general HR related topics to respond to team member inquiries; demonstrate initiative in seeking answers to new inquiries - topics include, but are not limited to: payroll, timekeeping, health and retirement plans, policy interpretation and general HR processes

What We're Looking For

Qualified candidates should have a bachelor’s degree in business, or a related field. We are seeking an individual with 3-5 years experience with timekeeping systems (preferably Kronos) as well as 3-5+ years experience processing multi-state payroll. General HR experience on topics such as benefits, retirement plans and best practices is a plus. Candidates should demonstrate a strong customer service attitude, sense of urgency and be organized with strong attention to detail and understanding of the importance of accuracy. Other qualifications include:

  • Demonstrate a mindset of continuous process improvement and take a companywide approach to solutions that are best for the business/work environment
  • Ability to identify areas that require improvement or are at risk, make suggestions and help develop a plan to implement change and gain efficiencies
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills; ability to communicate and work effectively with team members across the region - a professional, positive attitude is a must
  • Hands-on, proactive approach; flexible and adaptable in a fast-moving, results-oriented work environment.
  • Proven experience handing sensitive and confidential information
  • Proficiency in MS Office and a demonstrated technical aptitude
  • Ability to work standard 9:00 to 5:00 hours to ensure coverage for region


What We'll Provide

This role is based at Wilson Sporting Goods Co. global headquarters. Located in the vibrant, sports-centric city of Chicago, the Wilson headquarters sits along the lakefront with first-class access to a burgeoning creative, innovative, energetic and active professional community. We offer an open, collaborative, high tech work environment with best in class amenities and perks, including:

  • Medical, dental and vision
  • 401k with company match
  • Life insurance
  • Pre-tax transit discounts
  • Paid maternity/paternity leave
  • Discounts on Wilson and Amer Sports products
  • Smart casual dress (yes, jeans every day!)
  • On-site health club
  • Summer hours
  • Hybrid / remote working model

Amer Sports is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected characteristics.

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