About Travelers

The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV) is a leading property casualty insurer selling primarily through independent agents and brokers. The company's diverse business lines offer its global customers a wide range of coverage in the auto, home and business settings. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Travelers has more than 30,000 employees and generated revenues of approximately $25 billion in 2010.

Director Global Payroll

Company Information
Solid reputation, passionate people and endless opportunities. That's Travelers. Our superior financial strength and consistent record of strong operating returns mean security for our customers - and opportunities for our employees. You will find Travelers to be full of energy and a workplace in which you truly can make a difference.

Job Summary
Under general direction, the Director, Payroll provides direction and leadership for the unit that processes US, Canada, UK and Ireland payrolls ensuring all paychecks are in compliance with federal, state, local, provincial and International tax regulations and that they are processed in a timely and accurate manner. This job manages staff.

Primary Job Duties & Responsibilities
  • Provides day to day management including but not limited to the: establishment of performance objectives, training and development, conducting performance reviews, developing and monitoring budget, recommending salary changes, etc.

  • Plays an important strategic role within the payroll unit to ensure that the team can adapt to the changing tax laws, HR programs and or services.

  • Ability to manage and lead payroll related projects which would include creating project plans, executing, testing and implementing.

  • Uses in-depth knowledge of payroll related tax laws for the US, Canada, UK and Ireland to ensure all payroll systems are working properly and processing and procedures are accurate.

  • Responsible for biweekly payroll: US (30,000 employees in 48 states), Canada (1800 employees in most provinces); monthly payroll: US pension (9000 retirees in all states), UK (700 employees) and Ireland (70 employees).

  • Manages vendors including selection, ongoing performance, service levels etc.

  • Develops and revises procedures and practices to ensure optimal productivity amongst the staff.

  • Responsible for keeping the workflow information up to date, as well as the communications and ongoing training of changes.

  • Responsible for monitoring tax law changes to ensure the systems are up to date so that we can remain in compliance for payroll purposes.

  • Ensures all reduction in force processes and procedures are up to date and produced in a timely manner.

  • Provides strategic direction on payroll and time tracking systems that support payroll.

  • Partner with the PMO and IT to ensure that business requirements and key initiatives are planned out and executed properly.

  • Support all annual audits: internal and external.

  • Complete the payroll business continuity plans, disaster recovery plans and adhere to all record retention guidelines.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Education, Work Experience & Knowledge
  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • Minimum of 5 years of managing a multimillion dollar payrolls required.
  • Minimum of 5 years of people management experience required.
  • Project management experience required.
  • In-depth knowledge of payroll related tax laws required.
  • Advanced communications skills, including verbal and written required.
  • 3 years of experience in processing Canada, UK and Ireland payroll is preferred.
  • In-depth knowledge of Canada, UK and Ireland tax laws is preferred.
  • Prior experience in managing, executing and implementing payroll related project preferred.
  • Experience in vendor management preferred.

Job Specific & Technical Skills & Competencies
  • Knowledge of PeopleSoft payroll and Time and Labor preferred.
  • Able to write PeopleSoft queries preferred.
  • Knowledge of ADP Freedom system for payroll and absence management preferred.
  • Intermediate knowledge of Word, Excel and PowerPoint preferred.

Physical Requirements
Operates standard office equipment (Frequently)
Sitting (Can stand at will) (Continuously)
Standing (Occasionally)
Use of Keyboards (Sporadic)
10-Key (Frequently)

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Travelers is an equal opportunity employer.
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