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Payroll Administrator

CITY:  Columbus
BRAND:  Designer Brands
REQ #:  106388
LOCATION NAME:  Home Office, Columbus
DEPARTMENT:  Human Resources

Job title: Payroll Administrator

General Summary:  The Payroll Administrator assists with the bi-weekly payroll processing for a large volume of associates in a multi-state environment. This is a team-oriented roll that will work closely with payroll teammates and HR partners to audit and accurately resolve payroll processing output.

Reports to: Payroll Manager 


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform data entry and peer review of payroll data, including but not limited to, one-time payments, retroactive payments, rate changes, terminations, new hires, LOA, garnishments, tax changes, direct deposits, pay cards and one-time deductions. 
  • Coordinate with HR and stores on various corrections and changes for final calculation of payroll.
  • Create and generate reports and audit processes to assist the team with payroll process audit optimization.
  • Perform verification and reconciliation tasks according to department checks and balances and investigate audit discrepancies.
  • Receive and respond to pay related inquiries using discretion & effective oral and written communication with associates, internal business partners, vendors, and outside agencies.
  • Assist with completion of unemployment claims responses through the claims management system.
  • Assist with employment and wage verification request.
  • Identify and assist in implementation of appropriate ongoing business process efficiencies to improve payroll operations.
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned by the Payroll Manager.


Required Skills and Competencies:

  • Ability to research and interpret laws & regulations related to payroll.
  • Knowledge of current payroll methodologies, best practices and processes, preferably with a multi-state background.
  • Proven ability to create and generates complex reports in HR and timekeeping systems and translate those outputs in Excel to support the audit of payroll processes.   
  • Accounting and math skills key to success in this role.
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality in all aspects of the job.
  • Decision-making, problem-solving, and analytical skills.
  • Strong interpersonal (verbal and written) communicational skills to collaborate with internal team and provide exceptional customer service.
  • Ability to work in a team, as well as independently, in a time sensitive environment.
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize, and follow-up on various payroll functions.


Minimum Qualifications



  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in multi-state payroll processing required

Preferred Qualifications:

  • ADP Enterprise or equivalent payroll processing software experience


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Why Choose A Career with Designer Brands?

Empowering associates and building strong teams poised to disrupt the retail and footwear landscape through positive change is at the core of who we are at Designer Brands.

  • Invested in helping our associates learn, develop, achieve and grow into strong leaders
  • Shared commitment to creating a culture fueled by engagement, excitement, optimism and fun
  • Dedicated to giving back and community involvement 

About Designer Brands:

Designer Brands Inc. is one of North America’s largest designers, producers and retailers of footwear and accessories. 

  • Designer Brands Inc. operates a portfolio of retail concepts in nearly 1,000 locations under the DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse, The Shoe Company, and Shoe Warehouse brands and operates leased locations in the U.S through its Affiliated Business Group. 
  • Designer Brands designs and produces footwear and accessories through Camuto Group, a leading manufacturer selling in more than 5,400 doors worldwide. 















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