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Sr. Payroll Administrator (Open to Remote)

DATE:  Sep 16, 2022
CITY:  Columbus
BRAND:  Designer Brands
REQ #:  137211
LOCATION NAME:  Home Office, Columbus
DEPARTMENT:  Human Resources

The Sr. Payroll Administrator is responsible for processing full cycle exempt and non-exempt payrolls in a high-volume, multi-state environment. This team-oriented role works closely with peers and HR partners to audit, prepare, and process both regular and supplemental payrolls to ensure associates are paid in an accurate and timely manner. Successful candidates will have subject matter expertise in payroll compliance and general principles of payroll accounting knowledge. We are open to remote candidates, however due to the collaborative nature of this role, EST or CST is preferred.


Reports To: Manager, Payroll


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Process full cycle bi-weekly payroll in partnership with other Payroll team members and the Lead Payroll Specialist. Team provides support of 500+ store, office and distribution center locations in a multi-legal entity and multi-state environment for exempt and non-exempt employees.
  • Prepares, reviews and processes 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.
  • Performs audit reviews of payroll data (includes loading, balancing, and auditing timekeeping data) and coordinates with HR and stores on various changes needed for final calculation of payroll.
  • Assist with cross training of payroll team members.
  • Identify and assist in implementation of appropriate ongoing business process efficiencies to improve payroll operations.
  • Provide exceptional customer service when receiving and responding to pay related inquiries using discretion & effective oral and written communication with associates and outside agencies.
  • Act as a liaison between DBI and outside agencies affecting payroll, such as third-party vendors, internal business partners, law offices, etc.
  • Manage completion of unemployment claim responses and assist with unemployment hearings within the claims management system.
  • Assist with employment and wage verification requests.
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned.


Required Skills:

  • Strong working knowledge of payroll laws and processes, and the ability to research and interpret payroll regulations and guidance, preferably in the areas of multi-state payroll processing, tax withholding, voluntary deductions, garnishments, and tax mobility
  • Excellent organizational skills and time management skills with a high level of attention to detail
  • Basic payroll accounting knowledge required
  • Proven ability to create complex reports in HR and timekeeping systems and translate those outputs in Excel to support the audit of payroll processes
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Accounting and math skills are key to success in this role
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality in all aspects of the job
  • Must have a strong background of MS Excel, Word, and Outlook
  • Must be a self-starter with strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work in a team, as well as independently, in a time sensitive environment
  • Experience processing payroll for 5,000+ employees preferred
  • Previous experience working for a publicly traded company preferred



SETTING GOALS – Creates and follow effective plans. Anticipates risks, creates contingency plans. Aligns plans with goals. Allocates adequate resources. Accepts and supports change. Willing to take risks and suggests new ideas, approaches. Takes initiative. Seeks out learning activities.


WORKING WITH OTHERS – Clearly articulates own, other’s goals. Promotes a team atmosphere by demonstrating humility and respect. Builds effective relationships, relates well to others. Delivers and responds to feedback in a constructive manner. Considers multiple perspectives. Handles conflict, pressure, uncertainty and adapts independently. Meets commitments. Dedicated to working with business partners on their expectations.


GETTING RESULTS – Personally accountable for work performance targets and achieving results. Prioritizes well. Anticipates and handles obstacles effectively. Makes good, timely decisions. Can simply and process complex problems. Understands underlying issues and addresses root causes. Meets deadlines, works until finished.



Minimum Experience:

    • Must have 5+ years of recent and relevant experience. Preferred experience working in high-volume multi-company payroll


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong working knowledge of ADP Enterprise Payroll and Time Tracking preferred (or equivalent)
  • CPP, FPC or CCP designation preferred


Minimum Education:

  • High School diploma or equivalent


You must apply through our internal portal: 
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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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