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Senior Manager, Payroll Operations Job

We Light the Way!


Acuity Brands (NYSE: AYI) is transforming the lighting industry. We take pride in our 12,000 employees, and they take pride in working with the best in the industry.  Join a team committed to lighting the way to a more brilliant, connected, and productive world.  Individually we are talented, but together we are unstoppable.  

Reporting to the VP, Shared Services, Acuity Brands is seeking an experienced Sr. Manager, Payroll Operations who will have direct responsibility for US Payroll operations and provide guidance and oversight for international payroll operations with a strong focus on Canada and Mexico.


 The responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Lead coordination, maintenance and continued growth and development of payroll operations
  • Guide operations and strategy to manage information in support of human resources and finance teams.
  • Design and implement modifications, updates and enhancements in technology/vendors, applications and processes to ensure optimal performance in the delivery of payroll services
  • Support senior management with specific data reporting needs. Identifies any unmet system/data needs of the business and works to develop appropriate solutions
  • Deliver on continuous payroll improvement targets
  • Facilitate the integration of new/updated payroll processes and/or vendors into the payroll operating model
  • Coordinate with partners, customers and key stakeholders (HR Operations, Finance, Internal Audit, HR, IT and Management) to ensure integration, efficiency and effectiveness of the delivery of global payroll services as well as addressing business needs with a customer focused and compliant disposition
  • Ensure Internal Audit controls and SOX narratives are correct and comprehensive
  • Oversee Canada and Mexico assignee payroll processes

In order to be qualified for this role, you must possess the following:

  • Minimum 7-10 years of increasing responsibility in payroll functions both in-house and with third-party payroll providers; should have payroll and benefit responsibility for 4000-10,000 employees
  • International/Regional leadership position held in HR Shared Services environment
  • International payroll experience. Expert knowledge of payroll principles and compensation and tax laws in US, Canada, familiarity with Mexico principles and regulations
  • Experience in payroll taxes and basic accounting a must
  • Excellent understanding of the critical success factors for payroll operations, including managing effective and efficient payroll services both internally and provided by external payroll providers
  • Knowledge and experience in SOX compliance, wage and hour laws, payroll processing, time and attendance systems such as SAP Success Factors, Workforce and ADP (SAP Success Factors is strongly preferred)
  • Team leadership experience required; proven experience nurturing, developing and mentoring a team  
  • Acquisition experience required 
  • Bilingual in Spanish or French a plus
  • 15% - Travel


Preferred Skill Sets:

  • BA/BS Preferred
    Experience across a broad spectrum of payroll products SAP Success Factors and/or ADP experience strongly preferred


We invite you to apply today to join us as We Light the Way to a Brilliant, Productive, and Connected World!


We value diversity and are an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regards to race, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, ethnicity or national origin, disability, pregnancy, religion, covered veteran status, protected genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

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Accommodation for Applicants with Disabilities:  As an equal opportunity employer, Acuity Brands is committed to providing reasonable accommodations in its application process for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans. If you have difficulty using our online system due to a disability and need an accommodation, you may contact us at (770) 922-9000.  Please clearly indicate what type of accommodation you are requesting and for what requisition. 


Any unsolicited resumes sent to Acuity Brands from a third party, such as an Agency recruiter, including unsolicited resumes sent to an Acuity Brands mailing address, fax machine or email address, directly to Acuity Brands employees, or to Acuity Brands resume database will be considered Acuity Brands property. Acuity Brands will NOT pay a fee for any placement resulting from the receipt of an unsolicited resume.


Acuity Brands will consider any candidate for whom an Agency has submitted an unsolicited resume to have been referred by the Agency free of any charges or fees. This includes any Agency that is an approved/engaged vendor, but does not have the appropriate approvals to be engaged on a search.

Req ID:  1403

Nearest Major Market: Atlanta

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