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Payroll and Benefits Manager

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The City of Lebanon is recruiting for a Payroll and Benefits Manager.  This position is responsible for managing the City’s employee payroll, timekeeping and benefits system, payroll processing, analyzing and auditing payroll, tax reporting, benefits, retirement and deductions data.

Among the duties of the payroll and benefits manager are ensuring the smooth operation of payroll and benefits department.

Position directly supervises the Payroll & Benefits Specialists, regularly interacts with the City’s Human Resources and Accounting Departments and has regular interaction with the City’s employees and leadership.

Employees are paid bi-weekly; elected officials are paid semi-monthly. All employees are paid by direct deposit. Annual payroll budget is $22,000,000, the annual benefits budget is $10,000,000. Salaries, and benefits comprise 44% of the City’s overall annual operating budget.


EXPERIENCE - Minimum of 8-10 years of progressively responsible payroll accounting positions with at least three (3) years of experience in a supervisory/management position in payroll operations, payroll accounting, general accounting and payroll taxes while performing a variety of payroll operations and accounting functions or related work in an equivalent sized organization is required;

Must have experience with implementation, administration and maintenance of payroll and time & attendance software.

Must be experienced with time reporting, payroll processing, deductions, records maintenance, journal entries, general ledger and overall payroll accounting.

Must have experience with payroll taxes, IRS, SSA, FLSA, ACH, garnishment and accounting transactions.

Prior experience with municipal or county governmental payroll accounting is a plus.

EDUCATION - Bachelor's degree in Accounting from an accredited college or university is required. OR a Bachelor's Degree in Finance, Business Administration or related field with a minor in Accounting from an accredited college or university may be considered along with relevant work experience.

SOFTWARE SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE - Strong proficiency with MS Excel is required, must have knowledge and expertise of advanced excel functionality (advanced formulas, linked spreadsheets, pivot tables, formatting reports in excel, charts & graphs, etc.).

Experience with a computerized payroll, HRIS, time and attendance software system such as Tyler Technologies, Great Plains, PeopleSoft, ADP, Paychex, Paycor, UltiPro, Kronos, or similar HRMS/payroll processing and timekeeping system is required.

CERTIFICATIONS - Certified Payroll Professional or similar designation is strongly desired.  Must have or obtain Certified Municipal Finance Officer certificate within 18 months of hire (through Municipal Technical Advisory Council of Tennessee – MTAS) CPA designation is a plus.

DRIVER'S LICENSE - Must possess a valid Tennessee state Driver's License and clear driving record; or obtain a valid Tennessee Driver's License within thirty (30) days of hire.

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS - Starting annual salary range is $64,355 to $69,500 DOQ.  Position is salaried, exempt for purposes of federal wage and hour regulations. Employment is probationary for first six months of employment with the City.

The City of Lebanon provides its full time employees with an excellent benefits package! Full Time City Employees receive 12 paid holidays and 18 PTO days the first year (23 PTO days after the first year and increases every 5 years after) and health, dental, vision, life and disability PLUS a generous pension/401k hybrid retirement package through Tennessee Consolidated Retirement Systems (TCRS).

Position reports to the City's Human Resources Director.

Feel free to contact me at 615/532-6827 or via e-mail if you have questions or need assistance.