Payroll Specialist

COMPANY:  Raven Industries

Sioux Falls, SD, US, 57104-5931

STATUS:  Exempt
REQ ID:  31084

Join a technology company dedicated to improving lives through innovative technology solutions. Today, Raven is focused on solving these Great Challenges:

  • Feeding a growing population by improving agricultural efficiency around the world
  • Protecting our natural resources
  • Saving and improving lives through advanced situational awareness
  • Connecting the world

Raven is organized into three business units that sell our advanced products and solutions within their niche markets. Our Corporate Services team supports the daily operations and business activities of all three.

Raven is seeking a highly engaged, detail-oriented team player to join our payroll team!  As a Payroll Specialist, you will support all payroll functions and become a subject matter expert in timekeeping and payroll administration.  You'll develop a thorough understanding of the timekeeping and payroll software systems; as well as their interactions with finance and HRIS systems.  

Job Duties
• Serve as payroll administrator by addressing company needs, upgrades, and provide routine troubleshooting.
• Provide technical troubleshooting assistance for data incoming to UKG and timekeeping.
• Provide expertise to the company for ad-hoc reporting needs in timekeeping and UKG.
• Process of payroll data input, payment preparations, and labor distribution procedures. Coordinate payroll procedures with general and cost accounting.
• Lead or assist with month-end or year-end close activities within area of support.
• Responsible for timely preparation and submission of required payroll reports, tax reports, and tax payments.
• Responsible for maintaining internal controls over payroll processes in support of overall Section 404 Sarbanes-Oxley Act compliance.
• Maintain, expand, and manage the timekeeping and payroll processing systems to assure data integrity while facilitating operations, accounting and reporting, and legal requirements.
• Recommend and assist in creating or maintaining policies and procedures.
• Prepare entries into accounts and document business transactions.
• Prepare audit support and coordinate periodic financial, controls, workers’ compensation, and labor audits.
• Provide assistance and direction on issues, and keep appropriate staff informed of issues or concerns.
• Promote and maintain the highest possible environment of service, teamwork, and collaboration.
• Establish and maintain metrics to track and improve processes within areas of support.
• Ensure legal and compliance requirements are monitored and met.
• Ensure accuracy and consistency of payroll documentation.
• Keep informed and comply with new developments, methods, and techniques in payroll management, wage & hour laws, and timekeeping administration.
• Demonstrate the Dimensions of Competition and Raven Team Member Values in daily actions.
• May be called upon to perform comparable duties of a similar or related nature and/or assist in other areas as needed.
• Learning, understanding, continuously improving, and promoting the company’s quality management systems and controls.

Desired Education & Experience 
• Bachelor’s degree in human resources, accounting or related field.
• 3+ years experience in a related position, or equivalent combination of education and experience.


• In-depth knowledge of current laws and regulations pertaining to payroll, labor, and unemployment compensation.
• Overall tech savviness to understand and troubleshoot system issues and integrations.
• Ability to work with confidential information and documentation with discretion.
• Demonstrated leadership abilities.
• General knowledge of accounting principles and GAAP.
• Proficiency with a computer, including Microsoft Office and applicable software.
• Business acumen to work with all levels of leadership.
• Problem-solving abilities. Ability to anticipate and be proactive on potential issues.
• Strong attention to detail and accuracy.
• High level of patience and service. Ability to work under tight deadlines to meet schedules.
• Ability to be flexible and multitask.
• Ability to communicate effectively with team members and leadership staff.

EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability


Raven is an EO employer - M/F/Vets/Disabled.

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