Senior Payroll Specialist

Company:  Dewberry
Location: Fairfax
Hours: Full Time
Type: Permanent
Job Requirements / Description
Job Description:
Dewberry is currently seeking a Senior Payroll Specialist to join our Accounting & Finance Team.  This position is responsible for assisting with the accurate and timely preparation of the bi-weekly, multi-company payroll and time posting.  They will work with our employees and management to resolve pay-related issues as well as researching and advising on federal and state laws and regulations involving payroll.  This position reports to the Payroll Manager.


Dewberry is a leading, market-facing professional services firm with more than 50 locations and 2,000 professionals nationwide. The Fairfax, Virginia based firm is locally and family-owned. What sets us apart from our competitors is our people. At Dewberry, we seek exceptional talent and strive to deliver the highest quality of services to our clients. By joining our firm, you'll have the chance to collaborate with the best and brightest and work on innovative and complex projects at the forefront of the industry. Our commitment to excellence stems from our personal integrity and from other defining attributes, which we call "Dewberry at Work," that have inspired our employees to be successful for over 60 years.

Process multi-company bi-weekly payrolls using Dayforce

Maintain all payroll data, ensuring the highest level of accuracy and confidentiality

Process timesheets, checking for accuracy, and post to Dayforce and ERP System

Research payroll inquiries and resolve employee payroll related issues

Maintain high knowledge of all company’s payroll,  time policies and governmental regulations impacting payroll preparation

Assist internal and external auditors during audit process by providing documents, and other payroll-related reports upon request

Maintain accurate federal and state tax set up and filings, including W2 processing.

Processes off-cycle checks and termination pay

Import journal entries to record payroll. Reconcile and create necessary payroll adjustment entries

Review payroll set up and processes to identify deficiencies within existing procedures and/or configuration. Search for automation opportunities to maximize operational efficiency

Manage incoming mail for payroll department

Required Skills & Required Experience:
Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience

6+ years of related professional experience required

Payroll Association certification preferred

Experience with multi-state payroll for large number of employees strongly preferred

Strong organizational and time management skills. Able to meet strict deadlines weekly.

Must possess excellent communication skills and the ability to build trust, rapport and credibility within the business

Strong technical background with Dayforce system including functional knowledge, technical operations and system structuring is preferred

Proficient in Microsoft Excel

Excellent math and problem-solving skills

Don’t meet every single requirement? At Dewberry we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace for our employee’s. So if you’re excited about this role, but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the position description, we encourage you to apply anyways. You may just be the right candidate for this or other opportunities.


*At this time, Dewberry will not sponsor a new applicant for work authorization.

*Dewberry is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

*Only recipients of an offer of employment from Dewberry, will be required to submit to a background screening which may include, but is not limited to, employment verification, educational and other credential verification, driving record check, criminal background check, and an investigative consumer report. These screenings will be conducted by Dewberry’s background vendor of choice and will be conducted in compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local law.

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