Team Lead Global Payroll & Commission (m/f/d)

Permanent employee, Full-time · Munich

The Role
People are our passion! HR at Personio is not “just” a department, it is our core business. As an HR Company it is our aspiration to be a role model and inspire other companies with our own HR work. Where else do you have the opportunity to really help shape a product?

As we continue our journey of rapid growth, the People Team’s job is to help Personio to grow, develop and build for the future. That’s where you come in!
We believe our culture is key to our success. You bring our cultural initiatives to life by creating impactful and memorable events as well as programs for all Personios based on our Personio Code.

As Team Lead Global Payroll & Commission (m/f/d) you are part of the People & Workplace Team and the main point of contact for key stakeholders when it comes to payroll & commission related topics globally, this means, for all 5 countries Personio has operations (Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Spain and UK) at plus any future location. Furthermore, you will be part of the People Operations Team who is leading and shaping many people frameworks that will need to be assessed and implemented from a payroll perspective. This role reports to the Head of People Operations.

We want brilliant people, so we are flexible on where this person is based!  You just need to live or want to live where we currently have an office (Germany, Ireland, Spain).

What are the most important duties of this role?:

  • You will design and lead the Payroll and Commissions strategy for all Personio (globally) and be responsible for the full-cycle payroll operation involving more than 1500 employees globally distributed. This includes Payroll Preparation and Payroll calculation, and final approvals, with the management of external and internal partners addressing the different parts of the Payroll cycle.
  • You will be part of the responsible HR team addressing all questions and inquiries around our internal payroll & commission operations
  • Be the go-to person for peers and external stakeholders in terms of Payroll & Commission expertise
  • Implementing and integrating new benefits in the Payroll processing
  • You will work closely with Finance, Controlling, and legal teams to facilitate dependencies, looking for process improvement and process excellence. 
  • Build, lead and develop a highly motivated and focused team
  • Continuously coordinate the needs of the employees/stakeholder in alignment with the legal requirements for payroll
  • Enable your team to drive operation of payroll & commission topics/requirements
  • Operationally support your team with best practices, process improvements, general alignment, and Payroll expertise.
  • Qualify the best criteria for our business/employees
  • Constantly expand your payroll knowledge and keep up to date on legislative changes
  • Enable, develop and support team members to excel in their job, take responsibility for Team members and their performance, empower them to act independently within their assigned area of responsibility
What you need to succeed
  • You have successfully completed your business studies with a focus on accounting, controlling, finance or HR related studies
  • At least 5 years of operational experience in Global Payroll Operations and responsibility for payroll preparation  for companies (mandatory experience with Germany, Ireland and UK)
  • You have experience setting global payroll strategy, SLAs, OKRs, and main focus areas to deliver accurate and reliable Payroll for internal employees
  • At least 2 years of people management experience, ideally in globally distributed teams (for example managing feedback sessions, 1:1s, performance evaluations, professional development, team engagement)
  • Experience managing key internal senior stakeholders and aligning with other Finance and accounting departments to smooth and improve the operation of Payroll and its dependencies (controlling, accounting, sales commissions calculations, etc.)
  • You have significant experience managing external Payroll partners, this means, aligning service level agreements for tax and payroll experts, taking corrective action when necessary, and assess efficiency of their service from a cost but also operation perspective
  • You have experience shaping technology to set-up Payroll and employee’s data while customising HRMs to become the main “source of truth” for HR. Experience using Personio HRMS is a big plus.  
  • You are familiar with questions and processes relating to payroll, commission, compensation, benefits, overall taxation, and/or HR topics and can provide recommendations on how to implement HR programs from a Payroll perspective
  • Experience switch shadow payroll is a big plus, as well as experience setting-up new office locations form a Payroll perspective
  • You are very customer-oriented and are looking for ways to improve processes and procedures while drive employees to an outstanding experience
  • You have a very diligent workstyle that can manage simultaneous projects without missing any details
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills in German and English. Spanish would be nice to have
Why Personio
Aside from our people, culture, and mission, there are a variety of additional benefits that help make Personio a great place to work! 
Work with us and receive those Munich office benefits (benefits will vary depending on office location):

  • Competitive compensation package that includes salary, benefits, and pre-IPO equity
  • 28 days of paid vacation, plus another additional day after 2 and 4 years (because we love what we do, but we also love vacation!)
  • 2 Impact Days you can use to have an impact on the environment and society –  one for an individual project of your choice and one for a company-wide initiative! #SocialResponsibility
  • Find your best way to work with our office-led, remote-friendly PersonioFlex! We offer a roughly 50% remote, 50% in-office working framework to suit your needs
  • Annual personal development budget of €1,500 for conferences, courses, books, career coach, etc.
  • Regular company and team events like Oktoberfest, ski trips, Christmas parties, and more! (COVID permitting)
  • High-impact working environment with flat hierarchies and short decision-making processes
  • Receive generous family leave, child support, mental health support, and sabbatical opportunities with PersonioCares
  • Save money with corporate discounts across brands like Adidas, LG, Bosch, Apple, and more
  • Invest in your retirement via the Personio Pension Scheme, including a Personio contribution
  • Choose between green mobility options, including a JobRad® bike or monthly public transportation ticket
  • Access multiple fitness studios and sports facilities across Germany for €22 per month with a subsidized Qualitrain membership
  • A beautiful, spacious office in the heart of Munich, complete with professional espresso machines, free drinks and snacks, and indoor and outdoor break spaces 
About us
We’re using technology to revolutionize the way HR operates, transforming the way millions of people experience work every day. In June 2022 we raised a second Series E funding of $200 million, allowing us to turbocharge this change and making Personio the fastest-growing and most valuable HR technology company in Europe.

With over 6,000 customers and a team of 1,500 in seven offices across Europe, now is the perfect time to join! We’re hiring talented, impact-driven individuals who want to be more than just another employee. Will you be one of them? 

Personio is an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to building an integrative culture where everyone feels welcomed and supported. We #EmbraceUniqueness and understand that our diverse, values-driven culture makes us stronger. As we continue to scale, we focus on enabling our employees to grow both personally and professionally.

We are proud to have an inclusive workplace environment that will foster your development no matter your gender, civil status, family status, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, education level, or race.

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