General Information

Location: Cary, NC

Organization: WIRB-Copernicus Group Inc

Job Type: Full Time

Description and Requirements

Due to our continued growth, we are searching to add a Director of Payroll to help support our expanding organization. 


The Director of Payroll is responsible for leading and managing all aspects of domestic and global payroll at throughout the organization.  Ensuring payroll is run accurately, timely and in compliance with all foreign, federal, state, local payroll and regulatory requirements; directing and coordinating the implementation and administration of payroll policies, procedures, regulations and approval of master payroll calendars and processing schedules.  This role also works closely with Accounting; Tax and Internal Audit teams to ensure all financial controls and reporting are accurate. This role leads the payroll staff based in Cary, North Carolina.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

·         Lead end to end global payroll function

·         Manage, coach and develop payroll staff

·         Manage global payroll operations working closely with business entity and HCM including Benefits.

·         Ensure systems and controls are in place for accuracy and meeting deliverables

·         Lead geographic expansion of payroll processing into new countries

·         Lead payroll due diligence and integration for potential acquisitions

·         Develop close working relationship with HCM and continuously implement process improvements to optimize payroll processes and identify payroll solutions to identified business challenges.

·         Serve as a point of escalation for payroll related matters

·         Manage process for garnishment, child support and tax levies

·         Create and run standard and ad hoc reports using ADP

·         Manage process for manual check updates to report wage and taxes

·         Establish and maintain detailed tax calendar for all payroll tax filings

·         Ensure all payroll related tax filings are done timely and accurately, including the set-up of new accounts with various federal and state agencies as required; Work with tax agencies and payroll service providers to resolve tax issues

Education / Certification Requirements: 

·          Bachelor’s degree from accredited four-year university in related field

·          Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) required.

Qualifications/Experience Requirements:

·         Minimum of 7 years of payroll experience and at least 3 years managing and developing staff

·         Demonstrated ability to hire, lead, manage and develop payroll team

·         Ability to provide a high level of customer service in the delivery of payroll across multiple entities and geographies

·         Hands on management role with the ability to process payroll and learn new systems as needed.

·         Experience performing due diligence and integration of acquisitions from a payroll perspective

·         Understanding of multistate payroll taxes at federal, state and local levels

·         Demonstrated experience with ADP payroll platform (WorkForceNow desired)

·         Knowledge of international payroll taxes and regulations, particularly in Canada, Europe and Asia

Supervisory Responsibilities:

·         Overall responsibility of management including direction, coordination, performance, and evaluation of a small assigned team and staff.   

Travel Requirements:

·         Infrequent travel will be required. 

Along with a strong salary, we also provide a robust benefits package (medical, dental, vision, PTO, 401K and more).

About WCG

The pioneer of independent ethical review, WIRB-Copernicus Group® (WCG), continues to drive ingenuity in the clinical research space. Today, WCG’s solutions are built upon the foundation of ethical review, but have grown to include a suite of complementary services and technologies that expand the capabilities of the modern research professional. WCG delivers transformational solutions that stimulate growth, foster compliance, and maximize efficiency for those who perform clinical trials.