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Payroll Specialist

Apply now Job no: 508044
Position Type: Staff
Location: Boston Main Campus
Categories: Human Resources

About Northeastern:

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern’s comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.


About the Opportunity:

Responsible for processing assigned pay groups utilizing Workday HRM/Payroll System, off-cycle paychecks, related inbound and outbound interfaces, processing metrics, and other Payroll-related reports and forms. Responsible for processing of Workday Time Sheets, Absence and Leave related to payroll. The incumbent provides information and assistance to the University departments on payroll, time sheet and absence issues. As a member of the HR/Payroll Service Center, the incumbent provides excellent service to users


  • Perform end-to-end payroll processes for designated payrolls, following checklist, including Time Sheet, Absence and Leave processing, adhering to all required audits and resolution authorization. Perform off-cycle adjustments as requested by manager; add to off-cycle spreadsheet. Ensure taxes for all payrolls and adjustments reconcile.
  • Perform inbound and outbound interfaces as well as related tasks for general deductions, adhering to schedules. Record related metrics for time elapse and volume counts for optimal system and personnel utilization. Perform other rotating and back-up duties.
  • Provide excellent customer service; respond promptly to all inquiries. Support users for Time Sheets, Payroll, Tax and Payroll Deduction inquiries.


  • Knowledge of payroll/accounting concepts and practices as well as PC-based applications.
  • Excellent communication, customer service, and organizational skills required as well as the ability to understand IRS regulations, maintain accurate and detailed records and handle confidential information.
  • Knowledge and skills typically acquired through an associate's degree (or equivalent) plus 1-3 years of experience.
  • Bachelor's degree, payroll or accounting experience, preferably with Workday, desired.

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Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff.  Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. 

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other  characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see



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