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Rocket Software Associate Payroll Analyst in Des Moines, Iowa

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Job Description Summary:

The Associate Payroll Analyst position is responsible for supporting our global payroll process.

This role will require establishing a strong working relationship with the payroll team, human resources, benefits, sales compensation, and third-party payroll partners. This position will also foster relationships with internal stakeholders such as Tax, Legal, Finance and IT.

This role is ideally suited for someone with the ability to support the team as they process payroll globally, influence, and effectively communicate cross-functionally in a fast-paced, growing, and ever-changing environment.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities :

  • Payroll Support: Support Americas payroll processing including the U.S., Canada and Brazil. There will be opportunity to support APAC and EMEA payrolls as well. Work closely with third-party payroll partners on executing payrolls on biweekly, semi-monthly and monthly basis (depending on country).

  • Payroll Processing & Controls: Follow proper reviews for payroll output from payroll partners. This includes ensuring all payroll inputs are accurately captured. Includes, but not limited to, performing payroll analysis such as total gross payroll to net payment, the average paid per headcount by country, and comparison of analysis to the prior period, etc.

  • Employee experience: Respond to employee inquiries and serve as a liaison between employee and third-party providers; educate and counsel employees on how to use self-service tools and address issues that fall outside the scope of self-service, including updating elections, bank account, hourly time tracking and overtime.

  • Being diligent and complaint to the payroll process manual / procedures.

  • Third parties: Engage with third-party vendors (including international payroll providers) and the preparation, analysis, and maintenance of all payroll related reports, including governmental and regulatory filings.

  • Cross-functional partnerships: Work with internal partners in Human Resources/ Recruiting/ Strategic Finance/ Legal to facilitate and improve the payroll processes, including benefits and withholdings (e.g., leave of absence, employee benefits, retirement and leave balances, flexible spending accounts, etc.)

  • Payroll Reconciliation and Validation: Review all payroll reporting and ensure accurate and timely filing with appropriate government authorities.

  • Year-End: Assist with the annual preparation and delivery of yearly forms as required within the jurisdictions

  • Ad hoc Payroll support as and when needed.

Required Qualifications:

  • Systems: Workday (or equivalent ERP), activpayroll, UKG, and ADP Celergo payroll vendor experience a plus.

  • Excel (think pivot tables and lookups) a definite plus

  • Process Oriented: Strong understanding of payroll processes and best practices. Excellent management and organizational skills.

  • Technical skills: General knowledge of payroll-related state, legal, tax, and compliance requirements

  • Communication: Strong verbal and written communication skills needed to interface and establish rapport with all levels of the organization including executive team members.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A proactive, high-energy attitude geared towards achieving continuous improvement.

  • Flexibility: Ability to operate in a fast-paced, rapidly evolving, and data-driven organization.

  • Entrepreneurial; someone who wants to help improve the global payroll process

  • Preferred location in US Eastern or US Central time zones


  • BS degree or equivalent preferred.

Travel Requirements: Not Applicable

The base salary range for this role is $60,847.00 - $76,059.00 /year. Exact compensation may vary based on skills, experience, and location.


What Rocket Software can offer you in USA:

Extensive paid time off programs (paid holidays, sick, and unlimited vacation time)

Healthcare coverage options to fit you (and your family’s) needs

Retirement savings, with matching contributions by Rocket Software

Life and disability coverage

Leadership and skills training opportunities

Two paid work days for off-site training

Rocket Software Inc. is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. Rocket Software Inc. is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.

Rocket is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with physical and mental disabilities. If you need special assistance or an accommodation while seeking employment, please call: 781-577-4321 or send an email to people@rocketsoftware.com. We will make a determination on your request for reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis.


If you like wild growth and working with happy, enthusiastic over-achievers, you'll enjoy your career with us!

Thousands of companies around the world depend on Rocket to solve their most challenging business problems by helping them run their critical infrastructure, business processes, and data, as well as extending the value of these assets to take advantage of cloud and mobile computing, advanced analytics, and other future innovations. From the clothes we wear to the cars we drive, Rocket solutions power the back-end systems that thousands of brands interact with every day. At Rocket, software has always been about people—not just ones and zeroes. We’re people solving problems for other people, and we strive to treat our customers, partners, and fellow Rocketeers with humanity. Founded in 1990, Rocket Software is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts with 31 offices around the world.