Senior Manager, Global Payroll Operations

Switzerland, Basel
United States, Morristown (New Jersey)

Senior Manager, Global Payroll Operations

What makes YOU different?

Lonza Specialty Ingredients (LSI) combines technological innovation with world class manufacturing and process excellence.  Together, these enable our customers to deliver their discoveries in key areas:

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Lonza Specialty Ingredients (LSI) is looking for a Senior Manager, Global Payroll Operations who will oversee payroll and compliance for approximately 3,000 colleagues in Lonza Specialty Ingredients (LSI) across 30 countries, with key focus in Switzerland, the United States, the United Kingdom, Czechia, China and Brazil.  The role will be responsible for vendor management and implementation of new payroll and time management systems, and will lead and develop a team of 3-5 Payroll Advisors to ensure timely, accurate and compliant payroll services.    

Key Responsibilities:

  • Ensure compliance with all corporate and country-specific regulations, policies and procedures

  • Manage the payroll and time management system implementation, including upgrades and enhancements.  Develop tools and processes to aid in the quality and delivery of payroll

  • Develop standard, consistent processes across the globe while allowing for local flexibility when appropriate

  • Enable visibility to global payroll trends and costs and offers meaningful insights to guide strategic decisions

  • Manage vendor performance, including SLAs, risk and compliance

  • Coach, mentor and provide performance and career development to team members

  • Serve as a subject matter expert and point of contact for escalations and various ad hoc requests

  • Strong understanding of global payroll and time management, experience in implementing payroll in multiple countries and in managing relationships with third party payroll services

  • Strong ethics and the ability to maintain confidential information

  • Ability to develop a professional payroll function which is scalable & flexible to meet the company needs

  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills.  Understands the business implications of decisions 

  • Plans, prioritizes and organizes work to meet specific deadlines

  • Proven experience to lead, engage and motivate a team in multiple locations

  • Proven ability to meet tight deadlines while managing multiple projects/initiatives

  • Experience performing ad hoc analysis using advanced Excel including V-look ups, pivot tables, macros, and other complex functions

Key Requirements:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Finance, Accounting, Business Administration or related field, mandatory

  • CPP or Global Payroll Management Certification from APA, preferred

  • 8+ years Global Payroll Management experience

  • Highly experienced with global payroll and time management implementations

A major part of the heritage of LSI is being able to deliver unique solutions to its customers. Being the driving force behind this approach – listening, asking, understanding to match the right elements in a new way has been an inherent part of our day-to-day business. Always with the goal to enable a competitive advantage for each customer with a specific product, package or solution.

Lonza is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a qualified individual with disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Reference: R28501