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Payroll Accounting Technician

| Chicago

Job Description

Guaranteed Rate is the 7th largest retail mortgage lender in the U.S. By offering industry-leading tools, low-rate mortgages and unparalleled customer service, we’ve become the Home Purchase Experts®. At Guaranteed Rate, we think big—pushing beyond what most people believe is possible. We strive to work with the best of the best, building business with the best referral partners and hiring the best employees—allowing us to deliver world-class customer service. Our goal is to make sure every customer has a great experience. Headquartered in Chicago with 5,000+ employees in 300+ offices across the U.S. and licensed in all 50 states, we’ve helped thousands of homeowners with more than $24 billion in home purchase loans and refinances in just the past year alone.
 

POSITION SUMMARY:

Reporting to the Manager of Payroll Operations, the Payroll Accounting Technician facilitates all accounting functions associated with the semi-monthly payroll process. This role is a subject matter expert who works closely with stakeholders throughout the Guaranteed Rate finance & accounting team including payroll, accounting, commissions, and compensation.

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:

  • 4 year college degree preferred
  • 1-3+ years solid experience with payroll processing and knowledge of payroll accounting processes
  • Experience using ADP Workforce Now or Ceridian Dayforce software preferred, though not required
  • Familiar with federal, state, and local tax and wage laws
  • Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
  • Strong computer skills, specifically in Excel; proficient in data entry and time management
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and willingness to partner with stakeholder groups throughout a complex sales organization

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND PAYROLL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Manages all tax correspondence from federal, state, and local agencies and works with the payroll tax provider to resolve issues and process any amendments.
  • Quarterly and annual balancing of payroll tax filings to ensure accuracy by payroll tax provider.
  • Conducts periodic tax audits to ensure accuracy of employee local and lived in/worked in states.
  • Educates payroll team on payroll tax compliance and regulatory updates.
  • Responsible for all payroll accounting accruals including salary, vacation, bonus, and employer healthcare.
  • Manages payroll general ledger system including payroll mapping and chart of accounts.
  • Responsible for preparing and balancing semimonthly payroll journal entry.
  • Responsible for preparing monthly 401K match calculation & journal entry.
  • Manages import and export files to/from 401K vendor ensuring accurate and timely processing.
  • Knowledge of employee compensation plans and audits results of periodic (semi-monthly, monthly, and quarterly) bonus worksheets against compensation plan support.
  • Prepares and distributes earning and deduction import files to payroll team received from outside stakeholders including bonuses and commissions.
  • Partners with commission team to continuously improve the processing of commissions through payroll.
  • Prepares and distributes reports (P&L, MPB, post payroll deductions, negative commission recovery, etc) for finance & accounting as needed.
  • Assists in semimonthly payroll auditing.
  • Ability to understand the interaction between the payroll and accounting functions.

 

KEY COMPETENCIES:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Organized and able to prioritize
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy
  • Knowledge of Microsoft office products; advanced Excel skills
  • Able to maintain confidential posture and exercise sound judgment
  • Ability to work successfully within a team environment, yet also able to work independently with limited supervision
  • Excellent problem-solving skills


Guaranteed Rate is an Equal Opportunity Employer that welcomes and encourages all applicants to apply regardless of age, race, sex, religion, color, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital or parental status, ancestry, citizenship status, pregnancy or other reason protected by law.

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Location

3940 N. Ravenswood , Chicago, IL 60613

What are Guaranteed Rate Perks + Benefits

Guaranteed Rate Benefits Overview

• Our location rocks – right off the brown line at Irving Park. Our home base is a hip office with exposed brick and duct work, windows we can actually open during the summer, and an open floor plan. Rather than a cubicle life, we work in an open and collaborative environment.
• An in-house café offers breakfast, lunch and a late afternoon healthy snack. We subsidize all meals so you’ll never pay full price.
• Access to the office gym for only $20 a year. Yes, a whole year! There is also yoga, cross fit, and boxing offered for a very small fee. We want our folks happy, healthy, and feeling good.
• A FREE on-site nurse. Psshh who needs a doctor’s appointment when our nurse can do it all?
• A 5,000 square foot rooftop deck that’s available to everyone all day and all evening with WiFi, two bars, music, grills, fun umbrellas, a ping pong table, corn hole, and fire pits. All of this is offered when Chicago gives us those non-snow covered days.
• Holiday parties? We got’em!! Not just major holidays, any holiday. We also have monthly celebrations on our Rooftop.
• Inter-office contests like the Great Mac-Off, Chili Cook-Off and Limbo. We always keep you guessing, participating, and wanting more.
• 401k with percentage matching, Blue Cross health care coverage (yup, dental and vision too), short-term disability, life insurance, and even legal assistance (for a small monthly fee)…and did we mention the awesome rooftop deck?

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Someone's primary function is managing the company's diversity and inclusion initiatives
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Team workouts
Acme Co.'s team fitness initiatives include In-office yoga, In-office fitness classes.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Commuter Benefits
Happy Hours
Professional Development Benefits
Mentorship program
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