Senior Manager - GPO (Payroll)

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Morningstar is looking for a Global Process Owner - Payroll to join our global Finance team, which is focused on business partnership, innovation, automation, and process improvement. As the Global Process Owner - Payroll, you will be responsible for assisting with the development and execution of the vision, mission, governance, and functional strategy for Morningstar's global payroll processes. The role reports to Morningstar's Global Process Owner - Finance and will provide value to the business by supporting and executing key payroll process optimization and transformation programs. The role requires the use of analytical and process improvement skills to support the business in finding and capitalizing on opportunities to transform and help to drive the effective and efficient performance of the global payroll processes. This is a full-time position and can be based in a Morningstar office in the U.S., Canada or EMEA.
Responsibilities
  • Serve as the custodian and subject matter expert for the global payroll processes.
  • Lead the transformation of an existing decentralized local payroll model into a centralized global/regional payroll model.
  • Manage the execution of a strategy for the global payroll processes, associated governance, policies, procedures, internal controls, and technologies.
  • Deliver and maintain a payroll transformation roadmap supporting the payroll strategy and transformation activities.
  • Execute deployment and adoption of a global/regional payroll model, related systems and processes with local customization as needed, to aid in the quality, efficiency, and delivery of standardized processes.
  • Establish and monitor key service level agreements (SLAs) and metrics in partnership with payroll vendors, regional controllers, human resources, and payroll shared service teams.
  • Work closely with Internal Controls Manager to ensure adherence of payroll processes to internal controls that are appropriate for a U.S. publicly traded company.
  • Stay abreast of current payroll and leading practices occurring in the payroll industry to inform strategic direction and process enhancement.
  • Collaborate with and other key functions/stakeholders, upstream and downstream, on all transformation initiatives to align and leverage cross-process opportunities with a focus on enhancing effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Establish and lead a payroll operational steering committee including key partners to fine tune handoffs between human resources, payroll, and finance.
  • Demonstrate strong business acumen and excellent financial judgement in supporting the business by developing prioritization of payroll projects, transformation, and improvement opportunities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements
  • A bachelor`s degree and a payroll qualification preferred (e.g. Certified Payroll Accountant or equivalent)
  • Minimum of 10+ years progressive payroll experience operating within a multinational organization (North America, EMEA and APAC)
  • Experience with payroll operations leadership and/or payroll process and implementation is required.
  • Experience with setting up or implementing a global/regional payroll aggregator and managing a payroll shared service center/s will be an asset.
  • Strong functional knowledge of core end to end global payroll processes and procedures is required.
  • Expert knowledge of US payroll required coupled with Canada, APAC, EMEA and LATAM payroll knowledge is preferred.
  • Workday (HRIS) and ADP payroll product suite (or other well-known payroll platform) advanced knowledge will be an asset.
  • Ability to manage the complexities of a global payroll function and lead by influence, build, and foster relationships with payroll teams, human resources, payroll shared services, finance, and other key stakeholders.
  • Possess strong leadership, program, and change management skills to support payroll transformation including global/regional consolidation and standardization.
  • Motivated to stretch goals, forward thinking, challenge the status quo, and a desire to look for continuous improvement is preferred.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with ability to translate complex information in a succinct, clear manner to all levels of the organization is required.
  • Strong organization skills and attention to detail, with the ability to work under pressure and adhere to project deadlines
  • Ability to take initiative, work independently and have mature judgment.
  • Ability to be flexible with your work schedule as this position requires working with global teams in North America, EMEA and APAC time zones.
  • Experience with six sigma/lean/process excellence tools, training and/or certification will be an asset.
  • Ability to assess and articulate business requirements, analyze design options, coordinate testing and drive implementation.
  • Experience with integration of new/acquired companies into acquiror payroll processes will be an asset.
  • Strong skills and proficiency with Microsoft Office programs (Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word).

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Every day is a little different. Our team is focused on POC (Proof of Concepts). My work involves problem-solving, development and software design. I work on the Data collections team, currently most of this involves, on a high level, automating the process currently used to collect data from raw sources through Machine Learning.

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How does the company support your career growth?

We believe in promoting from within, based on previous impact to the team. Whenever possible, we will stretch our employees to take on expanded roles that aligns with the career progression they are interested in.

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What are Morningstar Perks + Benefits

Morningstar Benefits Overview

At Morningstar, your contributions have meaning and can drive change. Across our 27 offices worldwide, we’ve invested in fostering a community where talented, driven people can grow. Our entrepreneurial spirit and uncompromising ethics guide everything we do. It’s all in the name of empowering investors. Morningstar is proud to offer a comprehensive benefits package to eligible, full-time employees in the United States who work a minimum of 30 hours per week. Our benefits are designed to invest in your -- and your family's well-being, including investments in your health and financial future.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Morningstar encourages our colleagues to become involved in their communities, by providing paid time off for volunteer activities.
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Morningstar encourages unconscious bias training for all employees, especially managers and hiring personal. We believe that by raising awareness of bias we can decrease its effects.
Diversity manifesto
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Morningstar offers two Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)— one for healthcare expenses and one for dependent care expenses. You may enroll in both $ determine the contribution amount.
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Our dental plan covers 100% of preventive services, 80% of basic services, and 50% of major services.
Vision Benefits
With Morningstar's vision benefits you can get an annual eye exam with an in-network provider with just a $10 copay.
Health Insurance Benefits
Morningstar continues to offer the choice of two medical plans—the Savings Plan and the Classic Plan. Both are administered by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBS).
Life Insurance
Morningstar offers 4 tiers of life insurance that offer varying benefits. Basic Life insurance is equal to 1 times an employee's annual salary.
Wellness Programs
Mental Health Benefits
Our insurance covers 80% on in-network mental health services. Our Employee Assistance Program provides no-cost, confidential, 24-hour counseling on a wide variety of issues.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Take advantage of a number of Morningstar tools to help you manage your 401(k) account and your finances, including Morningstar Retirement Manager, available to you at no cost.
401(K) Matching
Morningstar provides employees with a 401(k) matching plan managed. We match $0.75 for every dollar contributed, up to a maximum of 7% of employee pay contributed to the plan each pay period.
Company Equity
Morningstar’s global employee equity benefit, Shared Ownership, enables you to take a portion of your bonus payout and exchange it for RSUs, with Morningstar providing an additional 50% match.
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Colleagues who exceed their performance goals substantially may be eligible for Impact RSU Awards as an additional reward on top of their cash bonus/commission award.
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
Morningstar's Matching GIfts program will match your charitable giving up to the local currency equivalent of $500 USD per calendar year.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Morningstar offers the option of in-home child and elder care, in addition to the existing day care center back-up care benefit.
Generous Parental Leave
Morningstar has a global minimum of 6 weeks paid time-off to bond with new family members. This benefit applies to all individuals equally, including birth mothers, fathers, adoptive parents.
Flexible Work Schedule
Morningstar provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes Summer hours, Work from home, Flexible start and end times.
Remote Work Program
The safety of our employees is very important to us. We have been operating remotely due to COVID-19.
Family Medical Leave
Eligible employees may take up to 12 weeks of job-protected, unpaid leave per year for certain specified reasons, and up to a total of 26 workweeks of leave to care for a family member.
Adoption Assistance
We reimburse up to 80% for eligible adoption expenses, up to $4,000 per adoption, in addition to a minimum of 6 weeks paid time off.
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Company sponsored family events
Morningstar sponsors family oriented events Annually.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Our employees receive 2 days per year of paid volunteer time.
Sabbatical
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Parking
Recreational Clubs
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing Education stipend
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications

Additional Perks + Benefits

Compensation at Morningstar is more than a salary. It’s about making positive contributions to both life and work. We give our diverse workforce the choice and flexibility they need to maintain their health, retirement plans, time, and professional growth.

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