A typical payroll supervisor is responsible for reviewing payroll, as well as ensuring compliance with all applicable local, state, and federal government regulations. Payroll supervisors work extensively with finances in a detail-oriented and deadline-based environment. This field requires individuals stay current with changes in government requirements so that the employer remains in compliance. Payroll supervisors may hire and supervise payroll clerks who work under them; this may include training, directing work, proving performance reviews, and meting out rewards and disciplinary action. They may also work closely with human resources personnel, business owners, and employees.
Depending on the size of the business, payroll supervisors may take on roles that are typically assigned to human resources, such as recruitment, orientation, and benefits administration. In addition, payroll supervisors may be relied upon to provide reports to help direct the business. They may assist with payroll budgeting and managing the relationships with clients. They may also assist auditors if the need arises. Payroll supervisors recommend and implement changes proactively regarding payroll and tax procedures.
Payroll supervisors are usually required to have a bachelor’s degree in finance, human resource management, accounting, or a similar field. Strong PC skills are necessary, especially with spreadsheet, human resources, and time management software. Certification as a certified payroll professional (CPP) or fundamental payroll certification (FPC) may be preferred. Employers may require a range of experience in payroll and supervising; however, they may be willing to forgo that for a candidate who exhibits strength in attention to detail, time management skills, and excellent communication skills.
Payroll Supervisor Tasks
- Screen, hire, orient and train new employees.
- Assign duties and evaluate performance of subordinates.
- Approve time records and requests for time off.
- Write descriptions for job openings.