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Payroll & Benefits Manager - Downtown Vancouver

My client, a leading International Financial Services Firm is currently seeking a Manager, Payroll & Benefits who is well organized, flexible and able to work effectively under pressure for their Downtown Vancouver offices. Reporting directly to the Corporate Controller, CGWM & Financial Reporting, with a secondary reporting relationship to the Sr. Vice President, Human Resources & Administration, the Manager, Payroll & Benefits will oversee the Payroll & Benefits team. This role will pay $70,000 - $90,000 depending on experience plus excellent benefits. For immediate consideration, please call Abby Rubin (604) 836 - 2672 and email resume to


  • Monitor and/or develop & implement payroll procedures to meet internal and external audit requirements;
  • Manage the processes for the preparation, documentation and disbursement of all payroll cheques, taxes and employee benefit payments;
  • Monitor systems and methods, recommending and implementing necessary changes to improve efficiency of the payroll function;
  • Oversee monthly, quarterly and annual internal and external payroll reporting;
  • Assist in the preparation and review of T4's T4A's and Releve 1s for year end;
  • Comply with federal and provincial requirements by studying existing and new legislation; obtaining qualified opinions; enforcing adherence to requirements and advising management on needed actions;
  • Develop and provide payroll and accounting related training to staff;
  • Develop and monitor goals, objectives and performance measures for the payroll and benefits group;
  • Liaise with Sr. Management and departmental Managers to resolve payroll and benefits issues;
  • Monitor and ensure that benefit programs are properly administered;
  • Work closely with, and maintain relationships with benefit providers and advisors to resolve benefit issues, review annual contract renewals and ensure that benefits remain competitive;
  • Research, recommend, develop and implement new or revised employee benefit programs, including insured and non-insured benefits;
  • Work closely with departmental Business Analyst on all payroll system updates, upgrades and changes.

Skills & Qualifications

  • 5 - 7 years of payroll experience with previous supervisory experience;
  • A recognized accounting designation and PCP or CPM certification from the Canadian Payroll Association preferred;
  • Strong Payroll/HR systems knowledge and capability of leading process improvement initiatives;
  • System implementation experience an asset;
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office;
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills;
  • Exceptional capability of meeting deadlines and prioritizing workloads;