The payroll administrator should be the most popular, and spoiled, member of any company. They are responsible for ensuring that payroll runs smoothly every single week and that everyone gets paid accurately. You should probably find out what your payroll administrator's favorite treat is and bring it to them regularly!
The job of payroll administrator involves paying employees as per the negotiated terms of their contracts in compliance with federal, provincial, and territorial regulations and legislation. In addition to issuing paychecks, payroll administrators are also responsible for the accurate maintenance of payroll databases, fulfilling government remittance requirements, as well as preparing T4 and year end reporting documentation. They must also regularly review all payroll documentation to ensure that payments are accurate. In some organizations, payroll administrators may also be responsible for administering benefit plans and pension plans. Smaller companies may have one payroll administrator while larger organizations often employ a whole team of payroll administrators.
Payroll administrators need to have great attention to detail and be able to accurately administer complicated payroll runs in a timely manner. They need to be able to maintain a high level of confidentiality and be tactful when dealing with sensitive employee issues. A successful payroll administrator must also have
- a strong aptitude for math and database management;
- the ability to effectively multi task and problem solve within strict deadlines; and
- have excellent verbal and written communication skills.