Payroll Manager


Recruiting in Motion

Payroll Manager Ottawa / Gatineau ON / QC

Ref: JOB1994

Our Client is a global company with a huge presence in the Ottawa area. Boasting an workforce of over 1200 staff in across North America in various entities, our client is an impressive publicly traded company that continues to add new companies to their portfolio. With an excellent HR team in Ottawa, our client can provide amazing mentorship and training to new employees through the tenured leadership.


The Role we currently have open is to support the Director of HR Operations and take accountability for the payroll function. The Payroll Manager will be responsible for leading a team of payroll specialists and HR administrator to help support the Director in efficient payroll processing and effective service delivery. You will oversee multiple payrolls across Canada and US and lead your team to meeting tight deadlines and solve complex problems. Working for a large company, the role of Payroll Manager will also include ensuing payroll meets compliance requirements and tax reporting deadlines. As the leader, you will be the “go to” person and SME in all areas of payroll and benefits. You will be critical at driving new initiatives and evolving the best practices fort he department. The Manager will also be the primary contact for HRIS vendors to help find solutions that resolve any discrepancies. As part of the management team, your role will also require you to lead, mentor, coach and develop your team. Working with a high potential group, your role will be to help them reach their goals and motivate them to work towards efficiencies and constant improvements.


The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate that you are ready to maintain to leap to a leadership role. You will be able to prove your ability to manage multiple payrolls, across various jurisdictions, while meeting tight deadlines. Your strong communication skills will help you collaborate with all stakeholders and work with staff and external vendors in a seamless manner. As the Payroll Manager, you will be able to demonstrate your ability to adapt to changing priorities, set and meet goals for yourself and your team while delivering sound judgement and diffuse conflict. We are looking for someone with a minimum of 7+ years in progressive payroll functions that span both Canadian and US payrolls. You will be used to working across provinces and states with different legislations applying to their payrolls. You will have worked for a company that has multiple payroll processes for different subsidiaries and entities. Any experience working with unions or interpreting CBA requirements for payroll would be a huge asset. Ultipro HRIS system would be considered and asset. We are looking for someone who prides themselves on meeting tight deadlines and bringing an exceptional attention to detail and respect for discretion to the role. A passion for leading, mentoring, coaching and developing staff is essential to the success of the Payroll Manager and the team. CPM designation would be considered a bonus.



What will make you stand out:

  • Understanding of HRIS systems or Ultipro (an asset)
  • Excellent time management & communication skills
  • Understanding of tight deadlines and compliance requirements
  • Strong listening and discretion
  • Thorough ownership and accountability for payroll
  • Leadership of a team and their development


If you are self-motivated and want to lead a fantastic team, while gaining mentorship yourself, we want to hear from you. If you are in the Nation’s Capital, savvy in  complex and international payrolls, and are looking to take the next step, contact us at [email protected]

This role will require you to be on site, but relocation within Canada will be considered. Must be legal to work in Canada and be committed to relocation. 

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