• Payroll Specialist

    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(9/25/2019 2:59 PM)
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    Come work for the largest equipment dealer in the Midwest! Are you a hardworking individual that thrives in a fast-paced environment and looking to take your career to the next level? If so, then come join our award winning team!


    We provide our employees with the following tools and resources to be successful:

    • Training
    • Outstanding benefits package (BCBS PPO, Delta Dental and EyeMed Vision, plus much more!)
    • 401(k) with match
    • Competitive wages
    • Company laptop
    • Company cell phone
    • Paid time off
    • 10 paid holidays
    • Work schedule: M-F, day shift


    Alta Equipment Company is seeking a full-time Payroll Specialist at our Livonia, MI corporate headquarters. The Payroll Specialist is directly responsible for accurately proessing payroll utilizing Ultipro for Alta Equipment Company, performing routine audit work, and other duties as assigned. The additional responsibilities of the position consist of, but are not limited to:


    • Audits all personnel workflow process requests and new employee onboarding documents submitted (on at least a weekly basis); identifies, corrects and properly documents errors.
    • Processes all incoming payroll items accurately and in a timely manner, to include reimbursements, bonuses and commissions, retro-active payments, benefit adjustments and any other payroll processing prior to payroll submission to vendor.
    • Manage benefit deductions; file feeds and all payroll to benefit reports and files.
    • Accurately processes all incoming payroll garnishments in a timely manner; ensures accurate calculation of garnishment deduction, seeks guidance on complex garnishment matters, ensures that all legal requirements are met and by established deadlines.
    • Manages the unemployment claims process.
    • Reviews payroll master file to ensure accuracy and consistency.
    • Conducts routine payroll audits to ensure accuracy of goals in payroll system, PTO accrual accuracy and other audits as necessary.
    • Communicates with payroll vendor by submitting service requests (SR) when processing or other issues affecting payroll are identified, follows up with payroll vendor on outstanding SR's to ensure a timely resolution; advances issues with vendor to manager for assistance.
    • Supports additional payroll functions to include pulling and forwarding reports, updating files for benefits and union needs; properly processing voided checks; supports document filing, shredding and confidential disposition of documents as needed.
    • Responds to all payroll questions from staff, providers and managers in a timely and customer service-oriented manner; researches issues, provides regular updates on issue resolution until completion; ensures that all questions and resolution are documented.
    • Ensures that all requests for payroll reporting are provided promptly, accurately, and in the format requested.
    • Maintains current knowledge of applicable state and federal wage and hour laws.
    • Serves as a back-up for benefits questions and related items.
    • Maintains and protects confidential data with utmost scrutiny, judgment, and care.
    • Incorporate Alta's Guiding Principles into daily activities
    • Performs other duties as assigned
    • Consistent, regular, and reliable attendance including being ready for work at the designated start time


    • Bachelor's degree preferred, Associates degree required.
    • Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) is preferred.
    • Must have a minimum of 3+ years of work experience directly supporting the payroll function.


    Abilities and Skills:

    • Knowledge of payroll related laws and policies along with legal requirements and reporting regulations affecting payroll functions.
    • Proficiency in multi-tasking and meeting sensitive deadlines in a fast-paced environment with a personal commitment to producing the highest quality work and providing extraordinary customer service;
    • Demonstrated ability to effectively follow through on assigned projects.
    • Proficient in operating a standard desktop and Windows-based computer system, including but not limited to, Microsoft Word and Excel, intranet and computer navigation.  Ability to use other software as required while performing the essential functions of the job.
    • Excellent communication skills in both written and verbal forms, including proper phone etiquette.  Ability to speak before groups of people for training purposes.
    • Ability to work collaboratively in a team-oriented environment; courteous, professional and friendly demeanor.
    • Ability to work effectively with various levels of organizational members and external contacts.
    • Good organizational and time management skills to effectively juggle multiple priorities and time constraints in a fast-paced environment.
    • Ability to exercise sound judgment and problem-solving skills.
    • Strong ability to maintain confidentiality.
    • Computer Skills - UltiPro, Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint. 
    • Language Skills - Intermediate: Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of the organization.
    • Mathematical Skills - Intermediate: Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.
    • Reasoning Ability - High: Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
    Physical Demands/Work Environment:
    • Physical/Sensory Functions: Regularly will use sit, use hands, talk/hear; Frequently will reach with hands; Occasionally will stand, walk,climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, taste/smell.
    • Vision: No special vision requirements.
    • Lift and/or Move Functions: Regularly will lift up to 10 pounds; Frequently will lift up to 25 pounds; Occasionally will lift up to 50 pounds.
    • Work Environment: Occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles.

    About Alta:

    Culture is Job #1. Alta Equipment Company prides itself in the 3 P’s of business: People, Process and Product. By investing in the best people and creating a “one team” approach, Alta Equipment Company earns customers for life.


    If you have a passion for excellence and are ready to make a difference within our organization, we’re ready for you. Whether it’s selling the world’s-best big iron, rolling up your sleeves and servicing our industry-leading construction and material handling product brands or being a difference maker behind the scenes, we can use your skillset.


    At Alta Equipment Company, we believe in mutual respect and are committed to diversity while inspiring our employees to reach their maximum potential. Voted a “Top Work Place” by the Detroit Free Press, our 900 employees in Michigan, Illinois and Northern Indiana are committed to excellence. It’s the Alta way.


    So, let’s start the conversation. Click the link to apply and begin the journey of a lifetime.



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    What We Look For:

    At Alta Equipment Company, we are looking for candidates who are a cultural fit with our organization and understand that every task and job goes toward fostering customers for life. Along with that, a great attitude that embraces mutual respect and delivering a consistent high energy level that exudes a passion for excellence. Also, we are searching for a skill set that has a high aptitude for the position with a continual focus on investing in one’s profession through additional training and learning.

    Other Opportunities at Alta

    Please visit our careers page at www.altaequipment.jobs to view other openings that may be of interest to you!

    We are an equal opportunity employer. Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to gender, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color, gender identity, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other protected class.


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