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Senior Payroll Manager - Foster City, CA

Job type:
North America
Foster City, CA, United States
General and Administrative

Guidewire is seeking a Sr. Payroll Manager to ensure accurate, timely payments are delivered to approximately 1,600 US and Canada employees, co-ordinate with international locations and ensure compliance with global mobility policy and procedures related to domestic and international employees.  The Sr. Payroll Manager must be able to collaborate in a cross functional team environment and effectively communicate with all levels of the organization as well as external vendors and auditors.  This is a great opportunity for someone with a high level of detail and strong organization skills, looking to manage a team of 4 employees in Foster City/San Mateo. 


  • Perform payroll analysis as required. Oversee and participate in pre & post payroll auditing/reconciliations for semi-monthly payroll utilizing ADP Workforce Now for 1,500 US employees; 100 Canadian employees
  • Manage payroll processes unique to internationally/domestically sourced mobile employees including review all income, regular wages, bonuses, commissions, equity transactions, etc., for tax and sourced income for mobile employees to ensure appropriate tax jurisdictions are applied
  • Manage monthly international payroll utilizing 3rd party vendors and ensure payroll providers are delivering on service agreements
  • Lead, recommend and participate in projects to continually review and improve current processes (ie system upgrades/implementations and streamline processes)
  • Ensure payroll process are compliant with established SOX controls
  • Create and maintain strong relationships with cross functional teams including Accounting, HR, HRIS, Benefits, Tax, Stock, and Global Mobility departments
  • Stay abreast to global and local payroll regulations, standards, and taxes
  • Work well with internal teams to provide support for 401K audits, workers compensation audits, and annual audits
  • Responsible for payroll records retention and file maintenance
  • Mentor and coach the US payroll team to create a cohesive US based team with international business partners
  • Provide employees and stakeholders with excellent customer service while adhering to company policies



  • 10+ years of payroll experience in a multi-state and international environment
  • Strong knowledge of payroll processes and managing tax implications for mobile workforce with a good understanding of international, federal, state, & local tax regulations
  • Proficient in MS Office with strong excel skills (pivots, V-lookups and other functions within Excel)
  • Experience with ADP Workforce Now and Workday preferred
  • Experience with internal SOX documentation and compliance, including the understanding of internal controls, financial reporting requirements, and testing processes and procedures
  • Attention to detail with strong work ethic and disciplined approach
  • Effective interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
  • Exceptional customer service skills
  • Must have demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality



  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, or related field
  • Certified Payroll Profession (CPP) preferred

Why Guidewire?

Guidewire exists to deliver the industry platform that P&C insurers rely upon to adapt and succeed in a time of accelerating change—and to ensure that every customer succeeds in the journey. We provide the software, services, and partner ecosystem to enable our customers to run, differentiate, and grow their business.

Guidewire InsurancePlatform is the P&C industry platform that unifies software, services, and partner ecosystem to power our customers’ business. InsurancePlatform provides the standard upon which insurers can engage their customers, optimize their operations, drive smart decisions, and innovate quickly. We are privileged to serve more than 350 P&C insurers in 32 countries. We invest heavily in R&D to build a technology platform that combines three elements—core processing, data and analytics, and digital engagement—to enhance insurers’ ability to engage and empower their customers and employees.

Please note that we do not accept resumes or honor referrals from headhunters, placement agencies, or other external parties seeking recruiting fees if they do not have a signed formal agreement with Guidewire.