Corporate Payroll Manager
Cedar Fair - Sandusky, OH

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Cedar Fair Entertainment Company a $1B operator of regional amusement parks has an opening for Corporate Payroll Manager. This position will report to the Assistant Corporate Controller with a dotted line reporting relationship to the Corporate Director of Human Resources.

Job Summary:

This position manages payroll functions for business units associated with the Company. The Corporate Payroll Manager is responsible for handling various US and Canadian payroll functions related to updating payroll software, payroll GL entries, payroll policies and procedures, year-end processing, bonus processing, fraudulent check issues, Canada’s Records of Employment and other various projects. Assists finance with monthly closings and account analysis. Coordinates data submission and communicates best practices to the payroll staff members at the various business units.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance or a related field plus a minimum of seven (7) years experience processing payroll, payroll taxes and benefits for a large company.
  • CPP and/or CPA designation required.
  • Proficient in Microsoft office suite. Experience with JD Edwards, Accero and/or SAP reporting software a plus
  • Experience processing US multi-state and Canadian payrolls for companies of 15,000 or more employees.
  • Minimum of two (2) years experience managing a staff of employees who handle various payroll functions including timekeeping, collective bargaining agreement payments, wage assignments, tax remittances, state non-resident taxes, moving expenses and tip reporting.
  • Knowledge of US federal, state and local withholding; unemployment taxes, and filings.
  • Proven leadership skills and experience managing continuous process improvement with the ability to think outside the box and challenge the status quo.
  • Knowledge of general accounting principles and experience recording payroll data in the general ledger.
  • Ability to multi-task and meet competing deadlines and handle employee data with complete confidentiality.
  • Ability to pass a mandatory (or random) drug test, per Company policy, unless prohibited by state or provincial law.
  • Ability to pass a background check, which may include, but is not limited to credit, criminal, Department of Motor Vehicles(DMV), previous employment, education, and personal references, per Company policy, unless prohibited by federal, state, or provincial law

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Partners with accounting, human resources and IT to administer payroll and benefits consistent with federal, state and provincial wage and hour laws, tax laws and Company policy. Serves as the primary contact for managers and directors across the Company with regards to payroll issues and/or inquiries. Leads the transition of business units onto the corporate payroll system and handles special projects as assigned.
  • Manages moderate to complex payroll functions that include audit preparation, payroll tax filings, account reconciliation to the general ledger and payroll interface to the general ledger, the human resources system and the time and attendance system. Performs various corporate payroll functions related to accounting for stock based compensation, management bonuses, personal use auto, moving expenses and other fringe benefits.
  • Prioritizes department workflow to ensure accurate and timely processing of payroll, garnishments, benefits and taxes consistent with federal, state and local wage and hour laws. Determines if test payrolls are correct and approves final payroll run.
  • Promotes the ongoing development of the payroll staff at various business units to ensure appropriate confidence and technical competencies in the delivery of payroll services to both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Develops and administers payroll processes, systems and policies designed to eliminate and/or minimize legal exposure within the standards of the Department of Labor and Internal Revenue Service. Reviews, researches and implements new processes or procedures for new laws and taxes as required by US and Canadian law.
  • Responsible for the timely and accurate review, balancing and processing year-end employee records in order to produce annual W-2s and T-4 statements. Reviews and verifies all Canadian payroll required filings. Processes Records of Employment (ROE’s) for terminated Canadian employees.
  • Manages regular preparation of management reports to include workers compensation reports, runs and occasionally writes payroll audit reports; takes corrective action and modifies processes, policies, and procedures as appropriate.
  • Maintains active affiliation within appropriate payroll networks and organizations that support the strength and continued sustainability in the areas of compliance with payroll and employment tax regulations.
  • Hires, trains, and manages performance and development of payroll staff. Recommends and participates in employee wage increases, promotions, demotions or disciplinary actions. Creates annual department budget and reviews to ensure actual expenses stay within budget.
  • Enforces and adheres to all Cedar Fair policies and procedures, including safety, attendance and EEO policies, and demonstrates commitment to customer service in all aspects of employment

An Equal Opportunity Employer

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