Payroll Officer

Open Society Foundations
  • Location
    Berlin, Germany
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Mar 01

Position description

Payroll Officer. Berlin. Posting Date: 02/28/2019. Deadline: 03/23/2019

Job Profile

The Payroll Officer is a full time position based in Berlin, Germany who will work closely with the Accounting Team Manager on payroll matters such as payroll processing, payroll taxes, related schedule preparation, and preparing analysis for assigned entities. They will also assist the Accounting Team Manager with advising staff and other departments on policies and procedures involving payroll aspects. Work is performed independently/under general supervision.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. OSF may add, change, or remove essential and other duties.
  • Maintain and provide data for monthly payroll processing to external service providers;
  • Develop and maintain processes for collecting and maintaining payroll related data and data flows;
  • Participate in preparation of tax filing;
  • Review and reconcile monthly payroll;
  • Assist in reconciliation of employer's payroll related tax account(s);
  • Assist in administration of employee movements (hires, retirement, maternity etc)
  • Assist in preparation on payroll statistics as assigned;
  • Advice on payroll and related taxation issues;
  • Liaise in policy development, represent Finance Department as assigned;
  • Prepare monthly, quarterly and yearly analysis schedules for payroll data as assigned;
  • Prepare ad-hoc payroll reports and analysis schedules as assigned.


Candidate Profile

The Payroll Officer should have at least five years of experience working in a payroll department of a company or in public accounting with increasing responsibilities over those years and a firm understanding of German payroll and related taxation regulations. The ideal candidate must have a high-level of self-motivation, ability to set and meet goals, while working comfortably in a dynamic environment where tasks may change due to changing demands and initiatives. They must be willing to work overtime during month end and year end close periods.

Skills and Abilities: The following list is not inclusive, but highlights a number of the most critical skills and abilities for performing the role.
  • Manage work efficiently in a fast-paced environment, research financial data, troubleshoot and follow through on projects to completion, possess strong attention to detail, while meeting strict deadlines;
  • Exercise good listening , written, verbal, organizational, analytical and interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent computer skills, proficient in Microsoft Office and experience with internet research and database management;
  • Must be able to exercise critical thinking skills including good judgment and be a solutions-oriented individual.
  • Show discretion and ability to handle confidential issues;
  • Provide excellent customer service with a pleasant disposition and diplomatic manner when interacting with colleagues and the general public.
  • Strong understanding of cultural differences and the proven ability to build and maintain relationships with a wide range of people from diverse backgrounds within a complex organization.


Qualifications: Experience/Education
  • Knowledge and understanding of German rules and regulations on payroll and related taxation;
  • Minimum 5 years experience in payroll field;
  • Knowledge of payroll software;
  • Fluency in English and German language;
  • High degree of comfort with a variety of IT systems;


Applications will be screened on a rolling basis

Competitive rates of pay apply.

We are strengthened by the diversity of our colleagues across the Open Society Foundations. We welcome applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences, and are committed to providing reasonable adjustments so that colleagues with disabilities are able to fulfill the essential functions of the job.
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