Senior Manager, International Payroll

Okta, Inc.

Location: Greater London

Job Type: Full time


Get to know Okta

Okta is The World’s Identity Company. We free everyone to safely use any technology—anywhere, on any device or app. Our Workforce and Customer Identity Clouds enable secure yet flexible access, authentication, and automation that transforms how people move through the digital world, putting Identity at the heart of business security and growth.

At Okta, we celebrate a variety of perspectives and experiences. We are not looking for someone who checks every single box - we’re looking for lifelong learners and people who can make us better with their unique experiences.

Join our team! We’re building a world where Identity belongs to you.

Okta is seeking a top tier candidate to develop and execute the overall strategic vision for its global payroll department. The ideal candidate will lead the day-to-day EMEA and APAC payroll operations which include supporting international expansion efforts. This leader will be a key partner in developing and implementing strategies to scale the EMEA/APAC payroll operations and systems efficiently while maintaining quality, accuracy, internal controls and compliance.

What you’ll be doing

  • Develop and drive the strategic vision for global payroll function, including scale and optimize global payroll administration, processes and systems to support high growth company;
  • Oversee teams of EMEA/APAC payroll administration; develop and manage team members to become the best in class talent
  • Drive and manage projects such as Payroll vendor consolation and M&A payroll integration, planning and implementing new country payroll platforms, time tracking system changes and migration.
  • Foster outstanding cross functional relationships; working closely with People Operations, Benefits, Legal, Global Mobility and international service teams to ensure high integrity of data, system and initiatives step up for successful payroll process and administration
  • Manage EMEA/APAC payroll operations in over 13+ countries. including ensuring accurate, timely and efficient payroll processing, compliance with Foreign securities regulations and tax requirements.
  • Oversight in payroll related input into month and quarter-end close activities; including understanding of payroll GL reporting, journal entries and reconciliations.
  • Improve payroll policies, practices and procedures to ensure compliance, efficiency, and standardization across legal entities; including design and implementation of SOX controls
  • Ensure all payroll related tax filings and reports are completed timely and accurately in compliance local regulations, country specific laws and regulations while substantiated by sufficient underlying documentation and support; including the creating of new accounts with variance country agencies as required.
  • Own and manage relationships with external global payroll service providers and hold them accountable to performance standards; maintain up-to-date purchase orders and track to overall payroll budget
  • Manage payroll audit enquires requests from both internal and external audit parties. Work with tax agencies and payroll service providers to resolve external tax issues and audits

What you’ll bring to therole

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Finance / Accounting, or related discipline
  • 10+ years of payroll administration experience across EMEA and or APAC regions and international operations.
  • Excels in hyper-growth environments; versatile, capable of managing multiple projects and able to manage project plans, dependencies, critical path activities and milestones
  • Experience transforming a payroll function to maximize automation, scalability and cost effectiveness
  • Highly proficient in interpreting international payroll rules and regulations
  • Extensive knowledge of stock and enquiry compensation reporting
  • Concise and effective communicator, verbal and written, with teammates and various levels of leadership as well as external parties
  • A strong experience of SAAS payroll solutions preferred. Advanced level experience of Workday required.
  • Highly analytical with working knowledge of general payroll protocols and accounting principles
  • Experience implementing payroll in new countries and for acquired companies
  • Proficient in Microsoft offices (Excel, Word)
Okta’s Top 5 Core Leadership Competencies are part of the deeply ingrained principles that guide all of our company’s actions. They also align strongly to our cultural cornerstones, our Okta values: love our customers, empower our people, never stop innovating, act with integrity, and maintain transparency. It’s our expectation that our managers and leaders embody these core competencies:
  • Builds Effective Teams: Building strong-identity teams that apply their diverse skills and perspectives to achieve common goals.
  • Demonstrates Self-Awareness (EQ): Using a combination of feedback and reflection to gain productive insight into personal strengths and weaknesses.
  • Develops Talent: Developing people to meet both their career goals and the organization’s goals.
  • Drives Results: Consistently achieving results, even under tough circumstances.
  • Strategic Mindset: Seeing ahead to future possibilities and translating them into breakthrough strategies.

What you can look forward to as an Okta employee!

Okta cultivates a dynamic work environment, providing the best tools, technology and benefits to empower our employees to work productively in a setting that best and uniquely suits their needs. Each organization is unique in the degree of flexibility and mobility in which they work so that all employees are enabled to be their most creative and successful versions of themselves, regardless of where they live. Find your place at Okta today!

Okta is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, marital status, age, physical or mental disability, or status as a protected veteran. We also consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and convictions records, consistent with applicable laws. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, please use this Form to request an accommodation.

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