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International Payroll Specialist (Remote, Americas)


Location: Remote - Global

Job Type: Full time


Company Description

About Shopify

Opportunity is not evenly distributed. Shopify puts independence within reach for anyone with a dream to start a business. Since 2006, we’ve grown to over 10,000 employees and generated over $500 billion in sales for millions of merchants in 175 countries. Every 28 seconds, an entrepreneur on Shopify makes their first sale.

This is life-defining work that directly impacts people’s lives as much as it transforms your own. This is putting the power of the few in the hands of the many, is a future with more voices rather than fewer, and is creating more choices instead of an elite option.

About you

Moving at our pace brings a lot of change, complexity, and ambiguity—and a little bit of chaos. Shopifolk thrive on that and are comfortable being uncomfortable. That means Shopify is not the right place for everyone.

Before you apply, consider if you can:

  • Care deeply about what you do and about making commerce better for everyone
  • Excel by seeking professional and personal hypergrowth
  • Keep up with an unrelenting pace (the week, not the quarter)
  • Be resilient and resourceful in face of ambiguity and thrive on (rather than endure) change
  • Bring critical thought and opinion — and embrace differences and disagreement to get shit done and move forward
  • Work digital-first for your daily work

Job Description

We are looking to add an International Payroll Specialist who is currently located in North America to our finance team. As Shopify continues to expand globally and the volume of our transactions increases, we need an experienced International Payroll Specialist to help support our ever-growing payroll needs.

There are a few things you will need that will help you hit the ground running in this role.

You will be working on things like:

  • Processing international payroll on a bi-monthly and/or monthly basis

  • Maintaining Shopify’s payroll system by updating and maintaining payroll records

  • Responding to staff, HR, and managers on payroll-related questions

  • Processing pay increases and calculating back pays

  • Helping with payroll reconciliations and posting payroll to related GL accounts

  • Assisting with other accounting activities on the team when required

  • Supporting International payroll projects, such as rolling out Shopify’s global employment organization, payroll system integrations, and efficiency initiatives as we work to scale our payroll function.


  • Minimum of 3 years experience in payroll processing

  • Strong knowledge of International payroll legislation and processes (China, India, Australia, UK, Poland, and other countries within the APAC & EMEA regions )

  • Proven experience using Excel at an advanced level (you love Excel!)

  • A willingness to get your hands dirty and help out where needed

  • The ability to multitask, work under pressure, meet deadlines, and to thrive in a fast-paced work environment

  • Sensitivity to deadlines

  • A passion for problem solving, and be extremely detail oriented

  • Willingness to learn and adapt to change

Bonus Experience:

  • Experience using Workday, NetSuite, or other cloud-based system

  • Knowledge of international payroll legislation

  • Experience working with international payroll platforms, we currently work with Activ8 and Papaya Global

  • Experience in SOX working environment

Additional Information

At Shopify, we understand that experience comes in many forms. We’re dedicated to adding new perspectives to the team - so if your experience is this close to what we’re looking for, please consider applying.

Closing date: January 28, 2023 at 11:59pm EST.

You can expect to hear back from us (regardless of outcome) within 3 weeks from when you applied.