Associate Director, Payroll Accounting, Tax, Reporting, Compliance, Audit, & Projects Shared Service

Raleigh, NC, United States
Feb 17, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Associate Director, Payroll Accounting, Tax, Reporting, Compliance, Audit, & Projects Shared Services
United States - North Carolina - Raleigh

Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a research-based bio-pharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative medicines in areas of unmet medical need. With each new discovery and investigational drug candidate, we seek to improve the care of patients living with life-threatening diseases around the world. Gilead's therapeutic areas of focus include HIV/AIDS, liver diseases, cancer and inflammation, and serious respiratory and cardiovascular conditions.

Making an impact on a global scale
Inclusion is one of the company's five core values. That's because we know that we are stronger and more innovative at Gilead when we are informed by a diverse set of backgrounds, experiences and points of view. Gilead Sciences is a biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative therapeutics in areas of unmet medical need. The company's mission is to advance the care of patients suffering from life-threatening diseases worldwide.

When you join Gilead, you join our mission to change the world by enabling people to live healthier and more fulfilling lives. Come join a mission-driven bio-pharmaceutical organization that values inclusion and diversity, has a strong portfolio of products, and is constantly #CreatingPossible

Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company that has pursued and achieved breakthroughs in medicine for more than three decades, with the goal of creating a healthier world for all people. The company is committed to pursuing scientific invention to prevent and treat life-threatening diseases, including HIV, viral hepatitis and cancer. Gilead has operations in more than 35 countries worldwide, with headquarters in Foster City, California.

You will be part of a team that is helping millions of people live healthier, more fulfilling lives. We are a close community where every individual matters and everyone has a chance to enhance their skills through ongoing development. Inclusion is one of our core values, which means we are creating and fostering a work environment where our differences are valued, and everyone feels respected and empowered to bring their authentic selves to work. By joining Gilead, you will further our mission to discover, develop and deliver innovative therapeutics for people with life-threatening diseases.

The Gilead Business Services center in Raleigh's Research Triangle region will be home to some of the company's critical shared service teams in North America, including Information Technology, Global Financial Solutions, HR Operations and Procurement Services Desk. These functions provide the necessary support to ensure Gilead's business runs effectively and efficiently. The center will also be a catalyst for standardization of processes, digital transformation and technology optimization.

The Associate Director, Payroll Accounting, Tax, Reporting, Compliance, Audit, & Projects reports to the Director of Payroll. The Associate Director is responsible for leading and developing the team that delivers on the execution of payroll accounting, payroll tax, month end close, compliance, project delivery, and system administration for payrolls processed in the United States. The position requires the individual to have the ability to effectively multi-task, prioritize work, demonstrate accountability, and effectively collaborate with both internal and external business partners to perform towards best practice payroll solutions. The Associate Director is accountable for managing all activities aligned to best practice through increased use of technology enablers to create capacity, increase efficiency, quality, and ensure systems and internal controls adequately support U.S. payroll, employment taxes, all applicable labor laws, regulations, and company policies. A high degree of professionalism and discretion is mandatory in handling sensitive and confidential information. Key responsibilities include:

Operations/Technology/Continuous Improvement:
  • Responsible for ensuring all regular and off cycle payrolls are reconciled.
  • Accountable for managing the tax process and amended tax returns for federal, state, and local taxes.
  • Accountable for the delivery of month end close activities.
  • Responsible for the delivery of all quarter-end and year-end payroll activities.
  • Accountable for ensuring payroll systems are maintained, documented, and user access is granted in compliance with SOX requirements.
  • Actively participate in evaluating/implementing new technology and integrating business partner needs to deliver high quality service to employees, and to ensure compliant and accurate reporting.
  • Actively drive and lead process improvement initiatives.
  • Support and deliver on all strategic and cross functional projects; ensure project deliverables for Payroll are met.
  • Report on performance. Communicate with leaders, internal business partners, and other stakeholders to ensure awareness of progress and results.
  • Utilize emerging technology and best practice to increase efficiency and quality of service delivery.
  • Other duties and special projects, as assigned.

  • Ensure compliance with all federal, state, and local laws and regulations as well as policies regarding payments of wages, tax withholding, garnishments, and employee elected deductions.
  • Responsible for the execution and delivery on all payroll audits and controls throughout the year as required.
  • Accountable for actively participating, maintaining, and enforcing the internal control environment over the financial as well as the business process aspects of the payroll business process.
  • Provide guidance and direction to Payroll colleagues and business partners for various Federal, State, and Local legislations.
  • Drive the effort to stay informed with the regulatory changes and implementation of various tax changes and work with business partners as needed.
  • Accountable for process integrity, internal and SOX controls, and ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.

Business Partnering/Customer Engagement:
  • Build and maintain credibility with internal/external business partners and employee population from a Business Service Center model.
  • Develop a network of key resources to engage and consult with when working on solving complex issues. Must be able to interact and influence peers at all levels of the organization.
  • Proactively function as a trusted advisor and serve as a contact from Payroll for business partners and stakeholders.
  • Accountable for the generation, review, analysis, and reporting of service delivery against agreed and evolving KPI's and Service partnership agreements.
  • Collaborate and partner with cross functional business partners and International colleagues to identify and implement options to improve the quality of service delivery from a global perspective and pursue opportunities for global process delivery in line with best practice.

  • Effectively manage and lead the activities and outcomes of the Accounting, Tax, Reporting, Audit, & Project team members. Provide guidance, coaching, and leadership.
  • Promote a positive team environment. Provide effective leadership, oversight, coaching, and counseling to support staff.
  • Advocate for global standardization and partnership with International colleagues on project initiatives.

Knowledge and Skills:
  • Production and delivery of global process maps, desk-top manuals, and documentation.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, an inquisitive mind, and the ability to work effectively with multiple and diverse cross-functional stakeholders.
  • Must be a critical thinker; must have excellent analytical skills, the ability to use excellent judgment and resolve issues with dexterity and effective decision making.
  • Results Oriented. The ideal candidate will be results-driven and must thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • High level of self-motivation, accountability, leadership, positive attitude, and strong work ethic.
  • Excellent communications skills: written, verbal, and presentation.

Basic Qualifications:
  • BA or BS degree in Accounting and/or Finance.
  • A minimum of 8 years of experience and in-depth knowledge of payroll accounting best practice. programs in a large complex multi-national corporation.
  • A minimum of 4 years of leadership and people development experience.
  • A minimum of 4 years of experience with SAP or best practice ERP systems.
  • Advanced proficiency with Microsoft tools (Excel, Outlook, Word, Visio, PowerPoint).
  • (i.e. V-Lookups, Pivot-Tables, Sum Ifs, etc.)

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Knowledge of US GAAP and SOX Controls.
  • Experience with Workday is preferred.
  • Experience with project management is preferred.
  • Experience working in a global Finance organization.
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As an equal opportunity employer, Gilead Sciences Inc. is committed to a diverse workforce. Employment decisions regarding recruitment and selection will be made without discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, genetic information or characteristic, gender identity and expression, veteran status, or other non-job related characteristics or other prohibited grounds specified in applicable federal, state and local laws. In order to ensure reasonable accommodation for individuals protected by Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Act of 1974, and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, applicants who require accommodation in the job application process may contact for assistance.

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