Payroll Manager


  • Full Time

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Okta is seeking a top tier Americas Payroll Manager to join our Accounting Team.  You are a self-motivated, system savvy team player with experience working in a fast-paced environment. You will review and approve payroll for US/Canada and will have 4 direct reports.


  • Manage the daily responsibilities and mentor 4 employees (two senior payroll specialists and two payroll specialists)
  • Manage the semi-monthly US & Canada payroll for over 3,500 employees (new hires, terminations, bonuses, commissions, etc.)
  • Manage workflow to ensure all payroll transactions are processed timely and accurately
  • Identify, research and resolve day to day Workday Payroll issues
  • Manage new State payroll tax registrations and collaborate with tax team on payroll tax issues
  • Understand proper taxation of employee and employer benefits and deductions
  • Support SOX key controls and quarterly reviews.
  • Manage international/domestic payroll providers (Workday/ADP SmartCompliance/ADP Streamline)
  • Ensure stock activity for US and Canada employees is properly processed and reported. (RSUs, ESPP, ISOs, NQs)
  • Review and audit all quarterly/annual filings
  • Responsible for reviewing and auditing annual tax filings; including W2 forms
  • Assist with audits as needed (401K, Workers Comp, Internal Auditors)
  • Provide analysis on financial results (trends, performance metrics, benchmarks)
  • Review and optimize current processes and procedures through continued integration of systems, enhanced automation and digitization of records
  • Maintain strong and productive relationships with People team, including Benefits, Operations, Finance, Stock Admin, Legal and other internal stakeholders
  • Perform special projects or other duties as requested. 


  • 7-10 years of experience
  • 3-5 years management experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Accounting or Finance or relevant experience
  • Process improvement mentality
  • Experience using Workday (a plus)
  • Experience using ADP Streamline
  • Strong systems knowledge, including the ability to quickly learn new systems
  • Excellent Excel, strong communication and analytical skills
  • Highly motivated
  • Certified Payroll Professional (a plus)
  • Experience with NetSuite a plus 
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.

Okta is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Okta is rethinking the traditional work environment, providing our employees with the flexibility to be their most creative and successful versions of themselves, no matter where they are located.  We enable a flexible approach to work, meaning for roles where it makes sense, you can work from the office, or from home, regardless of where you live.  Okta invests in the best technologies and provides flexible benefits and collaborative work environments/experiences, empowering employees to work productively in a setting that best and uniquely suits their needs.  Find your place at Okta 

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