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Payroll Accountant

Simon Contractors


Simon Contractors was founded over 60 years ago in 1954 by James E. Simon. In December, 1994, the growth, diversity and quality work of Simon Contractors got the attention of Colas and they acquired Simon Contractors.

Since its inception, Simon Contractors has completed projects in most states west of the Mississippi River. Today, Simon Contractors, a Colas company, still operates with the integrity, quality and reliability it was founded on over 60 years ago - a distinction the company is proud to have fostered, and one that it is determined to continue.

We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of:

Payroll Accountant

Summary: This is a senior position in which the primary responsibility is payroll-related input, leave and benefit records administration; in which the incumbent's primary responsibility is payroll taxes and payroll accounting.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned:

+ Maintains payroll-related accounts and is responsible for the reconciliation and accuracy of one or more accounts within a complex accounting system. May handle salaried/exempt/administrative payroll.

+ Coordinates regional payrolls, creating the positive pay files and the ACH files (electronic data files) and uploading to the bank

+ Prepares various accounting papers, schedules, exhibits, and summaries.

+ Determines the need for new accounts and revisions in the account structure.

+ Researches and advises payroll staff concerning the accounting treatment of complex transactions.

+ May perform periodic internal audits of various payroll areas and prepare materials for external or internal auditors

+ Acts as liaison between payroll department and data processing, systems, or Information Systems department to ensure payroll staff understanding and implementation of payroll system requirements and revisions.

+ Works closely with payroll staff in identifying need for system revisions, formulating system requests and recommendations, and analyzing post-implementation results of system changes.

+ Keeps payroll staff informed of easier, quicker methods available for their use.

+ Responsible for all payroll tax activities, including compliance with local, state, and federal regulations and filing local, state, and federal payroll tax returns.

+ May supervise regions in the calculation and reporting of tax liabilities, in responding to questions and special requests from employees and regulatory agencies.

+ Researches laws and regulations regarding taxes and payroll withholding procedures, and in preparing budgets, projections, and special reports for senior management.

+ Maintains payroll and related records recording the accumulation and use of vacations, holidays, sick days, and miscellaneous leaves of absence.

+ May calculate deductions for group health, life, and disability insurance premiums and communicate to employees and regional payroll staff.

+ May prepare premium reports and communicate with insurance carriers and other program vendors.

+ May administer a variety of voluntary deductions such as FSAs, Dental, Vision and Sup Life.

+ May administer 401(k) plan contributions and disbursements. This is the most senior position in which the primary responsibility is payroll-related leave and benefit records administration.


To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

+ Problem Solving: Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.

+ Technical Skills: Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; Pursues training and development opportunities; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others.

+ Customer Service: Manages difficult or emotional customer situations; Responds promptly to customer needs.

+ Interpersonal: Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without interrupting; Remains open to others' ideas and tries new things.

+ Oral Communication: Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Participates in meetings.

+ Team Work: Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit. Written Communication: Writes clearly and informatively; Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information.

+ Business Acumen: Understands business implications of decisions; Displays orientation to profitability.

+ Safety and Security: Observes safety and security procedures; Reports potentially unsafe conditions; Uses equipment and materials properly.


+ To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


+ Minimum of 2 years of in-house electronic accounting/finance systems, including payroll experience required.

+ Bachelor's degree in Accounting or related field required.

+ Prevailing wage experience preferred.

Computer Skills:

+ To perform this job successfully, an individual should have intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Office products - Excel and Word required; Automated accounting software; automated payroll systems; internet software and database software. Experience with JD Edwards software preferred.

Certificates and Licenses:

+ FPC or CPP Designation preferred

+ Valid driver's license and clean driving history

Note: Position summary shown may not include ALL of the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities required. Simon Contractors uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility.


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