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Payroll Analyst

Req ID #:  41773

Wilmington, MA, US, 01887

For 70 years, Charles River employees have worked together to assist in the discovery, development and safe manufacture of new drug therapies. When you join our family, you will have a significant impact on the health and well-being of people across the globe. Whether your background is in life sciences, finance, IT, sales or another area, your skills will play an important role in the work we perform. In return, we’ll help you build a career that you can feel passionate about.

Job Summary

We are seeking a Payroll Analyst to join our Corporate Payroll team located in Wilmington, MA. 


The Payroll Analyst is responsible for ensuring accurate and timely processing of U.S. payroll, resolving complex payroll issues, analyzing and auditing data, and researching and interpreting regulatory requirements.  Maintain a strong internal control environment for payroll. Assist with implementation of new systems and integration of newly acquired business units. In the absence of the payroll manager, successfully execute the payroll cycle.

  • Analyze, audit, reconcile and resolve complex payroll processing and employee payroll issues to ensure smooth payroll processing.
  • Process and upload Payroll journal entries for US and Canada, using ADP GL.
  • Act as liaison between finance and Payroll related to inquiries about general ledger issues.  
  • Ensure payroll reporting and payments are compliant with company policy, generally accepted accounting principles, and federal, state and IRS regulations.
  • Research and interpret federal and state regulatory requirements, communicate changes to appropriate management, and work closely with ADP tax filing services.
  • Resolve tax, withholding, garnishment, and wage/hour issues for payroll processing.
  • Create and map all new benefit deductions to ensure proper taxing of benefits on the ADP-payroll side.
  • Work closely with SAP IT team on any payroll configuration issues.
  • Responsible for testing of enhancements and FLSA adjustments in SAP.
  • Audit data and resolve variances. 
  • Assist with implementation of new systems.
  • Assist with integration of newly acquired business units.
  • Provide reports to HR, accounting and management. Generate ad-hoc queries.
  • Respond to auditing and regulatory inquiries.
  • Maintain all required records and archives.
  • Serve as back-up for the Sr. Payroll Manager.
  • Provide back-up and assistance to Corporate Payroll Administrators as needed.
  • Serve as department expert on systems-related processes such as uploads and reporting library.
  • Perform all other related duties as assigned.


The following are minimum requirements for the Payroll Analyst position. 

  • Education:  Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) or equivalent in finance, accounting or related discipline.
  • Experience:  Three to five years of directly related experience in a multi-state environment.   
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
  • Certification/Licensure:  CPP Preferred.
  • Other:  Must be detail-oriented with strong organizational and problem-solving skills, and have the ability to prioritize. Must have a high level of proficiency in auditing, reconciliation and controls, and good interpersonal, oral and written communication skills. Must be able to maintain the confidentially of employee payroll data. Must be able to work closely and effectively with a diverse employee population. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (to include Excel, Outlook, Word and Access)  required.  Experience utilizing SAP, ADP software (PCPW, Pay Specialist and Streamline) and PeopleSoft preferred.  Experience processing Canadian payroll preferred

About Corporate Functions

The Corporate Functions provide operational support across Charles River in areas such as Human Resources, Finance, IT, Legal, Sales, Quality Assurance, Marketing, and Corporate Development. They partner with their colleagues across the company to develop and drive strategies and to set global standards. The functions are essential to providing a bridge between strategic vision and operational readiness, to ensure ongoing functional innovation and capability improvement.


About Charles River

Charles River is an early-stage contract research organization (CRO). We have built upon our foundation of laboratory animal medicine and science to develop a diverse portfolio of discovery and safety assessment services, both Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and non-GLP, to support clients from target identification through preclinical development. Charles River also provides a suite of products and services to support our clients’ clinical laboratory testing needs and manufacturing activities. Utilizing this broad portfolio of products and services enables our clients to create a more flexible drug development model, which reduces their costs, enhances their productivity and effectiveness to increase speed to market.


With over 13,000 employees within 80 facilities in 23 countries around the globe, we are strategically positioned to coordinate worldwide resources and apply multidisciplinary perspectives in resolving our client’s unique challenges.  Our client base includes global pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, government agencies and hospitals and academic institutions around the world.


At Charles River, we are passionate about our role in improving the quality of people’s lives. Our mission, our excellent science and our strong sense of purpose guide us in all that we do, and we approach each day with the knowledge that our work helps to improve the health and well-being of many across the globe. We have proudly supported the development of 80% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2017.


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Equal Employment Opportunity
Charles River Laboratories, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disabled/Vet

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