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Head of Payroll

Who we are:

LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 7.6 billion in 2021 and about 14,900 employees in 33 countries. The core business of LANXESS is the development, manufacturing and marketing of chemical intermediates, additives, specialty chemicals and plastics. LANXESS is listed in the leading sustainability indices Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI World and Europe) and FTSE4Good. In the United States, LANXESS employs more than 2,000 people at 25 locations in 11 states. 

We are looking to find diverse and talented people to join our team. Studies have shown that some individuals are less likely to apply if they do not meet 100% of the criteria. We are looking to equalize the gap! If you are excited about this role but your past experiences do not align perfectly with every qualification, we encourage you to apply. We will look to assess your talent against our competencies, values and requirements to get the best organizational fit. You might be the right candidate for this or other roles we have available!

Join our Team!


What we can offer you:

LANXESS is a young company with strong roots! We derive our strength from global presence, management excellence and most importantly our people! Our employees are the pillars of our success.
We offer exciting career opportunities regionally as well as internationally, educational assistance programs, competitive pay and benefits, language training programs, and many other personal and professional development programs that are a part of our vision and values that drive our ongoing success.


Job Highlights

  • Manage U.S. and Canada full cycle payroll operations, personnel and departmental budget and forecasting, and specialized processing including expatriates, long-term incentives, pension, tax handling, fringe benefits.  Leads a team of payroll specialists, providing people leadership through effective coaching, feedback and sound performance management practices.  Multiple payrolls include managing the complexity of differing pay cycles, union and non-unionized facilities as well as multiple State and/or Country regulations
  • Manages the accounting and analytical activities related to payroll processes and provides interface and support to various Finance functions (including payroll related journal entries and accruals, garnishments, taxes, funding, etc.) 

  • Establish regional organization-wide standards, best practices, documentation of policies and procedures ensuring compliance with internal policies.  Establish and maintain systems and controls which verify the integrity of all payroll system, processes, ERP and general ledger interfaces, time interfaces and feeds to third party vendor

  • Manage maintenance of internal and external interfaces to and from payroll system in conjunction with third party vendors

  • Responsible for managing the day-to-day time and attendance system for the region as it relates to importing time and attendance files, training new users, reviewing time entries, supporting users, and reporting

  • Manage audits and testing with both internal and external auditors.  Respond to tax inquiries and audits

  • Serves as best practice/quality resource within own discipline or as technical expert on functional or cross-functional teams or projects

  • Performs analysis, generates reports and assists various group functions and business units with special projects.  Prepares communications as appropriate to support initiatives, projects or changes in process

  • Project lead for payroll related projects, including process improvements, integration of acquired payrolls, and other payroll related implementations.  Manage relationships with operational payroll vendors and service providers.  Adapts existing payroll processes/methods or devises new approaches without precedent, to address atypical situations


  • Bachelors degree in business, finance, or accounting. Professional certifications through American Payroll Association as a CPP.
  • Extensive knowledge of FLSA laws, IRS regulations, ESA (Canada) standards and procedures.
  • 5-10 Years experience with multi-state/multi-country payrolls including both union and nonunion.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of general accounting principles and payroll operations.
  • Ability to work collaboratively.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills along with problem solving capability.


What we offer you:

  • Compensation: We offer competitive compensation packages, inclusive of a global bonus program and an individual performance bonus program.
  • Comprehensive Benefits: We provide a variety of benefits to support your financial security, health and wellbeing including retirement plans, health programs, life insurance and medical care.
  • Work-Life & Flexibility: We support you in maintaining a balance between working hours and personal life. With our global “Xwork” program, we offer flexible working arrangements in all countries in which we operate.
  • Training & Development: We are committed to your professional and personal development and encourage you in the ongoing pursuit of education, training and knowledge through both formal and informal learning.
  • Diversity: LANXESS is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, age, social class, physical ability or attributes, religion, national origin, veteran status and political beliefs.

LANXESS has a value-based performance culture. We are seeking a range of human interests, backgrounds, and experiences that can be engaged to achieve respect, ownership, trust, professionalism, integrity and healing across all sectors.  

Join the LANXESS team!

Must include a resume.

Requisition ID:  4724

Shelton, CT, US, 06484

Work Arrangement:  Partially remote
Level of Experience:  Middle management

Nearest Major Market: Bridgeport
Nearest Secondary Market: Danbury

Job Segment: Payroll, Accounting, Performance Management, ERP, Finance, Human Resources, Technology

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