Director, Payroll

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About Us



Do you want to work for a stable, growing organization that reaches back more than 130 years?  Our steel tube and pipe products have helped build landmarks and buildings in North America; Come build your career at Zekelman Industries! 

Job Description



The Director of Payroll oversees and manages multi-jurisdictional Payroll Department to ensure compliance with all federal and state laws, regulations, and payroll tax obligations. Manages the Payroll Team to ensure crucial deadlines are met and payroll expenses and taxes are paid accurately and timely. Manages payroll system to ensure accuracy of payroll records.



  • Manages, reviews, audits, and analyzes current payroll, benefits, and tax procedures to ensure systems are set-up appropriately and updated to reflect current employee base, including wages, pensions, attendance (vacation) and are aligned with employee agreements.
    • Monitors processing of new hires, transfers, wage changes, timekeeping, and terminations to ensure accurate and timely transactions.
    • Manages weekly/biweekly/monthly disbursements, including garnishments, benefits, pensions, and tax remittances.
    • Manages administration of the payroll-related employee benefit programs.
  • Generates and distributes periodic financial, statistical, and operational reports.
  • Experience using pivitoal system including Workday, Kronos, and ADP
  • Develops budget projections, develop models that are easy to update for quick turnaround changes
  • Provides recommendations and consults on most recent legislative requirements for applicable jurisdictions, and communicates regulatory updates to Operations, HR, and Finance with explanation of how the change can/will affect the business.
  • Recommends and implements strategic changes leading to best practices.
  • Hires, coaches, develops, monitors, and evaluates performance of staff.
    • Reviews and recommends personnel actions for approval.
  • Travels to customer locations for follow-up, presentations, or demonstrations.
  • Performs other duties as they might be assigned.
  • Regular and predictable, full-time, on-site attendance during scheduled hours.



  • Bachelor’s degree in finance, Business or other related discipline
  • 8 year payroll experience in US, including at least 5 year supervisory experience. Additionally, Canadian payroll experience preferred
  • CPP Designation



  • Working knowledge of ADP Workforce and UKG WFN/Dimensions timekeeping
  • Working knowledge of US multi-state payroll legislation
  • Advanced analytical, problem solving, and math skills
  • Strong organizational and leadership skills
  • Strong project management skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Advanced PC software skills, including Excel skills
  • Clear understanding of how the payroll process impacts GLI file
  • Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines while maintaining a high level of accuracy
  • Strong sense of integrity to work with confidential information
  • Ability to travel within the US and to Canada –Up to 35% during strategic project launches

Zekelman Industries offers competitive compensation and excellent benefits, including low-cost, high-quality medical and dental benefits.  In addition, we have an amazing tuition assistance program, a bonus plan, a 401(k) plan with a generous company match, immediate vesting, and much more.


We are Zekelman Industries.


We manufacture superior quality tubular and related products, and provide outstanding service for our valued customers.

We seek to continuously advance the skills and opportunities of our employees, utilizing the latest technology and management tools available to consistently increase profitability and the enterprise value of Zekelman Industries and of our customers.


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