Eaton Corporation Payroll Operations Manager in Brook Park, Ohio

Eaton’s North American Financial Shared Service Center is seeking a Payroll Operations Manager. The Payroll Operations Manager will be based at our Cleveland, OH facility.

Position Overview:

This leadership position is responsible for managing the day to day payroll operations and managing, coaching and developing a staff of 7 direct reports and 14 indirect reports in addition to being a liaison between payroll and Eaton locations or various corporate functions. This individual will champion the end to end payroll process and systems while maintaining compliance with all regulatory government agencies including Federal, State and Local for pay practices and tax payments / filings as well as adherence to all internal policies and procedures.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • (Manages payroll payment process to ensure timely and accurate delivery of 1M pay statements annually to 32,000 employees with payments of $2.6B (U.S.) and $103 (CAD). Monitors / develops processes to ensure the payments are made compliantly meeting all internal control requirements and federal, state and/or local legislative requirements.

  • Operates across functions such as HR, Treasury, Tax, Legal and Eaton Sites to ensure compliance with Federal, State and Local laws in addition to project implementations to support corporate functions.

  • Managing staff of 7 Direct Reports and 14 Indirect who support the payroll process and service the sites and employees in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada.

  • Backfill to payroll supervisory and management positions during extended absences

  • Manages key performance metrics to achieve strategic and profit plan goals. This includes analyzing trends, providing analysis, and implementing action plans to drive improvements.

  • Supports Senior Manager in preparing profit plan and billing methodology for the $6.6M Employee Process Team (EPT) budget, in addition to monthly forecasting and resource planning.

  • Responsible for all internal and/or external audits within the function as well as the annual SOX and SOD reviews, including narrative reviews and updates for the payroll, tax and time systems.

  • Responsible for Disaster Recovery Planning (DRP) including testing and documenting, in addition to maintaining the Business Continuity Plan.

  • Oversight to the payroll tax payment process to ensure timely and accurate tax payments and filings to the government agencies for 24 FEIN’s with annual tax payments of $800M. Monitors account reconciliations to ensure timely follow through of outstanding items including amended returns, refund requests, etc.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor Degree from an accredited college or university is required.

  • Minimum 7 years' of finance/accounting experience is required.

  • Minimum 5 years' experience of in-house payroll experience is required.

  • Minimum 2 years of experience managing people is required.

  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States without company sponsorship now or in the future.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Oracle systems experience.

  • Kronos Time and Labor experience.

  • Prior project management experience.

  • Experience with multi-state and multi-local payroll.

  • Experience with payroll in dealing with multiple legal entities.

  • Union payroll experience.

Position Criteria:

  • Ability to manage multiple complex projects at one time

  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to promote ideas and work effectively with all levels within the organization

  • Strong analytical, problem solving and conceptual skills. Must be able to analyze data, identify problem areas, make improvement recommendations and implement approved recommendations.

  • Knowledge of GAAP and other relevant accounting/auditing requirements

  • Knowledge of SOX 404 and 302 internal controls

  • Knowledge of Payroll Statutory Requirements

  • Strong PC skills (Microsoft – Project, Excel, Power Point, Word)

We make what matters work. Everywhere you look—from the technology and machinery that surrounds us, to the critical services and infrastructure that we depend on every day—you’ll find one thing in common. It all relies on power. That’s why Eaton is dedicated to improving people’s lives and the environment with power management technologies that are more reliable, efficient, safe and sustainable. Because this is what matters.

We are confident we can deliver on this promise because of the attributes that our employees embody. We’re ethical, passionate, accountable, efficient, transparent and we’re committed to learning. These values enable us to tackle some of the toughest challenges on the planet, never losing sight of what matters.

Job: Finance/Accounting

Region: North America – US/Puerto Rico

Organization: NAFSC North America Financial Services Center

Job Level: Manager

Schedule: Full-time

Is remote work (i.e. working from home or another Eaton facility) allowed for this position?: No

Does this position offer relocation?: Relocation from within United States and / or Puerto Rico

Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time

Eaton is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Eaton is committed to ensuring equal employment opportunities for all job applicants and employees. Employment decisions are based upon job-related reasons regardless of an applicant's race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, marital status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by law.