Principal Accountant, Payroll
Tempe , Arizona
October 21, 2017
Job Title: Principal Accountant, Payroll About Symantec: Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ: SYMC) is the global leader in cyber security. Operating one of the world's largest cyber intelligence networks, we see more threats, and protect more customers from the next generation of attacks. We help companies, governments and individuals secure their most important data wherever it lives.
About the Role: The Principal Accountant, Payroll will be an integral part of the Global Accounting team to ensure accurate payroll account reconciliations, and the integrity of financial aspects of compensation and benefit related expenses. Using your solid accounting knowledge, you will ensure that accounts related to compensation and benefits are properly stated on financial statements in accordance with GAAP and IFRS, provide critical support for and collaborate with the corporate global accounting operations team, and maintain effective internal controls.

  • Perform compensation and benefit balance sheet account reconciliations
  • Review payroll reconciliations completed by in house shared service center
  • Support the payroll reconciliation improvement process; prepare templates and schedules for reconcilers to be used as a standard reconciliation backups
  • Assist with research and clean-up of outstanding items for complex payroll reconciliations; track progress and collaborate with regional payroll teams
  • Regularly review and submit requests for AssureNet assignment updates of payroll reconciliations
  • Prepare global payroll journal entries and ensure monthly journal entries prepared by in house shared service center are posted in a timely manner
  • Proficiently operate in accounting modules of an ERP System
  • Assist with non-payroll monthly close functions as needed
  • Participate in global standardization efforts for policies and procedures of payroll accounting
  • Motivate, engage, and provide support to the accounting operations team members and cross functional business partners
  • Monitor monthly compensation and benefit expenses, perform variance analysis, identify drivers and make adjustment journal entries if necessary
  • Prepare and review schedules in support of internal and external audit process and requirements
  • Coordinate and ensure ongoing compliance with SOX

  • BS in Accounting or Finance
  • CPA is desirable
  • Minimum 4 years of experience with month-end close, balance sheet reconciliations, variance analyses and payroll accounting
  • Advanced Excel proficiency and working knowledge of Oracle R12 are desirable
  • Outstanding oral communication, analytical and written skills
  • Ability to build strong, cross-functional relationships and work collaboratively
  • Attention to detail, organized and thorough
  • Demonstrated experience in driving process improvement
  • Ability to work independently and as a strong team player
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines
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Symantec is an equal opportunity employer. All candidates for employment will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

A little about us:
Join the leader in cyber security. At Symantec, you will make the world a safer place by helping people, businesses, and governments protect and manage their information so they can focus on achieving their goals.

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