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Director of Payroll

Company: Westin Long Beach
Location: Long Beach
Posted on: August 4, 2022

Job Description:

Highgate Hotels

Highgate is a leading real estate investment and hospitality management company widely recognized as an innovator in the industry. Highgate is the dominant player in major U.S. gateway cities including New York, Boston, Miami, San Francisco and Honolulu, with a growing Caribbean and Latin America footprint. The hospitality forward company provides expert guidance through all stages of the property cycle, from planning and development through recapitalization or disposition. Highgate has a proven record of developing its diverse portfolio of bespoke lifestyle hotel brands, legacy brands, and independent hotels and resorts with contemporary programming and digital acumen. The company utilizes industry-leading revenue management tools that efficiently identify and predict evolving market dynamics to drive outperformance and maximize asset value. With an executive team consisting of some of the most experienced hotel management leaders, the company is a trusted partner for top ownership groups and major hotel brands. Highgate maintains corporate offices in New York, Chicago, Dallas, London, Miami, and Seattle. www.highgate.com .


Situated across the street from the Long Beach Convention Center and just two blocks from the beach, the Westin Long Beach has something to offer both business and leisure travelers alike. This 474-room hotel is also ideal for groups and weddings, with 37,000 square feet of meeting space, 31 suites, and a stunning garden terrace perfect for "I Dos". And with the Westin's central location, guests are within walking distance of the Aquarium of the Pacific and the Catalina Express, and are just two miles from the Queen Mary.


The Director of Payroll leads the payroll process, strategy, communications, and knowledge management for the Highgate's Select Service business, supporting and driving Payroll Operations and payroll system administration. This position leads the work performed by multiple teams across the organization, who are tasked with managing and executing payroll, providing analysis, and guidance on payroll initiatives/projects. The position will apply comprehensive knowledge / skills of payroll operations, payroll tax, systems, input processes and output gross-to-net and financial reporting requirements. The role collaborates with interdependent teams and Business Unit leaders to optimize the end-to-end process and system integration. He/She will p rovide strong leadership for a large team performing payroll operations and systems administration.


- Maintain payroll best practices, ensure that high quality payroll and customer service is delivered.
- Ensure that the end payroll product and its processes are compliant with established internal controls and all state and federal regulations.
- Oversees annual preparation of W-2 income reporting.
- Resource and lead projects associated with driving organizational initiatives.
- Defines and drives key requirements, projects and initiatives aimed at efficiency, quality, compliance, eliminating complexity and/or maximizing value of select functions and operations.
- Communicate and work collaboratively with key payroll partners; VP of Payroll & Benefits, Payroll Tax Manager as well as key stakeholders; Senior leadership, Business Unit leaders, Benefits, Audit, Tax, Legal, Labor Relations and HR.
- Coach and lead staff; provide on-going feedback to develop employees and meet objectives.
- Display strong ethics and ability to keep information confidential.
- Provide analysis and guidance on payroll related initiatives.
- Maintain relationship with 3rd party banking, tax, and garnishment providers.
- Understand and align his/her objectives with organizational goals, provide solutions to a diverse range of complex issues, and build strong internal and external alliances

Keywords: Westin Long Beach, Long Beach , Director of Payroll, Executive , Long Beach, California

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