Director of Payroll
Company: Westin Long Beach
Location: Long Beach
Posted on: August 4, 2022
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
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
- 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
- Oversees annual preparation of W-2 income reporting.
- Resource and lead projects associated with driving organizational
- 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
- Provide analysis and guidance on payroll related initiatives.
- Maintain relationship with 3rd party banking, tax, and
- 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
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