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Senior Payroll Specialist

Company: Alterra Mountain Company
Location: Denver
Posted on: March 19, 2023

Job Description:

Year Round

Alterra Mountain Company is a family of 16 iconic year-round resorts, the world's largest heli-skiing operation, and Ikon Pass - the premier ski and snowboard season pass offering access to more than 50 iconic mountain destinations around the world.

Headquartered in Denver, Colorado and born out of a shared love of the mountains and adventure, the company has brought together some of the world's most aspirational brands, including: Steamboat and Winter Park in Colorado; Palisades Tahoe, Mammoth Mountain, June Mountain, Big Bear Mountain Resort and Snow Valley Mountain Resort in California; Stratton Mountain and Sugarbush Resort in Vermont; Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia; Tremblant in Quebec and Blue Mountain in Ontario, Canada; Crystal Mountain in Washington; Deer Valley Resort and Solitude Mountain Resort in Utah; and CMH Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures in British Columbia. Also included in the portfolio is Alpine Aerotech, a worldwide helicopter support and maintenance service center in British Columbia, Canada and Aspenware, the ski industry leader in technology services and e-commerce, and Ski Butlers, the global leader in ski and snowboard rental delivery.

A career with Alterra Mountain Company is more than what you do today; it's being part of creating a community rooted in the spirit of the mountains, united by a passion for adventure, and celebrating the legendary adventures and enduring memories that mountains bring to everyone.


  • Free Ikon Pass for all eligible employees, with additional free skiing + riding privileges across the family of Alterra Mountain Company resorts for all eligible employees and their dependents
  • Discounted skiing + riding for friends and family of eligible employees across the family of Alterra Mountain Company Resorts
  • Flexible Time Off (FTO) and Paid Time Off (PTO) policies for eligible employees to rest, relax and recharge
  • Generous discounts on outdoor gear, apparel, rental cars, etc.
  • Medical, dental, vision, life, AD&D, short term & long-term disability insurance, EAP, HSAs, FSAs, and more
  • 401(k) plan with generous company match
  • Discounted tuition with partner online university for all Alterra Mountain Company employees to further their education
  • Paid parental leave of up to 6 weeks for eligible employees
  • Commuter benefits (Denver employees only)
  • Flexible/hybrid workplace policy empowering employees to work from home while encouraging regular in-person collaboration in our dog-friendly company headquarters office located in Denver's RiNo Art District neighborhood To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations.


    The Sr. Payroll Specialist is responsible for executing payroll for their assigned resort(s)/corporate employees. The ideal candidate will have strong experience with multi-state, multi-entity, and global payroll processing. This role will assist the Payroll Manager on projects and will support the Payroll Tax Analyst on payroll tax related processing activities. The Sr. Payroll Specialist is responsible for meeting all deadlines, preparing time and attendance for processing, performing payroll calculations, manual entry and adjustments, auditing results, and reconciling the payroll back to all inputs. The ideal candidate is detail oriented and understands the importance of providing exceptional customer service, providing timely and accurate responses to all employees, HR and resort leaders.


    General Responsibilities
    • Provide a high level of service and support to all Alterra Mountain Company employees. Assist employees with questions about their wages, taxes and/or deductions listed on their pay statements.
    • Prepare employee records for payroll processing in payroll systems utilized (UltiPro, Workday and ADP). Support the Time and Attendance activity utilizing Kronos/ UTA (other applications).
    • Enter and verify all deduction amounts included on pay run.
    • Process reports to analyze payroll data for integrity.
    • Process requests from the resort for manual payroll checks verifying all wages and deductions required, including processing stop payments on lost paychecks and reissuing checks.
    • Process/support all Court Orders to include and not limited to garnishment, and tax levy's in UltiPro, Workday and ADP. Include verification of accurate calculations and any necessary communication to the employee or resorts.
    • Assist HR/Payroll resort staff with time entry problems in UltiPro and ADP. Become subject matter expert in order to troubleshoot problems/errors as they arise and could impact the accuracy of the payroll output.
    • Audit reports during payroll processing for benefits, including prepayments, refunds, and any additional deductions for arrears.
    • Support the benefits team with Workday leave of absence adjustments related to deductions and time off accruals
    • Provide support to GL accountants with any payroll salary/tax/deduction questions.
    • Research and provide information for unclaimed wage payments.
    • Assist the Payroll Tax Analyst with the following:
      • Reviewing periodic, monthly, quarterly, and yearly tax payments by verifying tax reports provided by the Tax vendor as needed
      • Verify tax payments entered in the banking system against tax payments made on company's behalf by third party provider
      • Assists with correcting employee YTD information by entering tax balance adjustments
      • Research and resolve payroll issues and discrepancies pertaining to the general ledger
        • Coordinate and maintain the escheatment process, working closely with the Payroll Specialist
        • Complete employment verifications from various agencies.
        • Assist in the internal and external audit process by providing support and explanation for the information and data required.
        • Stay informed on prevailing laws and regulations related to payroll.
        • Other duties as assigned REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
          • 5+ years, Federal, multi-state and local payroll tax preparation experience; multi-state wage and hour and functional payroll processing experience.
          • Canada and California payroll processing experience a plus
          • Section 125 (Benefits) knowledge, including taxation.
          • Finance/Accounting knowledge or experience required.
          • 1-2 years of Workday experience required
          • Ulti-Pro, ADP, Kronos and experience preferred.
          • Advanced using MS Office - Excel
          • Understanding of manual payroll process from timecard calculations to the posting of payroll to the general ledger.
          • Strong analytical, organizational, and problem-solving skills.
          • Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills. Able to interact effectively with individuals at all levels of the organization.
          • Proficient in oral and written communication skills.
          • Tackles tough problems with firm deadlines
          • Ability and desire to work in a fast-paced environment EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
            • Bachelor's degree in accounting or similar field, or equivalent 5 years work experience
            • CPP certification required, or CPP certification obtained within 12 months The base hourly pay range below represents the low and high end of the Alterra Mtn Co Shared Services Inc. hourly pay range for this position. Actual pay will vary and may be above or below the range based on various factors including but not limited to experience, education, training, location, merit system, quantity or quality of production, responsibilities, and regular and/or necessary travel. The range listed is just one component of Alterra Mtn Co Shared Services Inc.'s total compensation package for employees. Other rewards may include short-term and long-term incentives and many region-specific benefits.

              Denver area base hourly pay range: $21.63 to $32.69 per hour


              The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

              While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk, talk, see, hear, and operate a computer and other office productivity machinery.


              Indoor/Outdoor: While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be exposed to harsh and varying outside weather conditions.

              Hazardous Materials/Noise: The noise level in the work place is usually moderate.

              This job description is not an exhaustive list of all functions and responsibilities that an employee may be required to perform in this position. Alterra Mtn Co Shared Services Inc. and its affiliates reserve the right to modify, increase, decrease, suspend, and or eliminate any of the essential duties and/or the position in its entirety.

              This job description is not an express or implied contract, guarantee, promise, or covenant of employment for any set term or duration, or for termination only for cause.

              Employment with Alterra Mtn Co Shared Services Inc. or any of its affiliates is "at will" meaning either party may terminate the employment relationship at any time with or without cause and with or without notice.

              This position is located in Colorado . click apply for full job details

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