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Payroll Sr. Staff Accountant

Requisition Number: MS-13887
Area of Interest: Accounting - Audit
Organization: Distribution Center
Brand/Division: Mississippi
Position Type: Full-time


Company Overview:

Since it was founded in 1956, Williams-Sonoma has grown from Chuck Williams' single store in Sonoma, California, into one of the largest retailers in the country, with some of the best known and most beloved brands in home furnishings, including Williams Sonoma, Pottery Barn, and west elm. That growth continues today. Our Global Supply Chain organization is the backbone of our company and key to its success. Our Distribution Centers serve as vital connections between factories and our retail, online and mail-order customers around the world. The Supply Chain environment is dynamic and fast-paced, and the network is expanding rapidly. If you have a background in distribution, manufacturing, engineering, transportation, finance, human resources or home delivery -- and are looking for a job with a strong opportunity for gaining new skills and for advancement -- our Supply Chain Organization is just the place for you. We employ thousands in our regional distribution operations and in our over 600 retail stores, customer care centers and corporate headquarters. That's why we work hard to support the community, including the institutions that are important to our employees, such as St. Jude Childrens' Research Hospital which we proudly support in its mission to treat and defeat childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.


The Payroll Accounting -- Senior Accountant position is responsible for performing the accounting for the payroll and benefits activities within the organization. This role is responsible for ensuring that all Journal entry activity is accurately recorded to the general ledger and reconciled monthly. This role also functions as the liaison for payroll accounting related questions with our various business partners throughout the organization. Therefore, this role requires a person who has the upmost discretion for handling sensitive and confidential information and can communicate effectively both via written and verbal medium with internal customers at all levels of the business.


* Coordinate the payroll accounting process for all corporate retail store, distribution center and customer care center US and Global payroll transactions, in a timely manner and consistent with established accounting service levels.
* Create monthly Journal entries that are assigned, to properly reflect each month's payroll transactions.
* Reconcile payroll accounting data to ensure completeness and accuracy, in support of corporate financial reporting. Reconcile detailed data for corporate general ledger reporting purposes.
* Review payments to ensure proper support documentation and approval. Maintain adequate support documentation consistent with record retention requirements.
* In cooperation with corporate directives, provide requested information, typically for general ledger accruals or other transactions, in a timely manner.
* Mitigate accounting issues and recommend corrective action to ensure compliance with GAAP and WSI company policy.
* Assist in the review of the payroll accounting function by proposing enhancement/improvement of accounting procedures. Propose viable solutions to address payroll accounting problems/issues.
* Effectively communicate (verbally and in writing) with all payroll partners and 3rd party payroll providers (i.e., Pro Business and ADP resources).
* Assist with special projects in support of various corporate accounting initiatives.




* B.A./B.S. degree with a minimum of a minor in Accounting or Finance and a minimum of three (3) years of accounting industry experience. Previous payroll experience is PREFERRED.
* The ability to interact with confidential, sensitive material in a discrete manner, while maintaining absolute discretion is REQUIRED.
* Strong PC skills (Excel/Word) is REQUIRED. Experience with ADP (i.e. ProBusiness), Report Writer software (i.e. Crystal reports/ R&R reporting) and Time Tracking software (i.e. KRONOS, TimeTracker) is PREFERRED. A working knowledge of database functions is HIGHLY DESIRED. Experience with Lawson HR a plus.
* The ability to analyze large amounts of data (typically via Excel spreadsheet) along with a demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities and yet consistently meet deadlines is HIGHLY PREFERRED. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are CRITICALLY IMPORTANT.

Williams-Sonoma, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Williams-Sonoma, Inc. will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, or other applicable state or local laws and ordinances.