North America Payroll Manager

Date: Aug 2, 2022

Location: Crystal Lake, IL, US, 60014

Company: Aptar Group

Payroll Manager, North America

Department:  HR, NA Region

Reports to: NA Senior Manager, Benefits & HRIS

Working location: full remote


Who we are
At Aptar, we use insights, design, engineering and science to create innovative packaging technologies that build brand value for our customers, and, in turn, make a
meaningful difference in the lives, looks, health and homes of people around the world.

Every day, Aptar creates “a-ha moments” for its customers and their consumers and patients by continually bringing innovations to market that convert non-dispensing
packaging into breakthrough product-dispensing systems, including those that give people more effective ways to put on their favorite fragrance, kids the opportunity to
pour ketchup without making a mess and patients connected technologies that help them more easily adhere to treatment.

We have manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe, Asia and South America and over 14,000 dedicated employees in some 20 countries.


You should work here because we:

  • Attract and develop high performing people.
  • Promote a diverse and inclusive work environment.
  • Allow for failure by allowing people to make mistakes through an open and trusting environment.
  • Invest in the development of employees through local, regional and global career opportunities.
  • Contribute to the communities where we reside.


What’s new with Aptar
We have an exciting position open: North America Payroll Manager, reporting to NA Senior Manager, Benefits & HRIS. This position will be based remotely and will be responsible for managing all activities and resources of the Regional Payroll Department ensuring accurate payroll processing for 2,600 U.S and Canadian employees. The Payroll Manager will be responsible for all aspects of each pay cycle including, but not limited to, master data integrity, time reporting, pay rules, pay confirmation, auditing and reporting.


This is how your journey begins

  • Ownership and accountability for U.S. and Canada payroll end-to-end operations, including payroll processes and procedures, SOX controls, and consistent and accurate payroll execution
  • Responsible for the integrity of master data
  • Perform audit of payrolls prior to commit to ensure accuracy
  • Confirm accurate payroll expense reporting to Finance department and answer any payroll expense related questions
  • Handle compliance with internal/external audits including preparation and updates to the payroll process narrative and respond to any auditor requests for testing and documentation
  • Ensure that all operational processes are controlled from a risk perspective, and have built-in control plans and assessments to regularly review their effectiveness
  • Identify payroll vulnerabilities and opportunities for improvement
  • Research and resolve payroll issues and respond promptly to all payroll related questions from employees and managers
  • Reconcile retirement plan contributions transmitted to vendors
  • Coordinate the set-up of accounts with state and local tax jurisdictions and work with the payroll vendor to make sure tax filings and deposits are completed on a timely basis
  • Manage the quarterly and year end payroll process, including distribution of W-2s
  • Develop and prioritize processes to improve the payroll experience for employees; drive projects to create efficiencies, improve quality of service delivery, and increase customer satisfaction
  • Execute controls/verifications throughout the payroll process according to best practices and compliance requirements
  • Monitor payroll interfaces and other related systems
  • Serve as a subject matter expert and point of contact for escalations and various ad hoc requests
  • Manage and develop the payroll team, ensuring they are successful, maintaining the company’s values and providing excellent customer service to all employees
  • Ensure appropriate staff training and cross-training , etc.
  • Monitor External Partner / Vendor service performance on a regular basis
  • Collaborate with External Partner/Vendor on the update of payroll system parameters based on governmental and labor changes
  • Identify and propose improvement actions related to process and systems/tools
  • Ensure compliance with federal, state, and local payroll, wage, and hour laws and best practices. 


What you will bring on the journey


  • Bachelors Degree in Accounting, Business Administration, Human Resources, or related field
  • Certified Payroll Professional designation preferred


  • 7+ years of progressively responsible experience on payroll process / activities
  • Prior people manager experience and leading diverse teams
  • Payroll processing systems experience in leadership role
  • Experience with Ceridian Dayforce preferred
  • Familiarity with payroll software/HRIS (e.g. SuccessFactors, SAP, Ceridian, ADP) and MS Office (especially Excel)
  • Experience in a Shared Services Center environment (is a plus)
  • Multi-state and mergers/acquisitions payroll experience

Skills / Abilities:

  • Extensive knowledge of the payroll function including preparation, balancing, internal controls, and payroll taxes. 
  • Building, developing, and leading Teams - Able to achieve organizational focus on key priorities; delegates and effectively builds talent within an organization through guidance and mentorship. Flexible and able to proactively manage a high change environment.
  • A strong team player with highly effective interpersonal skills, strong team building, collaboration and influencing skills required to achieve desired outcomes. Exercises influence at senior levels and build alignment around goals and objectives.
  • Analytical skills to evaluate data and make operational decisions.
  • Demonstrated strong organizational and time management skills, with high level of attention to detail.
  • Travel:    Sometimes
  • Other:    Travel may be required for onsite HR meetings in Crystal Lake, IL or other Aptar NA location


What we offer:

  • An exciting, diverse and value based working environment
  • Award-winning corporate university offering personal development and training opportunities.
  • Competitive base salary and performance-based bonus plan.
  • Contribute to the communities where we reside.
  • Innovative benefits plan which includes: 401k plan, vacation, medical, dental, vision, life, disability, pet insurance, wellness plan, and generous paid maternity/paternity leave.


Be You. Be Aptar
Aptar is an equal opportunities employer. We believe that a diverse workforce is key to our success. We welcome applications from all members of society irrespective of age, sex, disability, sexual orientation, race, religion or belief.



Nearest Major Market: Chicago