Requisition Number: 2023-09-04105-0164-001
Job Title: Payroll Assistant
City: New York
State: NY
Shift: Monday - Friday, 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Hours: 35

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is one of the world’s leading international law firms. The Firm was established in 1884 and has more than 1,000 lawyers. Headquartered in New York with offices in Beijing, Brussels, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Palo Alto, São Paulo, Tokyo and Washington, D.C., the Firm provides coordinated legal advice and transactional capability to clients around the globe. Cross-border finance, banking and bank regulation, mergers and acquisitions, securities issuance and regulation, project and asset based finance, real estate, asset management, joint ventures, taxation, litigation and dispute resolution are important aspects of the Firm’s practice.

Payroll Assistant

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Description/Job Summary

The Payroll Assistant is responsible for inputting timesheets and updating payroll records for legal and non-legal staff in the US as well as expatriates.


  • Process payroll journal entries from ADP GL to financial system
  • Send payroll registers to Branch managers
  • Providing information to HR for employment verification documents
  • Process new hires and terminations in payroll system
  • Download payroll reports, distributing and file electronicall
  • Calculate and enter increases, leave of absences (LOA) and termination payments in payroll system
  • Maintain employee files electronically
  • Process employee information changes, including name, address, W-4, direct deposit, disability and benefit changes, on a per payroll basis
  • Calculate vacation pay due to departing employees
  • Process ADP invoices
  • Communicate with employees and managers on inquiries and discrepancie
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Required Skills

  • 2 to 4 years of payroll experience with 2 years of computerized payroll processing experience required
  • Ability to effectively present information verbally and in writing
  • Basic math skills: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division
  • Proficiency in MS Excel
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills
  • Can organize, prioritize, plan and multi-task work activities, with the ability to effectively meet deadlines in a high pressure environment
  • Ability to work remotely on an as needed basis

Preferred Skills

  • Experience using Payforce/Vantage preferred
  • Proficiency in MS Word preferred

Required Education

  • High School diploma or GED equivalent required

Preferred Education

  • Associate's degree or 2 years college courses preferred


Salary Information

The estimated base salary range for this position is $60k to $70k at the time of posting. The actual salary offered will depend on a variety of factors, including without limitation, the qualifications of the individual applicant for the position, years of relevant experience, level of education attained, certifications or other professional licenses held, and if applicable, the location in which the applicant lives and/or from which they will be performing the job. This role is non-exempt meaning that it is overtime pay eligible.

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