Senior Payroll & Benefits Specialist


About this role

About this role

We’re hiring a Senior Payroll & Benefits Specialist to work with our client, a publicly traded cannabis company. This role will be reporting to the Controller and is responsible for leading and taking ownership of all payroll and benefits related operations. The ideal candidate will bring the demonstrated experience and ability to meet critical deadlines while meeting all legislative requirements.

  • Process full cycle bi-weekly (hourly), semi-monthly (salary), and monthly payroll for all legal entities, including integration of time sheets for processing, calculation of gross pay and deductions, applicable adjustments, employee pay statements, payments, stock options, and posting to the General Ledger
  • Perform retroactive pay calculations, various bonuses and other compensation elements as needed
  • Manage the processing of off cycle pay and terminations, prepare ROEs, and calculate and facilitate creation of payment
  • Complete monthly and year-end reconciliations including the preparation of T4’s for all employees. Ensure payroll procedures adhere to legal guidelines and best practices while optimizing the efficiency and enhancing the capabilities of the processes related to payroll processing, creating and maintaining internal SOPs on payroll processes
  • Act as the key contact for all payroll and benefits inquiries for the organization, both for employees and relevant stakeholders
  • Act as the Dayforce Subject Matter Expert for the payroll module including initiation and implementation of new processes and continuous improvement of current processes, and any future required set up
  • Coordinate with HR to maintain payroll information in employee files
  • Act as the Benefits Subject Matter Expert and manage employee group benefits plan, employee assistance program and all other compensation related programs in collaboration with HR
  • Administer the Group insurance benefit
  • Assist in the compilation of information for external auditors on a quarterly basis
  • Assist with other monthly accounting, Human Resources and various periodic analysis responsibilities as required
  • Ensure all legislative requirements regarding tax withholding, remittance and income reporting have been met both on-going and at year-end
  • Participate and present in orientations and regular townhall meetings on applicable payroll and benefits topics
  • Any other relevant Payroll, Dayforce and Benefits responsibilities as assigned by the Controller



  • Minimum 7 years of Payroll and Benefits experience; experience working within a publicly traded company is a definite asset
  • PCP or CPM certification required
  • 5 years of experience with payroll software; experience with Ceridian/Dayforce software an definite asset
  • Proficiency in MS Office (MS Excel and MS Outlook in particular)
  • High level of professionalism to deal with confidential requests
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to multi-task and prioritize tasks
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational and planning skills in a fast-paced environment
  • A creative mind with an ability to suggest improvements
  • High degree of accuracy with strong attention to detail
  • Ability to complete satisfactory criminal record check



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Application process


We carefully review your application and in the coming weeks, you will be notified for an interview session if you are selected. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted within 7 days.


After being shortlisted, you will be contacted via email or telephone to arrange for a date on your availability for the qualification interview.


During the interview, you will be assessed on your level of experience and skills, work history, availability, and the qualifications the company is seeking for the position.


After successfully making through the phone interview, a face to face interview will be scheduled between the candidate and recruiter. This session can be a more in-depth interview to review your communication and interpersonal skills.


Submission of candidates resume for client’s approval and screening.

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Chris Kapusta
Brunel Canada - Calgary

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