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Payroll Associate

Cleveland, Ohio


Job Description

Eaton’s Global Financial Services Center is seeking a Payroll Associate. The Payroll Associate will be based at our Beachwood, OH facility. 


The Payroll Associate will perform all necessary tasks associated with hourly and salary payroll processing for all Eaton locations in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. The payroll  team processes payroll for approximately 32,000 employees and produces 1.0M pay statements annually with a total payroll in excess of $2.6B.


Making what matters work at Eaton takes the passion of every employee around the world. We create an environment where creativity, invention and discovery become reality, each and every day. It’s where bold, bright professionals like you can reach your full potential—and where you can help us reach ours.


Essential Responsibilities:

  • You will process salary and hourly payrolls ensuring accuracy and timely execution.
  • You will resolve complex payroll issues such as benefit adjustments, retro calculation, balancing reconciliation issues.
  • You will reconcile inbound and outbound interfaces from 3rd party vendors.
  • You will ensure internal controls are maintained through compliant processing including – but not limited to limited to research/follow through/resolution of escheatment items, review/reconciliation of positive pay issues and maintain CUPS security to ensure SOX compliance.
  • You will maintain employee payroll records relative to direct deposit, garnishments, employee record updates
  • You will provide call center support to the locations and/or employees for pay inquiries or support issues
  • You will test daily production support verifications as well as projects as required

When we embrace the different ideas, perspectives and backgrounds that make each of us unique, we — as individuals and as a company — are stronger.


We are committed to ensuring equal employment opportunities for all job applicants and employees. Employment decisions are based upon job-related reasons regardless of an applicant's race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, marital status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by law.


Basic Qualifications:
  • High school diploma or GED is required.
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience with payroll processing is required.
  • No relocation benefit is being offered for this position.  Only candidates that currently reside within a 50 mile radius of the Beachwood, OH facility will be considered.
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States without company sponsorship now or in the future. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 3+ years experience processing multi-state payroll
  • 3-5 years’ professional experience with in-house payroll processing in a non-outsourcing payroll environment
  • 3-5 years’ professional experience with payroll software such as GEAC (Infor) mainframe experience and Oracle Payroll, PeopleSoft, etc.
  • Associate or Bachelor’s degree in finance/accounting preferred
  • Payroll Certification (CPP or FPC)
Position Criteria:
  • Understanding of more complex payroll transactions / deductions such as Tax Equalization, Expatriates, Imputed Income, etc.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with  Microsoft applications, emphasis in excel
  • Demonstrated understanding of taxable wage / earning components and related impact on deductions
  • Knowledge of Federal and State tax laws, wage and hour laws and prevailing wage requirements.
  • Payroll proficiency to understand the effect of transactions as they relate to taxability
  • Demonstrated problem solving and analytical skills with high attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks and meet all deadlines

We make what matters work. Everywhere you look—from the technology and machinery that surrounds us, to the critical services and infrastructure that we depend on every day—you’ll find one thing in common. It all relies on power. That’s why Eaton is dedicated to improving people’s lives and the environment with power management technologies that are more reliable, efficient, safe and sustainable. Because this is what matters. We are confident we can deliver on this promise because of the attributes that our employees embody. We’re ethical, passionate, accountable, efficient, transparent and we’re committed to learning. These values enable us to tackle some of the toughest challenges on the planet, never losing sight of what matters.

Job: Finance/Accounting

Region: North America – US/Puerto Rico
Organization: NAFSC North America Financial Services Center

Job Level: Individual Contributor
Schedule: Full-time
Is remote work (i.e. working from home or another Eaton facility) allowed for this position?: No
Does this position offer relocation?: No
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time

Requisition ID: 060479