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New article from Robert Half


6 Skills You Need to Move Up to Payroll Management

Interested in moving up to payroll management? There’s been no better time. Payroll managers are in high demand, and employers are offering attractive compensation to secure top talent.

Still, advancing to a managerial role can be a big step. Most companies will want to see at least five years of working in payroll, along with a relevant bachelor’s degree. For candidates without four years of college, employers often accept equivalent experience. This often translates as a longer work history, especially in a supervisory role. Many payroll managers also have a certification, such as the Certified Payroll Professional (CPP), but it’s not always required.

Is that all? Well, even in a hot hiring market, you’ll need to do more than meet minimum requirements. Competition for the better jobs can always be tough. And when hiring for a leadership position, employers look for gold. Here are six skills to develop that will help you stand out from the crowd and land the payroll management position you want.

1. Payroll System Experience

Employers expect senior payroll professionals to know their way around common payroll platforms such as ADP Workforce Now, Kronos and Workday. But “experience” means more than just data entry and basic navigation. Really get to know your system’s more advanced features, such as customizing portals, setting up access and permissions, changing workflow events and creating custom templates.

2. Other techincal expertise

Developing your hard skills is always a good career move, no matter your position or industry. For payroll managers, that means hands-on experience with general accounting software and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, such as SAP, Netsuite and Oracle; proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google Drive is also expected. To really get ahead in your field, stay current on the latest in payroll technology, including process automation and the rise of artificial intelligence.

Not sure where to start? Register for vendor-sponsored courses and work through online tutorials. Ask your supervisor for cross-training, or for permission to job shadow a senior payroll professional. You’ll learn a lot, and by asking for professional development and on-the-job training, you’ll show senior managers your initiative and desire to learn.

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