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Payroll Specialist


The Cox Family office is seeking a Payroll Specialist in our Atlanta headquarters. As a Payroll Specialist you will be responsible for accurate processing of payroll for all Family Office clients and for performing related administrative tasks, and provides back-up for accounts payable and other functions as needed.

The core accountability of the Payroll Specialist is to accurately process the semi-monthly, monthly and bi-weekly payrolls for multiple, complex multi-state Family Office clients on a payroll system to include executive payroll processing. The Payroll Specialist works to identify and resolve payroll related issues, provides support, and answers pay related questions while maintaining a high level of customer service.  

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Your Role:
  • Responsible for completing the timely entry of all employee level tax, general deductions, special earnings, direct deposit and all other payroll related data in the payroll system on a semi-monthly, monthly and biweekly basis.
  • Gathers and enters time entry information regarding worked and non-worked hours (PTO, vacation, sick etc.) from various sources (time clocks, timesheets, emails, etc.) for accurate payment to employees.
  • Verify accuracy of payroll data entered and compare against input documents.
  • Follows up with timekeepers and managers to ensure procedures are followed timely and accurately.  
  • Reviews, monitors and validates transactions initiated by other areas (benefits, compensation, etc.) to ensure accurate processing for employee.
  • Assists with proactively identifying potential payroll issues and correcting any errors prior to confirming the payroll transactions.
  • Acts as a payroll expert concerning wage and hour laws as well as other payroll related topics to service customers with their payroll related questions.
  • Maintains customer contacts for payroll for questions, payroll check and reporting distribution.
  • Generates any off-cycle payment transactions, as required by customers.
  • Sends communication and manage process for updating employee for special annual payments/updates (club dues, personal auto usage of company vehicle, etc.).
  • Assists with uploading and validating annual payments and processes using the payroll system (year end, W2, W2C processing, Group Term Life and Long Term Disability taxable income, etc.).
  • Maintain accurate and current employee database in payroll system (pay changes, address changes, new hires, terminations, tax withholdings, etc.);
  • Serve as back-up to Administration Coordinator by performing the following functions as needed:
    • Coordinate flow of documents and approval process for accounts payable;
    • Print or prepare checks and assemble with documentation for review, approval, signature and issuance.
  • Assist and provide administrative support for benefit plans.
  • Perform other business related tasks as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred with minimum 3 years’ experience supporting and processing payroll
  • Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) preferred
  • System Knowledge/Experience:
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience a with Payroll system
  • Experience using one or more of the following:  Axiom, Time and Labor, Kronos, ReportSmith, Adjustmate
  • Strong PC skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite required;
  • Excellent customer service, verbal, written and communication skills
  • Ability to be flexible and respond to varied demands
  • Demonstrated attention to detail and accuracy;
  • High integrity and discretion;
  • Organizational skills;
  • Strong listening and interpersonal skills;
  • Self-awareness and judgment – knows when to ask for guidance and assistance;
  • Team player/collaborative, willing to take on whatever task is required to serve the client;
  • Knowledge of federal and state regulations as they pertain to payroll processing required;
  • Prior client service focused work experience preferred;
  • Working knowledge of payroll and/or accounts payable software packages preferred. 

About Cox Enterprises


Cox Enterprises is a leading communications, media and automotive services company. With revenues exceeding $20 billion and approximately 60,000 employees, the company's major operating subsidiaries include Cox Communications (cable television distribution, high-speed Internet access, telephone, home security and automation, commercial telecommunications and advertising solutions); Cox Automotive (automotive-related auctions, financial services, media and software solutions); and Cox Media Group (television and radio stations, digital media, newspapers and advertising sales rep firms).


The company's major national brands include Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book and Manheim. Through Cox Automotive, the company's international operations stretch across Asia, Australia, Europe and Latin America. To learn more about Cox's commitment to people, sustainability and our communities, please visit

Organization: Cox Enterprises

Primary Location: US-GA-Atlanta-6205 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd

Employee Status: Regular

Job Level: Individual Contributor

Shift: Day Job

Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time

Schedule: Full-time

Unposting Date: Ongoing