(Full-Time) Payroll/Audit - Accountant

Brighton, MI
Full Time
Administrative Office

BARGAINING UNIT / LEVEL: Professional Bargaining Unit - Level 10

SALARY RANGE: $85,743 - $94,690 annually DOQ

GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: Under the supervision of the Supervisor of Accounting, work activities primarily involve performing independently the functions of the Finance Department which includes maintaining and monitoring an on-premise payroll and time and attendance system; oversight of monthly, quarterly, year-end and audit procedures; providing oversight and ensuring timely and accurate processing of a complex payroll; developing and implementing system-wide internal audit functions for cash handling, procedural compliance and verification of assets; preparing records and reports. Position will work independently, exercise judgment and discretion in completion of duties and makes decisions on department operations and financial matters.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES: The list below is intended to describe the general nature of duties only. Employee shall perform other duties as assigned.

  • Provide oversight and ensure timely and accurate processing of payroll.
  • Process periodic tax and payroll withholding payments.
  • Prepare and process periodic and annual filings, reports and reconciliations including:
    • Federal and State Payroll Withholding Taxes
    • Form W-2
    • Social Security
    • Labor Department
    • Census data
    • UIA
  • Prepare, submit and reconcile workers compensation payroll annual audit.
  • Preparation and processing of complex payroll activities including but not limited to:
    • Bonus calculation
    • Severance calculation
    • Other payments through the payroll system as needed
    • Adjustments for appropriate processing of payments reflecting tax deferrals in accordance with regulations
  • Working with Chief of Finance and other staff, develop and implement appropriate internal audit functions including:
    • Cash handling
    • Payroll
    • Inventory (warehouse, sundry, food & beverage product)
    • Point of Sale Software
    • Procedural compliance
    • Verification of fixed assets
  • Perform inventory reconciliations and assist with annual physical inventory processes.
  • Assist with preparation and monitoring of wage and fringe benefit budgets and costs.
  • Assist with general Finance Department routine and special projects as needed


  • Bachelor’s degree with specialization in finance, accounting, public administration or related field. Master’s degree preferred. Applicants with 8 or more years of related service will be given credit toward meeting the minimum educational requirements and will be considered for the position.
  • Five years of experience in payroll and general accounting or related field.
  • Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) and/or Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) certification is a plus.
  • Experience in municipal finance and accounting preferred.
  • Experience with processing a complex payroll utilizing an on-premise system.
  • Knowledge of the principles, methods and practices of payroll processing & associated required periodic reporting.
  • Knowledge of the applicable laws and regulations.
  • Knowledge of modern office management procedures, practices and computer equipment as applied to accounting systems.
  • Knowledge of typical office applications including Microsoft Office applications.
  • Ability to assist in planning, organizing, directing and reviewing the work of employees engaged in a variety of finance/accounting activities.
  • Ability to meet successfully and to establish effective working relationships with co-workers, department heads, other officials and the public.
  • Ability to gather financial data and express ideas and thoughts clearly verbally and in writing.
  • May be required to adjust schedule to meet organizational needs, including special events, evenings, weekends & holidays.
  • Ability to perform essential duties.

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