Payroll Mgr - 90364282 - Washington (Hybrid)

Date: Sep 11, 2023

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20001

Company: Amtrak

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As we move America’s workforce toward the future, Amtrak connects businesses and communities across the country. We employ more than 20,000 diverse, energetic professionals in a variety of career fields throughout the United States. The safety of our passengers, our employees, the public and our operating environment is our priority, and the success of our railroad is due to our employees.


Are you ready to join our team?

Our values of ‘Do the Right Thing, Excel Together and Put Customers First’ are at the heart of what matters most to us, and our Core Capabilities, ‘Building Trust, Accountability, Effective Communication, Customer Focus, and Proactive Safety & Security’ are what every employee needs to know and do to be most impactful at Amtrak. By living the Amtrak values, focusing on our capabilities, and actively embracing and fostering diverse ideas, backgrounds, and perspectives, together we will honor our past and make Amtrak a company of the future.



This position provides Payroll support for biweekly payroll business processes. Works with the Senior Payroll IT Strategy Manager and plays a crucial role in supporting year end activities for Payroll Business team. In addition, this position supports the Senior Payroll IT Strategy Manager through testing integrated modules, upgrades, and enhancements. 




  • Supporting the Senior Payroll IT Strategy Manager to ensure Human Resources/Payroll system’s integrity.
  • Prepare reports and recommendations for management as requested.
  • Manages requests of payroll research and data inquiries both internally and externally.
  • Lead Payroll UAT support working with cross-functional team to enhance existing application and tax updates. 
  • Work with payroll department on supporting the biweekly payroll process. 
  • Payroll Lead working with Business Payroll Technology team in UAT testing to roll out system changes for payroll department.   
  • Lead working with the Payroll Operation team to assess and determine their reporting needs and /or assist them with testing payroll business processes associated with utilizing Sap Payroll applications.
  • Manages process to implement and coordinate payroll business process changes and data accuracy.
  • Makes recommendations on work processes and operations for efficiency and ease of use
  • Other duties as assigned




  • Bachelor’s degree required, or equivalent combination of training, education, and relevant experience may be considered in lieu of degree
  • Requires  7 years relevant experience.
  • Demonstrates a strong payroll partner system testing and test validation.
  • Able to apply problem resolution skills to effectively address payroll related business issues.
  • Requires ability to communicate with payroll partner system business users.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Knowledge of general Payroll practices preferred from time, taxes, general ledger and processing.
  • Must have the ability to independently prioritize and accomplish work within time constraints
  • Business Payroll (Payroll, Time Management) or other Payroll applications.
  • Prior experience with Payroll operation and testing.
  • Knowledge in Excel and MS office suite of tool sets




  • 9+ years of relevant experience preferred, including 4+ years' experience working on HR related data and systems
  • Proactive delivery of communication and follow up
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Proficiency with Excel and MS Office Suite
  • Limited experience with ERP Systems
  • Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC)



  • Office environment or remote




Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.



The salary/hourly range is $99,750 - $129,270, Pay is based on several factors including but not limited to education, work experience, certifications, internal equity, etc. Depending on an employee’s assigned worksite or location, Amtrak may consider a geo-pay differential to be applied to the employee’s base salary. Amtrak may offer additional incentive and pay programs to recognize and reward our employees, including a short-term incentive bonus based upon factors such as individual and company performance that is commensurate with the level of the position and/or long-term incentive plan compensation. In addition to your salary, Amtrak offers a comprehensive benefit package that includes health, dental, and vision plans; health savings accounts; wellness programs; flexible spending accounts; 401K retirement plan with employer match; life insurance; short and long term disability insurance; paid time off; back-up care; adoption assistance; surrogacy assistance; reimbursement of education expenses; Public Service Loan Forgiveness eligibility; Railroad Retirement sickness and retirement benefits; and rail pass privileges. Learn more about our benefits offerings here.

Requisition ID:159661
Posting Location(s):District of Columbia; Maryland; Virginia
Job Family/Function:Information Technology 
Relocation Offered:No 
Travel Requirements:0 - 5% 

You power our progress through your performance.

We want your work at Amtrak to be more than a job. We want your career at Amtrak to be a fulfilling experience where you find challenging work, rewarding opportunities, respect among colleagues, and attractive compensation. Amtrak maintains a culture that values high performance and recognizes individual employee contributions. 

Amtrak is committed to a safe workplace free of drugs and alcohol. All Amtrak positions requires a pre-employment background check that includes prior employment verification, a criminal history check and a pre-employment drug screen. 

Candidates who test positive for marijuana will be disqualified, regardless of any state or local statute, ordinance, regulation, or other law that legalizes or decriminalizes the use or possession of marijuana, whether for medical, recreational, or other use. Amtrak's pre-employment drug testing program is administered in accordance with DOT regulations and applicable law.  

In accordance with DOT regulations (49 CFR § 40.25), Amtrak is required to obtain prior drug and alcohol testing records for applicants/employees intending to perform safety-sensitive duties for covered Department of Transportation positions. If an applicant/employee refuses to provide written consent for Amtrak to obtain these records, the individual will not be permitted to perform safety-sensitive functions.


In accordance with federal law governing security checks of covered individuals for providers of public transportation (Title 6 U.S.C. §1143), Amtrak is required to screen applicants for any permanent or interim disqualifying criminal offenses. 

Note that any education requirement listed above may be deemed satisfied if you have an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Amtrak is an EOE/Affirmative Action Minority/Female employer, and we welcome all to apply. We consider candidates regardless of race/color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related conditions), national origin/ethnicity, age, disability (intellectual, mental and physical), veteran status, marital status, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, genetic information, citizenship or any other personal characteristics protected by law.