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Payroll Accountant

Payroll Accountant

US-CA-San Francisco
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Esurance is hiring a Payroll Accountant to join our tight-knit lean Payroll team in San Francisco.  As a Payroll Accountant at Esurance, you will support the Accounting department by recording all payroll related transactions and will serve as the primary liaison between the Accounting department and Human Resources. The ideal candidate will have an understanding of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) audit controls and payroll processing procedures.  This role is 55% payroll accounting work and 45% payroll processing work.  


  •  Prepare monthly journal entries to record payroll and related transactions from the payroll administrator (Ceridian) to the general ledger account.
  • Calculate and prepare accruals for payroll and related transactions for pay cycle cut-off.
  • Calculate and prepare monthly benefit, bonus and PTO accruals.
  • Record payroll cash transactions (payroll, flex spending account activity, employee expense reimbursements).
  • Perform monthly reconciliation and analysis of the following:
    salary expense, group benefits, bonus expense, payroll tax, PTO, flex spending account, manual payroll checks and employee deductions.
  • Review payroll processes for compliance with labor and tax laws.
  • Ensure accuracy and timeliness of quarterly tax return filing.
  • Ensure timely and accurate Federal, State and local quarterly tax filings with Ceridian Tax Services.
  • Maintain and update general ledger account structure as necessary to achieve accurate and transparent payroll accounting.
  • Develop and maintain necessary procedures and internal controls related to payroll accounting.


  • Must have strong research and problem-solving skills
  • Good oral and written communication skills and strong interpersonal skills
  • Must be self-motivated and able to work with limited supervision
  • Must be capable of working under pressure of deadlines and be able to handle a high volume of work in a fast-paced environment, and must be able to prioritize multiple competing tasks
  • Must be organized and possess a strong sense of urgency

Experience / Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred; associate’s degree in Accounting, Finance, a related field or equivalent education required.
  • 3 or more years of experience in similar position with experience in and working knowledge of payroll reports required
  • Experience with Ceridian Payroll system and Certified Payroll Professional designation strongly preferred.

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