Assistant Accountant – Payroll and Payroll Tax

Turner Construction     Construction     General Contracting     -     March 18, 2020

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Turner Construction

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Turner is a North America-based, international construction services company and is a leading builder in diverse market segments. The company has earned recognition for undertaking large, complex projects, fostering innovation, embracing emerging technologies, and making a difference for their clients, employees and community.

Position Overview

Division: Ohio
Project Location(s): Cincinnati, OH 45202 USA
Minimum Years Experience:
Travel Involved:
Job Type: Regular
Job Classification: Experienced
Education: Some College
Job Family: Finance
Compensation: Salaried Non-Exempt

Position Description: Process payroll payments for company employees.

Reports To: Accounting Manager Payroll & Payroll Tax

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:


  • Document and review current payroll processes and procedures.
  • Review and validate payroll data for accuracy.
  • Run and suggest improvements for various payroll audits.
  • Respond promptly to employee and profit center payroll inquiries.
  • Communicate with employees and business units as required.
  • Other activities, duties, and responsibilities as assigned.
  • Post payroll transactions.
  • Process trade payroll checks, coordinate check printing and distribution to profit centers.
  • Review and validate payroll clerk data entry.
  • Ensure compliance with union CBA requirements for payment and reporting of union benefits.
  • Oversee timely processing of payroll cycles for assigned areas.
  • Prepare cash/payroll reconciliation for Canadian payroll including journal entries to transfer labor costs to projects.
  • Coordinate stop payment requests.
  • Process unemployment claims.
  • Maintain position master data for weekly employees.
  • Assist with union payroll audits.
  • Prepare and submit Canada concurrent payroll for processing.
  • Create standard changes for annual updates and for new pay rates.
  • Assist with clearing escheatment exceptions.
  • Research bank reconciliation exceptions.
  • Maintain employee payroll master data.
  • Complete and process request for income verification.
  • Produce payroll reports.
  • Assist with process improvements.
  • Assist with payroll mailings to business units.
Payroll Tax:
  • Audit employee payroll tax configurations for compliance.
  • Register new payroll tax jurisdictions.
  • Monitor incoming payroll tax notices and conduct related research.
  • Prepare, reconcile, and process monthly relocation gross ups.
  • Set up new tax authorities in internal software and payroll systems.
  • Research and reply to payroll tax questions.
  • Process and submit quarterly multiple worksite reports.
  • Track and maintain unemployment rate notices.
  • Process tax refund deposits from various jurisdictions.


  • Associate’s Degree preferred or Bachelor’s Degree, and 2 years recent payroll experience, and multi-state payroll, bank reconciliations, escheatment, and garnishments experience preferred
  • General knowledge of basic accounting principles
  • Able to research problems and resolve to completion, escalate issues promptly, learn and apply knowledge quickly, and meet deadlines
  • Excellent data entry skills, 10-key pad proficiency with limited input errors, previous experience with gross-to-net payroll processing
  • Highly organized, detail oriented, accurate, and self-check work
  • Able to work independently, with some oversight, and in team environment
  • Must follow established procedures and execute directions to completion without need of management follow up
  • Must have good work ethic, integrity, dependable, adaptable, cooperative, and motivated to take on new responsibilities
  • Professional written and verbal communication and general office skills
  • Proficient with databases and computer applications, MS Office, and MS Access


Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  Performance of the required duties will require physical ability to climb permanent and temporary stairs, passenger use of construction personnel hoists, ability to climb ladders and negotiate work areas under construction.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.  Performing this job requires use of hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls, sit, talk and hear, stand, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  Employee must occasionally lift and/or move heavy weight.    

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works on-site at the construction work site where the employee is exposed to moving mechanical parts; high precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; outside weather conditions and risk of electrical shock.  The noise in these work environments is usually moderate to very loud.     

Turner is an Equal Opportunity Employer   Minorities/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.  

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Turner is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer - minorities/females/veterans/individuals with disabilities/sexual orientation/gender identity.
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