Payroll Clerk
Galesburg, IL 
Posted 25 days ago
Job Description

Are you inspired by challenging the status quo? Do you thrive in collaborative environments that drive results? If so, Gates could be for you.

Gates is a leading manufacturer of application-specific fluid power and power transmission solutions. We push the boundaries of material science to engineer solutions that continually exceed customer expectations.

Let's simplify it, think belts and hoses. Found in motorcycles, conveyor belts, cars, tractors, blenders, vacuum cleaners, bicycles, & 3D printers just to name a few. Because why not do it all?


As an innovation leader, we look for ambitious, forward-thinking, open-minded, and well-rounded individuals to join our global team. Located in our downtown Denver office, you will process in-house payroll for approximately 4,000 employees in a manufacturing environment. This position will also act as a liaison between ADP and the Company for tax preparation for 4 separate FEINs and approximately 45 states. This position will assist the Senior Payroll Manager with monthly reconciliations and special projects.

Key responsibilities:

  • Responsible for running in-house Oracle payroll process cycle in a manufacturing environment. This includes ensuring timeliness and accuracy of all data processed and submitted for payment.

  • Responsible for staying abreast of all payroll laws and tax regulations as well as continuous improvement of process and detection and remediation of any process defects.

  • Act as a liaison with ADP for timely and accurate filing, payment, and reconciliation of all federal, state, local and unemployment payroll taxes.

  • Assist Payroll Manager with managing Oracle payroll and in-house timekeeping system, which includes patch testing, troubleshooting, and implementing new functionality. Provides support and training to all users.

  • Participate in special projects as assigned by Payroll Manager. This could include acting as project or business lead on payroll related projects. Examples of upcoming projects may include acting as payroll lead to design requirements for implementation of a new timekeeping system.

  • Ensures compliance with Mandate for Fundamental Financial Controls and existing SOX matrixes, identifies, and recommends controls changes to the Payroll Manager. Participates in and supports testing and all internal and external audit activities.


  • Associates Degree in Accounting or Finance

  • Certified Payroll Professional, desired but not mandatory

  • Minimum of 3 years of payroll professional experience preferred

  • Excited to work in the office with great teammates

  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States without company sponsorship


  • Strong payroll processing and timekeeping knowledge, manufacturing environment a plus

  • Experience with in-house payroll processing in ERP system, Oracle experience a plus

  • Strong understanding of multi state payroll tax reporting

  • General understanding of basic accounting concepts and ability to reconcile payroll accounts

  • Exceptional attention to detail and accuracy of data

  • Self-motivated, capable of seeking quality solutions and continuously focusing on process improvements, while keeping the needs of the business in the forefront

  • Demonstrated problem solving with an understanding of appropriate escalation points

  • Extremely organized with an ability to juggle multiple priorities and flexible to accommodate changing business needs and deadlines

  • Composure under time pressure; demonstrated reliability

  • Strong communication skills, written and verbal

  • Takes responsibility for personal development

  • Demonstrated knowledge of basic SOX controls and auditing processes and is committed to the importance of accounting standards and controls

  • Strong Proficiency with Microsoft Excel


  • Full-Time

  • Medical, Dental, Vision insurance and other voluntary benefit options: benefits beginonthe first day of the month immediately following your date of hire

  • Eligible for 3 weeks of paid vacation + 11 holidays (9 scheduled & 2 floating) + 8 sick days. All vacation days are accrued

  • 401(k): 3% company contribution and additional 3% company match

  • Tuition Reimbursement

  • Learn more about the benefits we provide at


Founded in 1911 in Denver, Colorado, Gates is publicly traded on the NYSE. While we might operate in a vast amount of time zones we operate as 'One Gates' and have a common goal of pushing the boundaries of materials science. We invest in our people, bringing real-world experience that enables us to solve our customers' diverse challenges of today and anticipate those of tomorrow.

While we expect the best, we also want to give you the best. That's why at Gates we provide an environment where people can succeed from our policy of 'Dress for your Day' (yes - that means you can wear jeans), health club reimbursement, to your ownership of your work/life balance and more. Visitto learn more.


At Gates, we believe that we are better together. Proximity has been important to our success over the years as there are critical items that are simply better when done together. One of those critical items is efficient collaboration. We cannot underestimate the power of informal conversations and connecting face-to-face with our coworkers.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; use hands and fingers to work with objects, tools, or controls; and use office equipment including computers, telephones, and/or copiers/scanners. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.

Gates is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to ensuring equal employment opportunities for all job applicants and employees. Employment decisions are based upon job-related reasons regardless of race, sex, color, religion, age, disability, pregnancy, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, genetic information, marital status, or any other consideration defined by law.

Successful applicants for this position must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. All offers of employment for this position will be contingent upon the successful applicant providing proof of vaccination prior to their start date.

For individuals assigned and/or hired to work in Colorado, Gates is required by law to include a reasonable estimate of the compensation for this role. This compensation range is specific to the State of Colorado and takes into account various factors that are considered in making compensation decisions, including but not limited to the candidate's relevant experience, qualifications, skills, competencies, and proficiency for the role.


Gates Corporation is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to ensuring equal employment opportunities for all job applicants and employees.  Employment decisions are based upon job-related reasons regardless of gender, race, color, religion, age, disability, pregnancy, citizenship, sexual orientation, national origin, veteran status or any other protected class defined by state or local law.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Associate Degree
Required Experience
3+ years
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