Celgene Director, Payroll in Summit, New Jersey


Celgene is a global biopharmaceutical company leading the way in medical innovation to help patients live longer, better lives. Our purpose as a company is to discover and develop therapies that will change the course of human health. We value our passion for patients, ​quest for innovation, spirit of independence and love of challenge. With a presence in more than 70 countries, and growing - we look for talented people to grow our business, advance our science and contribute to our unique culture.

The Director, Americas Payroll is responsible for leading the Americas payroll operational activities, providing strategic direction for the payroll function, and developing a team of high performing colleagues. In this role, the incumbent will partner closely as a SME in payroll matters with Finance, Treasury and Legal. This position will also oversee the team in expansion initiatives including managing the implementation of 3rd party vendors to ensure payroll accuracy and compliance in multiple countries within the Americas. Finally, this position will be responsible for the coaching, mentoring and leadership of the team of individuals and managers that provide the day-to-day payroll support. Countries include USA, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Bermuda and Puerto Rico.

Essential Functions:

  • Accountable for the accurate and timely processing of the Company’s payroll in all countries and that payroll services are processed in accordance with established global policies and procedures along with all legislative compliance requirements (including tax and labor laws).

  • Ensures payroll issues are escalated and resolved with root cause analysis and corrective action for all levels of employees and management, with a focus on ensuring a positive and seamless employee experience in partnership with HR Employee Services (MyHR)

  • Develop payroll strategy and operating model within the context of a rapidly evolving HR Service Delivery model and provide tactical direction to the HR Leads in the Americas

  • Identify and coordinate the implementations of appropriate control and compliance mechanisms

  • Monitor case management activity levels, call volumes and HR/Payroll system activity

  • Develop and implement best practices, key performance indicators and SLA metrics for department.

  • Proactively engage with HR function to ensure alignment with and delivery of value add payroll support beyond payroll processing

  • Oversee the timely preparation, processing, maintenance and appropriate distribution of payroll information, payroll reports, all tax year end reports, payroll manuals and related payroll working instructions

  • Identify and drive continuous performance improvement projects, typically around control mechanisms and efficiency of processes

  • Oversee projects across multi-disciplinary functions of Payroll within allotted time-frames and budgets, including activities arising from M&A.

  • Ensure end-to-end processes are well-thought out to address customer and regulatory requirements.

  • Directs and audits payroll procedures to include earnings, garnishments, tax withholding, and absence processing globally and ensure compliance with organizational procedures.

  • Work closely with Legal, Compliance, and Benefits teams to identify, resolve, and avoid payroll compliance issues.

  • Establish and set operational strategy for owning all operating and SOX controls within team.

  • Establish partnerships with third party vendors to ensure effective service delivery

  • Coach, mentor and provide leadership development to team members to optimize operational excellence and create a deeper bench of experienced talent

  • Maintains confidentiality of any payroll, private employee information and any proprietary information and ensures payroll information is secure.

Required Competencies-Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Change management experience and ability to facilitate change

  • Strong leadership skills -Leading, coaching, developing and inspiring a global team – setting team goals, measuring success and communicating achievements.

  • Strong project management experience, to include the ability to manage project plans, dependencies, critical path activities and milestones is required.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with ability to confidently present complex information to all levels of the organization are required.

  • Proactive, motivated, results oriented individual capable of partnering with diverse perspectives and backgrounds to negotiate positive outcomes that impact the work of internal, external and cross-functional partners.

  • Demonstrated focus on providing an excellent employee experience

  • Strong service orientation and willingness to learn

  • Comfortable in a fast-paced, complex and matrixed environment

  • Strong presentation and communication skills

Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s degree a plus

  • 15 years of relevant experience in payroll in a diverse, complex global enterprise.

  • Experience transforming a payroll function to maximize automation, scalability and cost effectiveness required.

  • Additional certifications or Advanced degrees/certifications such as: MBA, CPP, CPA, CMA, Six Sigma, PMP and Agile Scrum Master Certification are a plus

  • Knowledge and experience with stock, travel and time and attendance programs.

  • Experience setting up payroll requirements for new tax entities.

  • Experience with end to end M&A activities.

  • Experience in Americas payroll and benefits including Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Puerto Rico

  • Workday Payroll knowledge &/or experience preferred but not required; must have deep knowledge & experience working with payroll vendors & platform technologies.


Celgene is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status. Celgene complies with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act. All applicants must have authorization to work for Celgene in the U.S.COMMITTED TO IMPROVING THE LIVES OF PATIENTS WORLDWIDE

At Celgene, we seek to deliver truly innovative and life-changing drugs for our patients. Our vision as a company is to build a major global biopharmaceutical corporation while focusing on the discovery, the development, and the commercialization of products for the treatment of cancer and other severe, immune, inflammatory conditions.

“At Celgene, we seek to deliver truly innovative and life-changing drugs for our patients.”

There are more than 300 clinical trials at major medical centers using compounds from Celgene. Investigational compounds are being studied for patients with incurable hematological and solid tumor cancers, including multiple myeloma, myelodysplastic syndromes, chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL), triple-negative breast cancer and pancreatic cancer. As committed as we are to clinical accomplishment, we are equally committed to patient support, which is a guiding principle at Celgene. We believe all who can benefit from our discoveries should have the opportunity to do so. Celgene puts patients first with industry-leading programs that provide information, support and access to our innovative therapies.