Payroll Specialist I

Location: Downey, CA

Department: Finance/ HR

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced


Responsible for performing the function of the Payroll Specialist in all aspects of the payroll process to ensure smooth and efficient procedures and legal compliance.


  • Assist with processing bi-weekly payroll accurately using  Ultimate Software (UltiPro) system to ensure compliance, accuracy, and efficiency
  • Assist with managing Time & Attendance with support staff and supervisors while maintaining precise payroll records
  • Assist with processing and verifying employee payroll changes, deductions, garnishments, regular checks and manual checks
  • Coordinate resolution with payroll system representatives to address any inquiries/requests on an on-going basis
  • Support company’s retirement plan and ensure timely processing
  • Coordinate and support retirement plan and workers’ compensation audits
  • Maintain control of company payroll files with strict confidentiality
  • Maintain filing system for payroll and related records
  • Researches and resolves questions from managers and employees as they relate to the processing of payroll information such as PTO, tax questions, and etc.
  • Assists Finance department with additional clerical and administrative duties as needed



  • Associates degree in Accounting, Business or closely related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience

Special Skills:

  • Knowledge of wage and hour laws
  • Basic Accounting knowledge
  • Experience with payroll processing software
  • Experience in incentive pay calculations preferred
  • Must have strong computer skills in MS Office (Outlook, Excel, and Word)
  • Advance MS Excel skills (high proficiency in VLOOKUP and Pivot Tables)

Work Experience:

  • Minimum 3-5 years minimum of experience in payroll


Core competencies required for Payroll Specialist:

  • Strong verbal/written communication skills
  • Ability to prioritize and multi-task in order to meet deadlines
  • Excellent accuracy and attention to detail

JAMES PERSE was founded over 20 years ago in Los Angeles, California by its eponymous designer. James’ signature design philosophy and aesthetic – the pairing of elegance and sophistication with simplicity and comfort – is borne from his passion for minimalist architecture and (as a Los Angeles native) his intimate familiarity with west coast indoor / outdoor living and the casual clothing inspired by it. This approach has been applied to each step in developing the JAMES PERSE brand, which has become synonymous with Southern California life and style.

At the Company’s inception, James’ mission was to bring an elevated look and feel to unique baseball caps and basic tees. Two decades later, the Company has expanded to producing full lines of its famously soft and meticulously constructed modern classics for men and women, as well as home furnishings, accessories, and limited edition goods.  Our collections are sold in over 40 JAMES PERSE boutiques, as well as in fine department and specialty stores around the world.

Our employees are smart, creative, passionate, and service-driven individuals who meet the same superior standards we set for our products. We embrace talented people with diverse backgrounds and experiences, and support policies and practices that prohibit discrimination against any person because of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

JAMES PERSE offers competitive benefits packages, including health, dental, and vision insurance, life insurance, short-term and long-term disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, an employee assistance program, paid vacation, paid sick time, a retirement savings plan with company match, and a generous employee discount.

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We appreciate your interest in our company and look forward to hearing from you.

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