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Senior Payroll Specialist

by Digital Extremes

Location: London, ON
Date Posted: Sep 08, 2020
Digital Extremes

Job Description


Department: Operations\Admin Job Type: Full Time Location: London, ON Min Exp: See Requirements


Founded in 1993 by James Schmalz, Digital Extremes ranks as one of the world’s top independent video game development studios. Originating with the co-creation of Epic Games’ multi-million unit selling Unreal® franchise including Unreal and Unreal Tournament, Digital Extremes went on to develop Dark Sector®, BioShock® for the PlayStation®3, the BioShock 2 multiplayer campaign, and The Darkness® II. The studio has reached its greatest critical and commercial success with the free-to-play action game, Warframe®, boasting a global community of 50 million registered players on PC, PS4™, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch™. For more information about Digital Extremes, visit To sign up for Warframe, visit


Our culture is centered on providing great opportunities to our employees so that everyone feels they are making a meaningful impact. Developing new and existing talent is our long-term focus. We are honored that our work environment has been consistently recognized as one of “Canada’s Top 100 Employers”. We summon you to join our elite team!

The rewards of a career with Digital Extremes include:

Competitive salary with bonus opportunities
Excellent benefits and paid time off
Matching RRSP plan
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Professional development and career support
Fitness and parking/transit subsidies
Daily lunches prepared onsite by our in-studio Executive Chef and professional kitchen staff
All-day snacks and drinks, sleep pods, massage chairs, cold brew, dog therapy days and more

Digital Extremes is seeking a Senior Payroll Specialist to join our team. Working under the direction of the Controller, the Senior Payroll Specialist is accountable for all aspects of payroll. Your responsibilities will include accurate and timely processing of payroll for Canadian and US employees, ensuring compliance with applicable legislation, and achieving operational excellence through process and workflow management. Integrity and excellent attention to detail are crucial for this role. The ideal candidate will also have a strong work ethic, strong analytical and problem-solving skills, and is comfortable responding to shifting demands in a challenging and fast paced environment.

Administration of biweekly payroll, including the accurate processing of new hires, taxable benefits, entitlements, leaves, terminations, etc.
Prepare/review financial journal entries
Reconcile payroll accounts and balance by resolving any discrepancies
Assist with reconciling and administrating various employee benefits or programs, as needed
Ensure compliance with existing and new regulations and legislation in Canada and the US, enforcing adherence to requirements and advising management on any action needed
Responding to both internal and external inquiries, audits and/or requests for data by producing well organized reports or other documentation
Oversee year-end requirements including T4 and W2 filings
Review, implement, and seek to continually improve payroll processes and procedures, recommending new approaches to establish best practices
Develop payroll documentation, files, and records for the purpose of providing an up-to-date reference and audit trail
Assist in the preparation of payroll-related tax credit applications
Maintain employee confidence and protect payroll operations by keeping information confidential
Other duties as required
5+ years of experience in a similar role
PCP certification and a degree or diploma in a related field
Experience managing payroll using Ceridian Dayforce system, advanced Excel skills
Good knowledge of accounting and journal entries preferred
Knowledge and experience with U.S. payroll is an asset
Well-organized and highly detail oriented
Ability to work independently, using sound judgement and under strict deadlines.
Excellent problem-solving skills and proven ability to take initiative
Proven track record of process improvements or implementations
Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral

Digital Extremes is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. We welcome and encourage applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available upon request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the recruitment process. We thank you for your interest, however, only those candidates selected for the next steps in the hiring process will be contacted.