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Accenture Payroll Workday Function Manager in Boston, Massachusetts

Organization: Corporate Functions/

Location: US negotiable

(Midwest or East Coast preferred)

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People in the Corporate Function contribute to the running of Accenture as a high- performance business through specialization within a specific functional area, and grow into internally focused roles by deepening their skills and/or developing new skills within an internal functional area.

Job Description

The Workday Function Manager for Payroll will be a key member of Accenture’s global payroll team and will be responsible for managing the interaction between Payroll and Workday. This position will require the manager to understand current and potential flow of data globally from Workday, and differences for each country payroll. The Manager will work closely with the teams responsible for source data in Workday and will be the global point of contact for any process changes, issues and questions to improve and automate current processes. The HR Function Manager for Payroll will work closely with Payroll Advisors and with IT Capability & Operations Leads who will assist with the communication with the local payroll team. Payroll Advisors and Local payroll teams will rely on the HR Functional Manager for Payroll to escalate process and system issues and drive to resolution and improvement. The role requires understanding of Safe Agile methodology and AzureDevOps. The HR Functions Manager will act as Product Owner for the Payroll Scrum within the Pay our People Release train, defining team’s priorities and objectives based on overall vision/roadmap of the portfolio. The role must partner across the Markets / MU and across key stakeholders as many of our processes may span cross functionally and require inputs from multiple areas. They must have or develop a deep understanding of our organization and its nuances and be able to finesse the processes to achieve defined outcomes. As a functional leader, the Manager will coordinate with regional and global leaders to execute strategies.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop a trusted relationship with various HR, Workday, IT teams and with Payroll Advisors and Local payroll teams leads.

  • Work closely with Global Payroll Functional Lead to communicate issues, resolutions and opportunities.

  • Work with the HR, Workday, Payroll Advisors and Local Payroll Teams to identify the key pain points and priorities, understanding constraints including cost, quality, effectiveness and other factors

  • Influence / shape thinking to help drive world-class execution and strategic alignment.

  • Drive a process mindset to ensure proper strategic alignment, prioritization, standardization and impact of projects and initiatives.

  • Work closely with functional area on project priorities, plans, reporting and understanding project risks and status. Ensure cross team involvement is occurring as needed.

  • Identify resource constraints and potential project delays in a quick manner to avoid surprises and ensure expectations are met.

  • Help identify dependencies between processes, projects and areas to ensure that all areas of improvement are addressed

  • Provide coordination among teams as needed to ensure a holistic view and “solving for the whole and E2E Thinking”.

  • Coordinate deep dives as needed on issue or risk areas that are identified putting in place a structure identification and resolution framework.

  • Ability to build a regional roadmap aligned to the payroll standard taking into consideration process, people, technology, vendor, data measurement etc.

  • Leading virtual and in-person sessions as needed, with team leaders and working with teams in delivering project objectives

  • Providing formal and informal training as needed

  • Learning new skills and techniques, and how to apply within existing and/or new parts of Accenture

  • Flexible working schedule to manage priorities across all time zones

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree

  • Minimum of 6 years experience of transformation / program management

  • Minimum of 2 years experience with Workday

Preferred Qualifications:

  • At least 5+ years within Accenture is preferred.

  • Workday HCM

  • Workday integration to 3rd party payroll systems

  • Program Management

  • Journey and Change management

  • Team leadership and facilitation

  • Relationship development and management at all levels, including with senior leaders (C Suite)

  • Business and functional acumen

  • Strategic thinking (Ops strategy, strategic planning, etc.)

  • Strategy execution (taking strategy to execution)

  • Understanding and Deployment of the FORM methodology

  • Capacity planning / modelling / Metric defintion

  • Strong oral and written English communications skills

  • Process Improvement concepts and tools

  • Safe Agile

  • Workday Payroll

  • Experience within multiple Accenture Organizations (OGs, GPs or Corp Functions)

  • Business Architecture

  • AI / Automation within E2E processes

  • Deployment / involvement in Innovation / Ideation programs

  • Application of Robotic Process Automation (RPA)

  • Payroll experience

  • Experience working in a global, virtual environment with a virtual team across time zones

  • Business Excellence / Lean Six Sigma (LSS) tools and concepts as needed

Professional Skills:

  • English

  • Demonstrated leadership in professional setting; either military or civilian

  • Demonstrated teamwork and collaboration in a professional setting; either military or civilian

    Compensation for roles at Accenture varies depending on a wide array of factors including but not limited to the specific office location, role, skill set and level of experience. As required by local law, Accenture provides a reasonable range of compensation for roles that may be hired in California, Colorado , New York City or Washington as set forth below and   information on benefits offered is here. (   

    Role Location: Range of Starting Pay for role

    California: $100,400 – $196,500

    Colorado: $100,400 - $169,800

    New York City: $116,300 - $196,500

    Washington: $107,000 – $180,800

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