Payroll Manager

| Culver City
Apply now
By clicking continue you agree to Built In’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

The Payroll Manager is a hands-on subject matter expert on payroll regulations and leads the Payroll function with primary responsibility for the overall calculation, submission, and payment of accurate SG team member payroll and related communication to team members, leadership and  payroll vendors. These duties include producing accurate paychecks and managing all payroll related payments, including 3rd party payments of pre-tax and post-tax deductions and payroll taxes.


  • Lead  the payroll team and function for SG  to ensure the timely and accurate preparation and delivery of the organization’s payroll  and payroll initiatives.
  • Evolving payroll practices to prepare for company growth and to simplify employee interactions with the function.
  • Administer and ensure compliance for all voluntary and involuntary deductions, including benefits, 401K, Family Fund, garnishments, etc.
  • Conduct appropriate withholding of federal, state, local and provincial income taxes in partnership with Accounting / Finance and the People teams.   
  • Partner with the Controller to prepare for year end processing of W2’s and company payroll tax returns.
  • Serve as the Payroll SME for the implementation of HRIS module implementations such as UTA (Ulti Time & Attendance system).  Design and document workflow and make recommendations for process improvement within our weekly payroll timekeeping reconciliation practices to save time and increase accuracy.
  • Ensure compliance  practices with regard to payroll data integrity. 
  • Partner with Payroll Supervisor,  Sr. HRIS Manager and Business Applications Lead to review, update and document SOPs for all payroll processing activities following the recent launch of Ultipro, our new HRIS system, and recommend changes as needed. Concurrently, work with Sr. HRIS Manager to implement the workflows in the payroll software. I.e., payroll & onboarding, payroll & hris, payroll and finance, etc.
  • Respond to and manage the team to resolve payroll inquiries via ZenDesk and serve as the main point-of-contact for payroll within the organization to lead process improvement and elevate the employee experience when interacting with the function.
  • Mentor the team while providing growth and learning opportunities through individual 1;1’s with direct reports and quarterly functional meetings to ensure alignment with leadership expectations and throughout the organization.
  • Coordinate all activities relating to annual discretionary bonus payments, commissions, executive comp payouts and other year-end activities impacting employees and ad hoc payroll runs.
  • Provide customer and stakeholder support for issues that arise and develop a plan for problem resolution along with mitigation of issues on a go-forward basis. 
  • Engage in the typical activities and responsibilities of a manager including planning, evaluating, organizing, and integrating, while maintaining a focus on teamwork, communication and the change management process in order to be successful. 
  • Act as a liaison between the organization and our 3rd party partners to ensure all teams are aligned as it relates to payroll processing and related activities.

Payroll Compliance

  • Responsible for SOX controls within the payroll organization, and actively participate in audits (internal and external). 
  • Keeps abreast of current payroll tax requirements and relevant laws associated with employee wage and benefits, including the Fair Labor Standards Act, payroll taxes, employee federal/state income and social security taxes, State Unemployment Insurance, workers compensation, etc. Specifically all requirements and relevant laws associated with the non-exempt population across multiple states
  • Ensures payroll processes are in compliance/alignment with government regulations, laws, and organization processes, practices, and guidelines. Performs audits and analyzes reports to identify and resolve payroll, compliance and disbursement issues
  • Applies for and maintains Covid related tax programs
  • Reconciles workers compensation where required by Finance by using quarterly filings and earnings from payroll system
  • Review federal form 941 and other state tax reports prepared by 3rd party tax service, verify federal and state tax payments to ensure compliance with deposit requirements
  • Troubleshoot with Accounting Team to Reconcile payroll to labor expense and record journal entries to allocate labor costs
  • Work with Accounting Team to reconcile and process other payroll journal entries as required; perform monthly reconciliation of payroll accounts in the general ledger
  • Run, audit and save all post-payroll reports for every payroll ran, both regular and off-cycle


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Accounting, Finance or HR preferred but  not required 
  • Seven  years of progressively responsible payroll experience required,with a minimum of 3 years of supervisory/leadership responsibilities. 
  • Experience in using “online” applications such as Google suite applications required(Google Sheets, Box, etc)
  • Previous experience and demonstrated success leading, managing, and building teams required
  • Experience using payroll software systems required; Ultimate Software

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent  organization skills and ability to work under competing deadlines in a fast-paced work environment
  • A hands-on, working manager, with the ability and willingness to “get involved in the details”. 
  • demonstrated ability to research, make recommendations and act on changes to tax items and related policies
  • Ability to work both independently and on teams
  • Strong analytical, mathematical and problem-solving skills, organization skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills with the ability to communicate with professionals at all levels
  • Strong planning and organizing skills to lead the payroll team and function while prioritizing and adapting to evolving business priorities to deliver results on time.
  • Manage confidential/sensitive information exhibit professionalism and discretion needed

What you'll get:

  • Three different medical plans to suit your and your family's needs
  • Dental and Vision insurance
  • Flexible PTO plan
  • 401k; company match of 50% up to 3% of employee contribution
  • 5 months paid family leave; we believe in fully supporting new parents
  • Employee HSA and FSA
  • Complimentary greens
  • An opportunity to make a real impact on the people around you, both by growing them and by connecting them to real food
  • To live the sweetlife and celebrate your passion + purpose
  • A collaborative family of people who live our core values and have your back
  • A clear career path with opportunities for development, both personally and professionally
  • Free sweetgreen swag

About sweetgreen:

sweetgreen is on a mission to build healthier communities by connecting people to real food. We passionately believe that real food should be convenient and accessible to everyone. Every day in each sweetgreen, our 4,500 team members make food from scratch, using fresh ingredients and produce delivered that morning. And in our local communities, we’re committed to leaving people better than we found them. We’re in the business of feeding people, and we’re out to change what that means.

Come join the sweetlife!

sweetgreen provides equal opportunities for everyone that works for us and everyone that applies to join our team, without regard to sex or gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, any service, past, present, or future, in the uniformed services of the United States (military or veteran status), or any other consideration protected by federal, state, or local law.

sweetgreen participates in the federal government's E-Verify program to determine employment eligibility. To learn more about the E-Verify program, please click here.

Read Full Job Description
Apply now
By clicking continue you agree to Built In’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • GolangLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • RubyLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • GrailsLanguages
    • GraphQLLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • AngularJSFrameworks
    • DjangoFrameworks
    • Ember.jsFrameworks
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • Ruby on RailsFrameworks


Our office is positioned in the centerpiece for LA's newest creative generation, PLATFORM and directly across the street from the Metro Station.

What are sweetgreen Perks + Benefits

sweetgreen Benefits Overview

sweetgreen is committed to offering a benefit package with flexibility and options to help you live your sweetlife. Our suite of benefits includes the core options of medical, dental, and vision as well as other voluntary benefit options to help you create the benefit package that best meets the needs of you and your family.

We believe that our employees are the most important ingredients in our restaurants and aim to support you throughout your journey at sweetgreen. FAMILY FUND

Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 5 months of parental leave for the primary caretaker. We believe in fully supporting new parents.
Flexible Work Schedule
sweetgreen provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes flexible start and end times. Do what you love on *and* off the clock.
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Our employees Give back with 5 paid volunteering hours per year.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Fitness Subsidies
Sweetgreen has partnered with Classpass to offer a different kind of gym membership. All benefits-eligible employees receive a subsidy per month to use towards your membership.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
sweetgreen hosts lunch and learn meetings once per month.
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within

Additional Perks + Benefits


The family fund provides emergency financial aid to employees experiencing financial hardship caused by catastrophic events outside of your control, like a natural disaster or life altering personal crisis.

Every person in the sweetgreen family can elect to donate part of their paycheck to the family fund pool of money. This is the money that will be distributed to individuals who apply for funds that will help them cope with an unfortunate situation.

With your continued support, we can truly make an impact in the lives of our sweetgreen family members who are experiencing hardship.

More Jobs at sweetgreen22 open jobs
All Jobs
Data + Analytics
Design + UX
Dev + Engineer
Culver City
Culver City
Culver City
Culver City
Los Angeles
Culver City
Culver City
Data + Analytics
Culver City
Culver City
Design + UX
Culver City
Culver City
Culver City
Culver City
Culver City
Culver City
Apply now
By clicking continue you agree to Built In’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.
Save jobView sweetgreen's full profileSee more sweetgreen jobs