Position Title: Payroll Accountant

Company: City Of El Segundo

Location: El Segundo, CA, US

Job Description:

This recruitment process is open on a continuous basis and may close at any time. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. Only online applications will be accepted for this recruitment. The first review of applications will be completed on Friday, August 27, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.. Applications received after August 27, 2021, may not be considered. Applicants appearing best qualified based upon a review of the application and responses to supplemental questions will be invited to participate in the testing process.


  • Coordinates and performs payroll accounting operational functions; evaluates accounting procedures and fiscal practices and recommends and assists in implementing new or revised payroll accounting systems, procedures and records; participates in developing computer programs for payroll accounting analyses.
  • Prepares bi-weekly payroll warrants, payroll registers and reports; prepares magnetic media for storage of payroll records; prepares tax return and other reporting documentation related to payroll matters; compiles routine reports related to payroll activity; merges payroll records in Finance System; serves as the payroll/timekeeping liaison with department timekeepers, employees and management; prepares handbooks and manuals related to payroll procedures and conducts training related to payroll processing.
  • Prepares detailed payroll accounting, statistical and narrative financial statements and reports requiring analysis and interpretation of source data; administers designated accounts and programs; performs account reconciliations and prepares related work sheets.
  • Provides professional level staff support related to the administration of the City’s employer-employee relations program, including duties requiring access to confidential information utilized in the development of management positions in the contract negotiations process.
  • Provides professional level staff support related to the analysis of association proposals and costing of association economic items, employee related litigation, reductions in force, ┬ádepartmental reorganizations, wage garnishment judgments, and confidential medical information.
  • Conducts and/or coordinates internal and external audits of payroll records; examines, analyzes and verifies documents to ensure adherence to established internal controls and accepted professional standards.
  • Assists with required valuations, audits, reviews, and public records requests including but not limited to data collection and compilation.
  • Responds to inquiries from City employees requiring a knowledge of City payroll processes and applicable State and federal laws; interprets and applies City policies, Memoranda of Understanding, Administrative Code, and other documents related to salary and benefits.
  • Assists in budget preparation and interfaces with departments in preparing annual budget.


  • A Bachelors degree with major coursework in accounting, business administration or a closely related field, and one (1) year of accounting-related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience processing payroll transactions and performing complex calculations pertaining to employee earnings is preferred.