Payroll Specialist

Blinkist connects people with powerful ideas from leading authors and experts to broaden perspectives, gain knowledge, and spark understanding in all areas of their life, both personal and professional.

Used by over 28 million people worldwide, Blinkist distills the key ideas from the most relevant, impactful books and podcasts. These can be read or listened to in 15-minute summaries, that we call Blinks.

Together with Go1, our parent brand, who gives organizations and their employees access to the largest curated e-learning library on the planet, we’re on a mission to reach one billion learners as we unlock positive potential through a love of learning. ✨

The Payroll Specialist is responsible for processing payroll, remitting payroll taxes and government reporting as well as preparing monthly, and year-end payroll statements for Germany, France, Spain, and the UK.

As a Payroll Specialist, you will be individually accountable to:

  • Preparation of monthly payroll from end to end for Germany, France, Spain, and UK entities
  • Ensuring all payroll transactions are processed efficiently and compliantly
  • Collecting, calculating, and entering data to maintain and update payroll information
  • Compiling summaries of earnings, taxes, deductions, leave, disability, and non-taxable wages and reporting on this
  • Determining payroll liabilities by calculating employee federal and state income, social security taxes, employer’s social security, unemployment, and workers compensation payments
  • Preparation and payment of monthly and quarterly bonus / commissions across all global entities, regions, and divisions within current time frames, ensuring payments align with current bonus policies
  • Preparation and management of companywide salary increases
  • Preparation of reports for Finance for month end processing
  • A good working knowledge of preparing monthly balance sheet reconciliations, payroll clearing accounts, employee provisions and all other payroll related accounts
  • Monthly reconciliation of integrations between our multiple systems, highlighting and addressing any discrepancies as and when they arise.
  • Work harmoniously with external parties such as fair work, external payroll and financial advisers, auditors, and tax consultants

Essential skills and experience:

  • Experience in a multi-country payroll function
  • Exposure to HiBob, Employment Hero, DATEV, PayFit and/or NetSuite would be highly regarded
  • Experience implementing a new payroll system would be highly regarded
  • Familiarity with relevant payroll and tax laws in Germany, France, Spain, and the UK
  • Ability to plan, prioritise and work independently to achieve goals and deadlines
  • Ability to work autonomously and as part of a wider team
  • Exceptional time management and communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Dynamic team member, with strong interest in fostering effective collaboration within and external to the organisation

Why Blinkist / Go1

Our unique culture of empowerment, mutual respect, and transparency has always been our defining characteristic. We support each other and carve out opportunities for every individual to develop and grow. We strongly believe that diversity powers innovation, thus we celebrate and support our differences, providing equal opportunities for employment and career growth. We embrace a flexible, remote-friendly way of working that supports different needs and lifestyles.

These are some of our most valued benefits:

  • Competitive incentive plan in addition to salary
  • Employee Stock Option Plan
  • Flexible approach to work
  • Monthly work from home or transport reimbursement
  • One time work from home office set up budget
  • Unlimited access to the Go1 Learning Hub, and mentorship program
  • Professional development fund
  • Volunteer leave to give back to the community
  • 30 PTO days + Wellbeing days
  • Flexible public holidays – take the days off that are important to you, swap out the ones that are not
  • Family planning & parental leave, plus support for parents returning to work
  • Wellness initiatives and an Employee Assistance Program

If you choose to join our team in Berlin, you’ll have access to our modern office space in Neukölln and enjoy healthy plant-based meals prepared fresh every day by our very own chef. 🥑

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If we’ve captured your interest and you want to take part in changing the world through the power of ideas – apply now and tell us what got you excited about this opportunity.

We look forward to hearing from you! ☀️

🔎 Research shows that while men apply to jobs when they meet an average of 60% of the criteria, women and other marginalised folks tend to only apply when they check every box. If you think you have what it takes, even if you don’t meet every single point on the job description, please still get in touch. We’d love to have a chat and see if you could be a great fit.

Where do the world’s smartest people get their ideas? From great books. Blinkist distills the key insights of 2,000+ bestselling nonfiction books into powerful 15-minute reads or listens for your mobile device. In 2017, our app has been nominated by Apple as one of the best in the App Store. We have received the World Summit Award, granted by the United Nations, in the Learning & Education category, as well as a Google Material Design Award for Brand Expressiveness and an Android Excellence Award. At Blinkist, we got rid of classical management hierarchies and, instead, distributed authority among all colleagues. We foster a unique company culture championing self-empowerment, personal development, direct communication and mutual support. We offer a fantastic workplace in the heart of Berlin-Neukölln including all the benefits you’d expect – from a personalized perk system to free private language lessons. Add a competitive salary, a personal development budget of 1,500€ per year, flexible working hours, and a meaningful product on the rise, and you have a first impression of why Blinkist is a great place to work!

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