Payroll Specialist

Who we are:

We are a high-energy and high-performance team comprised of passionate, strategic, and creative individuals. Our team members collaborate daily on projects that impact thousands of workers across the globe. Our work isn’t limited to a single desk or meeting room or even to a set discipline. Our unique culture encourages innovation and new approaches from all team members, and we reward our employees for their significant work.

We believe in employee development, mentoring, and coaching. Our workplace promotes career growth, work-life balance, and happy and healthy workers. We believe this is why PDR has been named Houston Chronicle’s Top Workplace for 9 years! We are a strong team of architects, interior designers, workplace consultants, social scientists, artists, and problem-solvers who come together to answer business problems for clients across the world.

What we do: 

PDR is the ultimate guide to navigating the future of work, workers, and workplace. We see the factors that shape the markets in which our clients operate. By understanding this future context, we create flexible and enduring consulting and design solutions that continue to generate value over time.

As partners with our clients, we have walked alongside some of the largest organizations in the world on their journey to success. Through over 45 years of focus, we have worked on every aspect of the workplace cycle —from the highest-level strategy to the smallest construction detail.

What you’ll be doing:

The Payroll Specialist manages daily accounts payable activities and semi-monthly payroll to ensure that transactions are properly allocated and completed in a timely and accurate manner. This team member must be team oriented, detail oriented, proactive, and goal driven. This position requires independence and excellent judgment to recognize and resolve problems within established policies and procedures.

Once selected to join our team, you will:

  • Responsible for reviewing and processing accounts payable invoices timely
  • Responsible for processing of semi-monthly payroll and changes to payroll (W-4 changes, retro pay, direct deposit changes, deduction set ups and changes)
  • Review and post customer payments and journal entries into the general ledger system
  • Assist with quarterly and annual tax reporting including generating 1099’s and W-2’s
  • Cross-train on a variety of tasks to act as backup to other members of the finance team
  • Communicate effectively and on a regular basis with staff throughout the firm in a support capacity to assure compliance with internal and external accounting practices
  • Assist with day-to-day activities necessary for the month-end and year-end close process
  • Assist in annual audits, special projects, system conversions/upgrades.

Key Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance preferred
  • 2-4 years of payroll and accounts payable experience in a project based professional services environment
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Dynamics or equivalent project accounting ERP system a plus
  • Knowledge of Ceridian Dayforce Payroll or equivalent a plus
  • Advanced Excel and Outlook skills required
  • Experience in A/E/C or professional services industry is desirable
  • Ability to work in an open office environment
  • Meet strict deadlines, manage multiple and shifting priorities in a dynamic environment
  • Produce accurate and timely deliverables
  • A team player with the ability to establish collaborative working relationships
  • Results driven and detail oriented with strong organizational skills
  • Self-starter and able to work independently
  • Must demonstrate strong initiative and be able to maintain confidentiality

Perks + Benefits 

  • Professional development allowance
  • Medical reimbursement allowance
  • Remote work/technology allowance
  • Wellness allowance
  • Paid parking
  • Weekly Happy Hours
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • 401K
  • Plus, more!

If you are ready to work hard, learn a lot, and have fun doing it, here are the next steps!

  1. Apply with your cover letter and resume if this sounds like the perfect role and team for you.
  2. Forward to a friend or colleague that you think would love to hear about this role.
  3. Learn more about us on our website + social media.

Interview Process

If your resume is selected, our HR team will reach out to you to set up an interview. Submit your resume to!

PDR is committed to being an equal opportunity employer and creates a diverse environment. All employment decisions at PDR are based on business needs, job requirements, and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. PDR encourages applicants of all ages. PDR is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment.

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