Head of Global Payroll and Equity

Handshake, San Francisco, CA

Handshake is helping to democratize opportunity


Everyone is welcome at Handshake. We know diverse teams build better products and we are committed to creating an inclusive culture built on a foundation of respect for all individuals. We strongly encourage candidates from non-traditional backgrounds, historically marginalized or underrepresented groups to apply.

If you are not sure that you’re 100% qualified, but up for the challenge – we want you to apply. We believe skills are transferable and passion for our mission goes a long way.

Your Impact:

Handshake is looking for a Head of Global Payroll and Equity to join our rapidly growing team. Reporting to the Director of Finance, Controller, this newly created position will play a key role in building out payroll and equity administration function at Handshake. This role with partner with both internal and external resources. 

Your Role:

  • Develop and drive the vision for the global payroll & equity function, including scale and optimization of administration, processes, and systems to support high growth

  • Audit and approve bi-monthly payrolls and support necessary off-cycle payroll runs for equity-related activity throughout the year

  • Responsible for payroll related month and quarter-end close activities; including, but not limited to, understanding payroll GL reporting, journal entries, and reconciliations

  • Own equity administration, including new rollouts, grant approvals, vesting schedules, settlements, expirations, cancellations, terminations, tax withholdings, and other plan-related actions

  • Improve payroll & equity policies, practices, and procedures to ensure compliance, efficiency, and standardization

  • Ensure all payroll related tax filings and reports are completed on time and accurately in compliance with local, state, country specific laws and regulations

  • Research and understand the applicability of new rules, tax code, or relevant legislation pertaining to payroll or equity programs.

  • Develop and implement best practices, key performance indicators, and SLA metrics for the org

  • Develop and/or maintain training materials and resources to support employee understanding of all equity awards available for employees under the equity plan

Your Experience:

  • 10+ years of payroll/equity administration experience at a high growth company with multi-state and international operations and Bachelors Degree

  • 4+ years of manager experience

  • Workday experience
  • CPP or CEP preferred

  • Strong know-how of accounting, legal, and tax implications or equity transactions is required

  • Ability to multitask, prioritize, and meet time sensitive deadlines

  • Expert knowledge of multi-state payroll, payroll tax rules and regulations in the US

  • Experience implementing payroll in new countries and new jurisdictions

  • Independent thinker with high degree of initiative, judgment, and discretion

Bonus Areas of Expertise: 

  • Workday implementation experience

For cash compensation, we set standard ranges for all roles based on function, level, and geographic location, benchmarked against similar stage growth companies. In order to be compliant with local legislation, as well as to provide greater transparency to candidates, we share salary ranges on all job postings regardless of desired hiring location. Final offer amounts are determined by multiple factors including geographic location as well as candidate experience and expertise, and may vary from the amounts listed above.

About Us:

Handshake is the #1 place to launch a career with no connections, experience, or luck required. The platform connects up-and-coming talent with 650,000+ employers - from Fortune 500 companies like Google, Nike, and Target to thousands of public school districts, healthcare systems, and nonprofits. Earlier this year, we announced our $200M Series F funding round. This Series F fundraise and new valuation of $3.5B will fuel Handshake’s next phase of growth and propel our mission to help more people start, restart, and jumpstart their careers.

When it comes to our workforce strategy, we’ve thought deeply about how work-life should look here at Handshake. With our Hub-Based Remote Working strategy, employees can enjoy the flexibility of remote work, whilst ensuring collaboration and team experiences in a shared space remains possible. Handshake is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Denver, New York, and London and teammates working globally. So, whether you live on the coasts, the midwest, or overseas, chances are we have a hub near you offering the best of both worlds. 

Check out our careers site to find a hub near you!

What We Offer:

At Handshake, we'll give you the tools to feel healthy, happy and secure.

  • 💰Equity and ownership in a fast-growing company.
  • 🍼16 Weeks of paid parental leave for birth giving parents & 10 weeks of paid parental leave for non-birth giving parents.
  • 💝Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision policies including LGTBQ+ Coverage. We also provide resources for Mental Health Assistance, Employee Assistance Programs and counseling support.
  • 💻Handshake offers $500/£360 home office stipend for you to spend during your first 3 months to create a productive and comfortable workspace at home.
  • 📚Generous learning & development opportunities and an annual $2,000/£1,500 stipend for you to grow your skills and career.

(US Handshakers)

  • 🏦401k Match: Handshake offers a dollar-for-dollar match on 1% of deferred salary, up to a maximum of $1,200 per year.
  • 🏝 All full-time US-based Handshakers are eligible for our flexible time off policy to get out and see the world. In addition, we offer 8 standardized holidays, and 2 additional days of flexible holiday time off. Lastly, we have a Summer and Winter #ShakeBreak, two one-week periods of Collective Time Off. 

(UK Handshakers) 

  • 🏦Pension Scheme: Handshake will provide you with a workplace pension, where you will make contributions based on 5% of your salary. Handshake will pay the equivalent of 3% towards your pension plan, subject to qualifying earnings limits.
  • 🏝Up to 25 days of vacation to encourage people to reset, recharge, and refresh, in addition to 8 bank holidays throughout the year.

Benefits above apply to employees in full-time positions.

Looking for more? Explore our mission, values and comprehensive US benefits at joinhandshake.com/careers.

About Handshake

How we got started Handshake was started in 2014 by Garrett Lord, Scott Ringwelski and Ben Christensen - three students from Michigan Tech, an engineering school in the far reaches of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Surrounded by more than 200 inches of annual snowfall and an eight-hour drive from Chicago or Detroit, Michigan Tech doesn’t see many recruiters from outside of the Midwest. Garrett was particularly frustrated about the difficulty Michigan Tech engineering students faced in getting in the door at top tech companies. So after hustling nonstop to get a Silicon Valley internship of his own, he took matters into his own hands and started brokering intros for his classmates to Bay Area companies. He earned $60k in referral bonuses in less than a year, and paid his way through college. Encouraged by the impact one person could make at one campus, Garrett, Scott, and Ben bought an old car and drove to college campuses across the country. They learned that students, employers and career centers were all frustrated by the current process, particularly how student access to opportunities was so unequal. So they formed Handshake to transform university recruiting for the 20 million higher education students across the country and ensure that every student would have the same access to every job, no matter where they go to school. Today, Handshake is a fast-growing team of 80 based in San Francisco. We partner with 400+ universities, uniting them into one powerful network, which makes it easy for 200,000 companies to recruit efficiently beyond their traditional “core” schools, increasing the breadth and scope of opportunities for our 8,000,000 students, and giving our partner universities the data and tools they need to help their students build meaningful careers.

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