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Senior Payroll Manager - Buffalo Sabres (Buffalo, NY)

Position Summary

The Senior Payroll Manager will provide leadership and support for the accurate preparation, processing and timely distribution of payroll within our multi-state, multi-site environment.  This position will be relied upon as a resource to ensure compliance across our dynamic organization.  

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Ensure payroll tax and legal compliance (including hospitality wage laws and multi-state taxation).
  • Manage multiple payrolls, including varying pay periods and cycles.
  • Supervise payroll processing staff of 3.
  • Design and perform internal controls over payroll processing.
  • Ensure accuracy of monthly financial recording of payroll and related account reconciliations.
  • Take a project management role in various payroll-related projects; work closely with Human Resources.  Examples include:
    • Automate vacation/sick/personal time request, approval, application and accrual tracking in Ultimate Software system;
    • New company payroll setup;
    • Compliance with NY Workers Compensation Board Paid Family Leave regulations;
    • Support the implementation of self-service onboarding for new employees.
  • Identify and design new payroll-related reports to add value for Finance and HR objectives.
  • Create payroll processing guidelines for all businesses, update these policies and procedures as needed.
  • Identify inefficiencies and provide recommendations for improvements.


  • Sr. Manager or above role due to the knowledge and expertise we are requesting; 10 years’ experience preferred.
  • Certified Payroll Professional preferred.
  • Ultimate Software experience preferred.
  • Experience with:
    • Collective Bargaining Agreements;
    • System and software implementation, including payroll/HRIS;
    • Different classifications of employees with varying pay structures;
    • 401(k) reporting; Payroll tax filings
    • Food and beverage environment, professional sports and entertainment environment (preferred).


  • Systems, procedures, and detail oriented.
  • Ability to analyze detailed and complex information
  • Effective Communication (verbal and written) skills
  • Provides payroll information to other managers and employees – answers questions.
  • Ability to communicate across all lines of business and advises management as needed.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills

Hockey Western New York, LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer 

Note: When you apply for this job online, you will be required to answer the following questions:

1. Do you possess 10 years’ Payroll experience in a higher level role? Yes or No
2. Are you a Certified Payroll Professional? Yes or No If yes, please provide date of certification.
3. Do you have experience with Ultimate Software? Yes or No If no, what payroll software/HRIS systems do you have experience with?
4. Do you have experience with Collective Bargaining Agreements? Yes or No
5. Do you have experience with system and software implementation? Yes or No If yes, please describe.
6. Do you have experience with different classifications of employees with varying pay structures? Yes or No
7. Do you have experience with 401(k) reporting? Yes or No
8. Do you have experience with payroll tax filings? Yes or No
9. Do you have experience in a food and beverage environment? Yes or No
10. Do you have experience in a professional sports and entertainment environment? Yes or No

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