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Payroll Specialist


Los Angeles, California 90232
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About swetgreeen

sweetgreen is on a mission to build healthier communities by connecting people to real food. We passionately believe that real food should be convenient and accessible to everyone. Every day in each sweetgreen, our 3,500 team members make food from scratch, using fresh ingredients and produce delivered that morning. And in our local communities, we’re committed to leaving people better than we found them. We’re in the business of feeding people, and we’re out to change what that means.

Ask a farmer what makes the best produce, and they’ll say “great soil.” At sweetgreen, our culture is our soil, and our people are our plants — we’re radically dedicated to their growth. We’re on a mission to build a world-class employee experience, to help the company grow and connect more people to real food. We need to grow our People team to support this growth and are looking for a Payroll Specialist to play an integral role!

About the Role

The Payroll Specialist is responsible for the preparation and processing of the bi-weekly payroll, including auditing new hire information for accuracy. You will also process off-cycle payments as needed and analyze, research, and verify discrepancies. Our ideal candidate is a problem-solver who thinks critically and views issues holistically to find end-to-end solutions. This person possesses tremendous multi-tasking and project management skills, with a passion for supporting people and being a vital resource to the team.


Core Job Duties + Responsibilities

  • Assists employees and management with questions, concerns, or requests regarding payroll.
  • Manages workflow to ensure all time cards and payroll transactions are processed timely and accurately.
  • Performs payroll duties requiring knowledge of standard practices used in the preparation, distribution, and maintenance of payroll and payroll records.
  • Processes payroll for a fleet of over 3000 employees in accordance with federal and state regulations as well as off-cycle check payments when applicable.
  • Audits data in the HRIS system to ensure benefits, hours, rates, hierarchies accruals etc. are set up and administered properly.
  • Maintains payroll records as regulated by federal and state laws and maintaining confidentiality of these files.
  • Makes recommendations for process improvement for efficient and accurate workflow and creates and updates process documentation.
  • Supports management of People Support email in-box.
  • Completes projects and special assignments by establishing objectives, determining priorities, managing time, gaining cooperation of others, monitoring progress, problem-solving, and making adjustments to plans.
  • Improves the quality of task results by studying, evaluating, and re-designing processes, then implementing changes
  • Enhances the people team's reputation by accepting ownership for accomplishing new and different requests; explores opportunities to add value to job accomplishments.
  • Prioritizes conflicting needs; handles matters expeditiously and proactively and follows-through on projects to successful completion, often with deadline pressures.


We want a people-person who’s able to foster connections internally and externally, a leader who understands, lives, and breathes our culture.

About You (requirements)

  • 1-2 years of experience in Payroll administration
  • Strategic problem-solving skills and decision-making abilities
  • Exceptional analytical, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Customer service mindset with an eye for teaching others and fixing processes
  • Strong organizational and leadership skills
  • Entrepreneurial self-starter who is able to work independently
  • Ability to work under pressure and handle a wide variety of activities and confidential matters with discretion
  • Working knowledge of payroll regulations
  • Excellent Excel skills including complex formula building

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