ACCO BRANDS CORP Payroll and HR Specialist Salary in the United States

How much does a Payroll and HR Specialist make at companies like ACCO BRANDS CORP in the United States? The average salary for Payroll and HR Specialist at companies like ACCO BRANDS CORP in the United States is $91,798 as of October 25, 2023, but the range typically falls between $74,716 and $108,881. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. With more online, real-time compensation data than any other website, helps you determine your exact pay target.  View the Cost of Living in Major Cities2


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What does a Payroll and HR Specialist do at companies like ACCO BRANDS CORP?

Achieve. Create. Collaborate. Organize

Essential brands. Innovative products. Smart investment. Winning team. This is what you will find at ACCO Brands. We are passionate about building a culture that is committed to the success of our employees. If you are looking for an organization that offers rewarding opportunities and is dedicated to team orientation, learning and development, and flourishes with success, we invite you to be a part of building our company for the future.

ACCO Brands is seeking a Payroll and HR Specialist to join our HR team. This position is located in our corporate headquarters in Lake Zurich, IL.

As a member of the Human Resources team, the Payroll and HR Specialist will administer Canadian payroll, group benefits, defined benefit pension and defined contribution retirement plans, and will maintain HR Shared Service activities for the ACCO Brands Canadian and US businesses. This role is the first point of contact for current and former employees who have questions regarding payroll, compensation and employee benefits. The incumbent in this role works cross-functionally within the business unit as well as with multiple third-party vendors.  Key responsibilities of the role include the following:


Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Process Canadian bi-weekly non-union and weekly union payroll; oversee payroll year-end activities.
  • Review Canadian payroll for compliance with all government regulations and company policies.
  • Research and resolve all payroll inquiries received internally or from 3rd party vendors.
  • Reconcile payroll-related accounts, and monitor and investigate reports that are run after payroll is processed to ensure that deductions are properly calculated and transmitted.
  • Administer Canadian defined benefit pension, defined contribution retirement, and group benefit plans in compliance with government regulations and plan requirements, including all plan reporting, employee enrollment, required notices to plan participants, plan beneficiary entitlements, and making timely and accurate payments to vendors or plan participants.
  • Research and resolve all plan inquiries received internally or from 3rd party vendors.
  • Reconcile benefit related accounts to ensure proper benefit calculations and transmission internal to ACCO Brands and to the 3rd party vendors.
  • Process the funding for defined contribution, defined benefit and 401k accounts.
  • Facilitate leave and disability claims processing.
  • Support employees transitioning into retirement, ensuring timely retirement payment initiation.
  • Interact with actuary, retirement trustees, and internal ACCO Brands departments, such as finance or corporate HR, as required, to maintain retirement and group benefit plan compliance.
  • Process all US and Canadian HR Shared Services invoicing and related reporting.


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Minimum 3+ years U.S. Payroll experience required, with two years processing Canadian payroll and benefits
  • Experience utilizing a third-party payroll provider required, preferably with Ceridian Dayforce
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office Excel required
  • Attention to detail with a strong emphasis on accuracy and quality, and the ability to meet strict deadlines are critical to being successful in this position
  • Applicant should possess comprehensive knowledge of HR and payroll laws, taxes and garnishment rules by state/province
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • A proactive approach to problem-solving with a willingness and ability to learn new tasks and be flexible
  • Commitment to continuous quality improvements and process orientation
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and strict deadlines
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Team player and a good communicator with a positive attitude

 About Us

You know our brands. You love our brands. You just may not know they are ours.

If you have touched a Five Star® notebook, a Swingline® stapler, a Quartet® dry erase board, or a Kensington® computer mouse, you have touched part of ACCO Brands Corporation. With annual revenues of nearly $2 Billion, ACCO Brands (NYSE: ACCO) designs, markets, manufactures and sells branded academic, consumer and business products globally. The power of our brands, our unmatched global customer reach, and our strategic market strengths put us in a position to achieve global leadership and growth.  We're proud of our long history of industry leadership and innovation and are focused on delivering exceptional value to our customers by providing unique, cutting-edge, branded products.

Apply and build your future with ACCO Brands.

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