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Payroll Team Lead

Date:  Jul 10, 2024

Milwaukee, WI, US, 53204-2941

Req ID:  30773
Onsite or Remote:  Onsite Position

Komatsu is an indispensable partner to the construction, mining, forestry, forklift, and industrial machinery markets, maximizing value for customers through innovative solutions. With a diverse line of products supported by our advanced IoT technologies, regional distribution channels, and a global service network, we tap into the power of data and technology to enhance safety and productivity while optimizing performance. Komatsu supports a myriad of markets, including housing, infrastructure, water, pipeline, minerals, automobile, aerospace, electronics and medical, through its many brands and subsidiaries, including TimberPro, Joy, P&H, Montabert, Modular Mining Systems, Hensley Industries, NTC, and Gigaphoton.

Job Overview

Komatsu is seeking a Payroll Team Lead to enhance our HR Operations team. HR Operations provides support to Komatsu’s North America-based businesses in the areas of payroll, onboarding, offboarding, leave management, reporting, and HR analytics.  This vital role will report directly to the payroll manager but will provide indirect leadership to and support of payroll administration within HR Operations, with future career advancement opportunities available.

Key Job Responsibilities

  • Oversee and provide backup coverage for the payroll processing for a weekly, biweekly, and monthly union and non-union payrolls to ensure the accuracy of the withholdings and deductions associated with taxes, benefits, garnishments, support orders, and items defined in the union collective bargaining agreements (CBAs)
  • Analyzes payrolls for reasonableness before payment; challenge unexpected results to ensure accuracy
  • Ensure the team meets expectations in terms of consistency, accuracy, and timely completion of daily tasks
  • Lead the payroll team in responding to inquiries related to payroll and provides guidance on the prevailing laws governing payroll and income taxes, employee benefits, garnishments, reimbursement policies and other statutory pay and related entitlements
  • Monitor payment of payroll taxes on behalf of the company
  • Monitor garnishment payments on behalf of our employees
  • Confirm data changes via automated process for employee changes such as new hires, terminations, and pay changes
  • Support the preparation of annual W2 tax filings, Respond to any other tax related inquiries from federal, state, and local authorities
  • Collaborate well with colleagues and foster strong teamwork



  • High school diploma (or equivalent) required; Associates level degree preferred
  • 3-5 years of experience in Human Resources, Payroll, or Finance (preferred)
  • Ability to think critically, find solutions, and overcome challenges
  • Demonstrate the ability to plan and execute with minimal oversight
  • Must possess clear, professional, and effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Must posess strong customer service
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to consistently meet strict deadlines
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced working environment, manage high volume repetitive daily tasks, and be highly adaptable
  • Proven success with tasks requiring high level of accuracy and confidentiality 
  • Able to handle difficult situations with patience. Confidence in interacting with employees at all levels of the organization, both vertically and horizontally
  • Willingness to learn:
    • the importance of payroll processes and procedures
    • federal, state, and local regulations and guidelines
    • payroll tax laws, HR laws, garnishment laws, and HR policies
  • Intermediate Excel skills required with willingness to broaden Excell skills to advanced
  • Basic understanding of the importance of labor unions within an organization and commitment to learning the nuances to ensure pay is accurate
  • Ability to navigate multiple computer systems


Additional Information

Benefits include, but are not limited to:

  • Comprehensive benefits package (medical, dental, and vision) for self, spouse, and/or dependent child(ren); eligibility starting on date of hire.
  • Generous 401k plan with company matching and 5% automatic company contribution; immediately vested. 
  • Company Bonus program
  • Paid time off, including company holidays, sick time, and parental leave.
  • Personal finance, mental health, and wellness programs 

Komatsu is an Equal Opportunity Workplace and an Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

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