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Cummins Inc. North America Payroll Director in Nashville, Tennessee

North America Payroll Director


We are looking for a dynamic, talented North America Payroll Director (Flexible Location) to join our team specializing in payroll operations for our Cummins Business Services headquartered in Nashville, TN. The role is designated hybrid and can be based anywhere in the U.S. with limited travel to Nashville, TN.

In this role, the leader will make an impact in the following ways:

  • Provide strategic direction and oversee the payroll, time and attendance, and payroll compliance for US and Canadian payroll operations, for over 30K employees on multiple payroll cycles

  • Ensure accurate and timely delivery of payroll payments and reporting activities in compliance with legislative requirements, company policies and internal controls

  • Oversee payroll service delivery to ensure timely and accurate response to employee and business partner queries using case management tools

  • Develop and maintain process documentation and lead or participate in continuous improvement initiatives by collaborating with key business partners and Payroll business analyst

  • Direct accurate and timely processing of year-end payroll adjustments in collaboration with Payroll Tax leader, ensuring that activities are appropriately resourced

  • Provide guidance to the team on best use of SAP (ADP/GlobalView) Payroll system

  • Direct the relationship with outside payroll service providers; manages the most complex issues with third party service providers; understands and champions system changes, upgrades, and government mandated changes to payroll

  • Lead the development of operational plans and monitors performance

  • Lead projects and initiatives focused on achieving performance excellence in payroll design and delivery

  • Keep up to date with new trends and technologies in the payroll area; collaborate with global team to ensure standardization of processes and technologies

  • Coach, mentor and provide leadership development to team members to optimize operational and service excellence to create a deeper bench of experienced talent


To be successful in this role you will need the following:

Proven Leader: serve as the technical, and tactical leader; owner of all system execution and management

Payroll System SME: advanced knowledge of payroll operations and payroll processing using SAP Payroll in-house or ADP GlobalView (Processing services)

Data Analytics: discovers, interprets and communicates qualitative and quantitative data; determines conclusions relying on knowledge of business or functional frameworks; simultaneously applies statistics, data validity, data visualization, and problem solving approaches to effectively extract meaningful patterns and business insights; presents conclusions and outcomes that enable data driven business decisions

Human Resources Consulting: collaborates with partners to observe the environment and apply sound judgement informed by knowledge, skills, and experiences to identify and optimize opportunities to provide holistic solutions, while balancing the needs of stakeholders, primarily employees, with those of the organization

Payroll Administration: translates company policies, tax and legislative requirements in the delivery of accurate and timely employee payments and reporting; ensures compliance with applicable regulations and internal control procedures

Collaborates: building partnerships and working collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives

Customer focus: building strong customer relationships and delivering customer-centric solutions

Demonstrates self-awareness: using a combination of feedback and reflection to gain productive insight into personal strengths and weaknesses

Balances stakeholders: anticipating and balancing the needs of multiple stakeholders

Optimizes work processes: knowing the most effective and efficient processes to get things done, with a focus on continuous improvement


  • Ideal candidate has a bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience required

  • 10 years of experience in payroll operations

  • CPA payroll management certificate or CPP preferred

  • Significant operational experience using SAP or ADP GV (hands on, able to direct staff in use of system), required

  • Experience with Excel features (VLOOKUP, Pivot Tables, Macros a plus)

  • Significant level of relevant work experience, including leadership and budgetary experience, required

  • Experience supporting internal compliance and payroll strategy, required

  • Experience leading payroll technology evaluation and implementation, desired

Compensation and Benefits

Base salary rate commensurate with experience. Additional benefits vary between locations and include options such as our 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan, Cash Balance Pension Plan, Medical/Dental/Life Insurance, Health Savings Account, Domestic Partners Coverage, and a full complement of personal and professional benefits.

Cummins and E-verify

At Cummins, we are an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer dedicated to diversity in the workplace. Our policy is to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified persons without regard to race, gender, color, disability, national origin, age, religion, union affiliation, sexual orientation, veteran status, citizenship, gender identity and/or expression, or other status protected by law. Cummins validates right to work using E-Verify. Cummins will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.


Primary Location United States-Tennessee-Nashville-US, TN, Nashville, Cummins Business Services

Job Type Experienced - Exempt / Office

Recruitment Job Type Exempt - Experienced

Job Posting May 13, 2022, 8:15:36 AM

Unposting Date Ongoing

Organization Cummins Business Services

Req ID: 2200039I