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Payroll Manager, EMEA



Accounting & Finance
Madrid, Spain
Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Sonder is revolutionizing hospitality through innovative, tech-powered service and inspiring, thoughtfully designed accommodations combined into one seamlessly managed experience. Officially launched in 2014, Sonder is making a world of better stays open to all with a variety of accommodation options — from rooms to suites and apartments — found in 40+ cities spanning 10 countries and three continents. Sonder’s innovative app empowers guests by making self-service features and 24/7 on-the-ground support just a tap away. From simple self check-in to boutique bathroom amenities, we bring the best of a hotel without any of the formality.

As the Manager, EMEA Payroll, you will be a key member of a global payroll team. You will be working cross-functionally across many time zones in support of Sonder’s global operations. The right candidate for this position will be an individual who has a natural intellectual curiosity, strong analytical skills, the ability to flex easily between tactical and strategic work, and the desire to drive process improvement.


  • Ensure an accurate and timely payroll, including but not limited to: base pay, equity compensation, payroll taxes, statutory and supplemental benefits, etc
  • Design payroll process, procedures and approaches for consistency, accuracy and compliance
  • Build the EMEA payroll team and promote development of the team through effective goal setting, OKRs, metrics, and engagement/development plans
  • Manage relationships with external Payroll provider, HRIS and Scheduling/Time/Attendance providers
  • Cross-functional collaboration with business partners for process improvements and efficiencies
  • Assist with driving global payroll strategy with global payroll team members to streamline processes to ensure consistency, accuracy, and best-in-class services
  • Ensure all payroll regulatory filings are completed timely and accurately
  • Lead payroll development and implementation process for new countries or entities
  • Partner closely with internal partners (Employee Experience / HR Ops / Finance) to provide our employees with a first-class onboarding and payroll experience
  • Proactively prepare relevant management reports, metrics and statistics as needed
  • Stay current on regulations, benefits changes, and labor laws impacting the payroll process, and stay compliant for all payroll tax jurisdictions
  • Assist in ad-hoc duties when required


  • Expertise in managing the end-to-end global payroll process and has a high level of understanding of general business operations and internal control concepts
  • Understanding of timekeeping regulations and processes
  • Ability to assess and provide input into the impact of a business process change
  • A great communicator that can build strong working relationships with external advisors and internal teams
  • Strong leadership skills with a focus on employee engagement, drives for results, and is able to resolve conflicts effectively
  • Ability to drive projects/work independently and as part of a team
  • Can effectively prioritize to meet multiple tight deadlines
  • Flexible and willing to work across multiple time zones, sometimes outside of the conventional workday
  • Proactively takes initiative and makes informed decisions
  • Highly analytical, accurate, and detail-oriented. Is innovative, collaborative, and is not afraid to ask questions
  • Can think strategically and act operationally
  • Can manage ambiguity, risk, and changing direction of projects and strategies
  • Experience with complex cross-functional payroll projects, integrations, and implementations
  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance/Tax/Accounting/HR (or equivalent professional experience)
  • ADP iHCM, TMF, Workday, or other relevant payroll system experience is a plus
  • Knowledge & understanding of international equity and mobility programs
  • Deep knowledge of EMEA payroll required, knowledge of LATAM, US, CAN and APAC payrolls a plus
  • Advanced skills with Excel and other Microsoft/Google Office products
  • Demonstrated ability to build and lead a high performing team that completes goals and objectives in a thorough and timely manner
  • Strong communication skills, written/verbal, and the ability to interact with employees at all levels


We also have great benefits to make your life easier so you can focus on what you’re best at:

  • Competitive compensation

  • Generous stock plan

  • Medical, dental and vision insurance (where applicable)

  • Flexible vacation

  • Annual free credits and discounts to stay in Sonders

  • A company with a huge vision, a dynamic work environment, and a team of smart, ambitious and fun to work-with colleagues!

  • Workplace flexibility (for remote-specified positions only) #ABetterWaytoWork

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status or other protected classes.