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International Payroll Specialist

About you

Moving at our pace brings a lot of change, complexity, and ambiguity—and a little bit of chaos. Shopifolk thrive on that and are comfortable being uncomfortable. That means Shopify is not the right place for everyone.

Before you apply, consider if you can:

  • Care deeply about what you do and about making commerce better for everyone
  • Excel by seeking professional and personal hypergrowth
  • Keep up with an unrelenting pace (the week, not the quarter)
  • Be resilient and resourceful in face of ambiguity and thrive on (rather than endure) change
  • Bring critical thought and opinion
  • Embrace differences and disagreement to get shit done and move forward
  • Work digital-first for your daily work

About the role

We are looking to add an International Payroll Specialist to our finance team. As Shopify continues to expand globally and the volume of our transactions increases, we need an experienced International Payroll Specialist to help support our ever-growing payroll needs. 

You will be working on things like:

  • Processing international payroll on a semi-monthly, bi-weekly and/or monthly basis
  • Maintaining Shopify’s payroll system by updating and maintaining payroll records
  • Responding to staff, HR, and managers on payroll-related questions
  • Processing pay increases and calculating back pays
  • Helping with payroll reconciliations and posting payroll to related GL accounts
  • Assisting with other activities on the team when required
  • Supporting International payroll projects, such as payroll system integrations, and transformation initiatives as we work to scale our payroll function.


  • Minimum of 3 years experience in payroll processing 
  • Strong knowledge of International payroll legislation and processes (China, India, Australia, UK, Poland, and other countries within the APAC & EMEA regions)
  • Proven experience using Excel at an advanced level (you love Excel!)
  • A willingness to get your hands dirty and help out where needed
  • The ability to multitask, work under pressure, meet deadlines, and to thrive in a fast-paced work environment
  • Sensitivity to deadlines
  • A passion for problem solving, and be extremely detail oriented
  • Willingness to learn and adapt to change

It'd be great if you have:

  • Experience using Workday, NetSuite, or other cloud-based system
  • Knowledge of international payroll legislation
  • Experience working with international payroll platforms, we currently work with Activ8 and Papaya Global
  • Experience in SOX working environment

We know that applying for a new role takes a lot of work and we truly value your time. Along with your resume, we ask that you submit a short cover letter and answer the following:

  • Which countries have you processed payroll for (outside of Canada/USA)

Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. 

We’re looking forward to learning more about you. Please be sure to apply by the closing date: April 16, 2024 at 5PM EST

Other details:

  • Employees can work remotely
  • Full-time
  • Region: Global
  • Department: Legal and Finance

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