Assistant Vice President, Payroll & Benefits (Human Resources)
Taunton, MA Human Resources
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Assistant Vice President, Payroll & Benefits

Martignetti Companies is the leading distributor of wine and spirits in New England. From our Taunton Office, our Human Resources team supports approximately 1,700 employees at peak times. Our employees are in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, and Connecticut. There are minimal travel expectations associated with this role, however on occasion you will visit the various office locations. 

With continued growth, Martignetti Companies is seeking a hands-on leader as the AVP, Payroll & Benefits, to join our HR team. In this role, you will oversee all things payroll and benefits, including managing and monitoring administrative costs of our systems and programs, and recommending alternative business-aligned solutions, process improvements, and special projects. 

This position is eligible to participate in our hybrid work schedule, which includes three days in the office per week and two days remote.

What You'll Do 

  • Hands on leader who will manage both the benefits and payroll strategy and teams across 3 companies 
  • Thorough understanding and ability to jump in and help during busy periods with the processing of payroll for 3 companies on a weekly and biweekly basis to include hourly, salary, commissioned and unionized employees
  • Audit payroll, and approve payroll transactions to ensure all amounts and payment dates are accurate 
  • Collaborate with Finance, Accounting, and HR teams to report material changes, costs, and forecasts
  • Organize company-wide benefits needs assessments and surveys, analyze results, and develop various employee benefits programs, such as retirement plans, life insurance, medical insurance, etc. 
  • Communicate and negotiate with various compensation, and benefits providers to identify vendors and solutions suitable for our employees and cost-effective for the business 
  • Create and manage annual payroll and benefits budget and manage to the budget
  • Maintain good working relationships with benefits providers, consultants, brokers, and auditors 
  • Understand the business and be able to identify improvement and efficiency opportunities
  • Coordinate and partner with compliance and legal teams to execute internal and external compliance audits, while ensuring labor legislation, multi-state payroll processing, employee insurance and tax laws are compliant
  • Ensure that all benefits programs comply with company policy and relevant state and federal regulations in alignment with fully or self-insured governance

What We're Looking For 

  • Proven experience of at least eight years managing teams and leading the Payroll and Benefits function 
  • Hands-on experience with payroll and benefits software like Paylocity and Bswift
  • Knowledge of best practices in processing multi-state payroll, payroll taxation, garnishments, disability, and workers' compensation insurance, including oversight of open enrollment and all benefits programs and plans. 
  • Significant experience in payroll management and benefits 
  • Advanced Excel, V lookups, complex calculations, simulations, graphing, data visualization 
  • In-depth knowledge of labor legislation, tax regulations, and benefits compliance requirements 
  • Knowledge of US retirement savings regulations, with a demonstrated track record of successfully managing 401(k) and Pension program initiatives 
  • A high level of discretion and integrity when handling sensitive employee information. 
  • BS or Master's in Human Resources Management or Finance 
  • Someone who will drive a culture of strong internal customer service with a focus on diversity, equity, inclusion, and      belonging

Physical Demands and Environment

  • Work performed requires no measurable physical exertion, may be required to lift objects weighing up to 10 pounds
  • Work requires the employee to bend, kneel, crouch, or reach as may be necessary to accomplish tasks
  • Work requires considerable mental concentration to effectively execute complex tasks requiring periods of focused mental and visual concentration
  • Works in a normal office environment
  • Minimal potential for injury in the performance of duties

Martignetti Companies prides itself on being a company where you can bring your best self to work every day. We strive to be an employer of choice where everyone feels that they belong. We do so by acting on our commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and offering a substantial benefits package that includes generous paid time off, medical, dental, and vision insurance, a comprehensive 401K plan, and employee discounts. All are welcome to apply to work for a company that truly believes its employees are its greatest asset!

Martignetti Companies provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, genetics, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, and local laws. In addition to federal law requirements, Martignetti Companies complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.


NOTE: This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties as assigned to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.