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Sanford Health Payroll Analyst - Finance in Bemidji, Minnesota

Job Title: Payroll Analyst | Finance | Multi-City

City: Multi-City

State: Multi-State

Department : Payroll Analyst - Fargo

Job Schedule: Full Time

Shift: Days

Hours Per Shift: 8 hr


The Payroll Analyst performs internal auditing of the employee payroll record, payroll processing practices, and time keeping records to ensure payroll compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, as well as adherence to company policies. Conducts and analyzes audit reports related to employee benefits, retirement plans, and pay code utilization.

Verifies accuracy of data in accordance with federal, state, and local specific regulations. Evaluates compliance and recommends new practices as needed to achieve compliance.

Coordinates and implements changes in collaboration with cross-functional teams. Performs control file maintenance of payroll systems, inclusive of tax and regulatory required process, configuration of new payroll related codes, and general ledger accounts. Adheres to documentation and quality standards. Completes reconciliation of employee benefit enrollments and respective financial postings, provides arrears billing and account funding deviations reports to Finance.

Coordinates state tax reciprocity process, communications, form preparation, and data maintenance. Communicates inaccurate payroll and timekeeping related inconsistencies to appropriate business owner for corrective action. Compiles and reports data for leadership to forecast potential business needs and determine efficiency and improvement of payroll processes and information feeds to other sub-systems. Monitors changes to federal, state, or local tax code to ensure system updates are completed and stakeholders are notified of potential impacts to payroll.

Actively participates in continuous improvement initiatives to deliver an improved product/service to employees. Additional duties and special projects as assigned by leadership.

Proficient in Microsoft Excel. Ability to interpret complex payroll and employee demographic data and utilize critical thinking and analytical skills to assess inconsistencies and collaborate with managers and other department resources. Basic understanding of payroll, human resource and accounting principles and standards is required. Requires familiarity with the impact of collective bargaining agreements on payroll and timekeeping solutions. Able to demonstrate use of knowledge in identifying trending and database inconsistencies based on statistical analysis. Detailed documentation of processes, workflows, and completed tasks for audit related purposes.


Helps solve business problems and meet business goals through collaborative processes. Maintains a strong internal network that promotes informal collaboration. Reviews and verifies data and reports for accuracy. Follows proper data gathering and analysis processes and policies. Studies and evaluates the audit trails of various operational processes. Completes, files and maintains forms used for internal control documentation. Prepare and balance period-end reports, and reconcile issued payrolls to bank statements. Compile statistical reports, statements, and summaries related to pay and benefits accounts, and submit them to appropriate departments.


This position can be located in Sioux Falls, SD, or Fargo, ND.


Bachelor's degree in Accounting or related business field required.

Must have two years of applicable experience, with previous experience in an office setting and one year of professional payroll experience in a large, multi-state corporate setting preferred.

Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) is preferred.

About Sanford Health:

At Sanford Health, we are dedicated to the work of health and healing.

Every day, we show that commitment by delivering the highest quality of care to the communities we serve.

We are leaders in health care and strive to provide patients across the region with convenient access to expert medical care, leading-edge technologies and world-class facilities.

In addition to strong clinical care, we are also committed to research, education and community growth.

We engage in medical research to not only discover innovative ways to provide care, but also cures for common diseases.

We continuously seek new ways to achieve our vision of improving the human condition here in your community, across the region and around the world.

The entire team at Sanford Health recognizes the value of healthy families and communities.

We continue to gain momentum and expand our reach. Together, we can make a positive difference now, and in the future.

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City: Multi-City

State: Multi-State

Job Function: Finance

Job Schedule: Full Time

Shift: Days

Req Number: WD06347