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Baker Group Payroll Specialist in Ankeny, Iowa

Baker Group, the Midwest’s leading provider of critical building infrastructure systems, is expanding its team of more than 900 dedicated professionals. Headquartered in Ankeny, Iowa, Baker Group is the recognized leader in developing and deploying a variety of systems for commercial and industrial clients. With special expertise in Mechanical, HVAC, Plumbing, Piping, Electrical, Sheet Metal, Automation, Access Control, Security Cameras, Parking Revenue Control, Fire Alarm design and 24/7/365 Service, our team includes the breadth of skills required in the construction of highly technical, special-use buildings like hospitals, educational facilities, corporate office buildings, data centers, industrial facilities and research laboratories. To learn more about our company and our career opportunities, please visit

Do you care about people and possess a passion for service? Do you love what you do and leap at the opportunity to solve complex challenges with equal parts creativity and teamwork? Are you mentally tough and excited by the prospect of exceeding expectations? Do you proudly take ownership in your work in a way that pushes you to partner with leadership to accomplish long-term goals and move your organization forward? If your answer to these questions is a resounding “Yes!” we want to visit with you about a career at the Baker Group.

Payroll Specialist:

Due to growth, we are looking for an experienced Payroll Specialist who will provide support for processing a weekly, multi-state payroll for union and non-union employees in accordance with company, Union and government policies. This would include assisting with payroll time collection, preparing layoff checks and certified payroll documents, reviewing and processing expense reports, completing union reports, processing deductions, garnishments and payroll tax coordination, balancing, yearend activities, etc. and assisting with onboarding of new employees and serving as backup to the Senior Payroll Specialist as needed. Note that the company is currently undergoing a project to consolidate several HR systems into one HCM system with a go-forward focus on eliminating manual processes. As such, any experience with HCM systems, particularly ADP, and background on implementations is a plus.

This position will also support the HR Manager with accounting and reporting based benefit processes, such as invoicing, COBRA administration and reporting. This also includes reconciling monthly costs, assisting with worker’s compensation claims recording and invoices, and setting up/maintaining employee data in the benefits portal.

Minimum Education & Experience Required to Perform Essential Functions :

  • Associate Degree in Business Administration or Accounting

  • Minimum of 3 to 5 years of payroll processing experience

  • Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) designation a plus

  • Previous experience processing union payrolls is preferred

  • Experience with ADP Workforce Now or other HCM products

  • Knowledge of state and federal tax laws; including wage/hour and overtime requirements, garnishment and other lawful deduction processes Excellent skills in Excel, Word and Outlook

    Mental and Physical Competencies Required to Perform Essential Functions:

  • Maintain a high standard of confidentiality of employee records and information

  • Ability to multi-task

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Excellent problem solving/judgment skills, and high level of attention to detail and accuracy

  • Strong organizational skills, and the ability to work under pressure

  • Ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks and meet all deadlines

  • Ability to effectively communicate information to employees and management

  • Strong organization, prioritization and adaptability skills

  • Ability to communicate with employees at all levels of the Company

    Baker Group offers a competitive compensation, excellent benefits, and a positive work environment. Wage is dependent on experience.

    Baker Group offers a competitive compensation, excellent benefits, and a positive work environment. Wage is dependent on experience.


    Baker Group is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer.

    All positions are contingent upon successfully completing a drug test.

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