Payroll Specialist at Wave (W12)
Mobile money app for Africa
Remote
Full-time
3+ years
About Wave

Build the future of money, Africa-first.

Join our global team bringing modern, affordable banking services to those who need them the most.

Our mission

We're making Africa the first cashless continent.

In 2017, nearly 60% of adults in sub-Saharan Africa had no bank account. That's for good reason—the fees are too high, the closest branch can be miles away, and nobody takes cards. Without access to financial institutions, people are forced to keep their savings under the mattress. Small business owners rely on lenders who charge extortionate rates. Parents spend hours waiting in line to pay school fees in cash.

We're solving this by building financial services that just work: no account fees, instantly available, and accepted everywhere. In places where electricity, water and roads don't always work, you can still send money with Wave. In November 2017, we launched a mobile app in Senegal for cash deposit, withdrawal, and peer-to-peer and business payments. In 2019, we expanded to Cote d'Ivoire. Now, we're enabling over 700k payments every day, and growing fast. Our goal is to make Africa the first cashless continent. And that's where you come in :)

About the role

Our mission

We're making Africa the first cashless continent.

In 2017, over half the population in Sub-Saharan Africa had no bank account. That's for good reason—the fees are too high, the closest branch can be miles away, and nobody takes cards. Without access to financial institutions, people are forced to keep their savings under the mattress. Small business owners rely on lenders who charge extortionate rates. Parents spend hours waiting in line to pay school fees in cash.

We're solving this by building financial services that just work: no account fees, instantly available, and accepted everywhere. In places where electricity, water and roads don't always work, you can still send money with Wave. In November 2017, we launched a mobile app in Senegal for cash deposit, withdrawal, and peer-to-peer and business payments. In 2019, we expanded to Cote d'Ivoire. Now, we have millions of users and are growing fast. Our goal is to make Africa the first cashless continent. And that's where you come in....

How you'll help us achieve it

As our Payroll Specialist, Global Payroll, you will be part of the HR Systems & Mobility team. You will focus on making Wave's global payroll practice seamless. 

In the role, you'll:

  • Be responsible for accurate and timely payrolls for all countries in compliance with local tax and labor regulations, including variable pay, stock, or other supplemental or non-recurring pay runs, and ensuring timely tax deposits.
  • Support internal/external payroll audits.
  • Manage relationships with external payroll providers in all European and North American locations.
  • Develop, drive and report on key metrics for the function with guidance from the payroll Manager
  • Support management on ad hoc and growth-oriented projects such as scalability initiatives.

Key details

  • Location: Remote. 
  • Employees in remote positions at Wave can work remotely from anywhere (between UTC -8 and +4) with reliable internet access in the US, Canada, United Kingdom, Belgium, Poland, Spain, Senegal, Cote d'Ivoire, Mali, Uganda, Kenya, or Ghana.
  • Subsidized health insurance for you and your dependents and retirement contributions (both vary from country to country).
  • 6 months fully paid parental leave and subsidized fertility assistance.
  • Unlimited vacation with a 20-day_ minimum_ requirement.
  • $10,000 annual charitable donation matching.

Requirements

  • 4+ years of payroll management experience and well versed in current payroll procedures and related laws

  • Experience with major payroll software such as Workday ADP Workforce Now, ADP Smart Tax Compliance, Ceridian or UltiPro, and related report writers.

  • Detail Driven.

  • Demonstrated organizational skills and a strong sense of ownership.

  • Strong analytical skills and flux analysis on PL and BS

  • Proficient with Microsoft Excel and/ or Google Sheets

  • Excellent presentation and communication skills, both written and verbal, in addition to strong problem-solving skills

  • Resourceful, innovative, with a can-do attitude and attention to detail

  • Bonus points if you have;

    • GMS Certificate or CPP
    • Degree in Business, Accounting or Finance, CPA or MBA
    • Experience using BambooHR

You might be a good fit if you.

  • You know the value of a great payroll experience and are eager to help employees get started.
  • Are very organized and detail-oriented - you like to roll up your sleeves and get into the nitty-gritty. You're the type that always looks at rounding errors.
  • Are driven to face tasks head-on, complete them efficiently, and move on to the next ones.
  • Are eager to think outside of the box when faced with potential roadblocks.
  • You're eager to leverage internal and external data to inform your decision-making.
  • You believe in iteration and work to improve processes.
  • Are tech-savvy and feel comfortable troubleshooting tech issues.
  • Have previously worked for a remote company and enjoy working independently and within a team

Our team

  • We have a rapidly growing in-country team in Senegal, Côte D'Ivoire, Mali, Benin and Uganda, plus remote team members spread across the world. We're deeply passionate about our mission of bringing radically affordable financial services to the people who need them most.
  • We foster autonomy for our employees. You'll own your own projects at every stage, from understanding the problem to monitoring your solution in production.
  • We’re backed by world-class investors including Founders Fund, Sequoia Heritage, Stripe, Ribbit Capital, Y Combinator and Partech Africa.

How to apply

Click the link below to access the application page. Upload a resume plus a cover letter (if required), both written in English, describing your interest in Wave and the role. We review applications on a rolling basis.

Wave is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

Technology

We use boring technology for the most part: Postgres + Python on the backend. Native apps on the frontend. The hardest parts are connectivity and robustness in the face of bad networks and crappy devices.

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