Payroll Specialist at ESS
Wilsonville, OR, US

ESS is committed to the safety and wellbeing of our employees and community therefore we require COVID-19 vaccinations as a condition of employment. 

Catalyzing a cleaner future. 

ESS is a globally recognized leader in sustainable energy storage and is consistently identified as one of the most innovative and exciting technology players in energy storage.  Trading on the NYSE (GWH), ESS is poised to be one of the fastest growing energy technology companies in the world, with projects already across 4 continents. The ESS vision is about enabling the decarbonization of the grid by enabling us to achieve up to 100% of our electricity from clean, sustainable renewable energy.


These are ambitious goals, and we are pursuing them with passion. At ESS, we are leading the energy transition, creating the sustainable energy solutions of the future to help individuals, businesses and communities change energy into lasting value.


ESS is hiring an experienced Payroll Specialist to support our rapid growth. As the Payroll Specialist, you will be primarily responsible for on time and accurate processing of payroll in ADP Workforce Now. 


What you’ll do at ESS.

  • Process hourly, salaried, and contractor payroll semi-monthly, including expense reimbursements, bonuses, and adjustments
  • Process mid-cycle payrolls as needed for terminations, severance, bonus, etc.
  • Process garnishments in WFN
  • Maintain the GL mapping in ADP and create the GL file for each payroll
  • Calculate month-end payroll related accruals
  • Produce payroll cycle and ad hoc payroll reports
  • Be the subject matter expert on payroll (ADP Workforce Now)
  • Support employees as the primary point of contact for all payroll related questions
  • Audit and reconcile payroll records
  • Document and maintain payroll processes and procedures
  • Investigate and resolve payroll discrepancies
  • Support the accounting team with other duties including, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, and account reconciliations


What you bring to the table.

Minimum requirements:

  • 4+ years of payroll processing experience using ADP WFN
  • Ability to manage full cycle payroll for 150+ US employees in multiple states
  • Familiar with federal and state payroll requirements and changes in the law
  • Exceptional attention to detail and accuracy
  • Strong organizational skills focused on meeting deadlines
  • Vigilant at maintaining confidential information
  • Experience with accounts payable and accounts receivable processes
  • Excellent Excel skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

We’d love to see:

  • CPP or CPS certification
  • Payroll experience with a public company
  • Associate or bachelor’s degree in Accounting

Benefits of working at ESS.

In addition to the value of working with and helping grow a global reaching clean technology, ESS offers a Company assisted medical, dental, and vision coverage; flexible spending account; 401k; 8 paid holidays; competitive PTO accrual; an approved PPE reimbursement.


As an equal opportunity employer, we are open to considering every qualified candidate who is eligible and legally authorized to work in the United States on a full or part-time basis, without a need for sponsorship.


Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.