Payroll Specialist (1585)

Farm Credit East
Watertown, NY
United States
Job Description

 Farm Credit East is the leading provider of loans and financial accounting services to farmers, foresters, fishermen, and agricultural business owners across the northeast.  The Farm Credit cooperative has been around for over 100 years and has grown into a program with $10 billion in loan volume and $20 million in financial services revenue generated annually. When you pursue a career with Farm Credit East, you can positively impact the families and businesses that drive the Northeast economy.


Description/Job Summary


When you join the Farm Credit East payroll team, you will be a part of a knowledgeable, friendly and supportive team. We invest in your personal development and provide specialized training to make you an expert on the payroll rules impacting farm businesses. We offer a hybrid workplace after six months and the flexibility to choose from 4 offices across the northeast. Our customers range from small family farms to highly sophisticated agri-businesses and we provide both compliance and advisory services to make their businesses more successful. There is no better group of clients in the world. 


We offer generous benefits including: a 6% 401K match plus an additional defined contribution retirement plan, medical, dental, HSA, paid annual holiday and sick leave, FSA, life insurance, and a bonus incentive program.


Farm Credit East provides all team members with the training and resources needed to be successful in their careers. All new employees receive one-on-one coaching to help them understand their roles. Additional technical training, soft skill training, and ongoing professional development provided by Farm Credit East will help you be poised for continued career growth within our organization.  We use state of the art technology for customer relations (Salesforce), internal communication (Microsoft TEAMS) and delivery of payroll services (Payroll Relief.)


Come join a collaborative, customer-focused team at Farm Credit East!


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Processes all aspects of the customer’s payroll utilizing Payroll Relief Software

  • Review customer time sheets and complete payroll process that meet customer timelines

  • Verify and calculate hours worked, bonuses, and deductions such as taxes, benefits and garnishments.

  • Maintain customer payroll records

  • Reconcile payroll discrepancies and resolve errors

  • Provide outstanding customer service

  • Provide support and instruction to maintain strong relationships with clients

  • Keep current with new and changes federal and state tax laws

  • Provide backup for other areas within the department


Position requires an Associate’s degree or Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Business, or related field. Payroll and/or bookkeeping experience preferred.  The successful candidate must take and pass Farm Credit East's Payroll Specialist Accreditation program. 


Salary range: $45,000-$65,000 commensurate with experience.

Farm Credit East is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, parental status, political affiliation, disability status, protected veteran status, genetic information or any other status protected by federal, state or local law. It is our goal to make employment decisions that further the principle of equal employment opportunity by utilizing objective standards based upon an individual's qualifications for a specific job opening. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), if you have a disability and would like a reasonable accommodation in order to apply for a position with Farm Credit East, please call 1-800-562-2235 or e-mail