Global Payroll Director



Accounting & Finance
United States
Posted on Saturday, April 20, 2024
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If you don’t think you meet all of the criteria below but are still interested in the job, please apply. Nobody checks every box - we’re looking for candidates that are particularly strong in a few areas, and have some interest and capabilities in others.
About the role:
We are looking for a hands-on, driven, and experienced GLOBAL PAYROLL DIRECTOR to lead the US and International payroll processes for Kong. The position will be accountable for all payroll functions across 20+ countries globally, including but not limited to maintaining, improving and managing benefits, state/country payroll filings and HR compliance work relating to payroll. This position will report into the Sr. Director of Corporate Accounting and will be required to foster relationships with HR and external payroll vendors. The ideal candidate must be hands-on, have in-depth knowledge of ADP WorkforceNow, possess excellent leadership skills in identifying process gaps, and implementing scalable payroll process improvements.
Why should you want to work at Kong?
Market Opportunity - We are on a quest to build a $10b+ software company over the next few years and need YOUR help!
Why APIs Matter? APIs have been enabling innovation for decades!
Strong VC team, Series D, strong year over year revenue growth!
Technical Leadership - We are recognized as the leader in innovation in the connectivity space.
Marco, our CTO/co-founder - “We are the Cisco of L4 and L7” - CUBE Conversation, March 2021
We are the leading innovator in the connectivity space!
Amazing Team & Culture - Come be a "Konger" and find out what we mean.
Kong employees exemplify our culture at our 2022 Sales Kickoff
Building Great Products - Learn why the world's largest companies love our tech!
Over 250m+ downloads of our open source API gateway! Over 40k+ stars on Github between Kong API and Kong Insomnia!


  • Research and timely resolve payroll discrepancies by addressing the root cause and recommending mitigation plans to build business resilience.
  • Perform daily payroll operations for all employees, including collecting, documenting employee data, reviewing the data, and working through issues with internal and external partners to ensure payroll is processed accurately, efficiently, timely and compliant with all country, federal, state, and local payroll and regulatory requirements
  • Manage, maintain, and calculate monthly employee PTO accruals.
  • Drive, review and audit payroll cycles within ADP WorkforceNow and external payroll systems, including auditing of payroll data to ensure accurate wages, tax withholdings, deductions and garnishments
  • Ensure timely distribution and accurate processing of all monthly/quarterly/annual reporting and filing requirements
  • Assist with posting and reconciliation of payroll general ledger accounts
  • Implement effective controls, establish global payroll and stock administration policies, and ensure compliance with all relevant regulations and other legal requirements applicable in each country of operation
  • Partner with Stock Administration and Legal on equity-based activity (e.g., stock options, RSUs) and compliance with statutory reporting
  • Reconcile payments for HSA, FSA, 401k, and all company benefits
  • Act as ADP WorkforceNow system expert for Payroll – system administration, compliance with all payroll states, and maintenance (including ad hoc setup of new payroll states/codes) of all internal payroll codes/updates\
  • Stay up to date with changes in tax and deduction laws in each country of operation and adjust payroll policies and procedures accordingly
  • And any additional tasks required by manager


  • 10+ years of direct in-house payroll processing experience and 5+ years of progressive experience with international country payrolls and exposure to PEO vendors.
  • Diverse HR experience (leave of absence, benefits, immigration, etc.) is a plus
  • Strong leadership skills balanced with a willingness to play a 'hands-on' role
  • Workday HCM and ADP WorkforceNow knowledge is required
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills, including the ability to effectively manage concurrent projects in a fast-paced environment with minimal supervision
  • Pristine work ethic and ability to handle sensitive and confidential material
  • Technical Knowledge including but not limited to global tax withholdings, reporting regulations, payroll tax accounting, holiday/PTO calculations, deductions, benefits, sick leave pays, and parental leave pays in each country of operation
  • Excellent written and oral communications
  • Demonstrated ability to proactively identify, drive, scale, and implement process improvements in payroll systems, policies, and processes.
  • Strong knowledge of payroll protocols, particularly with IRS regulations, Federal, State, and local tax and labor laws, as well as IRS Sections 401k and 125, and worker’s compensation required
Kong has different base pay ranges for different work locations within the United States, which allows us to pay employees competitively and consistently in different geographic markets. Compensation varies depending on a wide array of factors, including but not limited to specific candidate location, role, skill set and level of experience. Certain roles are eligible for additional rewards including sales incentives depending on the terms of the applicable plan and role. Benefits may vary depending on location. US based employees are typically offered access to healthcare benefits, a 401(k) plan, short and long term disability benefits, basic life and AD&D insurance, among others. The typical base pay range for this role in the US is $160,000 - 200,000.
What is a Konger?
We are a group of makers, thinkers, and doers focused on helping today’s developers build tomorrow’s technology. Our teams work on the bleeding edge of API innovation to provide our users with a central nervous system for data and services.
We put design at the heart of everything we do, and we’re relentlessly focused on creating beautiful experiences for our customers. That’s why technology companies, major banks, e-commerce innovators, and government agencies put Kong in front of their most important web applications.
We believe in the power of Open Source and everything it stands for. That’s why developers around the world enthusiastically contribute on top of our open-source platform.
We are passionate about solving challenges that will fundamentally shape the future of technology, and we’re looking for the right people to join us on our mission. If you believe in taking ownership of your work, making an impact, and having fun along the way, we would love to talk to you.
Kong Core Values:
We are CUSTOMER CHAMPIONS. Customers are everything, we put them at the center of everything we do. We are all empowered to make an impact.
We are OWNERS. We are drivers, not passengers and own the quality and outcomes of our work.
We are UNSTOPPABLE. We work with purpose, obsession, and grit. It takes muscle to do hard things and doing hard things builds muscle.
We are REAL. We are genuine, principled, and confident without arrogance. Show respect and kindness, especially in tough moments.
We Are ACCELERATORS. We prioritize speed, iteration, and results.
We are GLOBAL. We work together from anywhere to achieve our common goals. Our differences make us stronger.
We are EXPLORERS. We value ideas over hierarchy. Never accept the status quo. We make bold bets, fail, and learn everyday. There is always a way.
About Kong:
Kong is THE cloud native API platform with the fastest, most adopted API gateway in the world (over 300m downloads!). Loved by developers and trusted with enterprises’ most critical traffic volumes, Kong helps startups and Fortune 500 companies build with confidence – allowing them to bring solutions to market faster with API and service connectivity that scales easily and securely.
83% of web traffic today is API calls! APIs are the connective tissue of the cloud and the underlying technology that allows software to talk and interact with one another. Therefore, we believe that APIs act as the nervous system of the cloud. Our audacious mission is to build the nervous system that will safely and reliably connect all of humankind!
For more information about Kong, please visit or follow @thekonginc on Twitter.
We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.