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Rhythm Pharmaceuticals Global Payroll Director in Boston, Massachusetts

Company Overview

Rhythm is a global, commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company committed to transforming the lives of patients and their families living with rare neuroendocrine diseases. We develop medicines for previously untreatable or undertreated diseases and provide meaningful support for healthcare providers and patients and their families. We recognize the courage it takes for patients and their caregivers to begin their journey of advocacy to find the answers they need. Their courage inspires us to challenge convention, ask bold questions and seek answers for them. Every day, we strive for excellence through our willingness to adapt, learn, and our tenacity to overcome barriers, together.

Opportunity Overview

The Director, Global Payroll will lead Rhythm's payroll function for the US and International regions.  This individual will be responsible for optimizing all pay systems and reporting and ensuring we are compliant with all state and country specific rules and regulations.  The role reports into the VP, Corporate Controller and will be a key collaborator with partners in accounting, finance and HR.   


Responsibilities and Duties

  • Lead Global Payroll function while delivering a high quality experience to all employees.  Oversee payroll processes for employees across multiple countries, ensuring accurate, timely and compliant adherence to regulations.  

  • Manage and provide oversight to Payroll team.  Oversee the entry and provide approvals for US payroll.  Oversee the entry and provide approvals for international payrolls executed by external vendors.  Collaborate with partners across accounting, finance and HR on payroll related matters.

  • Ensure proper payment of wages and salaries for regular and off cycle US payrolls, partnering with ADP and Vistra to ensure that our payroll systems are correctly configured to process earnings and deductions, achieving federal, state and country guidelines (as applicable).

  • Oversee new state and/or country setups as required and respond timely to all payroll related federal and state notices.  Ensure all pay related transactions and any related issuances/annual tax forms are completed timely and accurately. 

  • Develop process to review employee data, including new hire entries, terminations, salary changes, and benefits information to ensure accurate payroll calculations.

  • Develop process to review and reconcile payroll data, ensuring all deductions, taxes, and contributions are accurately calculated and processed.

  • Monitor changes in tax laws, labor regulations and payroll compliance requirements across US and International regions, ensuring timely updates to payroll processes.

  • Own, update and communicate pay related actions, activities, best practices, policies and notices.  Manage Payroll and time off materials and training on our intranet.

  • Process owner for internal controls over the global payroll cycle

  • Identify enhancements to the systems supporting payroll and timekeeping processes while working closely with stakeholders across accounting, finance and HR for functional support.

  • Ensure all employee pay and time off inquiries are resolved timely.  

  • Assist in the implementation and testing of payroll system upgrades and enhancements.

  • Conduct periodic audits of payroll records to identify and resolve discrepancies or errors.

  • Other duties will be assigned as needed.

    Qualifications and Skills

  • 10+ years of payroll experience, including at least 3+ years leading the payroll function at a global organization

  • Prior experience as a people manager

  • Demonstrated knowledge of accounting principles, payroll methods, Department of Labor regulations, federal and state tax regulations and international

  • Experience with ADP is preferred, experience with Paylocity is helpful

  • Experience processing payroll effects of equity transactions is preferred

  • Proactive with strong attention to detail and accuracy; analytical and problem solving skills

  • Curious, accountable and willing to learn and apply knowledge to improve processes

  • Strong communication skills and commitment to collaboration

    This role is based out of our corporate office in Boston, Massachusetts. Rhythm operates in a hybrid-work model. Candidates applying must be willing and able to be in the Boston office in coordination with their department and business needs.

    More about Rhythm

    Our lead asset, IMCIVREE® (setmelanotide), is a precision medicine designed to treat hyperphagia, an insatiable, pathological hunger characterized by abnormal food-seeking behaviors, and early- or rapid-onset severe obesity caused by an impairment of a pathway in the hypothalamus called the melanocortin-4 receptor (MC4R) pathway. IMCIVREE® is the first and only approved therapy for certain rare MC4R pathway diseases in the United States, Europe, Great Britain and several other countries. In collaboration with leading experts  across the world, Rhythm is advancing the most comprehensive clinical research program ever initiated in MC4R pathway diseases, including a Phase 3 trial for acquired hypothalamic obesity.  In addition, we are leveraging our  extensive genetic database, global network of researchers, a track record of regulatory successes and global commercial infrastructure to develop a full portfolio of treatment options to patients struggling with hyperphagia and severe obesity and ensuring they get the treatment that is right for them.

    We continue to advance care and precision medicines that address rare diseases.  We are focused on  expanding access to IMCIVREE® to reach more patients and developing novel therapies for other rare neuroendocrine diseases, including congenital hyperinsulinism. Rhythm’s headquarters is in Boston, MA.  

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