Senior Time Specialist, Payroll – Lakeland

Location: Lakeland, FL
Job ID: 26727BR
Department: Payroll
Date Posted: Nov 17, 2023

$48 - 67k


The purpose of this position is to extract, examine, research, audit and correct critical data regarding associates’ punches, absences, and driver’s pay received from all time systems to ensure all Publix associates are paid properly and benefit quotas are accurately allotted. Responsibilities include:

  • Analyzing, validating, and maintaining time records for all associates
  • Ensuring all Publix Paid Time Off (PTO) Benefits are accurately and consistently enforced
  • Validating accuracy of benefit quotas and time flowing to the Payroll Processing team
  • Authenticating each Publix associate’s payroll records, including punches and absences, and adhering to established internal and external guidelines (i.e. HIPAA, ICCT Narrative, governmental regulations, and Human Resources Compensation).

Required Qualifications

  • Associate’s degree in Finance, Accounting, or a business-related field or its equivalent in experience
  • 3 years of experience in an analytical position
  • Ability to prepare, summarize and present fact-based information to other associates, other business areas, and to management
  • Ability to accurately make decisions without supported policies or procedure to support out of the ordinary decisions
  • Ability to facilitate training to various levels of Publix associates
  • Professional and able to handle extremely confidential and sensitive information at all times
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize a large volume of work to meet rigid deadlines
  • Ability to self-manage daily priorities and work independently as well as within a team
  • Superior mathematical and analytical skills
  • Ability to work under strict deadlines and complete a high volume of work accurately
  • Ability to react quickly and in a calm, professional manner when situations arise affecting any facet of the payroll time process
  • Ability to comprehend, apply new concepts, and have a strong understanding of technologies, as well as in a testing environment
  • Excellent customer service delivery skills
  • Excellent attendance and punctuality record
  • Knowledge of SAP or other related Finance systems
  • Intermediate skills in Excel, Access, and Outlook
  • Basic skills in Word and SharePoint
  • Working knowledge of CQI methodologies
  • Enthusiasm, initiative and pride in work
  • Commitment to Publix and our mission

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, Accounting or Business Management
  • 5 years of experience in an analytical position
  • Certified Payroll Professional (CPP)


  • Employee stock ownership plan that contributes Publix stock to associates each year at no cost
  • An opportunity to purchase additional shares of our privately-held stock
  • 401(k) retirement savings plan
  • Group health plan (with prescription benefits)
  • Group dental plan
  • Group vision plan
  • Sick pay
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Long-term disability insurance
  • Company-paid life insurance (with accidental death & dismemberment benefits)
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vacation pay
  • Free hot lunches (buffet-style) at facilities with a cafeteria
  • Paycheck direct deposit
  • Credit union
  • Access to over 50 discount offers including discounts on computer, vehicle and wireless purchases
  • 6 paid holidays (associates can exchange the following holidays with their manager’s approval: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day)

Additional Information

Your application may have additional steps that you will need to complete in order to remain eligible for consideration. Please be sure to monitor your email, including your spam folder, on a daily basis for critical, time-sensitive emails that could require action within 24-48 hours.

Please do not use your Publix email address when applying. Once your application has been successfully submitted you will receive a confirmation email.

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