Payroll and Benefits Specialist

Location : 3200 Fruit Ridge Ave, Walker, MI 49544

Who We Are:

Challenge’s mission is to manufacture with operational excellence by empowering our employee-owners. As a leading tier 1 supplier of complex metal assemblies for the global automotive industry, we drive innovative solutions for future mobility. We believe the best ideas come from individual unique perspectives. These ideas combined with the teamwork of industry leaders allow us to accomplish any challenge. Our team members take pride in the work we do and embody our core values of safety, ownership, and teamwork every day; they are the true driving force in our operations.

Challenge is proud to be one of the largest employee-owned automotive companies in North America. One of the many benefits of joining the Challenge team is the ESOP program. This program allows Challenge to give shares of the Company to all employee-owners annually. These shares are an additional retirement benefit that will continue to grow during your time at Challenge. Being part of an ESOP means our employee-owners share in Challenge’s success!

Challenge is #QualityDriven and #PeoplePowered!

Who We Want:

The Payroll and Benefits Specialist (payroll focus) processes salary team member payroll, assists employees with benefits enrollment and questions, approves benefit elections, approves benefit vendor invoices, and completes payroll reporting.

What You'll Do:

  • Manages the bi-weekly salary team member payroll process for over 600 team members, including ensuring time and attendance records are accurate and approved from supervisors, submitting payroll reports, and issuing paychecks/direct deposits.
  • Review and distribute checks including creating manual checks to replace checks lost by employees. Mail checks to absent employees.
  • Supports plant locations with hourly payroll processing as needed.
  • Administer various employee benefits programs, such as group health, flexible spending accounts, dental and vision, accident and disability, life insurance, 401(k), and wellness benefits.
  • Maintain ADP benefits module and ensure benefits changes are reviewed and approved.
  • Assist employees with health, dental, life and other related benefit questions.
  • Resolve administrative problems with the carrier representatives.
  • Assist HRSS Director in obtaining statistics and information in renewal process of any health, life and retirement plans that benefit the company.
  • Compiles payroll data such as hours worked, insurance and miscellaneous deductions.
  • Administers FOC and garnishment deductions for salary team members.
  • Review and distribute checks including creating manual checks to replace checks lost by employees. Mail checks to absent employees.
  • Monitors uncashed checks and submits annual reports to the State.
  • Respond to questions from managers and employees regarding pay policies.
  • Prepare and post benefit notices.
  • Performs basic customer service functions associated with key job tasks (i.e. answering employee and 3rd party requests for information).
  • Filing and clerical duties including maintenance of electronic records.

When and Where:

This will be a 830AM - 5PM M-F position located at our Corporate Office in Walker, Michigan.

What You Need to Have:

  • High School Diploma or GED (required)
  • Two or more years’ experience in full-cycle payroll (required)
  • Prior experience with benefits administration 
  • ADP Certified Payroll Specialist preferred

What We Offer:

We offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, Health Savings Account with annual employer contributions, Flexible Spending Accounts, company-paid Short-Term Disability and Basic Life, Voluntary Life and LTD, Employer 401k Match, ESOP shares, tuition reimbursement, Referral Bonus Program, Challenge Incentive Program, and paid time off.

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. Reasonable accommodations can be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.