Payroll Accountant



Accounting & Finance
Washington, DC, USA
Posted on Thursday, January 25, 2024


VillageReach transforms health care delivery to reach everyone, so that each person has the health care needed to thrive. We develop solutions that improve equity and access to primary health care. This includes making sure products are available when and where they are needed and primary health care services are delivered to the most under-reached. Radical collaboration with governments, the private sector and other partners strengthen our ability to scale and sustain these solutions. Our work increases access to quality health care for more than 70 million people in Africa. VillageReach in incorporated in Washington State and has offices in Seattle (USA), Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, and Mozambique.


VillageReach is a global company that operates in a decentralized manner, with teams working remotely across different regions and time zones. We are looking for a skilled payroll accountant to join our finance team and handle our payroll operations.

As a payroll accountant, you will oversee payroll processing for our employees and contractors, using various payroll platforms and currencies. You will also maintain accurate payroll records, update employee information, and resolve any payroll issues or queries. You will collaborate with other finance team members and external partners to ensure timely and accurate payroll processing, reporting and compliance.

To be successful in this role, you should have a strong background in accounting, payroll, and tax, as well as experience working in a decentralized or distributed organization. You should also be proficient in using various payroll software and tools. You should have excellent communication and organizational skills, as well as a high level of attention to detail and accuracy.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or be assigned at any time.

  • Process payroll for employees, using different payroll platforms and currencies, according to the agreed schedule and frequency.
  • Calculate salaries, overtime, benefits, deductions, and withholdings, based on the contract terms and local regulations.
  • Ensure payroll compliance with applicable tax laws and regulations in different jurisdictions, and file tax reports and payments as required.
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date payroll records and reconcile payroll transactions with the general ledger and bank statements.
  • Respond to payroll-related inquiries and requests from employees, managers, and external partners, and resolve any payroll issues or discrepancies.
  • Prepare and distribute payroll reports and statements, such as payroll summaries, and tax forms, to the relevant parties.
  • Collaborate with other finance team members and external partners, such as accountants, payroll related service providers, auditors, and tax advisors, to ensure smooth and efficient payroll operations and reporting.
  • Research and stay updated on the latest payroll trends, best practices, and regulations in different regions and countries.
  • Recommend and implement improvements to the payroll processes and systems, to enhance efficiency, accuracy, and compliance.


The following competencies reflect what is expected of all VillageReach employees; including examples of how one might demonstrate each of these competencies in one’s role.

  • Personal Motivation and Drive: Is self-directed in one’s approach to work, but asks for help when needed; holds oneself accountable; undertakes self-development activities; seeks to build and master new skills; looks for and takes advantage of opportunities within the organization
  • Collaboration & Effective Communication: Establishes and maintains effective relations with coworkers, partners & stakeholders and external parties; works collaboratively with others to accomplish organizational and team goals and objectives; works actively to resolve conflicts; expresses ideas and thoughts effectively; selects and uses appropriate communication methods and maintains meaningful communication with virtual coworkers and other parties to keep them informed
  • Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion: Takes personal responsibility for and supports others across the organization in creating and sustaining a diverse work environment where individuals are welcomed, valued, respected and supported; personally committed to attaining cultural competency including self-awareness of one’s own attitudes about culture and cross-cultural interactions; exhibits the willingness and ability to engage openly and respectfully around issues of race, colonialism, identity and culture; upholds equity in access to sharing of information, ideas, and opportunities throughout VillageReach
  • Commitment to Excellence: Produces a high output of work, both in terms of quality and quantity; looks for ways to improve and promote quality; monitors work to ensure quality; has a personal commitment to the mission of VillageReach
  • Solution Orientation & Innovation: Focuses on results and desired outcomes and how to best achieve them; gets the job done; sees opportunities for creative problem-solving while staying within the parameters of good practice; sees old problems in new ways and has novel approaches to solving those problems; contributes original and/or resourceful ideas to their area of responsibility; is able to consider and articulate risks and consequences of proposed innovations and factor these into decision-making