The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Job Details

Job Summary

Metropolitan’s Chief Financial Officer’s Group, Payroll Unit, has (1) opening for an Accounting Technician II available at its Headquarters in Los Angeles, California.

In the Accounting Technician II position you will have the opportunity to process a variety a payroll functions via PeopleSoft while also providing information about payroll policies and procedures to the rest of the organization. You will also be able to communicate with various departments within the organization in order to complete your work.

In this position you will be able to demonstrate payroll and PeopleSoft experience with a basic understanding of payroll tax laws and practices in addition to being proactive, well organized, and customer service oriented.

1. Processes payroll and researches and resolves discrepancies.  Calculates and processes leave adjustments, payoffs, and back pay.

2. Responds to inquiries regarding payroll policies and procedures, timekeeping, time entry system, and technical problems.  Provides information to Legal and/or Human Resources.

3. Troubleshoots payroll software application problems. May assist in testing of payroll and timekeeping systems.

4. Updates employee data in payroll and timekeeping systems.

5. Gathers data to prepare reports or spreadsheets for payroll related issues or actions.  May work with legal staff to assist in compliance with orders.

6. Reviews and calculates workers compensation excess payments, leave credits, and benefits adjustments.  Notifies employees of overpayments and leave credits and updates payroll system.

7. Reviews and administers timekeeping, pay, and benefits for employees on leave in accordance with applicable policies and procedures.  Coordinates with Human Resources and Legal and updates leave management system.

8. Processes employee leave donations and requests and maintains employee relief fund.
9. Transmits direct deposits, garnishments, and retirement contributions to appropriate entities.

10. Reviews and reconciles benefits and payroll reports to process payments.

11. Performs other related Accounting Technician job duties as required.


30% Technical Knowledge & Skills
20% Job Preparation
15% Organizational / Analytical Skills
15% Customer Service
10% Teamwork
10% Oral Communication

Job Requirements


Education and Experience:  High school diploma or High school equivalency certificate and four years of increasingly responsible, relevant experience; or two years in a MWD Accounting Technician I classification; completion of two years full time accredited college work in accounting or related business field may be substituted for one year of related experience.

Relevant experience is defined as: work experience processing payroll.

General Required Knowledge of:  Enterprise accounting systems; mathematics; and current office technology and equipment.

Payroll Required Knowledge of:  Basic payroll practices and state and federal payroll tax laws.

General Required Skills and Abilities to:  Operate enterprise accounting system; use independent judgment and exercise discretion; problem solve; prioritize and multi-task; communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; work independently and in a team environment; and operate current office equipment including computers and supporting applications.

Employees in this position may be required to obtain and maintain the following certifications, licensing and registrations:

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met or may be encountered by an employee to successfully perform the job duties of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the job duties.

Physical Demands:  The work is sedentary.  Typically, the employee may sit comfortably to do the work.  However, there may be some walking; standing; bending; carrying of light items such as paper, books, or small parts; driving an automobile, etc.  No special physical demands are required to perform the work.

Work Environment:  The work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts that require normal safety precautions typical of such places as offices, meeting and training rooms, libraries, and residences or commercial vehicles, e.g., use of safe work practices with office equipment, avoidance of trips and falls, observance of fire regulations and traffic signals, etc.  The work area is adequately lighted, heated, and ventilated.

Vision Requirements:  No special vision requirements.


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