Payroll Specialist

Allen Park Training Facility, 222 REPUBLIC DR, Allen Park, Michigan, United States of America Req #214
Thursday, September 23, 2021
The Detroit Lions are a professional American football team based in Detroit, Michigan. They are members of the North Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL), and play their home games at Ford Field in downtown Detroit. The team located to Detroit in 1934 and are the NFL's fifth oldest franchise.

The Detroit Lions currently need a Payroll Specialist. The position is based at the Allen Park Training Facility. We will accept applications for this position until 11:59PM on October 4th, 2021.



Under general direction of the Payroll Director, the Payroll Specialist is responsible for end-to-end payroll processing for the Player payroll.  The role involves working with all departments within the organization, which includes addressing payroll related questions/requests from players.  This individual should be able to work independently, be well-organized, and maintain a high level of confidentiality.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (including, but not limited to):

  • Field all player payroll requests & inquiries
  • Transmit 401-K deductions to provider
  • Transmit Dues to NFLPA.
  • Set up and process Garnishment calculations
  • Submit payroll deductions to appropriate authorities
  • Coordinate multi-state wage allocation
  • Assist with updating payroll records to changes in tax status, address, and direct deposit.
  • Review and Reconcile payroll
  • Oversee the creation of the payroll calendar for the player payroll.   
  • Responsible for cash flow projections for player payroll.
  • Review quarterly tax filings to ensure third party vendor has filed correctly
  • Assist in player 401k audits and player enrollments
  • Work with accounting to reconcile payroll accounts in general ledger on a periodic basis
  • Responsible for monitoring pay codes and ledger accounts for player payroll
  • Maintain employee confidence and protect payroll operations by keeping information confidential
  • Complete player employment verifications


  • Must be self-motivated and able to work independently or as part of a team
  • Will accept other responsibilities and duties required by the supervisor consistent with the objectives and essential functions of this position.  Such responsibilities shall be incorporated into the position description if they are ongoing
  • Will advise supervisor if actual practice (activity) begins to deviate significantly from specified essential functions
  • Support Payroll Director for other entities and projects
  • Help create and document best practices and procedures checklists for effective and efficient processing controls.



  • Experience with Ceridian Dayforce strongly preferred
  • Fundamental Payroll certification (FPC) a plus
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
  • Knowledge of payroll practices and employee benefits
  • High attention to detail
  • Proficient in MS Office (including Excel)
  • Must be flexible regarding work hours including weekends and holidays
  • Ability to travel between Ford Field and Allen Park training facility
  • A valid Driver’s License and a good driving record




The safety of our employees and our candidates is paramount as we manage through the COVID-19 pandemic. We continue to closely monitor the evolving situation and we appreciate your understanding and flexibility with any related changes to our work processes.


We have implemented the following to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our offices and facilities including:

  • Temperature checks, COVID-19 questionnaire prior to building access, regular cleaning, masks and hand sanitizer.
  • Temporary work from home options based on position.
  • Suspension of non-essential travel.
  • Virtual interviews via phone/video and remote onboarding/training, where feasible.



  • Top Tier Healthcare Coverage
  • 100% Paid Premium for Disability and Employee Life Insurance Coverage
  • Health and Dependent Care FSA
  • Paid Time Off & 13 Holidays
  • Summer Hours
  • Free Virtual Fitness Classes
  • Enhanced Employee Assistances Programs
  • Exclusive Discounts
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Free On-Site Parking
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Monthly Technology Stipend
  • Company-Wide Events



To apply, please submit a copy of your resume along with a cover letter detailing your interest and related experience to the position.

Due to the high volume or resumes received, we regret that we are unable to update candidates on the status of their application. Those selected for further consideration will be contacted.


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  • Allen Park Training Facility, 222 REPUBLIC DR, Allen Park, Michigan, United States of America