Job Title:  Sr. Manager, Payroll (Temporary Contractor)

Department:  Human Resources

Santa Monica, CA or Greenwood , US

Summary of Position

Location: Santa Monica, CA or Greenwood Village, CO (Hybrid schedule with Monday – Thursday in office and Friday work from home)
Duration: Approximately 6 months with a target start date of ASAP
Rate: $2,500-$3,500/week depending on experience


This temporary employee will be paid as a W-2 employee through a 3rd party payroll service. We are unable to consider candidates who can only be set-up as a W-9 Consultant.


The Payroll team is seeking a temporary contractor at the Sr. Manager to support the Workday implementation and day-to-day payroll functions at Starz. 


  • Project manage and support Workday implementation project including advising on best practices and participating in user/end-to-end testing
  • Manage multi-state and international payroll compensation and tax compliance
  • Critically review and analyze current payroll, benefits and tax systems and procedures in order to recommend and implement changes leading to best-practice operations
  • Provides payroll information by answering questions and requests.
  • Manage preparation of relevant management reports, including weekly, monthly, quarterly and year-end reports (gross payroll, hours worked, vacation accrual, tax deductions, benefit deductions, etc.), as applicable
  • Audit W-4s, payroll balance sheets, YTD earnings, etc.
  • Complies with federal, state, and local legal requirements by studying existing and new legislation; enforcing adherence to requirements; advising management on needed actions.
  • Maintains employee confidence and protects payroll operations by keeping information confidential.
  • Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.
  • Liaison with Tax and Finance & Accounting

Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Business Administration, Human Resources, or a related field required. or equivalent experience
  • 7+ years multi-state payroll experience
  • Extensive knowledge of ADP
  • Experience with Workday
  • Expert in Excel
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (especially Word, Excel, and Outlook)
  • Extensive knowledge of CA (and out-of-state) payroll principles, practices, regulations, and procedures.
  • Extensive knowledge of applicable state and federal payroll and related tax regulations, legislation, and guidelines, including, but not limited to: writs of garnishment, child support, levies, subpoenas, etc.
  • Experience creating and implementing payroll systems and process
  • Strong sense of urgency to meet strict deadlines
  • Excellent communication skills (both verbal and written)
  • Working experience of payroll tax at the federal, state and local levels
  • Must be highly organized

Nice to Haves

  • CPP preferred
  • Experience with additional Human Resources functions, i.e., Benefits, Compensation, HRIS, Leave of Absence


STARZ (, a Lionsgate company, is a leading media streaming platform committed to delivering premium content that amplifies narratives by, about and for women and underrepresented audiences. STARZ is home to the highly rated and first-of-its-kind STARZ app that offers the ability to stream or download STARZ premium content, as well as the flagship domestic STARZ® service, including STARZ ENCORE, 17 premium pay TV channels, and the associated on-demand and online services. STARZ is available across digital OTT platforms and multichannel video distributors, including cable operators, satellite television providers, and telecommunications companies. In February 2021, STARZ launched #TakeTheLead, a multi-faceted and innovative inclusion initiative expanding its existing efforts to improve representation on screen, behind the camera and throughout the company.

EEO Statement

Lionsgate is an equal employment opportunity employer. All employees and applicants are evaluated on the basis of their qualifications, consistent with applicable state and federal laws. In addition, Lionsgate will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. Lionsgate will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and federal law.   

Nearest Major Market: Los Angeles