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DST Systems Payroll Specialist III in Kansas City, Missouri

The speed of technology. The influx of data. Shifting regulations. Increased customer expectations.

That's where you'll find DST, helping clients find opportunity in ever-changing and complex customer, business, and regulatory requirements. Mastering complexity is a constantly changing and evolving challenge – one that only a few people can embrace and thrive upon.

If you see your opportunity in complexity, then we are the right fit for you.

Job Description:

Organizational Overview

At DST/SS&C, we're working hard to help clients in some of the world's most complex industries discover the best experiences and positive outcomes for business. We're also working hard to help over 16,000 global employees discover the best experiences and positive outcomes for themselves and our company. We attract, build, energize, and reward our people by building and deploying strategic programs designed to support a high performance culture that enables DST/SS&C to best execute its business strategy.

Role Overview

DST/SS&C processes a multi-state payroll for over 7,000 U.S. employees in Kansas City, MO and is currently seeking a Payroll Specialist to work in its challenging and fast-paced payroll department. This position is responsible for delivering timely and accurate payrolls in compliance with all tax regulations and authorities.


  • Responsible for accurately processing multi-state payroll biweekly in a timely and accurate manner and ensuring all payroll interfaces are accurately loaded with changes (such as demographic changes, benefits, and compensation).

  • Partner with the SS&C stock plan administration team to process stock payrolls for the vestings of RSU’s and the exercises of Non-Qualified Stock Options for all global stock plan participants and ensure proper tax withholdings.

  • Work as a team to complete quarter and year end tasks, off-cycle payrolls, and W2 balancing.

  • Assist team with new tax registrations, update SUI tax rates, submit tax notices in ADP Smart Compliance and perform tax research.

  • Maintain strong working relationships with ADP and 3rd party benefit vendors.

  • Maintain payroll operations in accordance with Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) internal control standards and assist internal / external auditors perform their payroll audit procedures.

  • Provide courteous customer service by responding to associate inquiries and take appropriate action ensuring timely review and resolution.

  • Understand payroll strategies and deliver recommendations for improving payroll processes and workflows.

  • Develop knowledge of the “Hire to Retire” processes (employee lifecycle) within the scope of the centralized shared payroll services DST/SS&C performs for its U.S. subsidiaries.

  • Perform other duties and special projects requested by management.


  • High School degree and at least 2 years of work-related experience

  • Must be detail-oriented and a self-starter with the ability to work independently and within a team environment.

  • Three to five years payroll processing experience with ADP Global View or other ADP payroll systems and Workday HCM preferred.

  • Strong working knowledge of multi-state payroll, taxes and locals, treatment of stock transactions such as RSU’s and non-qualified deferred compensation.

  • Solid understanding and working knowledge of payroll processes and systems.

  • Must be collaborative and possess strong analytical and problem solving skills.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel vlookups and pivot tables.


Kansas City Missouri

DST is an equal opportunity employer and values a diverse and inclusive workplace. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. For more information about Equal Opportunity in the Workplace please click here and here. DST is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to job applicants with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need an accommodation or accessibility assistance to complete the online application, please contact us at PeopleCenter@dstsystems.com for assistance.

SS&C DST is a leading provider of specialized technology, strategic advisory, and business operations outsourcing to the financial and healthcare industries. Combining unmatched industry knowledge, critical infrastructure and service excellence, SS&C DST helps companies master complexity in the world’s most demanding industries to ensure they continually stay ahead of and capitalize on ever-changing customer, business and regulatory requirements.

We work with companies in some of the world’s most demanding industries where rapid shifts in consumer, regulatory, and technology trends are increasingly affecting how our clients do business. For them, keeping up in a landscape of constant change is becoming more and more complex. Through our technology, strategic advisory, and business improvement solutions we work with clients to help them stay ahead of and capitalize on customer, business, and regulatory change.

Mastering complexity is not an end-state. It’s a constantly changing and evolving challenge – one that only a few people can embrace and thrive upon. If you see your opportunity in complexity, then we are the right fit for you.