Senior Payroll Specialist

Capella Space
Louisville, CO/Remote
Added: March 26, 2024
Capella Space stands at the forefront of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite technology and signal intelligence. We provide customers in governments, academia, and commercial sectors with reliable information that enables unparalleled understanding of the world. Our mission is centered on delivering timely and reliable Earth imagery, supporting diverse applications in defense & intelligence, disaster response, energy, environmental monitoring and more. Utilizing cutting-edge technology, Capella Space designs, manufactures and operates an advanced constellation of SAR imaging satellites. Our market-leading SAR satellites are complemented by an unmatched data infrastructure and automated ordering and delivery platform for fast, reliable insights where and when customers need it most.

Recognized for our technological prowess, Capella Space was honored as one of the 10 most innovative companies in Space in 2023 by FASTCOMPANY. Capella Space is an internationally trusted Earth Observation data provider, working closely with the U.S. Space Systems Command, U.S. Space Force, NASA, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. National Reconnaissance Office, the Canadian Government and more to make unclassified, high-resolution SAR data more accessible.

What Makes Capella Unique?

Capella Space is a highly collaborative team environment, providing an opportunity to work with some of the brightest minds in the space industry, though no prior space experience is needed. We're looking for people excited about tackling seemingly impossible challenges, learning new skills and concepts, and helping each other achieve success. Our mission and our products are meant to understand the whole world and help everyone in it - regardless of race, creed, or any other distinction. We encourage you to bring your unique perspective to help make us stronger, including applications from those who are traditionally underrepresented in tech.

About the Role

You are the primary owner of the payroll function, including accurate calculation and payment processing of employee payroll, registration and recording of taxes, and upholding the state and federal policies and regulations. You are driven, have excellent communication skills, and are adaptable to an ever-changing environment. You are committed to being truthful and honest; as well as dedicated to upholding accuracy in the work you perform. You will demonstrate leadership in your individual tasks, as well as collaborative work with the People and Finance teams.

Role Responsibilities

  • Manage, update, and implement the company policies, as well as those required by the State and Federal government
  • Process payroll for the organization, including: multi-state, multi-subsidiary, exempt & non-exempt payroll status
  • Based on your expertise, execute calculations for pro-ration, gross-ups, other compensation, etc
  • Manage new tax registrations, rate information, and ensure all taxes are paid and reported accurately and timely
  • Have a working knowledge of rules and regulations such as paid-family leave, termination of benefits, etc
  • Complete regular internal audits, and support external audit requests
  • Work cross-functionally with the People and Finance teams to complete larger company-wide tasks, such as evaluation of health benefit providers
  • Plan and complete 2-4 projects each quarter, which support the company's key objects for the year
  • Prepare invoicing and reporting as required by health benefit providers, 401k provider, etc.
  • Contribute to maintaining the integration of various systems across benefit providers, HRIS, payroll, and ERP
  • Process month-end close reconciliations, as related to compensation, payroll taxes, and health benefits
  • Sole ownership of the payroll email inbox, including all internal and external requests, queries, etc.
  • Work directly and autonomously with employees to address disputes, provide expert advice, and/or execute changes
  • Assist with identifying risks and opportunities, implementing controls and best practices for optimization, and maintaining proper process documentation
  • Provide support for other ad hoc analyses and projects, including regular assessment of policies and processes
  • Collaborate with People Team to ensure payrolls are complete and accurate


  • BA/BS in Accounting/Finance/Economics/Business Administration
  • 4 to 6 years of experience at a startup/technology centric company (preferably on the accounting and/or HR teams)
  • Experience with a payroll system such as Namely (preferred), ADP, etc
  • Strong knowledge of tax and wage laws
  • Knowledge of basic accounting principles and awareness of GAAP
  • Experience working closely with Human Resources and People teams
  • Strong excel and communication skills with attention to accuracy and detail
  • Ability to help build processes from scratch and challenge the team/organization
  • Desire to succeed and adapt in a fast-paced, dynamic organization
  • An approachable demeanor that inspires trust and confidence


The annual salary range for this role as it is posted is $100,000.00 - 132,500.00 The final job level and annual salary will be determined based on the education, qualification, knowledge, skills, ability, and experience of the final candidate(s), specific office location and calibrated against relevant market data and internal team equity. Benefits listed in this posting may vary depending on the nature of your employment with Capella Space.


In addition to an opportunity to take part in an innovative, collaborative and fast-growing business with a highly motivated and skilled team, we also take pride in taking care of our employees. Here are just a few ways that we show our appreciation:

  • We offer up to 100% paid medical coverage, with robust vision and dental plans, comprehensive flexible spending accounts, and supplemental health plans
  • Equity
  • 401K Plan to invest in your long-term retirement planning
  • Generous Parental Leave
  • Flexible Paid Time Off Policy
  • Commuter & Parking Benefits
  • Mental Health Resources
  • Monthly phone stipend
  • Daily provided lunches and stocked kitchens.
  • Furry friends? We've got you covered with dog-friendly work environment & them with pet insurance options

Equal Opportunity Statement

Capella Space is an equal opportunity employer, committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace, and upholding equitable hiring practices.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic under federal, state, or local law, including those with a criminal history, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws, including the CA Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance. We actively encourage members of recognized minorities, women, Veterans, and those with disabilities to apply, and we work to create a welcoming and supportive environment for all applicants throughout the interview process. If you need assistance or require an accommodation during the job application process, please notify

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