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Title: Senior Manager / Associate Director, Payroll (temp to perm)

Aerovate (AVTE) is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing drugs that meaningfully improve the lives of people with rare cardiopulmonary disease. Our team has spent their careers in cardiopulmonary disease research, drug and aerosol development, commercialization and company building.

Our exceptional team of experts, industry veterans, and scientists is uniquely equipped to overcome the current challenges of treating these diseases and deliver novel therapeutics to make a meaningful difference for patients.

At Aerovate, we know the diversity of our team’s backgrounds, talents, skills, and experiences not only makes us unique, but makes us stronger. Tenacious in our pursuit to make a difference and helping each other along the way, we know we can achieve better therapies to make a meaningful impact for patients.

Why Aerovate:

Aerovate fosters an uplifting environment, collaborative peers, and a passion for learning that translates into making a difference for people with cardiopulmonary disease and their communities.

Aerovate’s culture is one of inclusion, excellence, and respect in every way – for each other, the science, the community, and our mission. Both at work and in the clinic, we are committed to recruiting individuals that exemplify diversity in culture and life experience and are always striving to grow and improve. We recognize the urgency of our efforts, and we accept the challenge to do what’s right for our patients and their communities.

Position Summary:

The Senior Manager / Associate Director, Payroll (temp to perm) will oversee and supervise the organization's payroll functions, ensuring pay is processed on time, accurately, and in compliance with government regulations. Further, proper documentation of key controls around payroll processing will be required under Sarbanes Oxley (i.e. SOX) as well leading all equity management.


  • Manage the workflow of payroll implementation and operations to ensure optimal efficiency and maintain high standards of customer service
  • Collaborate with Human Resources to oversee all payroll functions including establishing and maintaining employee data in the payroll system, including benefit management with carrier connections
  • Ensure policies, procedures and practices are documented and maintained to be compliant with key controls identified under SOX
  • Serve as the technical expert for payroll issues through a deep understanding of payroll law, tax regulations and accounting principles
  • Conduct thorough payroll review and resolve discrepancies each pay period to achieve zero error rate
  • Liaison with our HR Team and Payroll Provider, ADP, to ensure timely federal and state tax filings and payments including social security, Medicare, Unemployment, and Workers’ Compensation payments
  • Responsible for new entity set-up for state and unemployment tax accounts when needed
  • Assist in the resolution of highly complex and escalated payroll issues
  • Perform supplemental payroll processing of off-cycle items: Bonuses, Sales Incentive Compensation, Annual salary increases (i.e., Retro-pay), Equity transactions
  • Perform monthly and ad-hoc reporting as needed, including Annual Proxy Reporting
  • Perform year end testing for Café-125 benefits, supporting benefits and HR
  • Prepare, review, and run the annual W2 review process
  • Reconcile 401K by month
  • Prepare supporting Sarbanes Oxley control documentation
  • Complete special payroll projects
  • Own payroll integration projects for all new company acquisitions
  • Assist with as needed equity transaction processing including share approval to transfer agent, Form 4 reporting, account reconciliations


  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Business Administration, Human Resources, or related field preferred
  • 7+ years of experience managing payroll in a multi-state and multi-entity environment
  • Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) a plus
  • Extensive knowledge of the payroll function including preparation, balancing, internal control, and payroll taxes
  • Experience with acquisition integration and implementing payroll systems
  • Knowledge of ADP Workforce Now system is a plus
  • Knowledge of E*TRADE system is a plus
  • Proficient with Excel, with strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Passion for building out processes, problem-solving and working independently
  • Cross-functional collaborator and communicator who expresses a positive attitude
  • Highly organized, accurate, detail-oriented, and takes pride in the quality of their work
  • Acumen and curiosity to learn the business and support/implement process improvements
  • Prioritizes and maintains composure to meet deadlines
  • Experience working in a fast-growing and/or start-up environment is strongly preferred

All interested candidates can submit an updated resume to

Aerovate Therapeutics, Inc. provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination, harassment, or retaliation of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by Federal, State, and Local laws.