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Senior Payroll Specialist - Japan


Base Salary
49k-55k USD

Job Description

About Remote

Remote is solving global remote organizations’ biggest challenge: employing anyone anywhere compliantly. We make it possible for businesses big and small to employ a global team by handling global payroll, benefits, taxes, and compliance. Check out to learn more or if you’re interested in adding to the mission, scroll down to apply now.

Please take a look at to learn more about our culture and what it is like to work here. Not only do we encourage folks from all ethnic groups, genders, sexuality, age and abilities to apply, but we prioritize a sense of belonging. You can check out independent reviews by other candidates on Glassdoor or look up the results of our candidate surveys to see how others feel about working and interviewing here.

All of our positions are fully remote. You do not have to relocate to join us!

What this job can offer you

This is an exciting time to join our global Payroll Operations team not only because we are growing, but because our teams build the future of Global Payroll by elevating the processes and ways of working in the industry.

What you bring

  • Experience of in-house payroll processing for Japan.
  • Knowledge of payroll best practices.
  • Proficient in using software tools like SAP, Excel / Google Sheet.
  • An analytical mindset with great problem-solving abilities.
  • Ability to adapt to a fast-paced, international work environment with a passion for making an impact.
  • Is a productivity geek and will constantly think of ways to improve and speed up their work.

Key Responsibilities

  • Review and guarantee submission of payroll-related data to service providers, statutory filing requirements and payroll approvals.
  • Coordinate existing relationships with payroll, accounting and benefits service providers.
  • Serve as a primary point of contact for customers to run their monthly payroll cycle.
  • Responsible for ensuring full data integrity.
  • Be able to build processes from ground up and focus on continuous improvement.


  • You'll report to: Payroll Operations Manager
  • Team: Operations - Payroll
  • Location: You can fulfil this role from any location, but the knowledge of Japan payroll and language are required.
  • Start date: As soon as possible

Remote Compensation Philosophy

Remote's Total Rewards philosophy is to ensure fair, unbiased compensation and fair equity pay along with competitive benefits in all locations in which we operate. We do not agree to or encourage cheap-labor practices and therefore we ensure to pay above in-location rates. We hope to inspire other companies to support global talent-hiring and bring local wealth to developing countries.

At first glance our salary bands seem quite wide - here is some context. At Remote we have international operations and a globally distributed workforce. We use geo ranges to consider geographic pay differentials as part of our global compensation strategy to remain competitive in various markets while we hiring globally.

The base salary range for this full-time position is $48,829USD - $54,933USD. Our salary ranges are determined by role, level and location, and our job titles may span more than one career level. The actual base pay for the successful candidate in this role is dependent upon many factors such as location, transferable or job-related skills, work experience, relevant training, business needs, and market demands. The base salary range may be subject to change.

Application process

  1. Interview with recruiter
  2. Interview with future manager
  3. Interview with senior manager
  4. Prior employment verification check


Our full benefits & perks are explained in our handbook at As a global company, each country works differently, but some benefits/perks are for all Remoters:
  • work from anywhere
  • unlimited personal time off (minimum 4 weeks)
  • quarterly company-wide day off for self care
  • flexible working hours (we are async)
  • 16 weeks paid parental leave
  • mental health support services
  • stock options
  • learning budget
  • home office budget & IT equipment
  • budget for local in-person social events or co-working spaces

How you’ll plan your day (and life)

We work async at Remote which means you can plan your schedule around your life (and not around meetings). Read more at

You will be empowered to take ownership and be proactive. When in doubt you will default to action instead of waiting. Your life-work balance is important and you will be encouraged to put yourself and your family first, and fit work around your needs.

If that sounds like something you want, apply now!

How to apply

  1. Please fill out the form below and upload your CV with a PDF format.
  2. We kindly ask you to submit your application and CV in English, as this is the standardised language we use here at Remote.
  3. If you don’t have an up to date CV but you are still interested in talking to us, please feel free to add a copy of your LinkedIn profile instead.

We will ask you to voluntarily tell us your pronouns at interview stage, and you will have the option to answer our anonymous demographic questionnaire when you apply below. As an equal employment opportunity employer it’s important to us that our workforce reflects people of all backgrounds, identities, and experiences and this data will help us to stay accountable. We thank you for providing this data, if you chose to.

Advice from our career coach

To succeed in applying for this position with Remote, it is crucial to have a solid understanding of payroll operations, particularly in Japan. Here are some key tips to stand out as an applicant:
  • Highlight your experience in in-house payroll processing for Japan, emphasizing your knowledge of payroll best practices.
  • Showcase your proficiency in using software tools like SAP, Excel, or Google Sheets, underscoring your analytical mindset and problem-solving abilities.
  • Demonstrate your ability to adapt to a fast-paced, international work environment and your passion for making an impact.
  • Emphasize your productivity and continuous improvement mindset, showing how you constantly think of ways to improve and speed up your work.
  • When applying, make sure to address how you can review and guarantee submission of payroll-related data, coordinate with service providers, and ensure data integrity.
  • Tailor your application to showcase how you can build processes from the ground up, focusing on continuous improvement.
Overall, highlighting your expertise in Japan payroll operations, problem-solving skills, and adaptability to a global remote work setting will greatly enhance your chances of standing out as a top candidate for this position with Remote. Good luck with your application!

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