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Senior Manager - Payroll Transformation APAC


44, CN


A mutually rewarding experience.

Work. Realize your ambitions. And realize there’s more to being in business than just making a profit. That’s the Mars philosophy. And the opportunity we offer every one of our Associates. An opportunity to take what you do and make it mean more for you, for those around you and for the planet.  What you get here is challenging, interesting work. You get the tools you need to do a great job and you get to have the best possible people on your side to help you do it. And at the same time as getting to find ways to do business better today than we did it yesterday and driving a great career, you also get to build a more enlightened business and drive sustainability.

Because it’s never just about a single person, a single project or a single brand. It’s about how you can grab everything that’s within your reach here and use it to pursue mutual, long-term gain. It’s about having ideas. And ideals. Being prepared to risk failure because the promise of success means we’ll all be a little better off. It’s that mix of integrity and ambition that makes Mars such a special place to work. And why working here is always about more than just a job.

About Mars, Incorporated 

Mars is a family-owned business with more than a century of history making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love. With almost $35 billion in sales, the company is a global business that produces some of the world’s best-loved brands: M&M’s®, SNICKERS®, TWIX®, MILKY WAY®, DOVE®, PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, EXTRA®, ORBIT®, 5™, SKITTLES®, UNCLE BEN’S®, MARS DRINKS and COCOAVIA®. Mars also provides veterinary health services that include BANFIELD® Pet Hospitals, Blue Pearl®, VCA® and Pet Partners™. Headquartered in McLean, VA, Mars operates in more than 80 countries. The Mars Five Principles – Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom – inspire its more than 100,000 Associates to create value for all its partners and deliver growth they are proud of every day.


This role leads the Payroll Transformation efforts in the Asia Pacific region as part of a global cross-segment program that will ensure Payroll integration with new Workday HCM solution being rolled out globally, and evaluate the current payroll solutions in the region against global benchmarks and best practices to develop and deploy a transformation strategy aimed at achieving world-class performance standards around efficiency, effectiveness, experience and insights.


This role enables a comprehensive program plan including internal and external implementation partners through partnership with functional and technical teams. Ensures alignment of all work teams to resource and budget plans and manages plans, issues, risks, and decision logs along with financial forecasting for the Payroll Integration and Transformation program. Drives effective status reporting for governance bodies and ensures scope, schedule and budget are tracked in an efficient project structure.


The role operates across segments and functions partnering with segment Functional Experts and functional Business Partnership Managers to co-create the transformation roadmap for payroll solutions in the region. It brings in external/ best practice insights& trends from vendors, analyst and peer companies to influence and drive business transformation at scale for Payroll capabilities. Drive all key aspects of payroll transformation including strategic alignment, design authority for new capability, data/ application/information architecture, business case, program and process definition. Works with global business partnership community to ensure resources are secured for transformation programs, and works through influencing and direct control depending on the nature of the capability.


Key responsibilities:

Ensure Payroll integration with the new HCM solution

  1. Own and lead the Payroll integration efforts with the new HCM solution in the region, ensuring effective project planning and execution. 
  2. Track program issues, risks, decisions, and actions
  3. Facilitate workstream status meetings with payroll system owners/teams to adjust behaviours and activities to meet program goals
  4. Mitigate risk through proactive review of project plans, dependencies and resources
  5. Ensure all Payroll requirements are efficiently and effectively met
  6. Responsible for developing management reporting and governance updates to support leadership visibility to Technology Program


Develop & Deploy Payroll Transformation Strategy

  1. Help develop and drive the Payroll strategy within the Asia Pacific region, understanding and translating any local/ regional requirements to shape how the strategy gets adopted
  2. Support the Global Process Owner (GPO) on understanding external leading practices / benchmarks and help develop the process transformation roadmap for the region.
  3. Drive the implementation of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) within the region
  4. Represent the GPO organization / Asia Pacific region on all Payroll process standardization projects/initiatives – identifying where customizations would be required
  5. Develop or validate the business case that supports the implementation of Payroll transformation projects within the region
  6. Accountable for ensuring the delivery of the stated business case within the region
  7. Collaborate and provide inputs, and participate in related initiatives (e.g. HCM, Time & Attendance) as it relates to Payroll within the region



  1. Bachelor's degree in IT, business or relevant business functions (e.g. Finance) or equivalent
  2. 7+ year's experience in Payroll, Finance or HR
  3. Demonstrable Subject Matter Expertise in Payroll Administration/ Operations
  4. Project & Program Management experience
  5. Lean Six Sigma (or equivalent) process improvement background is a plus
  6. Prior experience in Payroll or HCM implementation is a plus




Mars is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request. The company is pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request.


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