We’re hiring a Payroll Specialist in Columbus, OH

The company: Root is a company of 200 and (mindfully) growing. In March of 2015, we set out to build an insurance solution that did two things: 1) gave an unprecedented user experience and 2) used modern data to more accurately predict risk. We created a mobile car insurance app, and we changed the entire industry in the process.

The culture: Root is a venture-backed technology company. Our early signs of success are in large part due to our unwavering standards in hiring. We recognize that our product is only as good as the people building it. We look for individuals who can find solutions by going through the cycle of ideation to implementation with curiosity and rigor. We expect every team member to lead with empathy and respect.
Reports to: ​​ HR Manager


  • Prepare, reconcile, validate and transmit both semi-monthly and bi-weekly payroll.
  • Process off-cycle payrolls for signing bonuses, relocation assistance, final paychecks, and coordinate the writing of manual checks with Accounting when necessary.
  • Calculate & process garnishments, and adhere to all state and federal garnishment regulations and remittance requirements.
  • Process accurate year-end reporting.
  • Reconcile monthly payroll and benefit invoices.
  • Establish and execute standard payroll controls to ensure compliance with external audits.
  • Responsible for establishing payroll processing calendar and ensuring managers adhere to payroll close procedures.
  • Grant system access to the time collection system and train new hourly workers and supervisors on the time collection system and our time clock policies.
  • Maintain payroll records and supporting payroll documentation for all payroll changes and transactions, in accordance with all state and federal record retention requirements.
  • Responsible for conducting routine data integrity audits of the payroll system.
  • Prepare routine payroll reports and various ad hoc reports for Accounting and various managers.
  • Prepare, reconcile, and submit 401(k) withholding and safe harbor contributions to 401(k) provider on a semi-monthly basis.
  • Establish new payroll tax withholding accounts in various states and ensure compliance with remittance cycles.
  • Resolve payroll discrepancies by collecting and analyzing information.
  • Clearly and concisely answer incoming questions from employees regarding their pay.


  • 2-4 years of prior payroll processing experience, preferably in a multi-state environment.
  • Prior experience in an accounting role, or strong familiarity with standard accounting practices.
  • Thorough knowledge of payroll and benefit taxation laws and regulations and the ability to ensure company compliance.
  • Ability to create, establish and execute standard payroll controls, to ensure audit compliance.
  • Prior experience registering for payroll withholding accounts in multiple states.
  • Manage workflow to ensure all payroll transactions are processed accurately and timely.
  • Prior experience with benefits reconciliation.
  • Must be able to maintain confidential information.
  • Strong knowledge of state and federal payroll regulations.
  • Strong work ethic.
  • Experience with payroll and time collection systems.
  • Ability to communicate with various levels of management.
  • Analytical in approach to problem solving and reporting.
  • Strong computer skills

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Finding the right people to help us build Root is a top priority. Whether you would like to explore the possibility of working together or simply learn more about the position, we’d love to hear from you!

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Why join Root?
Because we believe the best way to move the world forward is the relentless pursuit of ideas.
We build things that ought to exist, but would not exist, if we were not building them.
We do this through immense dedication to our craft, an unwavering focus on our fellow human beings, and a maniacal obsession with the quality of our creations.
Problems stick in our craw, and we don’t let them go until we solve them.  We believe in the scientific process and know that experimentation is the best way to find truth.  We don’t hold ideas down no matter how crazy they may seem.  We foster them, nurture them, and unceasingly test them.  If you are the kind of person that loves tackling big problems with a collaborative group of people until you find solutions, you belong here.