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Senior Payroll Analyst

Fervo Energy

Fervo Energy

IT, Accounting & Finance
Houston, TX, USA
Posted on Thursday, October 12, 2023

Decarbonizing the energy sector is an urgent challenge and geothermal energy is poised to play a central role. We are expanding our team to help make this vision a reality. Fervo Energy has developed technology to make geothermal power scalable and cost-effective. Join us and work alongside world-class engineers, researchers, investors, and developers in making geothermal a key pillar of our climate-friendly energy future.


The Senior Payroll Analyst will administer Fervo payroll and support the compensation program and the implementation of HR systems. This role will play a key part on the People Operations team, which offers practical advice, innovative tools, and solutions to advance our company’s mission and support our employees’ experience, development, and well-being. This Senior Payroll Analyst reports to the Director of People Operations.


  • Own the payroll process from start to finish, including processing payroll, ensuring accurate data entry, overseeing payroll-related tasks such as tax withholdings, benefits deductions, wage garnishments, and ensuring compliance with all federal and state regulations
  • Modify the Time & Labor module in our HRIS/payroll system to run payroll for a growing multi-state company which may become more complex in the future
  • Develop and implement payroll policies, procedures, and controls to ensure compliance with local laws and company policies
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for payroll-related inquiries and support requests
  • Ensure accurate and timely delivery of payroll data and reports to internal and external stakeholders
  • Maintain data integrity in our HRIS, including process reports and employee data changes such as compensation, titles, leaves of absence, and department changes; regularly audit data to ensure accuracy
  • Take responsibility of the registration for unemployment, workers compensation, and other taxes (as applicable) for new states and localities and set them up in the payroll system
  • Assist in the preparation of year end W-2s or other related tax filings or reports
  • Work closely with the Director of People Operations on compensation management, maintaining compensation data and complying with pay transparency laws
  • Other People Operations tasks as assigned by the Director of People Operations


  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business, Accounting, or related field
  • Certified Payroll Professional designation preferred
  • Requires 5+ years of payroll related experience or accounting experience
  • Experience processing payroll through Paylocity preferred
  • Experience implementing HR systems preferred
  • Experience and proficiency with federal and state labor laws, such as the Fair Labor Standards Act, Equal Pay Act, state wage and hour regulations, federal and state payroll tax code; California labor, employment, leave, and pay laws experience preferred
  • Skilled in the use of payroll/compensation systems as well as productivity tools such as Microsoft Excel, and programs that aid in analysis and communication
  • Must be a self-starter and able to accomplish expected tasks under minimal supervision; Ability to multi-task and maintain composure under pressure
  • Collect, interpret, and analyze data and make sound recommendations
  • Desire to grow professionally by taking on new challenges
  • Possess a thorough understanding of the importance of confidentiality and non-disclosure
  • Exercise tact, excellent customer service, and interpersonal communication skills