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Payroll Specialist I

Job ID: req1363
Employee Type: exempt full-time
Facility: Frederick: ATRF
Location: 8560 Progress Dr, Frederick, MD 21701 USA

The Frederick National Laboratory is a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and operated by Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc.  The lab addresses some of the most urgent and intractable problems in the biomedical sciences in cancer and AIDS, drug development and first-in-human clinical trials, applications of nanotechnology in medicine, and rapid response to emerging threats of infectious diseases.

Our core values of accountability, compassion, collaboration, dedication, integrity, and versatility serve as a guidepost for how we do our work every day in serving the public’s interest.  

 Position Overview:


The Financial Operations Directorate (FOD) is committed to ensuring the financial integrity of the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research (FNLCR) by providing timely, accurate, and relevant information to internal and external stakeholders.  Our team collaborates to effectively monitor and manage fiscal resources in a responsible, compliant, and professional manner in a dynamic environment. We adhere to applicable contract, regulatory, and compliance requirements while supporting the broader mission of the FNLCR.


The Payroll Specialist I will be responsible for:

  • Act as back-up to Senior Payroll Administrator
  • Process payroll liability payments to state and federal agencies
  • Reconcile payroll accounts accurately and timely
  • Create reclass AJE’s for payroll and leave entries
  • Process vendor payments for HSA and FSA accounts
  • Accurately record deduction and leave adjustments received from HR
  • Understand proper taxation of employer paid benefits
  • Assist in maintaining payroll guidelines by writing and updating policies and procedures
  • Provide the highest level of customer service when responding to questions


To be considered for this position, you must minimally meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below:

  • Possession of an Bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university according to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in a related field (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education). Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency
  • Ability to deal sensitively with confidential material
  • Strong interpersonal (verbal and written) communication skills
  • Ability to communicate with various levels of management
  • Decision-making, problem-solving, and analytical skills
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance


  • Experience processing multi-state payroll
  • Working knowledge of federal and state regulations
  • Working knowledge of payroll best practices
  • Experience with Costpoint Payroll

Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) | Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran (M/F/D/V) | Drug Free Workplace (DFW)