Payroll Specialist

General & Administrative Cambridge, Massachusetts


Company Overview

Repertoire Immune Medicines is a clinical-stage biotechnology company working to unlock and direct the remarkable power of the human immune system to prevent or treat cancer, as well as autoimmune and infectious disease. The company is founded on the belief that the repertoire of T cell receptor (TCR)-antigen codes that drive health and disease represents one of the greatest opportunities for innovation in medical science. Repertoire scientists created and developed the DECODE and DEPLOY suite of technologies, which allow in-depth characterization of TCR-antigen pairs, and the ability to rationally design and develop novel targeted immune medicines.

From its sites in Cambridge, Mass., and Zurich, Switzerland, Repertoire’s team of more than 120 is creating a new category of immune medicines enabled from its DECODE discovery platform. The company’s first product in the clinic is a novel multiclonal T cell therapy consisting of T cells derived from the peripheral blood, activated against a curated set of antigens, and armed with a proprietary cytokine. Repertoire is in clinical-stage immuno-oncology development today, targeting metastatic solid tumors. In the field of autoimmunity, Repertoire is using its proprietary platform to discover novel epitopes and TCRs from patients with type 1 diabetes. The company is also using its DECODE platform to discover infectious disease antigens and responding T cell clones.

Role Overview

Reporting to the Controller or Assistant Controller, the Payroll Specialist’s primary role will include performing all payroll-related functions consistent with company policies and processes. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Performs payroll-related functions including but not limited to processing new hires, termination status changes, tax changes, wage garnishments, deductions, and direct deposit.
  • Reviews and verifies payroll data in a timely manner, calculates overtime and other pay premiums, and enters payroll data. 
  • Collaborate with Human Resources on administration of 401(k) and other benefit plans. 
  • Responds to routine inquiries concerning payroll deductions and accruals, wage garnishments, preparation of manual checks, and employment verifications.
  • Performs routine audits of payroll and benefits data and supports audits by benefits providers. 
  • Assists with preparation/review of journal entries and month-end reports. 
  • Oversees tax compliance by payroll provider and resolution of routine notices and changes to tax requirements. 
  • Reconciles all payroll-related accounts and activities. 
  • Assists with the development and implementation of payroll practices, policies, and procedures. 
  • Assists with accounting for compensation including equity plan management, expense reporting support, and other special projects as needed. 
  • Performs other related duties as assigned. 


  • Bachelor’s degree (preferred, but not required) with a minimum of 3-5 years of payroll experience.
  • Broad knowledge of accounting principles (US GAAP).
  • Internal controls (SOX) experience.
  • Strong systems skills with an ability to learn and adapt to a new accounting system, proficiency with Microsoft Excel.
  • Ability to follow instructions for multiple projects with competing priorities and tight deadlines in an accelerated environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Strong attention to detail, time management, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work independently as well as with other groups across the business.
  • Experience with ADP Workforce Now required.
  • Life science/biotech industry experience preferred.


Repertoire is committed towards social responsibility and developing an inclusive culture.  Much as the power of the immune system lies in the diversity of T and B cells, our work requires the creativity and ingenuity of a diverse workforce.  We believe in actively pursuing equity in all facets of the work experience at Repertoire.  We will continue to educate ourselves about the inequities and barriers present in our society and take action as a company where we can make a difference.

Repertoire is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.