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Xcel Energy Principal HR Technology Analyst (Payroll, Time, Absence) Job in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Location(s): MN - Minneapolis

Are you looking for an exciting job where you can put your skills, talents and education to work at a company you can feel proud to be a part of? Do you want a workplace that will challenge you and offer you opportunities to learn and grow? A professional position at Xcel Energy could be just what you’re looking for.

It’s an exciting time at Xcel Energy. We’re investing in new technologies that will enrich the employee experience and enable superior analytics that inform and drive business decisions. In this ever-changing world, it’s imperative that we are bolstered by progressive technologies that support transformation and the development of employee experience-centered strategies.

Xcel HR is embarking on a dynamic journey to introduce these new technologies by way of a phased implementation over the course of the next two years, and we’re building a team of talented, energetic, visionary people to take us through implementation and beyond to ongoing management of our technology stack.

As a Principal HR Technology analyst aligned to the Payroll, Time and Absence lead workstreams, you will be critical to our transition from Peoplesoft and other internal systems to Workday, UKG (Kronos) and ServiceNow. You’ll serve as primary partner to our Payroll, Time and Absence-related stakeholders throughout the business and drive the development of technology solutions that ensure payroll, time and absence processes are optimally designed and executed. You’ll develop deep knowledge of UKG and act as UKG product lead (SME) across all aspects of UKG development and solution delivery.

What you’ll do

  • Develop technology solutions that ensure the accurate and timely execution of payroll, infusing quality checks into processes to achieve zero errors and to minimize audit risk

  • Provide direction to, and partner with, HR Technology analyst also aligned to Payroll, Time and Absence workstreams to ensure the execution of all processes

  • Manage, maintain and evolve configuration of payroll, time and absence processes within Workday and UKG; manage data loads into internal and external systems as needed

  • Identify intersections between technologies and groups; ensure intersections and integrations are accounted for in design decisions and testing

  • Facilitate effective communication and collaboration across the broad project team

  • Develop and maintain roadmaps for payroll, time and absence; serve as UKG product lead

  • Act as change agent; generate excitement and address concerns; research technology capabilities and develop expertise

  • Ensure alignment of processes to SOX and other compliance requirements, audit practices and overall governance strategy

  • Investigate and troubleshoot system issues, identify root causes, and determine and document solutions

  • Streamline business processes through automation and align processes with technology

  • Provide technical and functional support including system maintenance, reports, queries, interfaces and security

  • Document processes to ensure ease of reference

  • Support development and maintenance of training and communications materials

  • Analyze data and information to recommend, create and carry out data analysis and process improvement opportunities

  • Research system functionality and roadmap to ensure maximum utilization of technology solutions

  • Promote the strategic vision for technology, and integrate processes with overall technology strategy

  • Drive the execution of our technology roadmap that enhances HR value offerings through expanded capability, increased ease of use and user adoption, and greater efficiency, accuracy, and compliance

  • Partner with SMEs and peers internally, and vendors externally, to improve processes and gain efficiencies

  • Assume lead role in cross-workstream and cross-division projects to improve and operationalize end-to-end employee processes

What we look for

We’re interested in intellectually curious people, with a genuine passion for finding and implementing innovative, progressive ways to tackle complex issues. In addition:

  • Minimum 8 years’ experience working directly with HCM solutions to support HR and business objectives

  • 6+ years’ experience in payroll and/or time technologies; including configuration and administration of business processes preferred

  • Workday and/or UKG (Kronos) experience preferred

  • Excellent communication, consultation and negotiation skills; the ability to convey technical concepts to those without technical backgrounds.

  • A highly collaborative approach to tackling work; ability to build trust and establish credibility; an orientation to building and nurturing cross-functional relationships.

  • Effective project management skills; ability to prioritize and manage multiple concurrent strands of a project, track status and project milestones and provide timely updates to stakeholders.

  • A positive outlook; ability to work through ambiguity, roadblocks and complexity to drive to project milestones and deliverables.

  • An openness to change and innovation; a willingness and desire to adopt new ways of doing things in order to achieve objectives, improve upon current state and promote employee experience

  • Ability to receive and process feedback, and pivot as needed

  • Continuous improvement orientation

  • Action- and solution-orientation; willing to jump in to contribute outside of the standard swim lane to support the team

  • Analytical thinker with the ability to understand problems, determine root causes and recommend appropriate solutions

  • Proven consultative and coaching skills.

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred.

As a leading combination electricity and natural gas energy company, Xcel Energy offers a comprehensive portfolio of energy-related products and services to 3.4 million electricity and 1.9 million natural gas customers across eight Western and Midwestern states. At Xcel Energy, we strive to be the preferred and trusted provider of the energy our customers need. If you’re ready to be a part of something big, we invite you to join our team.

Posting Notes: MN - Minneapolis || MN - Minneapolis || United States (US) || Human Resources & Employee Svc || 85090:HR Technology || Full-Time || Non-Bargaining ||

The anticipated starting base pay for this position is: $82,700 to $117,566 per year

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Requisition Number: 32621

Equal Opportunity Employer: Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran

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