Senior Payroll Analyst

The Senior Payroll Analyst will administer Fervo payroll and support the compensation program and the implementation of HR systems.

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

About Fervo Energy

Fervo Energy commercializes technology to own, develop, and operate geothermal assets as the dispatchable foundation to a 100% clean energy future. As a 24/7, reliable clean energy resource, geothermal energy has a major role to play in the future electric grid and Fervo Energy’s key innovations bring a full suite of modern technology to make geothermal cost competitive. Fervo’s innovations include technologies such as advanced computational models, horizontal drilling, and distributed fiber optic sensing that we have developed with partners including Schlumberger, ARPA-E, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Fervo is supported through Cyclotron Road, the Department of Energy, Stanford University, and Breakthrough Energy Ventures.

Fervo Energy is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, religion, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sex, genetic information, sexual orientation, military and veteran status or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws. It also prohibits unlawful discrimination based on the perception that anyone has any of those characteristics or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics.