Payroll systems giant ADP is adding 250 high-paying positions to its Tucson workforce at the Williams Centre, eventually boosting the number of employees at its local sales office to 400.

The company is hiring inside sales managers who will make about $55,000 to $60,000 a year plus benefits, said Chad Northheimer, ADP vice president of sales and the Tucson site’s leader. A four-year degree is required.

“We’re not a call center, we’re a full-blown sales office,” Northheimer said, adding that the Tucson site supports ADP’s large enterprise clients.

ADP, or Automatic Data Processing Inc., was founded in 1949 and is based in Roseland, New Jersey. The company is one of the biggest global providers of payroll and related human-resources management software and services. 

“We pay one in six Americans,” Northeimer said.

ADP has been hiring in Tucson since last year and is up to about 190 employees, Northheimer said.

The company completely renovated a two-story building at 5451 E. Williams Blvd., providing nearly 50,000 square feet of space to accommodate the expansion.

Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and Sandra Watson, president and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority, joined company executives and associates during a ribbon-cutting celebration at the Williams Centre site on Tuesday.

ADP also is in the process of expanding a customer-service center in Tempe that will add 1,500 new jobs there.

“We’ve been growing so fast, it’s really important to land in a community that’s going to support that growth,” said Ed Flynn, president of ADP’s Global Enterprise Solutions division.

ADP has applied for $4 million in state tax breaks over five years, conditioned on hitting certain hiring milestones, a company spokesman said.

Carlos Rodriguez, chief executive officer of ADP, praised the company’s partnership with state and city officials to help ADP grow.

Rothschild noted that ADP is just one of several major expansions and business relocations that will add thousands of jobs in the Tucson area.

He cited last year’s opening of a major Comcast call center, the HomeGoods distribution center going up near Tucson International Airport, the pending relocation of the Caterpillar mining research center to downtown Tucson and Raytheon Missile Systems’ decision to expand its operations near the airport by up to 1,900 jobs.

Rodriguez said ADP is looking to attract employees who reflect the diversity of the company’s clients and is particularly interested in graduates of the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management, as well as veterans and military spouses, given the presence of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, among others.

ADP says about 1,000 veterans are among its roughly 56,700 employees worldwide.

Contact senior reporter David Wichner at or 573-4181. On Twitter: @dwichner


David joined the Star in 1997, after working as a consumer and business reporter in Phoenix for more than a decade. A graduate of Ohio University, he has covered most business beats focusing on technology, defense and utilities. He has won several awards.