Payroll Manager

Page Personnel Finance
Weymouth, Dorset
07 Jul 2017
06 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Responsible for the day to day responsibility of the payroll and pension functions - to ensure payments and deductions are correctly applied to salaries, pensions and expenses for payment to all staff employed.

Provides specialist contact for all complex payroll and pension matters, with specific regard to Regulation, Staff Handbook and the various pension schemes.

Provides line management for the Payroll Supervisors, who in turn supervise the Payroll Technicians.

Client Details

Due to an employee leaving, my client is looking for an experienced Payroll Manager to oversee a team of 8 staff, and a payroll of 9,000 employees. Situated between Weymouth and Poole, with occasional work at other locations a possibility.


As a Payroll Manager, your responsibilities will include:

  • Ensure the provision of an accurate and comprehensive monthly payroll service. Provides specialist advice, guidance and support to finance colleagues, HR managers, senior staff and managers on more specialised aspects of payroll processes.

  • Payroll control, balancing, authorising and sending the main payroll (circa £14m per month). Perform payroll reconciliation - to ensure that all transactions are transferred to the general ledger from payroll.

  • High level advice and guidance to staff of all grades in respect of payroll and pensions issues; ensures provision of, and compliance with financial controls on income and expenditure.

  • Ensures that all applicable HMRC rules are applied correctly on all payments made. Develops and monitors processes that ensure all members of the team are complying with any changes to legislation and HMRC guidelines.

  • Ensures that regulations, the staff handbook and pension schemes are adhered to, as well as policies and internal procedures when making payments and deductions.

  • Develops and monitors processes that ensure team members comply with any changes that are made to policies, working practises and in-house documentation.

  • Supervision of the payroll supervisors, to include training, performance, welfare and administration of annual leave. To ensure appropriate supervision is in place for the wider team.

  • Prepare data for the end of year returns (e.g. private mileage, P11Ds), other deductions, authorise pension documents, calculate redundancy, test upgrades to payroll.

This list of duties is not restrictive or exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to carry out duties from time to time that are either commensurate with/or lower than the grade of the post. In some posts this might include the ad-hoc provision of guidance and informal training of new colleagues.


To be successful as a Payroll Manager, the candidate will have:

  • Professional qualification in payroll (e.g. CIPP) or studying for such, allied to an in depth knowledge of payroll requirements and activities.

  • Experience of running a large payroll, including payments and deductions, from end to end.

  • Excellent planning and organising skills, with proven experience of meeting challenging deadlines. Adaptable and able to respond to changing circumstances. Flexible and with high levels of personal responsibility and integrity.

  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written, with the ability to negotiate and influence with all levels within the organisation in a professional manner.

  • Significant experience of interpreting and applying complex information from HMRC - ability to analyse volume data and identify and correct anomalies in automated and manual reports to ensure that outputs are accurate and correct.

  • Strong team leadership skills with a proven ability to motivate, develop and supervise staff.

  • Excellent problem solving and analytical skills together with the ability to carry out research and project work as required.

  • Advanced ICT skills, including knowledge of payroll systems, income and expenditure systems, use of Excel, data extraction and manipulation skills, and production of reports.

Job Offer

The successful candidate should expect:

  • Salary between £25,000 and £35,000 dependant on experience.
  • Standard office hours are 8.40am to 5.00pm Monday to Thursday and 8.40am to 3.40pm on Friday with 40 minutes for lunch each day. A flexi-time system is in operation within the Department.
  • Pension Scheme
  • Competitive Benefits Package