Payroll Advisor - French Speaker

10 Jan 2018
09 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time


Founded in 1856, Burberry today remains quintessentially British, with outerwear at its core. Digital luxury positioning and intensive focus on design innovation, quality and heritage icons ensure continued brand purity and relevance globally across genders and generations. Burberry believes that in order to be a great brand it must also be a great company and constantly leverages the energy of its compassionate and creative thinking culture to continually innovate and drive the brand forward. Headquartered in London, Burberry is a design, marketing and retail led business with a global reputation for innovative product design, digital marketing initiatives and dynamic retail strategies.


Burberry's new office in Leeds opened in October 2017. The operation, called Burberry Business Services, brings together shared service teams from the UK, Europe, Middle East, India and Africa. The office is Burberry's centre of excellence for Finance, HR, Procurement, Customer Service and IT functions.


Burberry is looking to recruit a French speaking Payroll Advisor to assist with the administration of the day to day activities relating to monthly payroll covering groups of employees with differing terms and conditions. Ensuring employees are paid accurately and on time and that all statutory and contractual obligations are met.


  • Assist with the day to day running of the UK pay groups, ensuring payroll schedules and deadlines are met
  • Monthly reconciliation of Inland Revenue end of year requirements ensuring statutory reporting requirements are met
  • Responsible for other Payroll activities including but not only limited to: transferring data to Payroll Finance, any additional payroll runs, manual deductions, making payroll adjustments, manual payment, managing cut off dates etc.
  • Provision and manipulation of month end payroll summaries, overtime reports etc. to relevant parties
  • Provide Gross pay analysis to group Finance post review for costing and budgeting purposes
  • Communicating with and resolving HR, third party and employee issues
  • Communicating with payroll provider re ad-hoc payroll issues
  • In-depth understanding of Payroll processes
  • Escalate issues and seek advice when faced with complex issues/ problems
  • Support the creation of a logical plan, realistic estimates and schedule for an activity or payroll run
  • Ensure process controls are in place; maintain, validate and update process documentations as applicable to ensure compliance
  • Must have clear understanding of the existing matrices in the process, how they are measured and improvise the measurement system to make it more effective and transparent
  • Responsible for checking, processing payroll and sending payroll file to & from vendor/ in-house payroll provider
  • Accountable for Payroll calendar and updating various team members
  • Responsible for supporting Payroll audits, Risk and compliance Matrix outcomes
  • May provide input to the maintenance and improvement of existing work processes and systems
  • Manage, motivate and develop a team of people working on similar objectives to ensure individual and team effectiveness
  • Monitor and review work undertaken by Administrators in order to ensure appropriate use of materials, tools, equipment or resources and adherence to schedules
  • Induct and mentor team of Administrators and/ or colleagues to upskill them in the use of systems and processes
  • Act as a buddy to new team members and help build their process and subject matter knowledge accuracy or enhance controls
  • Apply understanding of assigned business process to identify gaps and propose continuous improvement measures
  • Work closely with the Payroll specialists/ Administrators and Managers to understand root causes and represent process procedures, practicalities and exceptions
  • Implement continuous improvement initiatives per the roadmap defined by the management team and ensure initiatives meet agreed outputs and address customer feedback / improve customer satisfaction
  • Manage and perform 'Root Cause Analysis' on issues faced and suggest appropriate corrective action for current remediation and future control
  • Must be able to propose process improvement ideas which can reduce time
  • Contribute to ad hoc payroll HR projects as required


  • Payroll process expertise
  • Fluent in French
  • Depth of experience in working with Third party vendors and various payroll systems
  • Relevant technical proficiency; Database maintenance, Application programming
  • Competent MS Office user
  • Payroll certification, or equivalent experience level
  • Full or part CIPD qualified


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Burberry is an Equal Opportunities Employer and as such, treats all applications equally and recruits purely on the basis of skills and experience.

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