• Group Payroll Manager

    Job Locations United Kingdom-London
  • Introduction

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    We are seeking a Payroll manager to lead the payroll function by coordinating and managing the payroll process for EMEA and US region. The role ensures all regulatory and legal requirements are met and that all employees and pensioners are paid correctly and on time.



    In this role you will be expected to:

    • Take full control of payroll process for EMEA and US region, ensuring all legal and regulatory requirements are maintained
    • Manage relationship with ADP in UK and US, as well as overseas bureaus in France, Germany, Switzerland and South Africa
    • Ensure payments and correspondences are maintained with all authorities
    • Ensure benefit plan regulations and policies are adhered to for US, while enforcing payroll laws for withholding taxes
    • Maintain integrity of payroll systems, ensuring staff payroll data and tax records are accurate and up to date.
    • Conduct US benefit processing and tracking/reporting (i.e 401k, medical etc)
    • Administrate on-going maintenance of Mass Mutual Workplace data for 401k
    • Oversee month end accounting ensuring payroll data is recorded accurately in the financial statements
    • Liaise with HR on employee matters relating to payroll
    • Take responsibility for reconciliations across the payroll function
    • Monitor quality of payroll processes and ensuring corrective action is undertaken.
    • Keep up to date on legal and technical matters regarding payroll processes
    • Review internal controls and be responsible for maintaining process and procedure notes.
    • Manage and train two Payroll Assistants, ensuring appropriate cover is maintained for employee queries in the manager’s absence
    • Manage and administer all year end payroll processes and submissions

    Experience, skills and professional attributes

    To succeed in the role you must have:

    • Good academics
    • Experience of managing an international payroll operation and particular experience of managing, and being completely responsible for, the HMRC Year End Process
    • Knowledge of UK PAYE and NI rules,
    • Knowledge of US payroll regulation
    • Experience of ADP payroll systems, iHCM and WorkForce desirable
    • Experience of supervising and developing payroll staff
    • Ability to work calmly and productively within tight deadline
    • Excellent attention to detail 
    • Good knowledge of Microsoft Excel
    • Experience of an ERP system (PeopleSoft an advantage)
    • Ability to communicate clearly in English with staff, colleagues and partners both in writing and verbally
    • Good organisation skills, working flexibly and prioritising workload in order to meet deadlines
    • Ability to develop relationships with internal and external stakeholders

     You will be able to demonstrate:

    • Knowledge of UK and US payroll legislation and employment laws
    • Commitment to quality and timely service delivery
    • Ability to work under tight deadlines and handle competing demands for service
    • Pro-activeness and responsiveness
    • Ability to lead and complete simultaneous projects with minimum supervision
    • Sensitivity and discretion in providing advice
    • Capable of working with staff at all levels


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