Payroll & Pensions Assistant Manager


Job Description

RECRUITMENTiQ are working in partnership with a public sector organisation within their HR Services function. The team is responsible for a range of people management activity and brings together four teams; Payroll & Pensions, HR Systems and Data, Employee Lifecycle and Recruitment and Resourcing.

You should ideally be CIPP qualified or equivalent, be highly numerate with extensive experience managing payroll activities as part of a large, complex organisation. Additionally you should have advanced knowledge, understanding and competence using a variety of IT systems and software, including an integrated HR/Payroll Information System.

This is an exciting time to join our team as we begin our journey to transform the way we deliver HR Services and Systems. The role is hands on , delivery focussed role and offers a great opportunity to shape the way we do things.

Description of duties

  • Lead and ensure the monthly payroll is accurately prepared each month
  • Responsibility for payments to external agencies associated with employee payroll deductions
  • Reconcile all monthly payroll control accounts
  • Monitoring and reporting on University sickness and maternity pay schemes
  • Deputising for HR Services Manager (Payroll & Pensions) when required
  • Providing supervision and guidance to other members of the team
  • Resolve payroll and pension queries
  • Provide guidance on payroll matters for employees, self-employed contractors and overseas workers
  • Produce reports from the payroll system as requested
  • Manage the statutory returns to HMRC including monthly RTI report
  • Participate and/or lead projects to develop the integrated HR & Payroll database
  • Taking a lead on all payroll and pension functionality improvements that are agreed

Essential criteria

  • Extensive payroll management experience is essential including standard payroll activities such as attachment of earnings, SSP, SMP, pensions, manual calculations and annual returns
  • Experience of managing or supervising a team
  • Comprehensive knowledge of payroll rules and regulations and their application
  • Excellent communication skills needed to convey complex payroll matters to all levels of employee
  • Experience of working in a customer facing environment and providing good customer service
  • Experience with a number of software packages including Microsoft Office, particularly Excel
  • Experience of producing payroll related management information

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience of working in an HR environment within Higher Education
  • CIPP qualified
  • Experience of SAP
  • Accounts experience

If you are interested in applying for this post, please send us your CV in the first instance by clicking on the APPLY button now.

The organisation recognises that a diverse workforce benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers and welcome applications from those who would contribute to further diversification of our staff and ensure that equality, diversity and inclusion is woven into the substance of the role. We strongly encourage applications from people from diverse backgrounds including gender, identity, race, age, class, and ethnicity.

The closing date for applications is midnight on Wednesday 22 May 2024.

Interviews are expected to take place on Wednesday 29 May 2024.

There is an expectation that work will be undertaken in the UK.

This post may be eligible for sponsorship based on candidate’s circumstances (SOC Code 2020: 4122).