Payroll Specialist, 6 Month Contract, Great Blue Chip Company

Payroll Specialist, Global Blue Chip Manufacturing Company, 6 Month Contract, Kingston Upon Thames with Flexibility for Remote Working 3 Days Per Week Be part of the worlds most successful, purpose-led business. Work with brands that are well-loved around the world, that improve the lives of our consumers and the communities around us. This company promote innovation, big and small, to make their business win and grow; and they believe in business as a force for good.

Unleash your curiosity, challenge ideas and disrupt processes; use your energy to make this happen. Our brilliant business leaders and colleagues provide mentorship and inspiration, so you can be at your best.

Although the day to day payroll operations are outsourced to the payroll provider, the payroll specialist role is required to own and manage the end to end UK payroll process as well as communicating with various stakeholders on all matters relating to UK Pay. The current team is split into 2 project team and BAU team. This role involves working on a specific project to implement a new payroll system so someone with 5+ years experience within payroll, SAP platform and strong Excel skills would be the ideal candidate for this role.


UK payroll is responsible for paying approximately 6,500 employees in the UK, partnering with our third-party payroll provider to achieve this. This role sits in the support team working between our payroll provider, HR, Pensions, Finance and our outsourced HR Services team to ensure payroll is processed accurately and on time for both our weekly and monthly payrolls.

Key Accountabilities

The role involves managing the end to end UK payroll process, from ensuring that starters, leavers and transfers are all processed correctly (from HR Systems into Payroll system), reviewing payroll instructions and results to signing off payment/payrolls and off cycle pay runs. Working with stakeholders such as Pensions, Finance and third parties to allocate costs and outputs.

The role holder will primarily be required to liaise with the payroll vendor to ensure smooth delivery of payroll services (supporting a weekly payroll and 3 types of monthly payroll), investigating and resolving queries and escalations for which our Payroll and HR are used extensively.

Additional activities will include:

Responding to pay queries from People Experience Leads in the Payroll mailbox and resolving issues.

Reconciling payroll data and carrying out rigorous checks to ensure the highest standards of pay data quality.

Working with various HR, Global Mobility, and Global Reward teams to ensure that employee payroll data is correct and setup in time for cut off, as well as providing training and guidance to HR, GM or other stakeholders as needed.

Responsible (together with payroll provider) for ensuring that UK tax and social security is correctly calculated and paid over to the authorities. The Payroll team also needs to provide retroactive corrections to HMRC via the EYU process.

Corresponding with HMRC and other third parties, working with our tax providers to provide all compensation data requests for our Global Mobility population on the UK payroll.

Other ad hoc activities such as faster payment runs, tracking overpayments, ONS requests and checking the 3rd party payroll providers calculations.
The successful candidate will have the ability of inspiring success and leading by example to other team members (perm or temp) as well as training other team members as and when needed.

Leadership Behaviours and Experience required:

First-class customer service skills
Experience working in and running a large payroll
SAP GlobalView and Workday systems are used extensively and knowledge of either/both is very advantageous
Knowledge of UK payroll legislation (such as PAYE, NIC, P60, P11d, P45, statutory payments) is preferable
Experience of working with third party payroll vendors
The successful candidate will be highly numerate and will have strong & advanced Excel skills to interrogate data
An organised, can do attitude and problem-solving capabilities with the ability to pick up new processes and software quickly and multitask in a busy environment
Experience in self-managing projects, tracking tasks and assessing progress, handling data accurately
Strong communication skills, being able to explain complex scenarios to senior employees and stakeholders
Attention to detail (data accuracy and identification of errors)
Strong organisational and prioritisation skills

Key interactions

The role will interface with the following stakeholders:

Outsourced service providers
European and Global Payroll teams
UK & European Tax Manager
Pensions, Finance, Tax, Global Mobility Depts
Service Delivery department
Payroll IT team
UK HR communities
HMRC, and other professional bodies
Other third parties

East London, England, UK