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Head of Payroll & Compensation

Reference: 20149


Belfast, County Antrim



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23 July, 2022

We are recruiting for a Head of Payroll to join our client’s busy finance team based in Belfast City. If successful, you will join an award-winning professional services firm, where talent is valued and rewarded at all levels of the business. Constantly growing and evolving, this is the right place to join a thriving firm in a challenging role.

We are seeking an experienced manager with proven success in leadership and in dealing with large and complex payroll.   

What you should know…

  • Hybrid working model for the best work-life balance.
  • Competitive Salary, based on experience.
  • Permanent, full-time position in a high-growth industry.
  • Excellent benefits including annual bonus, healthcare and more…

Responsibilities of the Head of AP:

  • Overall management of the payroll team, which sits within the wider Finance function.
  • Management of the end-to-end processing including sign-off process of the in-house monthly payroll in UK and wider EMEA region, ensuring all processing is delivered accurately and on time.
  • Accurate recording and delivery of variable pay as well as understanding and advising on complex payroll calculations.
  • Submission of HMRC reports and other internal/external obligations.
  • Manage team performance including the ongoing development, appraisals and coaching on individual and team basis.
  • Perform month-end reconciliations, posting of ledgers, year-end processes and production of remuneration and compensation reporting.
  • Strive to deliver process and controls improvements within the function.
  • Effectively deal with financial compensation queries and escalate issues as appropriate.
  • Liaise with the HR department as necessary to ensure employee records are kept updated.
  • Liaise with employees on payroll related queries.
  • Lead payroll related projects and manage other ad-hoc tasks.

Criteria for Applicants:

  • Experience managing a team in a large payroll function.
  • Strong understanding of UK PAYE and Government/HMRC reporting.
  • Experience in presenting data to senior management.
  • Qualification in payroll is highly desirable.
  • Advanced Excel skills and experience with payroll software.
  • Ability to analyse problems, propose remedies and implement a solution.
  • Applicants must have permission to work and live in the UK.

If you are ready for the next step in your management career, reach out today to Catherine at Abacus Careers for enquiries or apply via the link below.

Next Steps:
Please submit your application or speak to a specialist consultant from the Abacus team on 0044 (0) 28 9031 3157 for a confidential discussion. We aim to respond to all inquiries within 4 business hours.
The team at Abacus manages a range of permanent and contract positions throughout Northern Ireland, the UK and the Republic of Ireland. If you are experienced and/or professionally qualified we can support your job search.
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