Payroll Specialist - FTC (6-12 Months) Posted Aug 11
Sopra Steria Recruitment Limited , Rushden, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
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Job Title Payroll Specialist

Location Rushden and also Travelling to Reading

Team Purpose

The Payroll Specialist is a standalone role, reporting into the HR Manager, and is a pivotal function of the HR Department. The activities that the Payroll Specialist will manage are varied, encompassing a wide remit from payroll, expenses and overtime. We are currently seeking an interim Payroll Specialist to manage and review our current payroll processes.

Role Purpose

Providing all necessary support for the 3rd party payroll provider, creating policies and procedures, advising on tax and pay laws, analysing and reporting on financial data and managing 3rd party provider and systems. Assisting Human Resources with running employee benefit/pension schemes.

To have a good knowledge of payroll practices and laws. The Payroll Specialist performs a broad range of duties to ensure the accuracy of payroll calculations and data provided to the 3rd party payroll provider. Maintains and provides detailed information to employees as second line support for specific payroll functions not dealt with by 3rd party provider. Completes the templates of benefits in kind to facilitate 3rd party payroll provider producing and distributing P11d to employees. Maintains control templates to enable the reconciliation of final payroll submission from 3rd party payroll provider and sign off final payroll within the defined timetable


For this role the ideal candidate will have proven experience in payroll completing the payroll cycle from start to finish including the following duties:

Processes upload templates for all aspects of monthly payroll for 3rd party provide.

Experience of transferring payroll providers.

Perform manual payroll calculations for starters and leavers, including compromise agreements.

Validate and sign off the monthly payroll, Revenue monthly Revenue payments, Year-end submissions and P11d returns and payments.

Responsible for the sign off of processing overtime on a weekly basis from AWFS by Payroll Administrator.

Processing of confidential payroll data, salary increases bonuses etc., when requested and populating on the relevant templates for 3rd party payroll provider.

Checking weekly reports from HR admin of data processed for Starters, leavers and any other permanent information.

Manual payments processed on an ad hoc basis.

Liaising with Payroll ADP and HR admin on a weekly basis to resolve any issues or queries.

Successful sign off of submission of Tax Year End and P11d's within HMRC timelines.

Monthly PAYE & NICs reconciliation for payments of accounts.

Producing monthly journals for the Accounts Team.

Working with 3rd party's to manage payments to all international employees on secondment in the UK.

Analysing employee's tax bandings to insure hold correct levels for TMC & CCV, quarterly process.

Administering Company PSA with submission of reports and payments within HMRC timeline.

Insuring HR system SAP is kept up to date by running monthly payroll and liaising with the offshore team.

Pension reports reconciled monthly and submitted to providers plus annual audit.

Online payslip system maintained and assist employees with queries.

Dealing with employee 2nd line queries day to day.

Completion of forms from various government bodies, CSA, Inland Revenue etc.

Processing Company Ireland Payroll and insure all legislation up to date and adhered to (2 employees only)

Support changes in respect to payroll/expense travel privilege changes


Experience of using ADP would be an advantage

Good understanding of P11d requirements and a working knowledge of the Revenue requirements and timelines

Experience in running tax year ends in order to be able to approve the 3rd Party reports and submit within the Revenue timelines

Excellent excel skills

Self-motivated and hard working with the ability to prioritise workload to meet deliverables

Good numerical and IT skills

Good spoken and written communication skills

An organised and methodical approach

Logical thinking and problem-solving ability

A high level of accuracy and attention to detail

Good time management for meeting strict deadlines

A level of diplomacy and discretion is required within the role.

The ability to work well as part of a wider team

Honesty and respect for confidential information

Desirable Qualification/Certification requirements

Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) NVQ Level 3 in Payroll Administration

CIPP certificates, Income Tax & NI, Statutory Payments & Payroll Essential

Employment Type: Permanent