Practice - Head Of Payroll

Location Farnham
Discipline: Accounting
Contact name: Carly Dunn

Contact email:
Job ref: 4166
Head of Payroll

Full Time
Salary: Dependant on Experience

Company Overview: They are a growing top 50 accountancy practice who provide expert solutions for entrepreneurial businesses and private individuals in Central and Southern England. They invest in their teams of high-quality specialists who work with the best-in-breed technology to create value for our clients which exceeds expectation. 

The Role: Reporting to the Outsourcing Service Line Lead and managing the payroll team of 20+, taking full operational ownership of the payroll function across the Group. Working closely with our Integration Director to support the rollout of the service line run book.

  • Ownership of a separate Profit & Loss account with an expectation that there will be incremental margin improvement year-on-year.
  • Set the strategy for and manage multi-cycle payrolls in a timely, accurate and efficient manner, ensuring that all customer, HMRC, RTI and other Statutory reporting deadlines are met.
  • Recommend and implement changes to operating procedures regarding workflow and scheduling to meet productivity and quality standards.
  • Foster the continuous streamlining and automation of processes, making positive recommendations and improvements, to include participation and leadership on projects to support.
  • Ensure well-controlled work processes and the safeguarding of confidential payroll information.
  • Build and maintain effective working relationships across the department and at all levels of management.
  • Coach, mentor, and provide professional development for the payroll team.
  • Ensure clear communication and interface with other departments and business units in meeting business requirements.
  • Keep up to date with legislation and industry best practice in order to recommend and shape future developments in terms of practice and service offering to Clients, and analysing and leveraging data to drive insights to action.
  • Work closely with Compliance and Operations to ensure compliance with legal, regulatory, and ethical standards in an aligned way across your area of responsibility, supporting the implementation of and following risk management processes and internal controls, and promoting a culture of compliance and ethics across your team.
About You: You will have 5+ years of leadership or senior management experience within a large payroll bureau environment and will be fully CIPP Qualified.

In addition, you will have:
  • Strict attention to detail; solid judgment and strong analytical skills.
  • Well organised with proven track record of organising others to achieve goals and plans, and manages time carefully to ensure all tasks are achieved within stated timeframes. 
  • Tech savvy, with a flexible but firm approach.
  • Advanced Excel proficiency, including data analysis tools such as VLOOKUPS.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with individuals at all levels of the organisation.
  • Well-developed problem-solving skills; committed to quality service.
  • Be willing to travel regularly between sites within the Group dependent on delivery. 
  • Prior experience of developing a Global Payroll proposition, and/or wide HR services also desirable.
For more information, please contact the below:  

Ashton Cummerson 

Recruitment Consultant  

T: 07955 269 094