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Payroll Senior - Edinburgh

Financial Services - Transactional / Part-Qualified
Ref: 2334 Date Posted: Wednesday 15 May 2024

Payroll Senior – Central Edinburgh


W&A are delighted to be supporting an established and highly successful professional services business in their search for a Payroll Senior.


Our client describes themselves as a dynamic and diversified firm offering many ways to help customers make progress toward their goals.


Their talented teams work around the globe bringing expertise that’s both broad and unique.

They operate a welcoming, inclusive and flexible culture to all employees while continually providing opportunities to help individuals reach potential alongside helping clients reach theirs.



The role of Payroll Senior will sit within the European Payroll team where your role will be to support the team in day-to-day payroll processes, administration duties and run payroll projects.

The successful candidate will be collaborative and reliable with strong experience with UK payroll, knowledge of other European payrolls would be advantageous.


Duties and Responsibilities :


  • Autonomously (or exceptionally under limited supervision) performs all payroll duties including processing and validating payroll data prior to submitting to the payroll provider, review and audit of output reports, pay slips, final reports etc
  • Utilise fundamental customer service skills for response to general inquiries related to company and payroll policies, benefits and procedures
  • Fully understand company time policies; ability to review time tracking and calculate salaries (including pro rata, overtime, sickness, holidays payments, etc.) with expertise and knowledge
  • Prepare payroll deadline schedules for their payrolls and monitor the deadlines independently ensuring all deadlines are met.
  • Regular and active cooperation with internal stakeholders (HR, Corporate Accounting, Benefits, etc.)
  • Review, reconcile, and audit various payroll data and files
  • Prepare files for distribution to the Team
  • Prepare complex management reports and ad hoc information
  • Work on Year-end activities (preparing calendar, ensuring tax year statements are delivered on time by the payroll vendors)
  • Upload banking files (net salaries, third party payments) and enter manual payments to the banking system
  • Prepare salary certificates on demand
  • Cross country training: learn new payrolls and shares knowledge with other colleagues as assigned by the Lead/ Supervisor. (to be able to play a backup role for multiple countries to support the Team at each stage of the payroll process (if needed)


Experience Sought :


  • 5+ years payroll experience required
  • Requires a bachelor’s degree (preferable in Finance, Administration)
  • Expert and up to date knowledge of statutory legislation (around payroll, working time, holidays, sickness) in the given country
  • Excellent knowledge and broad experience and exposure to various payroll software packages (ADP systems or Workday would be advantageous)  
  • Experience in a broad range of payroll matters with several years’ experience of controlling or assisting to control payrolls
  • Broad experience in more complex organisations especially with International or multi-site ones; working with external payroll providers
  • Good customer service and use of own initiative
  • Strong knowledge of business desktop applications (specifically Microsoft Word and Outlook) required


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