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Head of Payroll

Hays Senior Finance
Oxford, England, Oxfordshire
Competitive DOE
Closing date
11 Jun 2024

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Head of Payroll
Permanent, Full-Time

Our Client is 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.Their culture is very important and is based on our company values of expert, respectful, innovative and collaborative.

We develop high performing teams diverse in experiences, backgrounds and ideas. As a growing company, there are plenty of opportunities for development and quick progression. Our practice is known for having a friendly and supportive team culture where everyone receives training and development to increase their technical knowledge and their commercial and management skills.

To support the organisation's growth, we have a new opportunity for a Head of Payroll to join either our
Oxford or Farnham offices. This is a permanent full-time role with flexible working options (flexing your hours on different days to suit your lifestyle).
The RoleReporting 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.
Your key responsibilities will include:

  • 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.

What we can offer you

  • Hybrid and flexible working.
  • Partner level mentor and a tailored career progression plan.
  • Participation in our Management Development Programme.
  • A varied role in a talented and experienced team.
  • Joining a company with an exciting growth plan ahead.
  • Plenty of opportunities to increase your technical knowledge and skills.
  • Exposure to a wide range of clients across many industry sectors.
  • An experienced manager to support your development and provide day to day guidance.
  • A comprehensive induction and buddy to help you get up to speed in your first few months.
  • Competitive salary and benefits package including pension, life assurance, health cash plan, retail discount scheme, electric vehicles salary sacrifice, cycle to work, hybrid and flexible working.
  • Generous core holiday allowance plus holiday trading, flexible bank holidays, and additional holiday with service.
  • Wellbeing programme with regular events and activities focused on your physical and mental wellbeing. We also offer all employees a Wellbeing Day each year - a day dedicated to boosting your wellbeing.

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 a :
  • 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.
  • Be 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 Shaw Gibbs group dependent on delivery.
  • Prior experience of developing a Global Payroll proposition, and/or wide HR services also desirable

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At Hays we invest in lifelong partnerships that empower people and businesses to succeed. With over 50 years’ success under our belts and a workforce of 10,000+ people across 32 countries, we’ve evolved to put our customers at the heart of everything we do.

From CFO to Newly Qualified, we work with talented finance professionals and match them with organisations where they can achieve a lasting impact.

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So, whether you want something local or international, permanent, or interim, we have the breadth of coverage and the depth of understanding to help you find it.

We have specialist recruitment teams in the following areas:

  • Corporate Governance
  • Credit Control
  • Part-Qualified Accountant
  • Payroll
  • Public Practice Accounting
  • Public Services Accounting
  • Senior Finance – Qualified
  • Support, Ledgers & Bookkeeping
  • Tax & Treasury

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