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Payroll Manager

Job Description


Payroll Manager
VANRATH is delighted to be recruiting for a Payroll Manager for a well-known financial services organisation. My client has locations across the whole of Ireland and close-knit team located in Belfast. The successful individual will be responsible for 5 team leads and a number of payroll administrators.

The Benefits
My client has generous renumeration package on offer for the successful candidate…

  • Competitive salary
  • 30 days holiday, which increase with service
  • Private medical care after 1 year of service



The Role
The successful candidate will be a key member of a dynamic and fast paced organisation, which services over 50,000 people across the UK and Ireland. You will liaise with 500 key clients and stakeholders to further strength the existing finance function of the business. Moreover, you will successfully manage a team to ensure timely and efficient payroll. The successful applicant will be responsible for the following:

  • Assist with the development of my clients overall strategy.
  • Ensure the overall strategy is implemented and assist in the development of associated business plans to develop the business.
  • Track and report on staff performance against individual and clients KPIs ensuring targets are met or exceeded.
  • Work closely with the Head of Operations, to proactively look for ways to reduce costs and to improve performance.
  • Work closely with the Quality Assurance team to ensure quality control throughout the business and to ensure service delivery consistently meets and exceeds customer expectations.
  • Promote & Lead a culture of continuous improvement across the business.
  • Create and manage internal standard operating practices.
  • Day-to-day administration of the process of onboarding new clients from inception through to launch.
  • Requesting the necessary documents and platform creations for clients requiring bespoke products and services.
  • Creating and taking monthly team meetings and distributing minutes.
  • Meeting with clients with the team member responsible for the payroll.
  • Being the first port of call for escalation of client issues.
  • Ensuring queries have been dealt with and clients responded to in a timely manner.
  • Assisting clients with projects/ad hoc information/advice.
  • Maintaining the total client payroll list i.e. updating the list when the client moves to another team member, adding new clients and ensuring a payroll procedure is done.

  • Creating and maintaining each team members monthly payroll calendar.
  • Exhibit strong leadership skills including the ability to resolve both internal and external queries.
  • Drive the development of a positive internal culture that retains key employees and encourage their professional development through quality awards/accreditations.
  • Increase departmental effectiveness, engagement and accountability by communicating values, strategies and objectives.
  • Monitor and evaluate direct report employees including undertaking appraisals, coaching and mentoring activities to develop and upskill direct reports.
  • Work closely with HR Manager to ensure effective functioning through all areas of the business.


The Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 4+ years managing a payroll team and have demonstrable experience overhead management and accountability for achieving KPI's. Moreover, it would be desirable if the successful candidate had their CIPP qualification. The successful candidate will meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum 4+ years payroll management experience in an operational role.
  • Previous management experience within a Managed Service environment.
  • Demonstrable ability to work autonomously to resolve a range of complex business issues.
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with key business stakeholders including colleagues, directors, investors and auditors
  • Demonstrable overhead management and accountability for achieving KPI's.
  • Demonstrable leadership experience demonstrating an ability to build a shared commitment to organisational goals.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • High level of IT proficiency.
  • Work well individually, and within a team environment
  • Ability to plan your own work and work on your own initiative, exhibiting flexibility and adaptability


For further information on this vacancy, or any other Accounting and Finance job in Belfast or wider Northern Ireland, please apply via the link below or contact Hannah MacLaren in the strictest confidence.