Head of Payroll / Brighton / Finance / HR / Accounting

Client Details

A well established Brighton based organisation is looking to recruit a full time permanent Head of Payroll.


Head of Payroll, areas of responsibility:

  • Ensure the provision of an effective, accurate and timely payroll process, with all payment deadlines adhered to.
  • Provide advice and guidance on payroll and pension matters where required, and ensure that all queries are dealt with in a timely and professional manner.
  • Ensure compliance with all statutory requirements of PAYE, pension schemes and other relevant legislation, delivering accurate and timely reporting as required by HMRC, the pension schemes and other regulatory bodies.
  • Manage the interface between the payroll system and the main accounting system, ensuring key control accounts are reconciled and any variances between the financial records and underlying payroll data are rectified on a timely basis.
  • Develop, implement and update policy and procedures related to payroll and pensions, liaising with senior management, the Internal Audit service and other departments where appropriate.
  • Take the lead on updating inefficient or out of date payroll processes.
  • Lead the development / enhancement of payroll and pension systems, in liaison with the HR Department, ensuring that the payroll system is updated to deal with changes in legislation and reporting requirements.
  • Ensure effective communication channels are in place both within the team and with staff in relation to payroll and pension matters.
  • Liaise with the pension providers on pension matters and communicate information to staff and management as required and in an appropriate manner.
  • Provide guidance to the HR Department on pension issues around retirement and other queries they may have.


  • Strong technical knowledge of statutory requirements of PAYE and pensions
  • Detailed understanding of the functionality of payroll systems
  • How to implement payroll system upgrades
  • How to reconcile and clear down payroll control accounts
  • Having an organised approach work with a high degree of accuracy, maintaining effectiveness under pressure and meeting strict concurrent deadlines
  • CIPP or similar qualification and experience
  • Team management

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