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Senior Payroll Officer (Control)

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Job Summary

Employment Term:
Full time, Permanent
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 14/06/2019 23:59
£25,295 - £27,905
Hours per week:
37 hours
Job Category:
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
Council offices, Badminton Road, Yate, Bristol, BS37 5AF
Post Number:

Job details 

Closing date:
14 Jun

Please note

This job is closed for applications.

Further information

Senior Payroll Officer (Control)

Summary of Post

Under the direction of the Payroll Supervisor (Control):

This role controls input, identifies errors and/or omissions and balances and reconciles each payroll. It is responsible for sending payment transactions via the Council’s BACS bureau, including salary payments, pension contributions, tax and national insurance contributions, and other third party payments deducted from individual salaries. It is also responsible for maintaining control processes to monitor the recovery of incorrect and/or over payments.

The role is responsible for the co-ordination of the council’s multi-customer payroll service and timetabling the payroll processing to ensure that internal and external payrolls are prepared and run on time.

This role assists with the administration of staff salary sacrifice and loan schemes and the reimbursement of travel, relocation and other employee allowances.

Main Duties

Accurately and efficiently review and resolve any issues relating to budgets/financial information/resources for the area of specialism ensure that agreed targets are met, reports are prepared and delivered, data is managed effectively and corrective action is taken when necessary. Ensuring that accounts are reconciled and variances are reported.

Deliver specialist processes and procedures ensuring that all customers receive an effective, functioning service and information is provided.

Maintain an awareness of service standards within your own area of work, reporting any problems or issues to a more senior member of staff. This will ensure that the service quality is maximised, operations are run effectively and data is correctly recorded.

Contribute to improvements in service delivery by suggesting how things could be done better.

Accurately process information from a variety of sources in order to create records to contribute to the delivery of the overall service

Ensure all information is processed in accordance with procedures and policies to given deadlines

To check and assess information received is in order to ensure that it is suitable to be processed. Explain to customers any inadequacies in the information received and the resolution which is required

May be the main point of contact for a specialist part of the system or process acting as a filter for issues and problems so that most issues are resolved by the postholder or via direct contact with senior staff.

Extract and analyse specialist information to support decision making.

Undertake such other duties that are commensurate with the grade of this post.

Selection Criteria

To enable us to shortlist in a fair and unbiased way it is absolutely vital that you provide us with sufficient information to demonstrate how you meet or exceed the essential/desirable criteria outlined in the vacancy description. Please include this information in the skills, abilities, knowledge and experience section of the application form.

Essential Criteria

Have extensive relevant experience in Payroll and Pensions and be able to demonstrate professional competence.

Must be highly numerate and hold an NVQ 3 or 2 A levels including a numerate subject, or have considerable relevant payroll control experience.

Be able to show initiative and good judgement and be able to resolve standard problems independently or through line management support.

You will have good communication and team working skills, be able to build relationships and influence others.

You must have specialist subject matter experience in Income Tax and National Insurance and other Statutory Regulations.

Able to demonstrate motivation, and strong customer focus.

Possess good analytical, numeracy and reasoning skills.

You will be able to work flexibly, cope with competing demands through good time management and work under pressure.

Able to demonstrate an excellent level of general IT skills and the ability to use appropriate specialist in-house software packages.


A working knowledge of Resource link & Cognos reporting.
Hold or be studying for a professional payroll qualification

Additional Information

For an informal discussion, please contact Cath Smith, Payroll & Pensions Manager on 01454 866344 or email Catherine.Smith1@southglos.gov.uk.

Salary: £25,295 - £27,905

Hours: 37 hours

Closing Date: 14 June 2019

Vacancy Ref: CR7403/920/SS

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South Gloucestershire is committed to safeguarding and promoting the safety and welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

Our Values

As an employee of South Gloucestershire Council you will be expected to have a ‘can-do’ attitude and adapt to the fast pace of change. You will strive to work well with others to reach a common goal and embrace a partnership and inclusive approach to delivering efficient and effective services. You will use your initiative to deliver and take responsibility for your performance to help the team, department and council to achieve its goals and make the best use of available knowledge, expertise and capacity in order to continuously improve the quality of services.

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