Head of Payroll

Brighton, East Sussex

£49,765 – £54,566


Job introduction

At Brighton & Hove we know that our people are our greatest asset, working together to do their best for our City. We’re appointing a Head of Payroll and Pensions to work collaboratively with HR to ensure an excellent customer experience that demonstrates how we value our staff. Reporting directly to the Head of Service, you will be part of a wider team delivering transactional processes and working together to maximise the use of automation and digital to improve the customer journey and deliver best value for money. You will help to realise the benefits of being part of a wider hub by sharing skills and knowledge across the wider team and building resilience.


About the role

As the Head of Payroll and Pensions you will lead on:

  • the safe, legal and value for money operation of payroll, pensions and HR Administration
  • an ongoing programme of service development and improvement for our internal and external customers
  • and collaborate on efficient delivery of the HR systems and information service


You will enjoy working at a strategic level and will be ambitious for the service.


The Head of Payroll role is focused on leading our payroll and pensions team and services, but the primary responsibility is to be the lead payroll expert for the council. The service does include aspects of pension administration on behalf of our staff, but please note that the council is not a pension authority and the responsibilities in this role only extend to ensuring that appropriate and compliant information is passed to and from the pension authority (East Sussex County Council), including data provided via payroll systems.


For an informal discussion, please contact Alison McManamon, Assistant Director HROD at [email protected]


As part of your application, you will need to upload your CV and answers to some shortlisting questions.


To apply, please visit our website.


Closing date: 25 January 2022.


We welcome applications from all sections of the community but particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as, LGB, male or trans as these groups are currently under-represented in our Directorate workforce.

University of Brighton – Deputy Head of Payroll


Location: Brighton – Moulsecoomb

Salary: £36,382 to £43,434 per annum

Closing Date: Thursday 04 November 2021

Reference: FI5014-21-359


Do you have experience of completing both PAYE and pension reporting to regulatory bodies? Have you experience processing monthly payroll runs, upgrades and payroll year-ends?

If his sounds like you we have an opportunity to join our Payroll Team in an interesting, varied and proactive post.

Some of the key responsibilities of this role include:

  • Supporting the Head of Payroll to ensure the provision of an effective, accurate and timely payroll process, with all payment deadlines adhered to.
  • Leading the development/enhancement of payroll and pension systems and reporting, and to identify and implement process enhancements to the monthly payroll cycle.
  • Managing the performance and development of Payroll Team members that report into this role.
  • Providing advice and guidance on payroll and pension matters where required.
  • Auditing changes to staff records and payroll administrators’ calculations for SSP/SMP to ensure compliance.
  • Supporting the Head of Payroll in dealing with internal and external auditors and any other regulatory/audit bodies that are authorised to review the University’s payroll/pension records.
  • Assisting the Head of Payroll with 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.

To succeed, you will also need to:

  • Be qualified to degree level or equivalent and/or a holder of a relevant professional qualification and/or clearly evidenced equivalent experience.
  • Have experience of using a wide range of functions in Excel.
  • Be able to manage and develop the Payroll Team

This is a full-time permanent post, but would be considered on a part-time basis or job share. The post is due to start in December 2021/January 2022.

Further details:

The University is committed to an inclusive environment which embraces equality and diversity in our working, learning, research and teaching environment. We particularly encourage applicants from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background because the university is underrepresented by BAME staff.

Further information about working for us, as well as the wide range of benefits we offer, can be found in the working with us section of our vacancies page.

Finance Department

Location: Brighton – Moulsecoomb

Salary: £26,715 to £30,046 pro rata 22.2 hours per week


In this interesting and varied post, you will be responsible for providing support in the delivery of effective, timely and proactive use of Payroll systems and information provision to the Payroll Team, Finance Department and wider university.


The role will encompass leading on payroll and pension related projects (both technical and not so), suggesting ways to improve or automate processes and implement developments that will add value, save time or increase data quality. You will also provide back up for the Payroll Systems Help Desk and ensure that related queries and instructions have been actioned in a timely fashion, supporting other members of the team as workloads fluctuate.


Acting as the primary recipient of payroll-related reporting data requests, you will take ownership and use a number of reporting tools to provide accurate and timely data to internal and external customers such as our pension providers.  You will also support the systems used within the Payroll Team, often liaising with colleagues in Human Resources and a range of stakeholders both internal, external and lead on payroll information and data being accurate and up to date on the SharePoint site.


To succeed in this role, you will need:

  • Experience of working and prioritising a number of projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to handle confidential data and information in a sensitive and professional way.
  • Experience of using a wide range of functions in Excel.
  • To work both independently and collaboratively to achieve results.
  • The ability to spot and investigate anomalies in relevant data extracts.
  • An understanding of good project management and multi-stakeholder planning.


This is a permanent, part-time post for 22.5 hours a week, hours of attendance are negotiable and will be discussed at interview.


For further information about the role and the qualities we are looking for please refer to the job description.




Job Reference: FI5086-20-193


Closing Date: Thursday 03 September 2020