Deputy Head of Payroll & Pensions

University of Bristol
Bristol, United Kingdom
£44,706 - £50,296
Closing date
Jul 1, 2022

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The role

We have a range of opportunities within our Payroll and Pensions Team, all key to the effective delivery of this vital function at the University of Bristol, one of the top 3 largest employers in the city.

Finance Services is one of our biggest professional services divisions, with 18 different teams in total. Finance Operations is the engine room of many transactional services: the payment of invoices, paying our staff and supporting our finance and HR systems. The Payroll and Pensions team play an essential role within the division and ensure 10,000 University staff are paid each month. This team of 20 not only ensure that payments are made correctly and on time, but we also administer and support University staff on our pension schemes.

We are going through an exciting transformation, with a programme of change to improve processes, systems, ways of working for the better and to future proof the service. We are reviewing our end-to-end processes, use of technology and our structure so we can be even more efficient and consistently deliver excellent results for our customers.

These changes mean new opportunities have emerged as we expand and strengthen our team, and our newly appointed Head of Payroll and Pensions is looking for colleagues to join us on this journey.

Joining us will give you access to competitive salaries, excellent staff benefits, a generous annual leave entitlement (including bank holidays and fixed closure days), and access to pension schemes as well as training and development opportunities. The University is currently trialling a blended working policy which offers excellent flexibility on officed based and home working for staff.

What will you be doing?
  • You will lead our processing teams providing technical expertise to deliver a comprehensive payroll and pensions service which adheres to legal compliance and maintains excellent customer service
  • Ownership of data integrity across payroll and pensions to include the analysis, reporting and auditing of our data
  • Working with internal teams such as International Mobility, Tax, and external partners to ensure adherence to regulations and our own local policies
  • Supporting and deputising for the Head of Payroll and Pensions in mobilising and delivering our improvement programme, you will own the continuous improvement agenda, ensuring this is built into day-to-day practices
  • A great opportunity for you to come into a role and really make a difference to the future of the payroll and pension function, working on strategic projects and building relationships with stakeholders internally and externally

You should apply if
  • To succeed in this role, you will have proven experience managing a payroll and pensions function
  • You will have demonstratable understanding of standard payroll and pensions methodology, as well as relevant legislation and statutory regulations
  • You will be a qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals or equivalent and have hands on experience of end-to-end payroll processing
  • Your technical knowledge is evident alongside the ability to communicate effectively and provide excellent customer service
  • You can demonstrate that you both understand and have managed complex change successfully
  • Effective management of a busy team is important to you, and you can evidence experience with all aspects of people management including recruitment, training and development and performance matters

For informal queries please contact:

Shirlene Adam, Director of Finance Operations

As we expand our Payroll and Pensions team, we are also recruiting to some other roles which may be of interest. Please follow the links below to find out more information and the link to apply.

Payroll Officers SUPP108647 -

Pensions Officer (part time, 14 hours per week) SUPP108211 -

We welcome applications from all members of our community and are particularly encouraging those from diverse groups, such as members of the LGBT+ and BAME communities, to join us.

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