Companies invest enormous amounts of time ensuring they get the best possible workforce, so the least they can do is pay them the right amount, on time. For large businesses, that responsibility lands on the desk of the payroll manager. Ultimate success in the job comes when the staff barely know they exist, because they get their salaries exactly as planned, although few probably understand the work that goes on in the background to ensure that happens.
Payroll manager jobs are all about ensuring the systems are in place to keep on top of the ebb and flow of staff payments. There’s a complex employment situation out there, with employees getting raises, putting in overtime, working unusual contracts and receiving bonuses, and getting what they expected all feeds into the job satisfaction that’s essential for businesses.
Payroll jobs are also about staying au fait with the law on paying staff, ensuring PAYE systems are in place and accurately implemented, and keeping on the right side of employment regulations. They will also play a role in a business’s financial reporting and projection, reporting to finance managers and directors.
Payroll manager skills
Payroll manager jobs go to candidates who can prove they are organised, methodical and completely on top of their brief. With reporting and perhaps some payroll forecasting being part of the job, excellent bookkeeping and planning are essential too.
You’ll be fully adept at using the major payroll software solutions as well as the regular suite of office software, and will be able to instruct and train others on their use. As the person with whom the buck stops when there are payment snags, you’ll also be a calm-headed problem-solver, able to identify issues and act on them quickly – employees need that money in their accounts.
Payroll Manager Jobs in the North East
Covering Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Teeside and County Durham, the North East includes the cities of Durham, Sunderland and Newcastle upon Tyne, as well as other communities like Gateshead, Middlesbrough and Darlington.
In the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries, the area's economy mainly relied on shipbuilding, heavy industry, coal mining and manufacturing. However, most of these faced significant decline after the second world war.
The region's economy is now mainly based in the service sector, and it is also known for its retail, art and culture. A number of tech companies are located in the North East, as well as businesses based in the petrochemical and steel industries.
What's more, the region is home to a significant amount of scientific research, particularly at the Centre for Life. This facility in Newcastle includes exhibition space for tourists, as well as a number of working laboratories that are used by biotechnology companies and medical clinics.
For those seeking Payroll Manager roles, just some of the companies that have headquarters or manufacturing facilities in the North East include Santander, Sage Group, Virgin Money, Tetley Tea, McCoy's Crisps, Greggs the Bakers, Nestle and Coca Cola.
In addition, there's BAE Systems, which manufactures military tanks, while Siemens produces steam turbines and Nissan operates the largest car factory in the UK.
Payroll manager jobs at Cast UK
Is your business looking for someone to take the reins at the head of the payroll department? You need to speak to Cast UK. We have a diverse and highly experienced roster of talent to draw from, whether that’s applicants or people from our networks whom we can approach on your behalf. Call us on 0333 121 3345 to start the search.
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