head of payroll in Inner Suburbs Melbourne

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job details

inner suburbs melbourne, victoria
job type
AU$ 120,000 - AU$ 150,000 per year
reference number
david andrews, randstad
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job description

Randstad are recruiting for a medium sized ASX listed organisation that has shown solid, sustained growth over the past 5 years and that is in an industry with a good outlook for the future. They are looking for someone to lead the payroll function.

Reporting into the head of finance, the role will be responsible for managing the payroll team, with full control and responsibility for a payroll of over 6,000 staff who are paid on both fortnightly and monthly bases.

The Company:

The company's share price has increased 17% in the past year, they have a turnover of in excess of $500 million and are desirably placed in their sector to grow further. They made a solid profit result in their results for last year and EBITDA increased by 6% year on year.

They are therefore growing at a very stable rate, they're looking to grow over the long term and will be expanding over the next few months.

As a business they offer vital services to the community, their expertise is valued in their sector, they are a large player on industry boards and they have a serious attitude to corporate social responsibility.

The finance team

Payroll in this company reports to the finance team, which means your reporting line will be to the general manager of finance. You will have close relationships with HR and IT teams as you would expect. The IT team has a payroll systems specialist to assist with the changes to configurations of their systems which are: Chris21, time target (T&A) and Page Up (ATS). The workplace is a collaborative one and there is very little working in silos within the department.

For example, projects that are run at the moment have particular project teams formed by utilising members from different departments. The payroll team is also integrated heavily into the finance team.

The Payroll team

You will be taking over a team that has a headcount of 8, 6 payroll officer FTEs and two senior payroll officer FTEs. The team is made up of people at different levels in their experience and the payroll team is quite diverse. You will find yourself being able to coach people at different levels, from those training for team leader positions to people just starting their career in payroll.

The Payroll

- 6,000 - 7,000 employees (depending on seasonality)

- Payroll System - Chris 21

- T&A System - Time Target

- ATS system - Page Up

- Enterprise Bargaining Agreements (EBA)s -12

- Awards - 12 - 15 (depending on seasonality)

The Expectations

- To up-skill the payroll team by coaching and developing them.

- To incorporate any acquisitions into the payroll, map the processes and make resource plans appropriately.

- To take responsibility to ensure the payroll balances each month and to ensure it's reconciled to the g/l.

- Making sure that payrolls are run on time and with a minimal errors.

- Ensuring a customer focused response to employee queries.

- Improving processes across the end to end payroll process.

The Opportunity

- You'll be joining an organisation that is growing and becoming an employer of choice in the Melbourne market, you'll be able to shape a company's payroll processes and put in place structures for the long term.

- You will be given the authority, stability and trust to improve the team and take them in your direction.

- You will have a general manager who is open to ideas and process improvements.

If you are interested please contact David Andrews at Randstad Melbourne (0383191178) or apply below to discuss.

The Process

Applicants are encouraged to apply sooner rather than later, all applications will receive a response.


Payroll, Wages, timesheet processing, tax, PAYG, people services, human resources, people & culture, payroll reconciliations, reconciliations, process improvement, Chris21, management, team management, payroll manager


Experience managing a payroll team

educational requirements

Secondary School/High School