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Interim Payroll Manager [Fixed Term]

The University of Cambridge has launched transformation programmes across HR and Finance. The HR Transformation Programme aims to transform HR capabilities, processes and ways of working enabled by the replacement of the University's current systems. It will bring efficient service delivery, enriched team collaboration and improved data reporting. The Finance Transformation Programme will create a compelling vision for Finance across the University, that enables and supports the organisation with customer-focused, resilient, scalable, efficient end-to-end business processes, and improved data and analysis, supported by modern and flexible business systems. It will deliver smart and stable finance operations to meet business needs, and will go beyond that in developing leading edge capabilities in targeted areas where benefits justify greater investment.

The Payroll Section is a small, friendly team comprising of four Administrators, two Team Leaders and the Payroll Manager. They are responsible for processing pay for over 21,000 individuals each month using the MHR iTrent system, across weekly, fortnightly and monthly payrolls.

The Interim Payroll Manager role is a one-year fixed term contract in the first instance. You will be supporting the Payroll Manager with the day to day running of the existing function whilst the transformation program is undertaken, ensuring all statutory deadlines are met and continued compliance.

You will have previous experience of managing a payroll team within a medium/large organisation, a proactive approach to issue resolution and an ability to time manage high volume workloads and multiple pay frequencies. You will be able to accurately demonstrate manual payroll calculations and possess in-depth knowledge of statutory regulations including auto enrolment, expenses and benefits and Off-payroll workers. The role requires the ability to maintain high levels of accuracy and confidentiality at all times.

You should be educated to A-level or equivalent (including Mathematics and English), with some formal payroll qualifications and be a team player with excellent interpersonal skills / telephone manner and PC skills. Experience of iTrent and Oracle Financials is an advantage, though not essential.

The University offers an excellent benefit package including:

  • Defined benefits pension schemes
  • Tax-efficient bicycle and charity-giving schemes.
  • 33 days holiday plus Bank holidays
  • Discounts on shopping
  • Health care
  • Rental deposit scheme
  • Public transport season ticket loans

The closing date for the above vacancy is the 18th June 2021. Interviews will take place week commencing the 28th June 2021.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records check) check, a health assessment and a security check.

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If you have any questions about this vacancy please contact Alexsis Dicken at, (01223) 330259. For queries about the application process itself, please contact

Please quote reference AG26490 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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