Senior Payroll Specialist

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Application deadline 4 days ago: Wednesday 12 Jun 2024 at 23:59 UTC

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We don’t just talk, we do. Lead the change with us.

At the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, we work with political leaders around the world to drive change. We help governments turn bold ideas into reality so they can deliver for their people. We do it by advising on strategy, policy and delivery, unlocking the power of technology across all three. And by sharing what we learn on the ground, so everyone can benefit. We do it to build more open, inclusive and prosperous countries for people everywhere.

We are a global team of nearly 800 changemakers, operating in more than 30 countries, across five continents. We are political strategists, policy experts, delivery practitioners, technology specialists and more. We speak more than 45 languages. We are working on over 100 projects, tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges. We’re all here at TBI to make a difference.

In a world of ever more complex challenges, we believe diversity of background and perspective is a strength. We pride ourselves on a culture that values and nurtures difference. We are dedicated to unlocking potential, not only for the countries we work in but also for each of our team members. No matter where you’re from or who you are, if you’re passionate about the transformative power of progressive politics, we invite you to build a better future with us.

Role Summary

We are seeking an experienced and detail-oriented Senior Payroll Specialist to join our team. The ideal candidate will have extensive knowledge of global payroll processes, tax regulations, and compliance requirements. This role involves managing the end-to-end payroll process for our employees, ensuring accuracy, timeliness, and compliance with all relevant laws and company policies.

The duties of this post-holder are:

Working within our Finance Team, you will manage and oversee the Institute’s global payroll processes. You’ll liaise with our payroll providers to deliver seamless, high-quality service. UK and international payroll experience is essential. You’ll be an integral part of our close-knit Institute Resources Team, which incorporates Finance, People, Legal, and IT.


  • Experience in autonomously managing multiple global payrolls and data management
  • Comprehensive knowledge of payroll and benefit best practices and external regulatory requirements
  • Technical and analytical skills for application with payroll and payroll and benefits reporting
  • Experience of benefits as applicable to payroll management
  • Experience in implementing and delivering pension schemes and benefits such as private medical, vision care, life assurance, cycle to work, and enhanced sickness and parental entitlement


  • Lead and manage our payroll process, liaising with our Finance and People Teams, employees and TBI’s outsourced payroll providers as needed
  • Build and maintain trusted relationships with external providers
  • Responsibility for the collation and maintenance of the integrity and consistency of payroll and benefits data, ensuring compliance with agreed processes and undertaking auditing and statutory reporting


  • Manage the preparation and coordination of the Institute’s payrolls
  • Review and update international payroll and benefits requirements impacted by new legislation as necessary
  • Maintain, update and help create relevant payroll policies, procedures, and forms when required
  • Assist with the submission of statutory notices, audit requests and relevant tax documents (e.g. P11Ds)
  • Main point of contact for all payroll queries
  • Collaborate on new projects and initiatives impacting payroll and benefits as necessary


  • Able to work collaboratively with global teams and employees to finalise Institute payrolls in a timely, accurate, and professional manner
  • Work with colleagues across the Institute to address technical and jurisdictional challenges as they arise and implement lessons learned
  • Seek to improve the payroll processes continuously


  • Work with the Institute Resources function as a stakeholder in the excellent delivery of business support services to the organisation
  • Drives continuous improvement of TBI’s payroll processes in line with the objectives of the organisation
  • Bringing an innovative approach to ensure we are always adapting to serve the individual needs of our employees most effectively

The above list of job duties is not exclusive or exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake tasks that may be expected within the scope of the post.

Person Specification:

The successful candidate for the role should be able to display the majority of the following:

  • Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) designation preferred
  • Minimum of 5 years Experience in processing UK payroll and specific knowledge of related legislation and statutory requirements, including PAYE
  • Experience of Workday, is preferred
  • Intermediate to expert user of Excel with strong attention to detail and a high level of data manipulation and reporting capability
  • Understanding of financial processing, controls and compliance
  • Adept at using information technology and Excel to manage and analyse data accurately with attention to detail
  • Proactively improve processes and implement change
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to build strong relationships internally and externally
  • A collaborative nature and willingness to perform other duties as reasonably required to achieve the goals of our team and the Institute

TBI believes embracing diversity and inclusion make us a better place to work. It is our goal to reflect everyone in society and we actively welcome applications from individuals and groups who are under-represented in the workplace. We celebrate difference be it ethnicity, religion, age, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability.

We will only ever assess you on your abilities and fit for a role. We are happy to discuss any adjustments you need to ensure a level playing field during recruitment and, if you are successful, discuss any adjustments you might need to thrive in your role.

We encourage early applications as we reserve the right, if required, to close this role earlier.

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