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Payroll Team Leader (18 month FTC)

OVO Energy
Fishponds, Bristol, United Kingdom
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Mar 20, 2023

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Please note, this role is a Fixed Term Contract

We're making zero carbon happen

We're OVO Group, a big family of companies united by a single vision: to get to zero carbon, fast.

We call this Plan Zero - and it shows how we'll be fighting the climate crisis and transforming the way people use energy over the next decade. To do this, we need the sharpest minds. Are you up for the challenge?

Do great green things with OVO Energy

So much has changed since we launched in 2009. Our goal remains the same though: make energy cheaper, greener, and simpler. Just as it was on day one.

Everyone belongs at OVO

Our aim is to build a diverse and inclusive movement: teams of brilliant people, with unique talents, skills, passions, and experiences.

We encourage everyone to join us, whatever your gender identity, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, life experience, or background. So please come as you are - we can't wait to meet you.

Where in the world of OVO will I be working?

We're looking for an experienced Payroll Team Leader to join our Finance team in Bristol, to ensure the smooth running of all our payroll-related tasks. The main stakeholders and customers of this team's data and processes, including; People Hub Director, Head of People Operations, People Services Manager, Head of Tax, Head of Finance Operations, Workday Payroll Analyst, Senior Reward Analyst, Head of Reward.

You will be reporting into Senior Payroll Manager within the Finance Operations team and working across workstreams with People and Reward teams supporting all processes from a payroll perspective.

What will I be doing?

You will be in control of the end to end monthly payroll process ensuring our payroll processes deliver timely and accurate pay and reward to our 5,000+ people, and supporting the Senior Payroll Manager in the leading and delivery of the in house payroll processes to an exceptional standard.

Key responsibilities include:
  • Lead, engage and support the payroll team of approximately 4 payroll professionals.
  • Team training, coaching and development - inspire the team to deliver operational processes and projects to an exceptional quality.
  • Assist in the full end to end payroll process.
  • Ensuring payroll variations are all up to date to include additions, deductions and any variable pay issues that arise.
  • Ensure the production of all leaver payslips and P45s
  • Administration of statutory leave (SAP, SPP, SMP, SSP, SHPP)
  • Ensuring all incoming HMRC notifications are applied and or reviewed
  • Assisting the team to deliver all post payroll reporting
  • Assist with the processing and distribution of P11D and P60s.
  • Assisting with monthly pension and workplace benefits processes.
  • Monitoring and maintaining the ask payroll/jira ticketing system and ensuring the team are responding to any payroll queries within the agreed SLA.
  • Improve and update payroll processes in order to deliver a seamless and streamline payroll process including compliance with all associated regulatory obligations.
  • Improving and updating reporting requirements - reviewing and refining the suite of payroll reports on an ongoing basis working with relevant stakeholders.
  • Ensuring the team produce all necessary KPI data by the required deadline each month and provide the collated data to the relevant stakeholders.
  • Assist on payroll impacting projects working cross functionally with senior stakeholders, directors and sponsors.
  • Reporting any required system/configuration changes to the payroll super user and ensuring all updates are made within required timeframes.
  • Provide cover where necessary to the senior payroll manager.

Is this the job for me?
  • You will be a seasoned Payroll extraordinaire with a passion for leading and inspiring teams
  • Super organised with the ability to manage strict deadlines paying close attention to detail with the ability to work accurately.
  • You will be able to investigate and resolve payroll issues and ensure strict compliance with company and regulatory standards.

Ideally you will have::
  • At least 5 years previous payroll experience, from at least 2 different companies
  • CIPP qualified or equivalent
  • Comprehensive knowledge of payroll legislation
  • Excellent communication skills - A strong influencer with ability to manage and work in partnership with key stakeholders throughout the business
  • Track record of delivering process improvements and change across systems, data, process and people
  • Experience in running a full end to end monthly payroll with excellent attention to detail and meeting strict deadlines
  • Experience in leading a team with proven ability to engage, develop, and inspire
  • Strong problem solving skills - it will be second nature to you
  • Experience in year end reporting including P11ds and P60s
  • Previous experience working with Workday would be preferable
  • The ability to work on your own initiative or as a part of a team - who thrives in a challenging environment
  • A comprehensive knowledge of payroll systems, G Suite, MS word and Excel.

Brilliant benefits for a world-changing team

Our people are at the heart of Plan Zero. That's why we offer plenty of green benefits and progressive policies to make you feel at home.

For starters, you'll get 34 days of holiday (including bank holidays).

Then there's Flex Pay. It's an extra 9% of your salary on top of your core pay to use as you like. You can take it as cash, add to your pension, or choose to spend it on a huge range of flex benefits.

Here's a taster of what's on offer:

For your health

With benefits like a healthcare cash plan or private medical insurance depending on your career level, critical illness cover, life assurance, health assessments, and more

For your wellbeing

With gym membership, gadget, travel and cyber insurance, workplace ISA, will writing services, DNA testing, dental insurance, and more

For your lifestyle

With extra holiday buying, discount dining, culture cards, tech loans, and supporting your favourite charities with give-as-you-earn donations

For your home

Get up to £300 off any OVO Energy plan (when you pay by Direct Debit), plus personal carbon offsetting and great discounts on smart thermostats and EV chargers

For your commute

Nab a great deal on ultra-low emission car leasing, plus our cycle to work scheme and public transport season ticket loans

Want to hear about our full range of flexible benefits and progressive people policies? Our People Team can tell you everything you need to know.

Oh, and one last thing...

We'd be thrilled if you tick off all our boxes yet we also believe it's just as important we tick off all of yours. And if you think you have most of what we're looking for but not every single thing, go ahead and hit apply. We'd still love to hear from you!

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