Senior Payroll Controller

  • Role Type
  • Fixed Term Contract

  • Location
  • Shoreham-by-Sea

  • Closing Date
  • 31/12/2023

Job Description

Role: Sr. Payroll Controller

Location: Shoreham-by-Sea


Automotive and Industrial is one of Ricardo plc’s five operating business units and is a trusted global engineering services partner for clean and efficient integrated propulsion and energy systems. Our experience and history over more than 100 years at the forefront of mobility innovation enables us to deliver solutions to the most complex challenges, allowing our customers across all global transport sectors to achieve a sustainable zero-carbon future.



Lead and mentor a payroll team of two including a Payroll Advisor and Payroll Administrator.
Ensure precise processing of three-monthly payrolls for 1,500+ employees
Maintain compliance with company and statutory regulations.
Manage payroll deadlines and maintain a high level of accuracy.
Take ownership of complex and technical issues and queries.
Advise the People team and wider stakeholders on options and risks for a range of business decisions
Cultivate relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
Work closely with third party payroll processor
Work closely with benefits manager for annual and monthly benefits selection payroll processing
Work closely with finance colleagues for monthly and period payroll-related activities including production of PSA, maintenance of control accounts and payroll journal
Oversee the processing of P60s, P45s, and P11ds.
Continuous improvement of payroll related controls and elements including payroll procedures, business continuity plans, approaches to delivering a modern payroll function, simplification of legacy approaches.
Provide guidance and development for the payroll team.


Key accountabilities:


10 years of related payroll experience
Experience of running a UK payroll for 1000 plus employees.
Ability to handle confidential and sensitive data/information.
Full understanding of current UK payroll taxes and year-end payroll tax administration.
Good understanding of RTI (Real Time Information).
Highly numerate with a keen attention to detail, able and willing to dig into the detail and proactive at resolving queries.
Methodical and accurate approach to work, with the ability to work to tight deadlines.

Should have:

A professional payroll qualification.
Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively, and confident with dealing with staff at all levels.
Excellent IT skills including a good working knowledge of Microsoft Excel.
Experience of using a payroll business system.
Experience of using Cascade Payroll business system.
Experience of using SAP ERP system.


Working here

Ricardo is an exciting and rewarding place to work and you have the opportunity to make a difference. You will work with teams of talented, dedicated, and supportive individuals. Alongside having a fantastic opportunity to develop your career with us through our broad range of projects, mentoring opportunities and a personalised approach to your learning and development. We are always keen to hear from people who have driven, ambition and a flair for innovative thinking.


Wellbeing and work life balance

We offer flexible approaches to work, whether that's working from home, being in the office, or as a hybrid worker. We're happy to discuss flexible working arrangements. Wellbeing is at the core to our culture, allowing employees to flourish and to achieve their full potential. Our People are important to us, and we take pride in our wellbeing programmes and policies that support individuals including flexible working, carers policy, mental health first aiders and readily available support through our extensive Employee Assistance programme.


Diversity, Equality and Inclusion statement

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person's potential, and we'll help you reach yours. We have an ambitious diversity, equality, and inclusion approach as explained here. We value diversity; recognising that a more diverse workforce creates a richer and more varied working environment. Diversity also drives innovation, by allowing us to offer our clients the best consultancy service that we can. As part of our commitment to engage positively and pro-actively with all our employees to ensure an inclusive culture, we are a recognised as a 'disability confident' employer.



Our core benefits include 25 days' annual leave, plus 8 bank holidays, a competitive company pension scheme, life assurance and professional subscriptions reimbursement. We also offer a wide range of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle.


Once you have submitted your application, if qualified, a member of our Recruitment Team will be in touch. Please be aware that the timing can vary dependent on the volume of applications that we receive for each role and in some cases, we may start to review applications prior to the closing date.