Assistant Payroll Manager

We are seeking to recruit an experienced Assistant Payroll Manager to join us on a full-time basis at our Northwich office reporting to the Client Director as part of the Personal Tax and Payroll team.

This is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced payroll professional to join a growing team.

About Us

Our mission is to build relationships with our clients, to support them on their business journey and to make a positive difference to their business and their lives. As a forward-thinking accountancy practice, you’ll have access to the very latest software and technologies as we embrace technology to enhance our client experience.

We understand the importance of work life balance and prioritise the wellbeing of our employees, with flexible working arrangements, competitive salaries and generous leave policies to ensure we are offering the opportunity of a fulfilling and rewarding career without sacrificing personal commitments.

As we strive for B Corp certification, we are committed to using our business as a force for good. By joining our team you’ll be contributing to sustainable and responsible working practices that benefit our clients, the communities we operate in, our environment and our team.

Join our team and unlock your full potential!

Job Purpose

The primary function of this role is to independently ensure the accurate and timely payroll production for various clients in accordance with statutory regulations.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Managing your own client portfolio which will consist of some of the larger and more complex payrolls.
  • Responsible for end to end payroll processing and Auto Enrolment.
  • Reviewing payrolls processed by other members of the team.
  • Assisting with training and development of team members.
  • Service multiple clients with a focus on support of the team and the Payroll Manager, to deliver excellent service to our clients.
  • Managing client payments and liaising with Finance to ensure all BACS payments have been processed on time and in line with client service level agreements.
  • Complete month end reconciliations to ensure all payrolls have been processed and RTI has been submitted to HMRC, in line with statutory obligations.
  • Keep up to date on legislation and industry changes through independent research.
  • Work collaboratively within the payroll team and wider payroll group at bennettbrooks.
  • Maintain good working relationships through effective communication with colleagues, clients, HMRC and other third-party providers.
  • Actively seek to solve payroll related and customer service issues.
  • Supporting and covering for the Payroll Manager when they are unavailable.
  • Demonstrating company values and setting an example for peers and new staff.
  • Adhering to internal policies and procedures.
  • Any other duties commensurate with the role.


  • CIPP qualified and/or previous experience of working in a multi-frequency payroll environment are advantageous.
  • Payroll experience within an accountancy practice is preferred.
  • Strong knowledge of statutory and legislative regulations, including workplace pensions, and proven experience in MS Office, in particular Excel.
  • Knowledge of month-end and year-end returns and balancing with the ability to perform manual calculations.
  • Solid understanding of Sage 50cloud payroll software is essential and knowledge of Bright Pay is desired.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal with individuals at all levels.
  • Ability to work within a team environment and on own initiative.
  • Good organisational and time management skills, ensuring stringent deadlines are met.
  • A positive and proactive approach to various roles the job entails.
  • Discretion and ability to maintain confidentiality.

Benefits include:

  • Competitive salary
  • Flexible working
  • 36 days holiday – inclusive of Bank Holidays/Christmas period
  • Pension scheme – 5% employer contribution
  • Option to buy/sell a maximum of 5 days holiday
  • Employee assistance programme (which includes; Life support, Legal information, Bereavement support, Medical Information, CBT & Managerial Support).
  • Life Assurance cover (2 x annual salary)
  • Option of salary sacrifice pension scheme
  • Enhanced maternity/paternity/shared parental pay
  • Enhanced sick pay
  • Referral scheme
  • Paid volunteer time and an annual charitable donation on your behalf
  • Long service enhancements to employer pension contribution and holiday entitlement
  • Onsite parking

Job Type: Full-time, Permanent
Salary: up to £36,900 per annum depending on experience

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