Casanovas Recruitment Solutions

HR and Accountancy Specialists

Recruitment agency based in Essex and Suffolk, specialising in both Human Resource and Accountancy job roles.

Payroll & Reward Manager

Colchester, Essex

Job DateMay 2024 - May 2024

Job Salary£45,585.00 and £54,395.00 Per Annum

Casanovas Recruitment Solutions are recruiting for a Payroll and Rewards Manager for a large organisation based in Colchester. This diverse and senior role will form part of the Employee Relations and Rewards team and is focussed on delivering the People Supporting Strategy and embedding a strategic, positive and successful approach to HR.

The role is full time based on 36hrs per week and offers fantastic hybrid opportunities of 3 home based days and two days (Tuesday and Thursday) based on site in Colchester

The role:

As the Payroll and Rewards Manager you will be leading and developing an engaged team who have clearly defined roles and responsibilities within the areas of Reward, Payroll and Pensions. You will be responsible for the delivery of an efficient and professional payroll and pensions service to all staff within the organisation and subsidiary companies, effectively resolving broad operational and process queries. You will be responsible for managing the originations pension offer and salary sacrifice schemes including pension, nursery, cycle scheme etc.

The position Payroll & Reward Manager will have 5 team members they are directly responsible for and will be reporting to the Director of ER & Reward. The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring policies and processes within payroll, pensions and reward are legally and HMRC complaint.

Key responsibilities:

People & Culture

  • Coach and support the Payroll & Pensions team in their work and technical understanding.
  • Make a leading contribution to the development, delivery and management of reward and associated strategies for the organisation
  • Managing operational reward (including payroll & pensions) activities.


  • Manage an effective reward function, reflecting the complex nature of the organisation and which supports the achievement of the organisational ambitions.
  • Provide expert advice and recommendations to senior leaders on all aspects of employee reward and will take the lead in work to develop and deliver an innovative reward and recognition offering which supports the achievement of the organisations strategic ambitions and strengthens their position as an employer of choice.
  • Contribute to work and action planning on gender pay gaps, equal pay audits and other equality-related work, leading on key actions.
  • Contribute to the development and ongoing review of the benefits package and lead as appropriate on, consultation exercises relating to pay, pay negotiations, pension and reward matters, including with Trade Union
  • Monitor and analyse legislative and regulatory changes that impact pay and reward and develop recommendations as appropriate.
  • Lead in Salary Review process and undertake salary survey submissions.


  • Lead and manage the payroll service ensuring all employees are paid correctly, on time and in accordance with the terms and conditions of their contract of employment, always ensuring a high level of customer service.
  • To ensure that the organisation and the payroll service is fully compliant with all financial and statutory requirements as laid down by various Government agencies, discharge its duties in this respect in a timely and accurate manner and assist auditors when required.
  • To manage all the salary sacrifice schemes, ensuring these are HMRC compliant and efficiently administered.
  • To advise on any employment tax related issues as they arise, advice on tax implications of paying students, NMW compliance, taxable benefits or overseas working for example.
  • To advise employees and the management team on all matters relating to the provision of taxable benefits and on HM Revenue & Customs compliance issues in general.
  • To review and agree annually with HM Revenue & Customs the PAYE Settlement Agreement (PSA) and ensure procedures are operated in accordance with this agreement.
  • To provide payroll services to third parties as required in accordance with Service Level Agreements and contracts.
  • Conduct benchmarking analysis and produce papers ahead of discussions concerning changes to pay and/or pensions provision e.g. Living Wage implementation, changes to pension provision etc and support the Director of Employee Relations & Reward in their work regarding future reward strategy.


  • To deliver the organisation’s strategy on Pension including input into the development of strategy and subsequent policy and procedures.
  • Providing information and guidance, ensuring the they remain compliant with the Pension schemes rules, acting as the pensions subject matter expert.
  • To guide the organisation in the changes to Pension Legislation ensuring all changes are explored and implemented in a timely manner.
  • Provide the pension service to employees ensuring good communication, provision of information and guidance to members, on the understanding that advice cannot be given.
  • Develop system procedures to adhere to the reporting time lines set by the Pension providers in relation to the provision of data and resolution of queries.
  • Ensure full compliance with the auto enrolment, enrolment renewals and our contractual obligations to our pension providers.

Experience required:

To be considered for this position you must have a proven and successful background and experience of working in a similar payroll and rewards role within a sizeable organisation.


A vast array of employee benefits including additional holiday, generous pension scheme, health care, wellbeing and child care benefits, employee discounts and many more!

For more information on this exciting role that offers fantastic hybrid opportunities please contact Natalie at Casanovas Recruitment.

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