Payroll and Pensions Executive (FTC)

We have a fantastic opportunity for a Payroll and Pensions Specialist to join us on a 12 month fixed term contract.

You will form part of the Global Payroll Team working closely and flexibly with the Payroll Executive and reporting to the Payroll Manager.  Duties will include, however, not limited to processing monthly payroll for approx. 2000 employees.  

You'll need a good understanding of Excel, journal entries and reconciliations. The software used is In-Pay and experience of using different payroll packages will be advantageous.

We offer flexible working arrangements and offer hybrid working, this will likely be 2 days in our Wakefield office and 3 days at home. This is a full time 35 hour per week role but we may considering applicants that are looking at reduced hours or days but you will need to work 28 hours per week as minimum.

This appointment will be made on merit.

We believe that diversity and inclusion strengthen and enriches us, and that it is the responsibility of everyone at the City & Guilds Group to drive this value. As ethnic minority groups and disabled people are currently under-represented within the Group, we particularly encourage and welcome applications from these communities.

30,000 per annum
Type of role
Fixed-term Contract / Secondment
Full-time or part-time
Location - Country
Location - City
Business Unit
Closing date
Vacancy ref

About the role

You will be a payroll specialist providing support on day to day operations for our 3 monthly payrolls.  This will include processing starter, leaver and monthly changes, reconciliations and journals, process mapping and administering the pension scheme changes.  You will be expected to keep up to date with legislation changes and support with system testing each tax year.  You will offer a first class transactional and administrative service to members and stakeholders.

You will offer administrative support for the various pension schemes across the Group and will undertake tasks such as re-enrolment or joining or leaving membership of one of the pension schemes and become the custodian of ‘My Support Centre’ dealing with queries and forwarding any pension queries to our providers as and when required.  You will reconcile the monthly pension contributions and submit the monthly return via the pension portals to update and include changes such as new joiner and leaver information. 

You will also liaise with the People Services Team, Finance and the Reward Adviser, providing support as and when required.

About you

You will have a good knowledge of working in an in-house payroll system servicing a medium size trust-based Pension scheme (i.e. approx. 1500+ members). You will have good existing knowledge of Defined Benefit, Defined Contribution, Pension Master Trust and other pension schemes. You will also be proficient with Microsoft Office - in particular Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Microsoft Teams.

You will be a good team player who wants to deliver a great employee experience with excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral.

Our story and mission

Our vision is for a world in which everyone has the skills and opportunities to succeed. We support almost five million people each year to develop skills that help them into a job, develop on that job and to prepare for their next job. As a charity, we’re proud that everything we do is focused on achieving this purpose.

Through our assessment and credentialing, corporate learning and technical training offers, we partner with our customers to deliver work-based learning programmes that build competency to support better prospects for people, organisations and wider society. We create flexible learning pathways that support lifelong employability, because we believe that people deserve the opportunity to (re)train and (re)learn again and again – gaining new skills at every stage of life, regardless of where they start.

At the heart of our business sits the City & Guilds Foundation which amplifies our purpose by helping to remove barriers to getting into a job, celebrating best practice on the job, and advocating for jobs of the future. 

We were founded in 1878 by the City of London and the trade guilds of the time, to help people, organisations and economies to develop their skills for growth.

Our rich experience means we’re uniquely positioned to understand the future of work and learning. And, we continually evolve to develop and deliver skills for the workplace of the future. Today, as well as qualifications and assessment, we offer digital credentialing, elearning technologies, executive leadership development, technical training and consultancy.

Our success is driven by the people we work with. We pride ourselves on our ability to offer an equal opportunity to all our staff and we value diversity within our inclusive culture. We recognise that a diverse workforce is the only way we will achieve our ambitious business goals, so we work hard to be flexible to accommodate everyone.

What we offer

We offer the opportunity to work in an innovative, engaging and market-leading organisation with opportunities to develop your existing skills and explore new ones.

You’ll receive an excellent benefits package which typically includes a great base salary, 25 days holiday plus bank holidays, pension, private healthcare, volunteering opportunities and much more. 

We welcome a discussion about how this role could work flexibly for you. For example work pattern, hours or location.

Next steps and how to apply

If you think this is the role and organisation for you then we would love to hear from you.  Please submit your CV and complete our short application form using the apply button.

We shortlist for our vacancies on an ongoing basis, and we may close a vacancy earlier than the advertised date. Please can you submit your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.’