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Payroll Executive

  • Job reference: PE0201
  • Location: Preston
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Job description: Arch Finance Ltd are currently looking for an experienced Payroll Executive to assist with the day-to-day running of our PAYE contractor payroll service. You will join the existing Payroll Executive at our Preston City Centre office where you will play a critical role in the smooth running of this payroll.

You will be responsible for the accurate and timely provision of a weekly PAYE payroll, liaising with numerous internal and external stakeholders as part of the process and helping resolve queries and disputes in a professional/timely manner.

This is an exciting opportunity as this role is as part of an expansion to our current successful contractor payroll service. You will be able to demonstrate experience in running a PAYE payroll, where knowledge of Tax, NI, RTI, SMP, SSP and auto-enrolment will be a minimum requirement. Previous experience of working with Merit Payroll software is desirable, but not essential as full training will be provided. 

A positive attitude, strong interpersonal skills plus multi-tasking ability and a keen eye for detail will all be essential if you want to develop your skills and expertise as part of this busy team.

If you feel you have what it takes we would love to hear from you.

Key Role and Responsibilities

• Data entry, manage online timesheets and run import routines from various portals
• Build and maintain positive relationships with internal and external stakeholders to facilitate a smooth running of the weekly payroll
• Dealing with, escalating and managing queries raised by internal/external stakeholders
• Daily/weekly reporting to internal staff/senior management
• Relevant HMRC reporting
• POC and ‘go to’ person for all PAYE contractor payroll related queries
• Work towards/achieve team related targets
• Prioritise daily tasks to achieve targets/meet deadlines
• Flag to management any issues that may put the business reputation at risk or incur costs
• Cross training of your duties in the event of emergency cover
• Escalation of issues to the relevant teams within agreed SLA’s
• As a rapidly growing business in both size and turnover, our Payroll Executive is vital to our continued success

Essential skills

• Minimum 1 years’ experience in processing PAYE payroll
• Knowledge of latest payroll legislation
• Passionate, hardworking and reliable
• Highly organised and able to work using own initiative
• Minimum 5 GCSE’s at level C or above to include Maths
• Confident with Microsoft Excel • Strong communication skills
• Good interpersonal skills
• Confidence and the ability to explain/break down situations regarding pay/charge so it can be easily digested
• Excellent attention to detail
• Organisational skills
• Ability to multi task
• Excellent customer service skills

Desirable Skills

• Recruitment Agency/Contractor/Umbrella payroll experience
• Experience of Merit Payroll Software or similar
• Experience of Sage Software or similar
• Confident with MS Office software
• Adept at problem solving
• Experience in developing and maintaining back-end systems

About you

• Be able to provide fantastic customer service
• You’ll be an adept problem solver
• You’ll be highly organised individual
• The ability to prioritise, work to deadlines and manage time efficiently
• Innovate new ideas/ways of working which not only impact you but others too to create maximum efficiency across the team and business
• You’ll have the ability to deal with complex queries professionally and effectively
• Excellent attention to detail and the ability to use your initiative and follow logic
• You’ll have the ability to work successfully in a busy process-driven environment which is constantly open to innovation
• Be confident and energetic with a strong work ethic


• Excellent training and career progression
• Quarterly and Annual Awards Ceremonies
• Annual Bonus • Regular free lunches
• 29 days annual leave inclusive of Bank Holidays (increasing by 1 day each year of service up to 34 days)
• Monthly entertainment budget for team and office incentives such as team nights out, day at the races etc.