Post Title: Payroll Officer

SBU/Department: Finance

FTE: 1 fte (working 37 hours per week)

Duration of Contract: 12 month Fixed Term Contract (ending 31 March 2025)

Salary: UH5 £27,181pa with potential to progress to £30,487pa by annual increments on achieving designated skills and experience

Annual Leave: 25 days plus standard public holidays and an additional 4 days including the closure of our office between Christmas and New Year

Location: MacLaurin Building, Hatfield

The Finance Department is looking to appoint a Payroll Officer to join the Payroll, Pension and Expenses Team for 12 months to support the increased workload arising due to some team members being seconded to project activities relating to the implementation of a new HR/Payroll system.

Main duties and responsibilities

The Payroll Officer must take a lead role in delivering the timely and accurate payroll processing duties for the weekly pay groups within the University of Hertfordshire Group, and to build and maintain excellent relationships with internal customers and other stakeholders connected to the weekly paid pay groups to ensure best standards of service.

The Payroll Officer will also participate in the payroll duties for the various monthly paid pay groups within the University of Hertfordshire and provide an efficient and effective payroll service ensuring compliance with statutory and legal requirements, generating and transmitting RTI FPS files to HMRC on a weekly basis.

Manual calculations of Statutory and Occupational Maternity and KIT Day payments, Statutory and Occupational Sick Pay and entitlements are a required as part of this post, along with the monitoring of long-term sickness absence and liaison with the relevant HR teams when sick pay (Occupational or Statutory Sick Pay) is approaching its end.

Skills and experience required

The successful candidate will require experience of working within a team and have experience of working to deadlines in a methodical and timely manner. The candidate must have the ability to priorities workload and tasks allocated to them. You will need to demonstrate experience and understanding of working within a Payroll/HR environment, with an emphasis on procedure compliance and HMRC regulations.

We have numerous pay groups being processed during each monthly payroll cycle, being able to plan workloads effectively and work within strict deadlines are a necessity. You will need to demonstrate good attention to detail and ability manage conflicting priorities, and due to the sensitive nature of the data being handled, you need to be able to maintain a high degree of confidentiality.

The HR System currently in use is provided by The Access Group, experience of using the current HR System (Payroll modules or HR modules) would be an advantage.

Qualifications required

Minimum of A-levels or equivalent, or proven experience is required, as well as CIPP payroll technician certificate or proven equivalent experience.

Please view the job description and person specification for a full list of the duties and essential criteria. Please attach a personal statement showing clearly how your skills and experience match the Person Specification.

We regret that we are unable to offer UKVI sponsorship for this post; applicants will either hold UK Right to Work, or demonstrate access to UK Right to Work, before an offer is made.

Contact Details/Informal Enquiries: Hayley Young, Head of Pay & Pensions [email protected]

Closing Date : 19 February 2024

Interview Date: TBC

Reference Number: 057516

Date advert placed: 05 February 2024

Our vision is to transform lives: UH is committed to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and building a diverse community. We welcome applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of their protected characteristics, and recognise there are different ways applicants may achieve the criteria in this document. We offer a range of employee benefits including generous annual leave, flexible location opportunities within the UK, discounted Sports Village memberships and free Active Staff sessions, personal and professional development and family-friendly policies. #GoHerts

Job details


Payroll Officer


University of Hertfordshire


United Kingdom


February 06, 2024

Application deadline

February 19, 2024

Job type



Business and Economics

About the employer

Formerly recognized as Hatfield Technical College, University of Hertfordshire is a public university which was established in the year 1952. This university primarily developed its roots in aeronautical engineering. In the year 1961, it was given the status of a regional college by the Ministry of Education. The British Government granted this college the university status in the year 1992. The university has multiple research centres in various fields including health and human sciences, arts and humanities and science and technology.

The University of Hertfordshire has two campuses, namely De Havilland and College Lane, which are spread across sprawling premises. The campuses offer on-campus accommodation to the students and are equipped with many first-class facilities such as a gym, central hub and social spaces. They also have sports facilities, including a pool and a climbing wall. De Haville Campus opened in the year 2005 and is provided with a computer centre, library and resource centre. Both the campuses are accessible by bus and trains. The university offers bus services to the students called Uno. Uno provides safe rides to the students and staff members at a discounted rate. The university has many educational spots, including a creative art gallery, biology lab, aerospace lab, simulation wards, observatory and a law building.

This university offers placement opportunities in many areas such as business, creative arts, physics, maths and law. According to the Complete University Guide 2015, it has the lowest rate of 'student relevant' crimes. The Trident Media Radio is the campus radio operated by the students. This university has a plethora of partners. Some of them are McGill University Canada, University of Okhalama and James Cook University. The university has developed many notable alumni that are doing successfully in their fields. Tony Banham is the Founder of Hong Kong War Diary Project. Helen Lederer is a famous actress and comedian. Minister of International Trade and Industry of Malaysia, Darell Leikin graduated from the University of Hertfordshire. Chris Gubbey is Auto Executive for General Motors. Upen Patel is an acclaimed film actor and a model. BBC presenter, Kate Bellingham is a renowned alumnus of this university. In addition, it has also produced many eminent sports personalities such as Ajaz Akhtar, who is a British cricketer and Noah Cato, who is a rugby union player.

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