Payroll Manager Job Description

In Short : To manage, direct, control and process the company’s payroll and all other payroll related duties

Key responsibilities/accountabilities:

  • Coordination and management of entire payroll function.
  • Manage and supervise direct reports within the Payroll Team.
  • Assist with administering payrolls (month end consolidation and processing support as required).
  • Checking and auditing of all payrolls, ensuring legislative & award compliance (tax compliance, superannuation etc).
  • Reporting – Supporting Internal reporting requirements eg. Annual leave & Intercompany reports etc.
  • Projects as required ie. continual improvement and standardization of payroll operations and systems.
  • Manage Company Benefit programs eg Novated Lease, Superannuation, Medical if applicable.


Possible additional responsibilities/accountabilities:

  • Calculation and payment of termination payments (resignation/retirement/redundancy).
  • Payment and reconciliation of bonus payments.
  • Calculation, payment and reconciliation of payroll tax and group tax.
  • Administration, calculation, payment and reconciliation of all superannuation contributions.
  • Liaison with management and staff regarding all pay enquiries.
  • Preparation and reconciliation of monthly General Ledger wages journals.
  • Preparation and reconciliation of payment summaries.
  • Develop and update payroll reference manual for managers.
  • Perform system upgrades.
  • Ensure prompt maintenance of staff records at all times including archiving and filing.
  • Preparation of ad hoc reports as required.
  • Liaise with HR re staff appointments, terminations, remuneration, conditions of service and other relevant matters.
  • Workers compensation co-ordination i.e. process, monitor and file all claims and prepare payments.


Competencies required (knowledge, skills and abilities):

  • Comprehensive and working knowledge of payroll systems.
  • Demonstrated payroll management experience.
  • Demonstrated team leadership ability.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to create, review and supply policies and procedures.
  • Legislative and award compliance – ability to interpret relevant awards and legislation.
  • Business process improvement experience.
  • Problem solving.
  • Analytical skills.
  • Numeracy skills – reconciliations and statistics.
  • Customer Service focus.
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills.
  • Project Management.