Head of Payroll

Posted on 31 January 2022
  • Directorate BHCC: Finance & Resources
  • Salary £49765 - £54566
  • Contract Permanent
  • Closing Date This vacancy has closed


Bartholomew House, Brighton

Job Summary

  • Job reference
  • Positions available
  • Working hours
  • Closing date
    This vacancy has closed
  • Job category
    Human Resources
  • Organisation
    Brighton & Hove City Council

Job introduction

At Brighton & Hove we know that our people are our greatest asset, working together to do their best for our City. We’re appointing a Head of Payroll to work collaboratively with HR to ensure an excellent customer experience that demonstrates how we value our staff. Reporting directly to the Head of Service, you will be part of a wider team delivering transactional processes and working together to maximise the use of automation and digital to improve the customer journey and deliver best value for money. You will help to realise the benefits of being part of a wider hub by sharing skills and knowledge across the wider team and building resilience.  

About the role

The Head of Payroll role is focused on leading our payroll and pensions team and services but the primary responsibility is to be the lead payroll expert for the council. The service does include aspects of pension administration on behalf of our staff, but please note that the council is not a pension authority and the responsibilities in this role only extend to ensuring that appropriate and compliant information is passed to and from the pension authority (East Sussex County Council), including data provided via payroll systems.

As the Head of Payroll you will lead on:

  • the safe, legal and value for money operation of payroll, pensions and HR Administration
  • an ongoing programme of service development and improvement for our internal and external customers
  • and collaborate on efficient delivery of the HR systems and information service

You will enjoy working at a strategic level and will be ambitious for the service. 

For an informal discussion, please contact: 

Alison McManamon - Assistant Director HROD at alison.mcmanamon@brighton-hove.gov.uk

  • Shortlisting is planned to take place w/c 14th February
  • Dates for Virtual interviews to be confirmed (TBC) and will be confirmed to shortlisted applicants in due course   


As part of your application, you will need to upload your CV and answer some shortlisting questions. Your answers to the shortlisting questions are the most important part of your application as they will be used in the shortlisting process to assess whether you meet the essential requirements for the role that are set out in the person specification and to decide whether you should be offered an interview. Before you start your application, please read our guidance here (CV guidance (brighton-hove.gov.uk) and Shortlisting questions guidance (brighton-hove.gov.uk)) as this gives important advice which will increase your chance of success in the shortlisting process.


Additional information

Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is less than 37 hours or term-time only.

Work Permits: We may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Points-based Immigration System. Please see Gov.uk for more information on the Skilled Worker Visa.

For more information about our values and the benefits of working at the council, visit Why work for us (brighton-hove.gov.uk)

Company information

Encouraging a diverse workforce

Our city is known and loved for its diversity. Not only is the mixture of people, culture and skills vital to the economic and social development of the city, it's what makes Brighton & Hove such a great place to live, work and visit. We are committed to developing and retaining a workforce that is representative of the diverse communities we serve so we welcome applications from individuals from all backgrounds. In order to achieve our aims of proportionate representation, we particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as disabled, male or trans.

Find out more about our commitment to being a fair and inclusive place to work where everyone can achieve their potential by reading about our fair and inclusive actions, our anti-racism strategy and the work we are doing to encourage a diverse workforce (brighton-hove.gov.uk).


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