Global Payroll Manager

Job Description

About the Role:
A leader in the FMCG and merchandising space based in Johannesburg is looking for a Global Payroll Manager with a minimum of 8-10 years’ experience in the management of various remuneration related practices, of which 5 years should be in a managerial position.  The incumbent will be responsible to develop and maintain a Global Payroll Strategy for the company as to contribute to the effectiveness, efficiency and financial health of the business. 
Reporting Structure
Reports to: Group Finance Operations Executive
Direct Reports: Payroll Manager: Africa; Quality Managers
Minimum Requirements
8-10 years’ experience in the management of various remuneration related practices, of which 5 years should be in a managerial position
Diploma/Degree at NQF level 7/ management training and/or experience, Payroll Diploma
Job Summary:
To develop and maintain a Global Payroll Strategy for the company to contribute to the effectiveness, efficiency and financial health of the business. This includes the development of streamlined and leading processes, automated systems, data intelligence and analysis as well insights-based reporting. Further, to devise policies and procedures for the company to ensure alignment to global payroll practices and legislation
Job Description:
Development of a Global Payroll Strategy
Develop, communicate and implement a Global Payroll Strategy for the company that supports the overall strategy and financial health of the business
Design short-term and long-term strategies for continuous improvement in payroll operations 
Create functional strategies and specific objectives linked to payroll on a global level
Develop budgets, policies and procedures to support the functional infrastructure 
Partner with Finance representatives and business leaders throughout the organisation to provide action-orientated solutions that will drive effectiveness and sustainability
Act as a subject matter expert and thought leader on all aspects of payroll and benefits
Oversight of the Payroll Capability
Establish and maintain global functional payroll systems, ensuring adherence thereto 
Set guidelines for all procedures relative to global compensation practices
Streamline and document payroll and benefits procedures
Oversee data entry of payroll information, including employee changes
Design and implement processes to ensure that accurate employee data is captured and aligned to legislative requirements
Partner with Human Resources to ensure the smooth transfer of employee data and compliance with policies and procedures
Audit payroll transactions to ensure all amounts and payment dates are accurate
Approve one-time or permanent changes in payroll, including salary increases, tax deduction, bonuses and expense reimbursements
Coordinate external audits and ensure compliance in relation thereto
Oversight of the Employee Service Centre
Establish and maintain an Employee Service Centre aligned to best practice
Set policies and guidelines for all procedures relative to the Employee Service Centre
Develop and drive processes that enhance business efficiencies
Oversee the management of systems and the integration thereof
Development of Global Internal Controls
Develop and implement internal controls on a global level to ensure efficiency and excellence relative to payroll and benefits processes and methods
Develop and generate standardised reporting formats to drive efficiencies and support business processes 
Continuously evaluate, review and revise internal controls to ensure the relevance and efficiency thereof
Global Tax and Employment Legislation Compliance
Implement controls to ensure compliance with all payroll and tax laws per geography
Take responsibility for payroll related tax filings and ensure the timeous and accurate completion hereof
Set-up new accounts with various federal and state agencies as required
Work closely with tax agencies and payroll service providers to resolve tax issue
Identify gaps and/or inconsistencies between current payroll specifications and legislation and make recommendations where necessary
Stakeholder Engagement
Establish and maintain strategic business partnerships with key stakeholders internally and externally
Build and leverage off strong networks with peers and other external stakeholders to ensure innovative and relevant business impact
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with payroll providers and continuously implement process improvements to optimise payroll processes and identify payroll solutions
Work with stakeholders to identify business requirements, processes and risks relative to payroll and benefits within the respective African territory
Project Management
Manage, monitor and contribute to various project activities based on changing needs and requirements
Effectively manage escalation of project tasks to internal stakeholders and/or external third-party suppliers
Lead project review meetings to discuss team responsibilities, priorities and ensure delivery of key milestones to specific delivery deadlines
Identify, document and manage project risks, assumptions, and issues in order to understand project limitations
Manage changes to the project scope, project schedule, and project costs in order to keep the project plan accurate and updated
Provide continuous feedback to management and relevant stakeholders
Conduct audits post project implementation to determine the effectiveness thereof
Effective Leadership and People Management
Through effective inspirational and practical leadership, facilitate the creation of an accountable, full-service team who understands and strives to meet the needs of all client, customer and group objectives
Create and encourage a culture focusing on delivery of objectives 
Continually inspire, motivate and develop people to understand what is expected of them (co-create a team / organisational culture of high accountability)  
Take full responsibility for performance of all direct reports, motivating and managing them in relation to quality standards and agreed benchmarks and objectives, focusing on all aspects of sound people management:
Remuneration and Rewards
Performance Management
Career path planning
On-the-job training, coaching & mentoring
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
In-depth knowledge of payroll processes and systems
Knowledge of remuneration and benefits on a global level
Understanding of legislation pertaining to PAYE and tax, pension funds and medical aid on a global level
Understanding of labour market trends globally
Knowledge of local employment laws per geography 
Risk management
Excellent verbal and written communication
Strong report writing skills
Strong attention to detail
Strategic thinking
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