Senior Payroll Officer - N/A09434
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Job Purpose

The Senior Payroll Officer is responsible for the day to day operational supervision of the payroll and benefits function for the multiple business units serviced by the SSC, to ensure that each stage of the payroll process is properly actioned, that all employees are paid correctly and timeously, that correct payments are made and appropriate information provided to all applicable statutory bodies and benefits partners, in line with compliance standards, relevant regulatios and time frames.



· 3-Year National Diploma in Payroll Administration Services


· Minimum of 5 years€™ experience in payroll including 3 years as a Payroll Officer

· Track record working with employment legislation, payroll systems and taxation

· Experience in provident fund scheme administration

Skills and Knowledge

· Problem Solving

· Clerical Administrative functions

· Plan, prioritise, co-ordinate

· Decision-making

· Training; coaching; keeping abreast of new developments in field

· Analysing / Diagnosing

· Emotional resilience

· Dealing with customers (including conflict handling skills)

· Working under pressure

· Attention to detail

· People Supervision

· Reviewing / evaluating information and data

· Written and verbal communication skills

· Proficient skills in MS Office (Advanced Excel)

· Knowledge of IFS is an advantage

· Knowledge of PAYE taxation

· Knowledge of provident fund administration

· Knowledge of medical aid administration

· Knowledge of SI benefit schemes and retention programmes

· High levels of integrity

Key Performance Areas:

· Supervise the administration of the payroll for multiple business units, including garnishments, benefits and taxes for all employees (permanent and contract)

· Ensure the processing of new hires, temporary workers, transfers, promotions and terminations onto the payroll system is accurate and timely

· Facilitate the payment of employees and third party payments via Fihrst.

· Supervise and support payroll staff with trouble-shooting payroll queries

· Review and analyse current payroll practices, benefits and tax procedures in line with recommended processes

· Balance the payroll accounts by resolving payroll discrepancies.

· Audit payroll, balance sheets, YTD earnings, etc.

· Assist in updating payroll standards and operating procedures to ensure compliance on legal requirements by studying existing and new legislation; enforcing adherence to requirements; advising management on needed actions

· Meet the Key Performance Indicators (€œKPIs€) for this role (eg: accuracy of payroll capture, meeting payroll deadlines, number of queries etc)

· Prepare reports by compiling summaries of earnings, taxes, deductions, leave, disability, and non-taxable wages

· Determine payroll liabilities by approving the calculation of employee income and taxes, unemployment, SDL and workers compensation payments

· Manage regular preparation of relevant management reports, including:

o Monthly, quarterly and year-end reports (gross payroll, hours worked, leave accrual, tax deductions, benefit deductions, etc)

o Payroll reconciliations

o Payroll provisions and accruals

o Financial Reviews

o Month-end reports



Preference will be given to employees from the designated groups in line with the provisions of the Employment Equity Act, No. 55 of 1998, SISA internal recruitment policy as well as units employment equity plans.