Payroll Manager job description & role information

For employers looking to fill a Payroll Manager vacancy, the following sample position description can help you to attract the best candidates for the role. By tailoring this position description according to your company's specific job requirements, you have an excellent interview tool for comparison purposes.

For job seekers looking for a Payroll Manager role, this job description details what the role may involve and what skills and experience are required to give you the best chance of securing the position.

Role outline:

The Payroll function is critical to the organisation. Typically reporting to the Financial Controller, the Payroll Manager ensures that this process runs smoothly and is completed with a high level of accuracy.

Typical job duties and responsibilities:

Payroll Managers typically supervise a team varying in size depending on the organisation.  Their job duties and responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

  • Managing a team performing end-to-end payroll processing 

  • Perform quality control audits to ensure accuracy

  • Overseeing changes to employment contracts and new employee's contracts and terminations

  • Manage the preparation of all State and Federal tax obligations including PAYG tax, Payroll tax and Superannuation Guarantee contributions

  • Advise team members of updates to awards and policies

  • Educate employees on award changes and new policies

  • Attend education sessions on payroll legislation updates

  • Review and approve all payroll payments

  • Provide advice and education to employees in relation to pay issues, award changes, new policies etc

  • Resolving payroll enquiries in a professional manner

  • Approve filing and archiving of payroll information

Skills and attributes

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in Payroll

  • Understanding of payroll compliance

  • Comprehensive knowledge of Modern Awards and other state and industry legislation

  • Knowledge of general payroll practices, procedures, operations and legislation

  • Team Management experience

  • Problem-solving skills

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Meticulous attention to detail and accuracy

  • Honesty, integrity and discretion

  • Ability to work autonomously and as part of the broader team

  • Ability to identify and solve issues

  • Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills with the ability to build rapport

  • Advanced computer software skills, Word and Excel and other accounting/payroll packages

  • Bachelor's Degree in Finance or Economics, Certificate III in Business or Certificate III in Financial Services

Salary guide:

$90 - $120k + Super


  • Shared Services Manager

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