For employers looking to fill a Payroll Officer 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 Officer 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.
The Payroll function is critical to the organisation. Typically reporting to the Payroll Manager (in a larger organisation) or the Financial Controller, the Payroll Officer is responsible for the smooth running of the organisation's payroll.
A Payroll Officer may be part of a team or be the sole processor of payroll. They perform a wide range of job duties and responsibilities. These may include, but are not limited to:
Complying with relevant awards and legislation
Preparation and payment of all State and Federal tax obligations including PAYG tax, Payroll tax, Superannuation Guarantee contributions
Processing new employee's contracts and terminations (from a payroll perspective)
Ensuring accurate payroll transactions and payments
Preparation and timely delivery of pay slips and annual payment summaries
Managing Superannuation Choice funds for employees
Managing leave entitlements and payments
Liaise with ATO on any issues
Assisting with month-end reporting
Answering general payroll enquiries, including advice on awards, policies etc.
Resolving payroll issues
Employee record maintenance
Working closely with HR and Finance departments
Regular filing and archiving of payroll information
Comprehensive understanding of Modern Awards for their specific industry
Knowledge of general payroll practices, procedures, operations and legislation
Meticulous attention to detail and accuracy
Ability to investigate issues and find solutions
Honesty and integrity
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Ability to work autonomously as well as part of a broader team
Bachelor's Degree in Finance or Economics, Certificate III in Business or Certificate III in Financial Services can be advantageous
Advanced computer skills including, Microsoft Word and Excel
$65 - 85K + Super
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