How to make the jump from payroll specialist to payroll manager

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If you're enjoying a career in Payroll, you're most likely an efficient analytical thinker with a natural talent for numbers and a genuine penchant for handling data.

If you feel that you've progressed as far as you can as a payroll specialist, then becoming a Payroll Manager may be your next step, but how do you make that move?

Below we have a taken a look at how you can demonstrate that you have the skills necessary to become a Payroll Manager.

Necessary talents

Excellent communication and people management skills

Why is it relevant?

Becoming a Payroll Manager will require you to handle more responsibility and take command of a payroll team.

Your role will involve delivering training and supervision to provide your team with all the knowledge they'll need to ensure legislative compliance.

It will be your job to liaise with HR, and to address any issues with payroll that employees may experience.

How to develop/demonstrate these skills:

  • Show you have the necessary people skills by getting involved in as much training and team leading as possible in your current role
  • If your current role doesn't allow many opportunities for this, seek out opportunities to lead company initiatives or get involved in charity work

Necessary talents

Forward thinking with industry knowledge

Why is it relevant?

As Payroll Manager, you will be creating payroll policies and procedures of your own, so need best-in-class knowledge.

How to develop/demonstrate these skills:

Think of ways in which you could increase the efficiency of your current payroll process. How could you take ownership of the implementation of an improved payroll process?

Gain CIPP or IAB qualifications

Attend industry events to develop a wider knowledge of your industry and how other organisations approach payroll

Necessary talents

Organisational skills and time management

Why is it relevant?

You will have to submit reports to the accounting department, balance the accounts, as well as submitting managerial reports. Alongside that, you will have to manage your own time and prioritise tasks as and when they emerge.

How to develop/demonstrate these skills:

Think about the processes you use to manage your own time currently and how you could improve them.

Could you improve the efficiency or time management processes of your current organisation?

Portfolio Payroll can help your company find such employees – register your vacancy with us today or get in contact with our recruitment consultancy team on 020 7247 9455, and we’ll be happy to help.