Payroll Administrator - 6 months FTC


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Why choose us? 

Choosing to work for SMS means choosing to make a difference. We are changing how businesses and consumers use energy for the better, helping achieve a greener, sustainable, and more affordable energy system for everyone. Through our range of innovative energy solutions, we are delivering the future of smart energy – working closely with private and public sector partners we are playing a critical role in transforming and decarbonising the UK economy by 2050.  


What's in it for you? 

  • 25 personal holiday days per year (with additional 8 public holidays) increasing to 30 personal days after 5 years of service (includes options to buy and sell).
  • Hybrid working options. 
  • Enhanced Maternity leave. Paternity and Adoption leave. 
  • 24/7 free and confidential employee assistance service. 
  • Medicash health plan offers a wide variety of benefits from cashback on everyday healthcare treatments like optical, dental and physio treatments. Discounted gym memberships and free 24/7 online GP. 
  • Access to our Share Incentive Plan which allows you to become a shareholder in a tax-efficient way and benefit from the success of the company.
  • Life Insurance (4 x annual salary).
  • Pension matching scheme (up to 5% of salary).
  • Developing our people is important to us - we support and encourage development by offering internal and external accredited courses, secondments and study support. 



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What's the role?

The Payroll Administrator will work as part of an overall team to ensure that all SMS employees are paid accurately and on time. You will be working closely with all SMS employees to administer weekly timesheet, ensuring they are processed accurately and collated ready for approval by the operations manager ready for the processing of the monthly payroll. You will also support and advise employees on any queries that they may have, as well as any other duties as required.

Work pattern - Monday to Friday between the hours of 8am-4.30pm


Key Responsibilities:

  • Working within a busy payroll function you will be responsible for an allocation of weekly timesheets, ensuring that the data is sent in timely manner by engineers/office staff.  
  • Ensuring these timesheets marry up to trackers/doors and receiving all the necessary approvals, whilst meeting deadlines each month to supply the additional payments to the finance teams for their account accruals.
  • Collating payments such as overtime, on call, agreed extra’s, holiday top up payments onto standard templates ready for the payroll processing.
  • Transferring the ad hoc data onto the standard payroll spreadsheet each month and ensuring this is double checked.
  • Assist and support in the processing of New Starters, Leavers, pay changes, plus any other variable data; ensuring data is double checked – as requested.
  • Assist and support your line manager and payroll team to ensure completion of all tasks to achieve team targets.
  • Dealing with ‘Pre-Check’ pay slip queries to ensure the live payroll is accurate.
  • To work as part of a team, working to tight deadlines to pay our employees accurately and on time.
  • Have good communication skills to answer employee queries and offer assistance where necessary.
  • General administration duties and any other tasks requested.


To be considered for this role, we would love you to have:

  • GCSE's in English and Mathematics (or equivalent).
  • A payroll qualification (or working towards/willing to engage in further training).
  • Previous experience of working in an office environment.
  • Proficient experience in Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to interact with both internal and external stakeholders.
  • The ability to work on your own, or as part of a team to achieve targets.
  • The ability to be adaptable and responsive to change.
  • The ability to confidently manage your own workload.



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