Payroll Team Leader

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Payroll Team Leader


You will lead a team of Payroll Analysts responsible for processing payroll for employees in multiple EMEA countries.


Scope of responsibilities in payroll area for the respective pod (team):

  • Oversee the payroll cycle, manage daily workload and team task allocation, particularly critical during payroll cycle
  • Ensure that all payroll required activities are completed on time leading to a timely payroll payment – based on the payroll checklist
  • Proactive anticipation and identification of payroll cycle issues/showstoppers
  • Provide process SME support to team members to help handle payroll issues and their queries
  • Prepare monthly checklist and manage update of checklist during the payroll cycle
  • Tracking of SL/KPI shortfalls
  • Act as Point of Contact for EMEA Payroll Team for the respective pod and handle escalations in accordance with escalation matrix
  • Contribute to new project definition by providing consultative input in subject matter expertise area
  • Ensure team is trained on all process changes
  • Participate in recruitment process for the payroll team member i.e. Interview candidates Manage teams availability - holiday coverage, sickness back-up, payroll payment coverage etc.
  • Provide feedback and appraisal to the team


  • Ensure all IBM requirements compliance and audit readiness
  • Approve vacation, OT and time in lieu for the team
  • Approve timesheets for the team
  • Ensure teams time is claimed accurately and timely

What we offer you:

  • Extensive benefits package (Multisport, OK System, private medical healthcare, life insurance, cinema tickets)
  • An induction training that will allow you to smoothly transition into your new role - you will receive training from your colleagues to help you land in your job and youll also act as a trainer for assigned trainer-delivered, workshadow or recurring courses
  • Learning: the opportunity to learn and grow your expertise taking part in trainings and language courses - global communication: want to improve your language skills? We will invest in you!
  • Flexibility: employee development matters to us, thats why every vacancy is open for internal recruitment
  • Diversity: different nationalities united in one team
  • Teamwork: no one is left behind! You will back-up team members when the circumstances require extra support. We are a connected team that flows.
  • Innovation: we keep the knowledge of processes and country specific information up to date by attending recurring courses or any other training activities as well as using existing documentation. Do you have any ideas for improvements? We want to hear them!

Required Technical and Professional Expertise

  • Previous strong experience in operations (at least 2 years in an independent position, preferably payroll or finance)
  • Previous experience in operational team leading (at least 1 year)
  • Fluent English
  • High interpersonal and communication skills (ability to present complex issues or concepts in a clear and structured way, ability to influence the audience)
  • Excellent analytical skills - ability to process large amounts of data from miscellaneous sources to support well informed decision
  • Outstanding work organization, prioritisation and ability to work under high time pressure to deliver to tight deadlines
  • Ability to oversee, manage and motivate team for the achievement of defined goals
  • Ability to generate process improvement ideas
  • Ability to cope with different situations, different requirements, uncertainty and pressure of time
  • Good knowledge and practice in using MS Office, in particular MS Excel
  • Accuracy and attention to details
  • Attitude to view problems as issues to be solved rather than obstacles
  • Strong work ethic (integrity, open mind, quality of work)

Your Life @ IBM


What matters to you when you’re looking for your next career challenge?

Maybe you want to get involved in work that really changes the world? What about somewhere with incredible and diverse career and development opportunities where you can truly discover your passion? Are you looking for a culture of openness, collaboration and trust where everyone has a voice? What about all of these? If so, then IBM could be your next career challenge. Join us, not to do something better, but to attempt things you never thought possible.

Impact. Inclusion. Infinite Experiences. Do your best work ever.


Location Statement


IBM wants you to bring your whole self to work and for you, this might mean the ability to work flexibly. If you are interested in a flexible working pattern please talk to our recruitment team to find out if this is possible in the current working enviroment.


Being You @ IBM


IBM is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, pregnancy, disability, age, veteran status, or other characteristics. IBM is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.

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