Payroll & HR Manager - Leeds


Leeds, GB


Are you a CIPP qualified Payroll manager who has experience with managing a high performing team and leading transformational change?


How will you make an impact?


You will have Responsibility for all Payroll, HR Administration (including benefits administration) & HR Master Data, activities including governance & compliance, leadership & day-to-day management of the UK Team.

Alignment and implementation of global & local standards and legislation relating to Payroll, HR & HR Master Data Administration. Member of UK HR Operations Leadership Team.


What will the role look like?


  • Providing strategic and operational leadership for Payroll, HR Administration, Master Data and delivering operational excellence across the employee life cycle Arla Foods UK.
  • Ensuring compliance with statutory legislation and regulations, internal control standards and group compliance policy.
  • Leading and developing the Team, ensuring the optimal composition, competence and motivation of the team, setting priorities for the Team, managing day- to- day and long term objectives and pro-jects, monitoring work undertaken by the Team, providing coaching as needed to develop team members, and ensuring work is completed to the required quality standards within agreed timeframe.
  • Working with Payroll process lead to identify & deliver collaborative continuous improvements in systems & processes in order to positively affect both our Voice of Customer & Operational efficiencies.
  • Ensure self & team undertake continuous professional development in relation to any regulation or legislation changes which impact on Payroll, HR Administration, Benefits and Master Data.
  • Initiating and implementing improvements in ways of working within own area of responsibility.
  • Acting as an expert in the field, assist in any complex queries and escalations.
  • Being responsible for establishing and maintaining good relationship with all stakeholders in Arla (specifically but not limited to HR Operations, HR Business Partners & Site Administrators)  and third party suppliers (specifically but not limited to Gavdi).
  • Being responsible for keeping process documentation up to date. Ensuring all local process are documented and maintained.
  • Developing and implementing the local payroll strategy and ensuring it’s aligned with global standards and local regulations.


What do you need to succeed?


  • Payroll (Excellent knowledge of UK regulations, payroll processing & employment tax including global mobility). 
  • Excellent understanding of UK Payroll Legislation
  • Masterdata Management (Good knowledge of Masterdata management) 
  • HR Admin (Excellent knowledge of delivering HR admin support and how to create a link between a local admin service and a global shared service center) 


What do we offer?


  • Competitive salary (salary discussed at application stage)
  • 26 days holiday & Bank Holidays
  • Bupa Healthcare
  • Bonus Scheme – up to 20%
  • Hybrid & Flexible working
  • Pension contribution matched up to 6%
  • 4 x annual salary life assurance
  • Free to use onsite Gym
  • Access to discounted products in our Staff Shop
  • People agenda commitment to training and development (internal & external)
  • Flexible Benefits- buy up to 5 days annual leave, reward gateway scheme- discounts with various retailers via my benefit platform.
  • Most importantly - Cheese hamper at Christmas


Please note we are not partnered with any recruitment agencies for this role. We kindly ask that recruitment agencies do not submit CVs on behalf of candidates for this role, as these CVs will not be considered under the agency ownership and if Arla does progress with any such candidate, this will not amount to acceptance of the agency's terms. We encourage interested individuals to apply directly through our official channels.


For more information please reach out to the Talent Partner Oliver Hickson-Burr –


We have a purpose for Good

At Arla, we strive to unlock the highest potential in each other while working together to create a sustainable future of dairy. We call it Stronger People Stronger Planet and it is deeply anchored in our organisation and founded on our commitment to respecting human rights, increasing access to healthy dairy nutrition, inspiring good food habits, and improving the environment for future generations. In order to succeed we need to hire people with a sustainable mindset. Could this be you?


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