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Payroll Administrator

Closing date: Wednesday 15 May 2024

We are looking to recruit a Payroll Administrator to work at our office in Berwick upon Tweed.

Job Type: Full time, 37 hours per week. Permanent
We will consider full and part-time applicants/job shares for this role.

If you have good organisation skills, accuracy and attention to detail, this is an excellent pathway to develop your career.

The Role

As Payroll Administrator within our businesses, you will have the following responsibilities:

  • You will work with our team of five people using the PayCircle payroll employee platform to run client payrolls.
  • Possess a good understanding of payroll and pension processes, including familiarity with relevant legislation and compliance requirements.
  • Execute payroll and pension procedures accurately, covering tasks such as timesheet input, processing payroll cycles, managing pension amendments and handling auto enrolment.
  • Maintain up to date documentation and operating procedures for all payroll and pension related processes.
  • Liaise with clients on their needs and be able to deal with their queries.

In addition, you will receive ongoing mentoring and (If required/desired) will have the opportunity to study towards Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP), ensuring you gain both the professional and practical skills to deliver quality client support throughout your career.

The Person

If you have good team and communication skills, confidence, approachability, meticulous attention to detail, strong time management skills and are prepared to work hard, we would love to hear from you.

We would prefer someone with experience in operating within a Payroll/Pensions team in a transaction processing environment. Microsoft Office skills are essential, CIPP qualification and CIS reporting skills are both desirable. We would however consider a trainee if you can demonstrate your desire to meet the skills required.


  • Your salary and pension package will be very competitive, with an annual review
  • 32 days annual leave (includes public holidays). Increases to 35 days with long service plus a TOIL and core working flexibility policy
  • Life Cover / Death in Service equivalent to 3 times gross annual salary
  • Employee Perks schemes, (wellbeing support, discounted shopping, Reward & Recognition scheme)
  • Private Healthcare Insurance cover available should you wish to purchase this
  • Social activities
  • Learning opportunities such as professional qualifications/ external training

Who we are:

Greaves West & Ayre is a long established firm of Chartered Accountants based in Berwick-upon-Tweed and Haddington. We have grown significantly over recent years and are now 12 partners and around 130 staff.  That makes us the largest Professional Services firm between Edinburgh and Newcastle and one of the biggest employers in the area.  We offer a full range of accountancy services and have our own Wealth Management and Computer Services divisions.  Our size means that we can offer you a breadth and variety of work across a wide range of clients and industries.  This balance is more difficult to achieve in either very small or very large organisations.

There is a friendly atmosphere in our offices, many social events are organised throughout the year and we like to encourage a good work-life balance.  Our Berwick office is situated in the town centre and is a new state-of-the-art premises, which provides a pleasant working environment and equips us to meet the changing needs of our staff and clients in a progressive manner.

We value our staff and are committed to their training and development.  This is backed up by the fact that we receive long levels of service; many of our people have been with us for decades. Continuity of personnel is important to us, as it is essential in building and maintaining lasting relationships with our clients.

At GWA, we consider ourselves a family. Our reputation has been founded on traditional professional values for over 100 years. We value our team and encourage and support our employees to progress to their full potential.

Come and work with us and let us help you to achieve the lifestyle and career ambitions you are looking for. We will consider full and part-time applicants/job shares for this role.

If you feel you have the skills and experience to be successful within this role, we would love to hear from you.

To apply, please send your CV and a covering letter to:

Angela Bruce
Greaves West & Ayre
17 Walkergate, Berwick-upon-Tweed TD15 1DJ

Closing date: Wednesday 15 May 2024

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