Payroll manager overview

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Once you have been working in payroll for a while, likely have some qualifications and training under your belt; and may have had some experience managing a team as a payroll officer - you could become a payroll manager. As the name suggests, payroll managers manage their team of experienced payroll administrators to ensure the department is running smoothly. 

Skills and experience needed

  • Previous experience of managing or supervising a payroll team
  • Excellent current, technical payroll knowledge
  • Ability to mentor and develop a team
  • Experience of processing a manual payroll
  • Excellent systems and numerical skills
  • A technically strong payroll professional who can lead by example and impart their in-depth payroll knowledge to the team

Duties and responsibilities

  • Manage a team of experienced payroll administrators and payroll juniors
  • Ensure that all HMRC submissions are made, payroll reconciliations carried out and all legislative timescales are adhered to
  • Mentor and train the less experienced team members
  • Leading on all payroll related projects

Qualifications you may need


The CIPP offers many payroll training courses suitable for Payroll Managers, just click below to see full details of each course.

At this level, full membership* of the CIPP would be most appropriate to ensure you have the knowledge and support you need to support your team and department. 


*minimum of three years experience or level 5 payroll qualificaiton