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Payroll Manager

Requisition ID: 58193

Domain: Support Services/Finance

Contract type: Hidden (29021)

Schedule: Full-Time

Equans is looking for a Payroll Manager to join our team in Newcastle Upon Tyne on a 12 month FTC basis. This is a full time role working 37.5 hours per week. On offer is a competitive salary, bonus and benefits package.

The role holder will be accountable for the delivery of effective Payroll and Benefit services by driving continuous improvement initiatives, through innovation and best practice to deliver quality, compliant procedures.

The role will be responsible for leading a team of 10, supporting the Equans UK Business Unit key stakeholders to deliver strategic and operational people initiatives that maximise the performance of the Business.

What will you deliver?

  • Support the delivery of the UK Business Unit strategy and vision
  • Responsible for the delivery of a great employee experience through Payroll services to agreed SLA’s & KPI’s relating Payroll legislation and internal policies.
  • Create a culture that promotes high levels of employee and customer engagement through inspiring leadership and customer focus.
  • Identify and drive team development to ensure future fit skills and team engagement.
  • Identify opportunities for process improvement liaising productively with SAP Service Delivery team to assess, prioritise and deliver ongoing system improvements driven by legislation and efficiency levers.
  • Responsibility to deliver Payroll agreed budget, whilst supporting cost reductions across the UK Shared Services overall budget.
  • Ensure adequate process controls and segregation of duties are in place, satisfying all Internal and External audit standards applicable to Equans
  • Authorise BACS payments to employee’s and third parties in line with agreed timetable.
  • Ensure all process documentation/operating procedures are up to date.
  • Provide expert guidance on payroll processes, legislation, and compliance requirements.
  • Coordinate all payroll and pension year end activities.
  • Handle escalations through to resolution.
  • Support contract mobilisations and demobilisations to ensure effective, accurate timely transition.

What can we offer you?

On offer is a competitive salary, bonus and benefits package, which includes;

  • 25 days annual leave (+ public holidays)
  • Life Cover equivalent to 2x times annual salary
  • Employee discount shopping schemes on major brands and retailers
  • Gym membership discounts 
  • Cycle to work scheme 
  • Holiday purchase scheme
  • 2 corporate social responsibility days per year
  • Broad range of learning opportunities, such as professional qualifications, collective/individual training, and personalized support programmes
  • Attractive Employee Referral Rewards Scheme
  • Access to our growing employee networks including AccessAbility (representing those with physical and mental disabilities), Encompass (representing the LGBTQ+ community), RISE (representing people from ethnic backgrounds), WOMEN TOGETHER (representing women in Equans), Working Parents, and Young Professionals.
  • 24/7 Employee Assistance Program and access to mental wellbeing app

Who are we looking for?

  • Strong leadership skills 
  • Able to work in a demanding multi faceted environment 
  • Excellent change and project management.
  • Understanding of current Payroll legislation.
  • Process improvement methodologies such as Lean and Six Sigma
  • The ability to influence and build effective relationships at all levels.
  • Effective and agile approach to budget management
  • The ability to utilise data insights to identify and drive strategic goals.
  • Advanced knowledge and experience of Microsoft Office e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Knowledge of SAP/ Success Factors
  • Experience within operational and strategic payroll service delivery
  • Lean experience at White Belt level as a minimum
  • Payroll implementation and systems development.
  • Budget management and activity-based costing

Who are we?

Equans is a world leader in energy services with nearly 100,000 employees working in more than 50 countries, with an annual turnover of over 17 billion euros.  

In the UK & Ireland, Equans is a provider of technical, FM, regeneration and energy services – with specialist capabilities in smart buildings, green mobility, district & embedded energy and decentralised renewables.

Equans’ 13,500 UK & Ireland employees combine these activities to help businesses, public sector organisations and government to embrace the energy transition towards net zero, and also the digital & industrial transitions that are redesigning the way we move, work and live.

Equans is a Bouygues group company.

What’s next?

If this role is of interest to you, please click below to register, apply, and track your progress! A member of our Resourcing Team will review your application and be in touch.

As part our commitment to better reflect the markets within which we operate, we encourage applications from women, ethnically diverse individuals and people with disabilities, along with all candidates who identify with protected characteristic groups under the Equality Act 2010. 

At Equans we’re committed to delivering a culture where everyone’s voice is heard and supported. We know the value a diverse workforce creates, delivering better results for our people, customers, and stakeholders. Diversity and inclusion is at the core of what we do, should you join Equans you’ll find a welcoming and open workplace where you’re supported and encouraged to be your true self at work. 

You’ll also have access to our growing employee networks including AccessAbility (representing those with physical and mental disabilities), Encompass (representing the LGBTQ+ community), RISE (representing people from ethnic backgrounds), WOMEN TOGETHER (representing women in Equans), Working Parents, and Young Professionals.


For this role, you must have evidence of the right to work in the UK. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer a re-location package with this job role.  Certain roles may require applicants to undergo a Disclosure check, as noted in the role requirements.

The Equans Resourcing Team supports this job advert. Agency involvement is not required. All related enquiries must come to the resourcing team not direct to Equans Managers.

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EQUANS is a multi-technical expert that offers a comprehensive range of services across facilities management, energy management and construction.

As an international market leader, we help our customers in the 3 major transitions of today: the energy transition, the industrial transition and the digital transition.