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CO4 Payroll Administrator

South Western Railway is committed to equal opportunities employment, and your application will be reviewed by the hiring panel with personal information removed. In order to assist this process please ensure that any attachments such as CV's or covering letter have personal details removed (this includes your name, address and email address). Any other attachments such as professional qualifications can be left unedited. Applications not following this guidance may be rejected.

Main Purpose

Responsible for managing and operating the payroll system with the greatest level of accuracy and efficiency. This is a role that deals with confidential material daily. This role will be performed to meet relevant ethical, regulatory compliance and legal standards, having due regard for the policies and processes of the organisation, as well as legislative payroll practices.

Principal Accountabilities

  • Maintains payroll information by collecting, calculating, and entering data.
  • Answering staff questions about wages, deductions, attendance, time records and also pension and Brass queries
  • Maintains payroll operations by following policies and procedures
  • Maintains employee confidence and protects payroll operations by keeping information confidential.
  • New entrant and leaver procedures to be completed to meet payroll
  • Produce weekly reports to agreed deadlines
  • Process all statutory payments and deductions, including implementation of attachment of earnings orders and ensure that all guidelines are met.
  • Undertake all integrity checks to ensure information input by the team is authorised, accurate and completed within the deadlines.
  • Providing employment references
  • Supplemental reports and ad-hoc analysis requests.
  • Any other Ad Hoc duties as requested by Senior Management.

Minimum Requirements

  • Proven experience as a payroll specialist
  • Trustworthy with attention to confidentiality
  • Outstanding organizational ability with great attention to detail
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Good knowledge of Income Tax, National Insurance, SSP and SMP.
  • Knowledge of Workbrain and PSE payroll systems is highly desirable.

Shift Pattern

Working an average of 37 hours per week.

Monday - Friday, office hours.


Please note that interviews for this position will be held on the 17th/18th August and 24th/25th August 2022.


In return we offer a competitive salary and a variety of valuable benefits including free duty and leisure travel on SWR services for employee, free standard class leisure travel for spouse/partner and dependants (criteria dependant) , 75% discount on many other train operating companies, a range of retail benefits and an excellent pension scheme.


At SWR we believe our people are our greatest asset.

Our vision is to recruit and retain the best talent from the most diverse pool of candidates across our regions.

We are committed to establishing a sense of inclusion for all and to value each person for the unique contribution they bring.

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Overline House, Southampton
Blechynden Terrace, Southampton, England, SO15 1AL
  • Ref:
  • Company:
    South Western Railway
  • Website Skillset:
    All Other Roles
  • Contract Type:
    Fixed Term - Full Time
  • Contracted Hours:
  • Location:
    Overline House, Southampton
  • If temporary, length of contract:
    1 Year
  • Salary:
    £29,114 per annum plus £451 regional allowance per annum
  • Closing Date:
    12 August 2022
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