• Global Payroll Director

    Location UK-London | UK-Manchester | UK-Winnersh | UK-Newcastle upon Tyne | IE-Dublin
    Job ID
    Human Resources/Legal
    Position Type
  • Overview

    Sage is currently transforming how it does payroll.


    The successful applicant will define, develop the roadmap and drive Sage group wide Payroll strategy.  They will leverage our own business cloud products, overseeing the transition from fragmented payroll provision to unified payroll provision; assure and embed standard payroll processes and controls across all Sage payroll teams.


    • Define Sage group wide Payroll strategy in line with Sage business cloud product roadmap, ensuring we showcase our products whilst providing robust and reliable payroll for Sage colleagues
    • Develop business case and roadmap to deliver the Payroll strategy, including phased deployment, integration with Sage People, decommissioning plan, timeline etc
    • Deliver the transition from our current fragmented payroll system landscape to a unified solution, in line with the plan, ensuring effective integrations with Sage People
    • Deploy, embed and continually improve standard payroll processes with embedded effective controls in line with Sage Excellence in Controls programme to ensure effective and efficient delivery, providing 2nd line of defence
    • Accountable for delivery of all payrolls within their remit, using standard processes, effective controls, meeting on time and on quality KPIs, and ensuring excellent customer experience, including timely response to queries raised
    • Ensure all internal employment tax procedures, including year end activities, are adhered to in line with current tax policy and local legislation and law, working closely with Sage employment taxes team
    • Manage team of payroll team leaders, including their career development, through 1-2-1’s and personal development discussions to be operationally awesome


    • Leadership skills
    • Proven international payroll experience
    • Previous team management experience including leading a team of people and delivery across geographies through coaching and task management.
    • Strong knowledge of international legislation and law relating to payroll and tax; audit and compliance requirements
    • Excellent payroll software solution knowledge
    • Proven experience of delivering high level customer service

    Company Information

    Our Story

    Sage is the market leader for integrated accounting, payroll and payment systems, supporting the ambition of the world’s entrepreneurs.


    Like many of the businesses we serve, Sage began as a small business and has grown beyond what seemed imaginable. Today over 13000 colleagues now support millions of entrepreneurs across 23 countries as they power the global economy.

    It is these entrepreneurs who are the drivers of prosperity and it’s our privilege and honour to serve them. We take real pride from how many of our customers have flourished and, that our products have grown with them as they moved from start-up to successful, international businesses.

    In a world where only the voices of the biggest are heard, we will always fight to hear the voice of the entrepreneur.


    An innovator today and tomorrow     

    Our smart people use the smartest technology to reinvent and simplify business accounting - working with a thriving community of entrepreneurs, business owners, tradespeople, accountants, partners and developers. 

    We enable our customers to focus on their business and help them to leapfrog to the future.


    Inventing the future 

    We are changing the way that millions of businesses track the movement of money through their business. We are also changing the way we do business. And as a FTSE 100 business we believe in a socially-responsible world and we are active in supporting our local communities and invest in making a real difference through the philanthropy of the Sage Foundation. Our Sage Foundation is based on the 2+2+2 model - 2% of free cash flow, 2% of colleagues' time and up to 2 free products each year to charitable organizations. Colleagues are empowered to give to the causes that matter to them.

    Our customers make life-sacrifices. They take risks to follow their dreams and pursue their passions and, on this, global prosperity is built. They deserve a bigger voice and we will always work hard to champion this noble cause.


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