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Payroll Manager, EMEA

  • Job
    Mid-level (3-4 years)
  • Accounting & Tax
    People, HR & Administration
  • London

AI generated summary

  • You must have a payroll management qualification and experience leading regional payroll teams for multi-national employers. Strong knowledge of EMEA payroll practices, regulations, and taxes required. Ability to drive change, handle confidential info, and develop policies.
  • You will oversee EMEA payroll operations, ensure compliance, resolve queries, manage relationships with vendors and internal partners, and support strategic initiatives for The Walt Disney Company.


  • Payroll management qualification
  • Ideally leading a regional payroll team for a large multi-national employer
  • Strong knowledge of payroll practices, regulations and taxes across a broad spectrum of countries within EMEA
  • Ability to work independently, act with discretion, and appropriately handle confidential information
  • Demonstrate interest and knowledge of information systems
  • Ability to drive groundbreaking change and lead change management
  • Reviewing and developing payroll procedures and policies
  • Experience handling expenses and benefits and their relevant tax treatments


  • Support EMEA Payrolls – for countries outside the UK – from a centralised Time & Payroll (T&P) HUB
  • Ensure Payroll Processing performed by the regional payroll vendor meets or exceeds the established Payroll SLA, controls and compliance standards
  • Manage and develop direct reports to support payroll operations and succession planning
  • Act as main point of contact for all EMEA payroll service issues in assigned countries /and support timely resolution efforts through vendor
  • Ensure employees receive accurate remuneration on the published pay dates, thereby ensuring that the Company meets its contractual obligations
  • Coordinate and carefully handle relationships between third party payroll providers and Disney internal partners to ensure timely and accurate payroll process
  • Approve monthly, quarterly, annual and other periodicity reports to the management of the Company, local authorities and other recipients
  • Resolve all assigned payroll related queries from employees and legal entity business partners in a professional and timely manner, advancing further as necessary
  • Resolve legal entity concerns about the payroll process provided by the payroll provider
  • Coordinate required payments to third parties and ensure statutory deadlines are met
  • Support and provide appropriate cover for other peer Managers within the EMEA organisation
  • Coordinate and ensure payroll compliance in accordance with Audit SOX controls and procedures
  • Maintain relationships with internal business partners to ensure smooth and collaborative day to day business
  • Troubleshoot SAP technical issues at a high level (e.g., GL posting discrepancies, etc.); propose enhancements as appropriate to address improvement and efficiency opportunities
  • Operational Lead:
  • Lead all aspects of Stock Options/RSU and LTIC payments for local and country transfers
  • Support defining local technical and functional requirements as required
  • Facilitate payroll involvement with global and local initiatives when appropriate
  • Provide strategic support for ongoing operations
  • Support resolution for supplier service failures
  • Share standard methodologies/processes/systems across countries
  • Implementation Lead (Wider EMEA Specific):
  • Act as the primary vendor contact to support payroll governance
  • Establish a regional strategy for standard process supplier governance methodology
  • Implement standardised procedural and legal frameworks across EMEA region
  • Identify and manage appropriate relationships with key internal and external business partners and authorities/bodies for the benefit of the business
  • Provide advice and direction regarding payroll process, compliance, and standard methodology/processes
  • Facilitate collaboration between local payroll teams and other global functional teams to implement new programs/initiatives, resolve issues, share solutions


What is the scope of responsibilities for the Payroll Manager, EMEA position?

The Payroll Manager, EMEA will be responsible for managing the payroll for 12-14 countries outside of the UK across various business lines within The Walt Disney Company, as well as overseeing a team of 5-6 Analysts on the EMEA Time and Payroll team.

How many countries will the Payroll Manager, EMEA be in charge of outside of the UK?

The Payroll Manager, EMEA will oversee payroll operations for 12-14 countries outside of the UK.

What is the team structure for the EMEA Time and Payroll team that the Payroll Manager will manage?

The Payroll Manager, EMEA will lead a team of 5-6 Analysts on the EMEA Time and Payroll team.

What is the level of interaction with business partners that the Payroll Manager, EMEA will have?

The Payroll Manager, EMEA will be responsible for managing diverse business partners across the various lines of business within The Walt Disney Company.

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