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Payroll Manager



Accounting & Finance
London, UK
Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2024

Cognism is a market leader in international sales intelligence. Access to our premium data, has helped a wide variety of global revenue teams change their approach to prospecting, resulting in predictable and prosperous outcomes.

Following multiple successful funding rounds and the acquisition of Mailtastic (2020), an email signature solution provider, and Kaspr (2022), a Paris-based sales prospecting tool, there has never been a more exciting time to join us.

As we grow, one of our main objectives is to continue hiring individuals, who are both a professional and cultural fit for our Company. Our values are at the core of everything we do!

Our people;

  • Are Nice!
  • Are Collaborative. We’re in this together!
  • Are Solution-Focused. For every problem, we’ve got a solution!
  • Are Understanding.
  • Celebrate Individual Contributors.

We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive global workplace, which encourages you to achieve any goals you may have, while having fun along the way!

About the role

This role is the primary person responsible for Cognism payroll which includes working with our external payroll and benefit providers. You will initially manage payroll for 3 countries (US, UK and Canada) but also drive change and oversee payroll in 4 additional countries.

The ideal candidate is a strong people leader, a self-starter, a problem solver, and is comfortable challenging the status quo to improve and scale the function. This individual should be experienced in overseeing the end-to-end payroll process, driving process optimization/automation, managing external audits. You should also have experience partnering with multiple stakeholders and business partners to drive cross-functional initiatives while ensuring strong governance and compliance.

This is a hybrid role, the successful candidate must be willing to attend the London office as requested.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead the implementation of payroll with a new global provider
  • Responsible for monthly payroll process in the US, UK and Canada
  • Drive, review, and audit work performed by payroll provider, including auditing payroll data, ensuring accurate wages, tax withholdings, deductions, and garnishments
  • Manage third-party vendors and the preparation, analysis, and maintenance of all payroll-related reports, including governmental and regulatory filings, and payroll and benefit reconciliations
  • Reconciliation of payroll and benefits to the general ledger.
  • Monthly UK pension scheme uploads and processing
  • Answer payroll queries from employees
  • Identify, investigate, and resolve discrepancies in payroll records
  • Prepare and provide relevant data for external audits
  • Support special projects, including process documentation and improvements, system updates, integrations, upgrades, or implementations.
  • Maintain strong, collaborative relationships with all key internal stakeholders including HR, Finance and IT, ensuring clear roles and responsibilities between the teams


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Finance / Accounting, or a related discipline CIPP (Charted Institute of Payroll Professionals) qualification preferred
  • The ideal candidate has 8+ years of experience in payroll operations
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, highly organised with an exceptional attention to detail
  • Strong knowledge of international payroll regulations, including payroll tax, reporting, and required filings
  • Strong organizational, change management, and execution skills, along with the ability to prioritize and drive multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Highly developed communication and interpersonal skills
  • Eagerness to learn and willingness to take on new challenges
  • Experience with process improvement and redesign
  • Attention to detail and quality of work

We look forward to hearing from you!