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Payroll Manager

City:  Woking
Department:  Human Resources
Type of contract:  Permanent - Full-Time


Asahi UK (AUK), part of Asahi Europe & International Ltd, aims to enrich consumer experiences through innovation, high-quality service and an exceptional portfolio of premium beer, ale and cider brands including, Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Asahi Super Dry, Meantime, Fuller’s London Pride and Cornish Orchards. Our aim is to be the leading super premium beer business in the UK, through a brand mix that creates a compelling proposition. At AUK we operate as an end to end business unit responsible for sales, marketing, customer operations, production, supply chain and wholesale operations in the UK & Ireland. For further information, visit


Asahi Europe & International is a subsidiary of Asahi Group Holdings Ltd, a global beverage and food company listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, Japan. Employing > 12,000 people, Asahi Europe & International is the custodian for leading super premium lager brands Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Grolsch, Asahi Super Dry, plus international Czech lager brands, Pilsner Urquell and Kozel. The business has world-class brewing and production facilities in 8 markets – UK, NL, ITL, PL, CZ, SK, HU, RO. In most of these markets, we are the leading brewer with full portfolio of famous brands. Commercial operations in other parts of Europe, USA, Canada, LatAm, Africa and Asia are served through our global distribution network. With state-of-the-art facilities, some of the best brewers in the world, quality ingredients, and a culture based on innovation and collaboration, Asahi offers the best quality of beer to beer lovers worldwide. More information can be found at


Payroll Manager


Key Purpose Statement 


This role is primarily responsible for the administration of Asahi’s payroll and HR platforms which includes working with our external payroll and benefit providers. It must maintain the highest standards for auditing and compliance. You will work closely with the current Payroll Specialist and Process Improvement Manager, to take responsibility for the process and administration of the payroll and HR new starter process. 


Key Accountabilities 




  • Responsible for the end to end administration of our monthly payroll process including collating and auditing all inputs for both UK and Ireland 
  • Reconciliation of payroll, benefits and data
  • Answer payroll queries from employees
  • Adhere to payroll policies and procedures and comply with relevant law 
  • Identify, investigate, and resolve discrepancies in payroll records 
  • Complete payroll reports for record-keeping purposes or managerial review 
  • HRBP support e.g., reporting, severance calculations, projects, etc.
  • Prepare and provide relevant data for internal and external audits


Benefits Support


  • Monthly pension scheme uploads and processing
  • Support the Head of Operations on the design, communication and management of the various incentive schemes for employees. This includes short term incentives (STIs/bonus schemes), sales incentives, long term incentives (LTIs) and other share schemes
  • Supporting the annual pay review and bonus review process and reports to support the budget process and annual reward ranges
  • Managing the employee benefits schemes, including support in annual renewal, monthly administration and communication to colleagues
  • Manage vendor relationships with third parties providing services across the HR function e.g. outsource payroll company and benefit providers
  • Prepare data for benchmarking companies on an annual basis
  • Keep the Compensation module within Hops up to date and manage the calendar yearly to ensure all key dates are met


HR Scorecard


  • Responsible for the HR Scorecard ensuring all Headcount, Absence and Talent numbers are up to date and accurate
  • Track our headcount and turnover reports on a monthly basis and communicate any shifts in expected trends


Experience Required


  • Extensive Payroll experience - understanding of payroll practices, auditing and processing
  • Experience with HMRC reporting 
  • UK and International payroll experience essential
  • Solid knowledge of payroll practice and laws
  • Dayforce / Ceridian experience an advantage
  • Desire to learn
  • Self-starter, motivated to provide the highest possible level of responsiveness and performance as part of a small team
  • Excel intermediate experience required as a minimum.
  • Outstanding communication and relationship building skills
  • The ability to work effectively with people in a high-growth, fast paced environment and drive results
  • A passion for customer service with contagious enthusiasm and energy
  • Attention to detail and quality of work
  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to work as an effective team member, along with the ability to apply logical thinking and a good reasoning ability
  • Good organisational skills
  • Excellent knowledge of Excel and Microsoft Office
  • Power BI desirable
  • Experience of company benefits


What we Offer


  • Private pension
  • Medical and dental insurance
  • Life assurance
  • Annual bonus
  • Beer allowance


We are committed to nurturing a workplace where we celebrate and respect difference, and support everyone to be true to who they are! At Asahi Europe and International we believe you can SHINE AS YOU ARE - no matter your age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disabilities, religion, or beliefs.  We want to support you to be courageous in your individuality and to know that whoever you are and whatever your circumstances, you can belong with us without having to conform. 


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