Payroll Administrator - Maternity cover - Manchester

Nursery Support
Nursery Support Centre



A Bit About Us

In June 2021, Just Childcare was acquired by the Partou group of companies, followed by their acquisition of All About Children in September 2022. The merger of both organisations will establish Partou UK as one of the largest childcare providers in the UK. Through organic growth and targeted acquisition, plans are in place to significantly grow the UK estate, making it an exciting and rewarding time to be part of the journey ahead.

We will continue to invest significantly in the quality of care we provide, optimising our early years learning experience that parents can rely on through our curriculum delivery. We are on a clear growth trajectory where continuous professionalisation and quality improvement go hand in hand with expansion, through the development of new locations, acquisitions, automation, and processes over time.

With over 1,000 global nursery branches catering for more than 75,000 children and over 11,000 highly skilled team members, the Partou group is a global leading childcare provider based in the Netherlands, with its group headquarters in Vianen. Our strong expansion ambitions are centred around organic and inorganic growth in a broader European context.

For more information on the Partou group, please visit: Partou Group.

Why This Role is Important

This role ensures the timely and accurate payment of our employees, who are the cornerstone of our organisation. It provides support to employees in understanding their pay, taxes, and pension. This role is also essential in ensuring we meet our obligations to pay the correct employment taxes on time and in line with current legislation.

What You'll Be Doing

Reporting to the Payroll Manager, you will support the end-to-end payroll process while ensuring all employees are accurately recorded in the payroll system. You will also provide advice to staff and managers on pay, taxation, and National Insurance, and assist in the administration of the company pension schemes.

Key Responsibilities

  • Arrange the payment of staff salaries through the computerised payroll system.
  • Administer the Statutory Sick Pay (SSP), Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) and Statutory Paternity Pay schemes.
  • Process starters and leavers on a timely basis.
  • Provide advice to staff and managers in relation to pay, taxation, and National Insurance.
  • Oversee and improve the process for reconciling grant claims made to the LAs against systems data.
  • Assist in the administration of the company pension schemes.
  • Complete any information requests received from HMRC.
  • Maintain employee confidence and protect payroll operations by keeping information confidential.

How You'll Succeed

Success in this role means ensuring accurate payments to employees with correct and appropriate deductions, achieving full compliance with HMRC regulations, and avoiding any penalties or interest. Swift resolution of payroll queries from employees and managers is also a key measure of success.

What It Takes

To excel in this role, you will need strong numeracy and IT skills, along with a CIPP qualification or a willingness to work towards one. You should have at least one year's payroll experience, ideally in running multiple payrolls, and experience of working in a head office environment for a multi-site company. A thorough knowledge and understanding of payroll, including statutory legislation, is essential. Strong interpersonal and communication skills, excellent analytical, time management and problem-solving abilities, and a high level of accuracy and attention to detail are also required. You must be proficient in Microsoft Office, particularly Excel, and be able to plan work to achieve deadlines. Flexibility and resilience to change will help you thrive in our dynamic environment.

Join Us

Be part of a dynamic, fast-paced environment and contribute to our growth and success. Apply now to make a difference in the lives of our employees and the children we care for.


This role is subject to an enhanced DBS check  

We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community


Partou is proud be a part of the National Partnership in Early Learning and Childcare (NPELC) - a group of 10 of the largest childcare providers across England. Together, we operate over 1,300 childcare settings, employ more than 38,000 people, and take care of over 160,000 children.



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