Payroll Support

Food Standards Agency

Closing date: 24 Apr 2018

Reference number



£22,927 - £27,270


Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area

Finance and Strategic Planning - Finance & Performance Group

Type of role


Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time


37 hours

Number of posts



York, Yorkshire and the Humber

About the job

Job description

The Food Standards Agency is a non-ministerial department with a big vision – to drive change in the food system so that it delivers “food we can trust”.

We have a fantastic opportunity to join the FSA, within the Payroll team. As Payroll support your role with support the provision of a payroll service to all FSA employees and payment of FSA staff expenses, ensuring accuracy and timeliness of service.

Your responsibilities would include:

• Identifying areas for continuous improvement of payroll processes, and assist with testing and implementing these changes.

• Delivering excellent customer service and ensure customer experience is improved through innovation and continuous improvement to systems and processes.

• You will ensure that all procedures and processes are followed to maintain accuracy and delivery of best practice.

• Ensure the prompt resolution of payroll queries. Seek advice from HMRC, The Child Support agency, Paymaster, LPFA as necessary.

Want to find out more? Then please take a look at the attached job description which details the key responsibilities.

Person specification

Person Specification criteria assessed at sifting.

Applications will be sifted against the essential person specification criteria detailed below. Please ensure you keep this in mind when completing your application using the CV template and skills section:


• Recent payroll experience demonstrated in the last 5 years.
• Experience of working with senior managers using strong verbal and written communication skills to deliver key messages and to build and maintain productive working relationships.
• Can work to tight deadlines and prioritise own workload.
• Experience of identifying opportunities to change and improve business processes or systems through review and engagement with a wide range of stakeholders and thereafter working quickly and effectively with minimum supervision to translate new approaches and initiatives into effect.


• Knowledge of expenses and benefits including P11d’s, salary sacrifice
• Preparing monthly Bacs file reports and reconciliations prior to payment.
• Able to run and check Auto-Enrolment reports to ensure all new entrants have been enrolled into a pension scheme to ensure compliance.
• Keep updated on any recent and upcoming Legislation changes.
• Proficient use of Excel/Word (demonstrate ability to adapt data)
• Experience of running Real Time Information (RTI) processes (create check and process FPS Extract, for submission to HMRC)
• Civil Service pension schemes
• Ability to be able to check absence/ maternity calculation.
• Shared parental leave (demonstrate understanding of scheme rules)

Criteria assessed at Interview

Shortlisted candidates will then be invited to the interview stage. The following Civil Service Competences will be assessed:
• Setting direction - seeing the bigger picture
• Setting direction – changing and improving
• Engaging people – building capacity for all
• Engaging people – leading and communicating
• Delivering results – managing a quality service
• Delivering results – delivering value for money

For more information on our competency framework please see the attached document.



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

You application will be assessed against the outlined skills, knowledge and qualifications.

We actively review the deployment of talent on a periodic basis in the interests of optimising personal development and the achievement of business plans.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.


Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

Sift/interview dates and location

Sift is planned to take place 25/26 April 2018.
Interviews will take place in York week commencing 30 April 2018.

Further information

Candidates can claim travel costs if they attend an interview/selection stage for the vacancy.

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