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Position Title: Payroll Manager
Location: Otago
FTE (Hours): 1.0 FTE 40 hours
Date Posted: 24/04/2019
Application Closing Date: 17/05/2019 11PM
Job #: 057695
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Payroll Manager


  • Own our end-to-end payroll function & lead a dedicated team
  • Critical leadership role available due to retirement
  • Dunedin-based at Wakari Hospital


About Southern District Health Board

The Southern DHB has the largest regional coverage of all the New Zealand health boards – our land area is the size of Sri Lanka! We take pride in the services we deliver to our community and our aim is to improve, promote and protect the health of the over 325,000 people living in our region and they are at the heart of everything we do. Our stakeholders are at the heart of everything we do. Southern is on a journey of change, whether it be our models of care or our internal processes, we are collectively seeking ways to optimize our delivery by valuing time.


About the team

The Payroll team serve a critical function for Southern DHB by ensuring that our payroll system delivers to pay our people. We have approximately 4,800 employees and we operate two fortnightly pay runs – one for medical and management and one for mainly nursing. Our team is small and close-knit, with a strong desire to improve the payroll processes. The team are based at Wakari Hospital and work closely with the Human Resources, Finance and Information Technology teams.


About the role

Our current payroll manager is retiring in September so the opportunity now exists for an experienced Payroll Manager to join us. Ideally we would like you to start in July to ensure an adequate handover but an earlier start date could be available too.


Reporting directly to the Executive Director Finance, Procurement & Facilities you will be responsible for ensuring current payroll processes run smoothly while maintaining service levels.  In addition you will undertake detailed end to end payroll processing review and be instrumental in implementing changes and process improvement where possible while leading a dedicated team.  

Success in this role will have you focused on these key responsibilities:

  • Continuous improvement & transformation to streamline our payroll processes
  • Interpreting various industrial agreements (MECAs and SECAs) and keeping abreast of any changes in New Zealand employment legislation
  • Ensuring accuracy of payroll and personnel information whilst adhering to deadlines
  • Lead and coach payroll administrators
  • Responsibility and sign off on processing for weekly/fortnightly payroll
  • Preparing financial analysis to the various stakeholders as requested
  • Provide ongoing assistance to staff with regards to payroll queries.

About you

This role requires excellent communication and relationship management skills, attention to detail and a passion for simplicity. We are looking for someone who can demonstrate experience in transformation and change, initiative, an ability to think outside the box and challenge the status quo. You will have a great work ethic, attitude and be a team player with:

  • 7+ years' experience in a similar role managing in-house payroll solutions
  • Previous exposure and knowledge of Datacom (payroll system)
  • Strong process and systems knowledge
  • Knowledge of New Zealand Employment law, MECAs and SECAs other industrial relations matters
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • High level of accuracy with good attention to detail
  • Ability to work to strict deadlines
  • Strong stakeholder focus and ability to prioritise
  • Resilience and a sense of humour!

Based at our Wakari Hospital site, set in wonderful park-like grounds in the hills of Dunedin you’ll have free parking on site and a wonderful team who have so much potential and can’t wait to meet you.


The Southern district offers the benefits of excellent amenities, first class primary through to tertiary education, affordable housing and outstanding recreational opportunities.  Whether it surfing, kayaking or sailing; skiing, hunting or fishing; theatre, live-music or art – there’s literally something for everyone.  Check out for what the region and we can offer you and your whanau.


Closing date: 17 May 2019

For further information please contact Jo Schmelz, Recruitment Manager on 03 470 9603 or

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