Payroll and HR System Specialist (12 months FTC)

Posted 27/06/2024 by Synlab


Job Title: Payroll and HR System Specialist (12 months FTC)

Location: Hybrid, London and Home Office

Salary: Up to £45,000 per annum

Job Type: Full Time, 12 Month Fixed Term Contract

SYNLAB is a leading provider of pathology and medical diagnostics services, committed to delivering excellence and innovation in healthcare. We are looking for a dedicated Payroll and HR System Specialist to join our team and support the transition of iTrent and COMPASS (Oracle) systems from projects to business as usual (BAU) in the UK, driving business change and efficiency through HR digitisation.

Job Purpose / Summary:

To support the Head of HR Solutions in managing shared HR and payroll systems across multiple SYNLAB businesses in the UK, facilitating efficient service delivery. This hands-on, delivery-focused role requires attention to detail and the ability to manage large data sets. This is initially a 12 month fixed term contract with the possibility of extending into a permanent role.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Payroll Administration: Support delivery of SYNLAB managed service payroll, handle data submissions, check payrolls, and provide approvals for BACS and other payments.
  • System Management: Administer the MHR/iTrent payroll system and SYNLAB Compass, perform system tasks, and support HR customers with system use.
  • Pension and Benefits Administration: Manage pension schemes, employment benefits, and ensure compliance with regulations.
  • HR and Payroll Process Development: Develop and implement HR/payroll processes aligned with managed service payroll systems, supporting changes to working practices.

About you:

Essential Requirements:

  • GCSE qualifications (or equivalent) with excellent numeracy and literacy skills
  • Proven IT skills, especially in Microsoft Office and Excel
  • Ability to provide accurate payroll and HR advice
  • Strong organisational skills and attention to detail
  • Proactive and adaptable to changing demands
  • Good knowledge of HR processes and Pension schemes
  • Excellent numerical ability and communication skills


  • Experience in a diverse, multi-site organisation
  • Previous payroll department experience or working with outsourced payroll providers
  • Skills in root cause analysis and problem resolution

About Us:

SYNLAB UK & Ireland work closely with clinicians, hospitals, occupational health providers and clinical researchers to provide a complete pathology offering.

We operate in increasingly diverse environments which is reflected in our workforce, clients, customers, suppliers, communities and partners. We believe an inclusive workplace culture is the best way to source, attract and retain diverse and talented people, and create a sustainable, high-performing workforce.

We believe our staff is vital to the principle of making a positive difference to healthcare, therefore, we promote a culture of continuous personal development where scientists and staff have the support and resources to acquire new skills and build their careers through learning and development opportunities, coaching and clear career pathways.

We promote an open and collaborative culture where leaders act as role models and facilitate a two-way communication, engage with staff and stakeholders transparently and actively encourage feedback and suggestions.

Please note that we reserve the right to close any adverts once we have received a sufficient number of applications. If you decide to apply for this post but do not hear back from us within two weeks of your application, please assume that you have not been short-listed on this occasion.

SYNLAB UK & Ireland is a committed equal opportunities employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of any status or condition protected by applicable UK employment law.

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Candidates with the relevant experience or job titles of; Payroll Specialist, Payroll Officer, Senior Payroll Administrator, Accounts Clerk, Payroll, Finance Clerk, Part Qualified Accountant, Payroll Admin, Payroll Coordinator, Payroll Executive and HR Assistant, HR Assistant, HR Administrator, HR Coordinator may also be considered for this role.

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