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Payroll and Benefits Manager

James Allen's Girls' SchoolSouthwark


Full Time

Salary: £37,500 - £47,500 per annum depending on qualifications and experience

Our team at JAGS are looking for a Payroll and Benefits manager to join our finance team. You will be responsible for the provision of leadership and customer service for payroll, pensions and benefits coordinations and administration for approximately 500 employees across the School and Sports club. You will report into our Director of Finance and work closely alongside our HR team and other members of our finance team.  

With its distinctive heritage as the oldest independent girls’ school in London, James Allen’s Girls’ School, JAGS, provides a forward-thinking and contemporary education for over 1000 girls aged 4 to 18. A diverse and dynamic school community, JAGS is in an exciting new phase in its development and this post presents a great opportunity to work within a community without barriers to full participation. Your input will help to bring a bold educational vision to life for all pupils and colleagues as we work together to develop this already exceptional school in its next exciting chapter. 

Our school aims, both in and out of the classroom, are clear: 

To celebrate our diverse and inclusive community   

To champion social awareness and sustainability  

To empower courage, creativity and compassion in each student  

To inspire aspirational and authentic lifelong learners and leaders   

To nurture respectful, resilient and kind individuals 

If this matches your vision, then this is the perfect time to join our team. 

We can offer you:

• The opportunity to join our outstanding school where public examination results consistently place JAGS amongst the leading schools in the UK 

• A community of considerate, creative and compassionate students and staff 

• A highly diverse and inclusive school community, committed to our bursary provision

• An inspiring and enthusiastic team of colleagues across the teaching and support staff  

• Excellent facilities, including access to an onsite gym. 

• Up to 10% employer contribution to the school pension scheme

• A wide-ranging benefit package including lunch, gym membership, free access to the Dulwich Picture Gallery and the cycle to work scheme

What you can offer us:

• A suitably qualified payroll professional who is committed to CPD and has experience of running multiple payrolls

• Excellent digital literacy and confidence with various payroll systems and Microsoft software packages

• Excellent organisational skills with the ability to work with a high attention to detail and accuracy when working to deadlines

• A solution based approach to providing excellent customer service and problem solving  

• The ability to work proactively and using your own initiative 

• Kindness, open-mindedness and a sense of humour

• Resilience and optimism; someone who is willing to go the extra mile in the busy life of the school

• Team-working abilities and a keenness to contribute ideas and be part of positive change

• Commitment to the well-being and safeguarding of all students and staff

• Commitment to diversity, inclusion and anti-racism in the school community

We welcome applications from experienced payroll professionals and in particular those who have partially or fully completed their CIPP qualifications.  

Please visit our website to download a JAGS Support Staff Application Form, candidate pack and full job description. For further information please contact or James Allen’s Girls’ School, 144 East Dulwich Grove, London SE22 8TE. The Director of Finance, Jason Peck ( will be happy to answer any questions. Letters and CVs only will not be accepted.

Closing date: 4th January 2022

Interviews: Week commencing 10 January 2022

Applications will be reviewed daily and interviews may occur at any stage after applications are received so we invite interested candidates to apply as soon as possible. We reserve the right to close this vacancy earlier than the specified deadline, if a suitable candidate is found.

JAGS is committed to equality of opportunity, diversity and inclusion in our school community. Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people are at the heart of everything we do and JAGS expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS will be required for the successful candidate. 

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