Careers at Ellis & Co

Boasting some of the brightest and most experienced team of Accountants, Bookkeepers and Business Advisors in the region, we are lucky to work amongst a fantastic team of individuals, who in turn help our clients to build successful, long-lasting businesses.

Want to be part of something special?

We’re always on the lookout to welcome new talent into our team, therefore if you don’t see the role you’re looking for below, we’d still love to hear from you! Send Ellis & Co your CV by clicking below.

  • Location: Chester
  • Job type: Fixed term contract 
  • Salary: Competitive salary 

We are looking to recruit an experienced Payroll Officer to support their client payroll team on a 12-month fixed term contract. There is however every chance that the role could become permanent at the end of this period, as the practice continues to grow in size.

Working as a Payroll Officer you will be responsible for processing a portfolio of client payrolls and responding to client queries. This is a hybrid position and has the benefit of free parking in the heart of Chester. As a Payroll Officer, you will complete end-to-end payroll across a variety of payroll frequencies.

This is a fantastic opportunity to be part of a vibrant and pro-active payroll team. Bureau experience within a payroll practise is desired. Experience liaising with Clients and completing client payrolls. Customer service driven. Confident with Excel and Sage 50 Payroll would be advantageous.

  • Job Type: Fixed term contract (12-month maternity cover)
  • Hours: 37.5 hours per week. Hybrid working 2 days in the office 3 from home. 
  • Pay rate: Competitive salary
  • Start Date: August 2024
  • Location: Chester

Day to Day of the role:

  • Maintain and deliver payroll within strict deadlines using Sage Payroll.
  • Manage payroll processing system and records by gathering, calculating, and inputting data.
  • Handle Maternity/Paternity/Sickness records and other employee situations.
  • Compute employees’ take-home pay based on time records, benefits, and taxes.
  • Respond to staff inquiries regarding wages, deductions, attendance, and time records.
  • Adhere to payroll policies and procedures and comply with relevant law.
  • Identify, investigate, and resolve discrepancies in payroll records.
  • Maintain confidentiality of employees’ pay records.
  • Complete payroll reports for record-keeping purposes or managerial review.
  • Distribute wages through direct transfers to employees’ bank accounts.

Required Skills & Qualifications:

  • Proficiency in payroll.
  • High attention to detail.
  • Familiarity with payroll software, specifically Sage.
  • Understanding of tax procedures and benefits, including salary sacrifice schemes.
  • Knowledge of pension administration, including adding new starters and monthly pension submissions.


  • Competitive salary.
  • Hybrid working arrangement with a mix of office and remote work.
  • Free parking.