Payroll Administrator


At SYNLAB, we provide laboratory, diagnostic and advisory services to a diverse range of sectors, from healthcare, wellness and veterinary, to food, family law and transport. We carry out over 25 million tests every year and employ more than 1,300 people across the UK and Ireland. We pride ourselves on the positive difference we make to people, animals, the environment, workplaces and other consumers by providing reliable, effective and timely diagnostic information. Our extensive network of laboratories offers thousands of different types of tests. These include routine blood, toxicology, food, fuel, water and soil analysis through to cutting edge molecular and genetic testing. At SYNLAB, we are committed to advancing scientific and clinical practice through innovation, research and development. All our laboratories comply with industry standards and hold the accreditations relevant to their field of work. We are proud to work with the NHS through a number of hospital partnerships. These combine clinical excellence with the very best in innovation and transformation. SYNLAB's involvement has enabled the NHS to realise a number of benefits, such as major improvements to patient services, better value for money and access to state-of-the-art laboratories and diagnostic services. SYNLAB UK & Ireland is part of SYNLAB Group, Europe's leading medical diagnostic services provider.

Only considering candidates eligible to work in the UK ⚠️


Job Title: Payroll Administrator (25 Hours Per Week / 18 months FTC)

Location: Remote, Basildon Essex
Salary: Up to £28,350 per annum (pro-rata)
Job Type: Part Time, 18 months Fixed Term Contract
Working Hours: 25 Hours Per Week

SYNLAB UK and Ireland are leading providers of pathology and medical diagnostics services. We are committed to delivering excellence and innovation in healthcare. As we continue to grow and evolve, we are seeking a dedicated Payroll Administrator to join our team and support our Payroll (iTrent) and HR Oracle systems.

This is initially an 18 months post, working for 25 hours per week. The purpose of the Payroll Administrator is to ensure routine work is processed efficiently for the wider SYNLAB UK's businesses. This position is critical in maintaining high standards of payroll management during a period of transition.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide administrative support for the HR teams
  • Ensure smooth monthly payroll operations by liaising with HR Advisors and payroll systems
  • Administer pensions for existing members and scheme leavers in accordance with NHS and company Pension Scheme regulations
  • Address pay queries, including sick pay entitlement, unpaid leave, and casuals
  • Identify and rectify causes of inaccurate pay, working with HR Advisors and line managers
  • Act as the first point of contact for under and overpayment queries
  • Collaborate with the HR team to develop effective payroll reports

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.

Please send your CV and Cover Letter for this role to the provided application address.

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 may also be considered for this role.

At SYNLAB, we provide laboratory, diagnostic and advisory services to a diverse range of sectors, from healthcare, wellness, family law and transport.

Working Week

We hire for flexible part time roles.

Remote Working Policy

We work fully remotely

Our Team

We're a team of 260 across 13 departments:

  • information technology
  • business development
  • human resources
  • finance
  • operations
  • support
  • marketing
  • +6 more teams

Desirable Skills and Experience

  • HR Oracle
  • iTrent
  • GCSE qualifications
  • IT skills
  • Microsoft Office
  • Excel
  • Payroll advice
  • Organisational skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Numeracy skills
  • Communication skills

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