Payroll Manager


In this newly created role, the Payroll Manager is responsible for a wide range of payroll tasks in a fast-paced and changing environment.

You will sit in the Finance team, reporting to the Head of Finance with as well as the Head of People and Culture (P&C), you will proactively manage the day-to day payroll processes, working closely with our Global Reward & Benefits Manager, local P&C reps and multi-location external payroll providers. Additionally, you will identify and implement improvement opportunities, both strategic and operational.

We are looking for someone who can work independently, is used to navigating a matrixed international environment and can hit the ground running.

This is a chance to make the role your own and have tangible impact within a global and rapidly scaling company!

Key responsibilities

  • Fully manage and maintain the payroll function across all Aurora’s global offices to ensure the accurate and timely payment of employees. This includes checking and signing off payroll) each month prior to submission to the outsourced payroll providers based in the UK, EMEA, APAC and NORAM.
  • Monthly preparation and submission of payroll related journals and reconciliation
  • Responsible for payroll audits and ensuring legislative compliance
  • Ensure compliance with HMRC regulations (and local equivalents) and provide support and expert advice to the business on payroll and income tax legislation.
  • Liaise with HMRC (and local equivalents) and with third party payroll providers and social agencies (where relevant).
  • Statutory reporting and returns including P60s, P11ds and PAYE Settlement Agreement (UK); and the review of compliance with external consultant on locations outside of UK.
  • Leading the set up and creation of new payrolls for new markets and legal entities.
  • Provide appropriate reports, liaise with relevant external regulatory bodies as required.
  • Working closely with our global Reward & Benefits Manager to ensure that all pension enrolment and salary sacrifice schemes are appropriately administered and reported, along with employee expense management and leave/absence management.
  • Working with the global P&C team to maintain employee records; ensure that employee changes are entered correctly and made on a timely basis; review changes for proper authorization.
  • Be the initial point of contact for all Payroll queries.
  • Payroll project management – research and recommend merging payrolls to produce efficiencies and to successfully implement these changes.

Required attributes

  • Experience in UK payroll end-to-end statutory processes
  • Working knowledge of an international payroll function and processes for tax, social security and statutory elements for European countries and/or the US is a plus.
  • Experience with reconciliation of reports, liaison with external regulatory bodies
  • Experience of administering employee benefit deductions within statutory parameters
  • Strong ability to maintain confidentiality and understanding of GDPR requirements.
  • Strong organizational skills and be a logical thinker.
  • Advanced experience of using Excel; ability to analyse data
  • Exceptional attention to detail and accuracy
  • Strong initiative, creative and solutions driven
  • Self-motivated and resourceful

Desirable attributes

  • CIPP Qualifications

What we offer

  • A fun, informal and international work culture
  • An office in the centre of Oxford with coffee, fruit and snacks available in the office
  • A competitive salary package.
  • Access to the Aurora Academy, our training programme offering a range of opportunities to develop your skills

At Aurora we will consider all requests for flexible working. For most roles, the following types of flexibility are usually possible: a hybrid model of remote and in-office working, part-time hours and flexible start and finish times. Please talk to us at interview about the flexibility we could offer and we will explore what’s possible for the role.

The Company is committed to the principle that no employee or job applicant shall receive unfavourable treatment on grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership and pregnancy and maternity.


The successful candidate would start as soon as possible. We will review applications as they are received. Salary will be competitive with experience.

To apply, please submit your:

  • CV
  • Brief cover letter
  • Salary expectations
  • Earliest possible start date

About Aurora

From its academic roots, Aurora Energy Research has grown to become the largest dedicated power market analytics company in Europe, providing data-driven intelligence for strategic decisions in the global energy transformation. We are a diverse team of more than 350 experts with vast energy, financial and consulting backgrounds, covering power, hydrogen, carbon and fossil commodities. We are active in Europe, Australia and the US, working with world-leading organisations to provide comprehensive market intelligence, bespoke analytic and advisory services, and cutting-edge software.

We are a thriving, rapidly growing company with offices in Oxford, Paris, Madrid, Berlin, Athens, Sydney, Austin TX and Oakland CA, and more opening soon. We currently serve around 600 of Europe’s most influential energy sector participants, including utilities, investors and governments, and expect to continue to grow rapidly, adding new countries and products to our portfolio.