Payroll and Finance Manager
  • Employer: Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
  • Reference: FP/23/225623
  • Published: Sun 18/12/2022, 9:49 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 12/02/2023, 23:54 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £50,878 per year (this includes £4,936 Market Supplement)
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Tunbridge Wells - Town Hall, Kent

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Payroll and Finance Manager

We have an exciting opportunity for a Payroll and Finance Manager who is looking to broaden their knowledge and experience.

You will be responsible for managing the Council’s payroll (with a current headcount of c650), RTI submissions, pensions, accounts payable, accounts receivable, debt write offs as well as debtors/creditors reporting and will support with audits.

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council has an exemplary audit history, and we are proud to have been able to manage the budget cuts thus far without significantly affecting our services.

You will also manage the insurance, elections, and parking permits for the Council and be responsible for some of the transparency information the Council provides.

As part of a team, you will work together to consolidate statutory accounts and reports on all financial matters for the Board and Councillors.

As a collaborative manager, you will lead a team of 6 highly functioning and experienced members of staff who are motivated to seek ways of improving the service. The Finance Team has achieved a clean audit for the last 13 years and are recognised for their dedication. They understand how vital their role is as a gatekeeper in the wellbeing of the Council.


About You?

This role will be perfect for you if you:

  • have solid experience of managing and developing payroll systems and have a finance background
  • are skilled at working collaboratively with stakeholders at all levels and have a proven track record of building strong relationships
  • are CIPP qualified or hold some other relevant qualification or experience for the role
  • are an experienced manager with a collaborative and supportive style
  • have excellent analytical skills and meticulous attention to detail
  • are an innovative individual who is not afraid to explore new ways of improving things and are able to bring fresh ideas to your team
  • have a proven track record of working to set budgets and an adherence to deadlines


Please note that although experience in the public sector (particularly within local government) can be advantageous, it is not necessary.

To find out more take a look at the Job Description and Person Specification below. Applicants must be able to demonstrate all essential requirements as listed in the job profile.

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In return we offer you:

Financial: An attractive basic salary within a clear pay structure with the opportunity to influence your own annual salary increase based on your contribution to the role and organisation.

Holiday Entitlement: 26 days annual leave (increasing to 29 days after 5 years continuous Local Government service) plus an additional day in December and bank holidays.  

Employee Assistance Programme: The Council has partnered with Health Assured to provide staff with access to EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) to assist in balancing everyday life with the requirement of work and home.

 Pensions: Membership of the Local Government (CARE – Career Average (Revalued Earnings) Pension Scheme).

 Flexibility: The Council operates a hybrid working model with opportunities to work from home and in an office environment, and a flexible working policy subject to the business needs being met.

 Personal Development: Invaluable training opportunities for continuing professional development.

 Take a look here at all the additional benefits that we offer.


For an informal discussion about this post, you can contact Jane Fineman, Head of Finance and Procurement by email (


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How to Apply

We only accept online applications. If you require access to a computer and/or the internet, you can use our facilities free of charge at The Amelia Scott. Please call ahead to book an appointment Tel. 01892 554171.


Please follow the link below to submit your application.


Equal Opportunities


Tunbridge Wells – Working for Equality. We welcome applications from all sections of the community.




The Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employee and volunteers to share this commitment.

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