Senior Payroll Consultant/Auditor

Location Melbourne
Discipline Payroll
Job reference 161372
Salary AU$800.00 - AU$1000.00 per annum

About the Role:

To provide an overview of the scope of a review relating to Higher Education Teaching Sessional staff to:

  • identify the current state management of time worked business processes across time recording, time tracking and time approvals, as well as payroll payments made;

  • note internal controls across the end to end process, and identify any weaknesses and recommendations to remediate; and

  • consider root causes and possible solutions to address issues with payroll inaccuracies across Higher Education Teaching Sessional staff.

Problem Statement

  • Since the implementation of Workday (including Time-tracking) and iChris, a significant number of overpayments and underpayments have occurred across Higher Education Teaching Sessional staff. This cohort represents 70% of approved hours processed in the system and is separate from PAVE casual teachers and Research sessionals.

  • Errors may be occurring up to 40% of the time payments are processed and has resulted in a material net overpayment balance impacting hundreds of staff. In addition, this issue is causing a significant amount of additional workload for Payroll and School Operational Support teams to investigate and rectify the discrepancies.

Scope of the Review :The following will be included in the review:

  • Higher Education Teaching sessional time tracking (from time roster, actual time recording, approval, and any amendments) and payroll end-to-end current state processes;

  • Review and validation of existing business process maps with stakeholders and via walk through with a sample selection, ensuring they capture the full end-to-end process (from commencement of workload allocation through to payroll and reporting);

  • Modification of business process maps as required, and noting internal controls;

  • Identification of all system handover points, including between Workday and iChris, any manual data entry points, and governance (approval) points across the end-to-end process;

  • Interrogation of raw data across each system, across system handover points, any manual data entry points, and process governance points through robust sampling to identify issues and root causes;

  • Review of a sample of erroneous payroll samples to identify and validate issues and root causes;

  • Identify recommendations to resolve issues and root causes, and to strengthen any internal control weaknesses noted;

  • Provide other recommendations to time management processes/system improvements if identified through the course of the review; and

  • Consider system and resource limitations.

Overarching Principles
Agreed overarching principles guiding recommendations are:

  1. All staff should be paid fortnightly and on time based on real time (actual) hours worked and approved;

  2. All staff should be paid right first time; and

  3. The University shall at all times meet legal and compliance requirements for the payment of staff

Deliverables of the Review - The following deliverables will be produced:

  • Updated end-to-end business process maps;

  • Summary of data demonstrating the issues and root causes identified; and

  • Report of recommendations to resolve issues and root causes.

If this role sounds like you and you are keen to know more, contact Dani at Manpower Professional ( Accounting & Finance Division ) or email me

Dani Easterbrook
Senior Manager
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