Benefit and Expenses Team Manager

Reach plc
Liverpool, Merseyside, England
11 Jun 2019
09 Jul 2019
Reach plc
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Introduction

We have an exciting opportunity for a Benefits & Expenses Team Manager to join us here at the home of the iconic Liverpool Echo. This role will support and provide timely, efficient and compliant services to ensure the accurate delivery of financial information. The team manager will also participate in benefit and expenses processing as appropriate and their interaction with payroll, with additional responsibilities for benefit and expenses legislation support, technical benefit & expenses support and payment processing.

We are Reach because it's what we do.

Every day our newsbrands - national and regional, in print and online - reach millions of people up and down the country. We are the UK's largest news publisher, with influential national newsbrands such as the Daily Mirror, Daily Express, Sunday People, Daily Record, and more than 100 distinguished regional titles.

Our brands have a long heritage of being trusted sources of news and information, with our editorial conviction and high standards of journalism providing audiences with timely information and opinion across multiple platforms.

Last year we sold 620 million newspapers, with 5 million readers of one of our brands each month. Our network of over 70 websites provide 24/7 coverage of news, sport and showbiz stories, with 8 billion page views per year.

We average 21 million mobile visitors - that's 60% of the entire mobile market. Each month we attract over 32 million unique visitors. That's more than our competitors. You will help us further increase our digital audience into 2019.

Key Responsibilities

Responsible for the management of both expenses and benefits for the whole Group to include:

Benefits & Expenses Maintenance & Reconciliations

o Monthly reconciliations for

  • Company Cars
  • Company Fuel
  • Company Medical Insurance
  • P11D updates

o Mileage User Type Maintenance & Reconciliation

o FX Rates maintenance

o Approved Mileage Rate maintenance

o ROI Mileage maintenance

o Responsibility for Salary Sacrifice Schemes ( excluding pension)

o Maintenance and updates of the benefit platform


Support expense technician with any required technical support and have a strong knowledge of all expense processes to include:

o Daily audits

o Hierarchy

o ROI technical support

o Authorisation chains

o Advances ,process advances and assist expenses technician to manage expenses deductions

o Expenses System Updates - Assist with system update testing

o Maintain authorisation chains

o Assistance with employee queries

o Delivery of employee training as required

o Assist with liaison with Zellis for any system queries

Continuous Improvement

It is expected that the skills for this role will include strong excel skills which should be utilised to improve efficiencies across benefits and expenses

o Assistance with process and procedural reviews for continued improvements and updates

o Assistance with reporting requirements and report scoping

The Ideal Candidate

You will be an experienced manager, with at least 12-18 months of management experience. You will have a solid understanding and technical knowledge of all areas of benefits and their interaction with payroll and expenses (including an understanding of VAT and other tax implications).

You will be an advanced Excel user, with a strong understanding of legislative rules and the ability to work accurately and to deadlines. You will be a confident and effective communicator, with the ability to manage and coach your staff to high quality performance outcomes.

A CIPP qualification is preferred, though not essential.

Package Description

In addition to competitive salaries, 25 days annual leave (plus bank holidays), bonus structures (if applicable) and a contributory pension scheme, Reach plc has a wealth of flexible benefits on offer. These include holiday purchase scheme, cycle scheme, a technology scheme in conjunction with Curry's PC World, car scheme, health cash plan, employee loans and lots of high street discounts! Our business is fully committed to health and wellbeing in the workplace with an employee assistance programme and trained mental health first aiders across the business.

Reach plc believe diversity brings benefits for our customers, our business and our people. This is why we are committed to being an inclusive employer and encourage applications from all suitable applicants irrespective of background, circumstances, age, disability, gender identity, ethnicity, religion or belief and sexual orientation. We will be reviewing applications as they are received so please don't delay in submitting your application.

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