Payroll Accountant at Bridge International Academies

Bridge International Academies is the world’s largest and fastest-growing chain of primary and pre-primary schoolsJob Title: Payroll Accountant-Based outside Lagos Who We AreBridge believes every child has the right to high quality education and works in partnership with governments, communities, parents and teachers to deliver education to over 100,000 children in underserved communities across Africa and Asia. Bridge leverages in-depth teacher training and support, advanced lesson plans and wireless technology to provide pupils with a meaningful and life-changing education.Globally, there is an education crisis. Around 263 million children and young people are not in school and the number of primary school aged children not in school is increasing. Bridge is committed to helping tackle this through a data driven, evidence based approach that delivers strong schools and a great education for all. The Bridge ApproachEducation is in crisis in many countries around the world. It is estimated that 264 million children and young people are out of school, and 330 million children are in school but not learning. In addition, an extra 69 million teachers are needed to achieve the 2030 UN education goals.Many education systems are plagued with inadequate materials and poor management systems, all leading to chronic teacher absenteeism and a lack of learning. Education reform is challenging but it is urgently required if we are to prevent another generation of children missing out. So, we work in partnership with governments, NGOs and non-state actors to address the huge education imbalance between what is available and what is needed right now — we work to bridge the gap.We believe parents have the right to choose a school for their children and we enable families to enjoy seeing their children learn, improve and flourish at Bridge schools. We locate our schools in some of the most disadvantaged communities in the world. Families in our communities can be earning just $1.90 per person a day; a level the World Bank notes is at extreme poverty. By putting learning at the centre of all we do, Bridge has become an extremely popular choice for underserved families and low-income communities.With plans to enrol ten million students ten years from now, Bridge offers a tremendous opportunity to grow with one of the world’s most exciting and ambitious social enterprises, with leadership roles available across a number of competencies and geographies.The vision of the department is to always be a valued business supporter providing high quality and timely financial services About the Role:This is a key role within the finance department.. Reporting to the Payroll Manager, the job holder will play a major role in strengthening payroll services in the company. Working closely with school operations, HR and Microsoft Dynamics Navision) ERP Manager, the position holder will create a systematic approach to payroll data gathering, analysis of bi-monthly payroll changes, input of payroll data into Microsoft Dynamics (Navision) payroll module and submission of payroll outputs to the department heads, finance and HR for authorization. What You Will Do:Understand the business and specific operations that generate payroll data, tracking and reporting  payroll inputs and outputs into the Navision systemReview existing payroll systems, documentation and procedures and build improved systems to cope with increasing staff levels across the country.Set up clear and well developed payroll data, control and process cycles that will guarantee accuracy,  confidentiality, timeliness and audit trails of payroll functions and reportsServing as key control review point for all items entering the payroll system  and ensure appropriate allocation of payroll costs to departments for analysis and reporting purposesDevelopment of  tailor made reports and analysis  within the Navision payroll module and account  schedules and dimensions in line with standard and non routine demands of the finance and non finance team leadersObserve and monitor compliance to weekly and monthly payroll cycles and strict deadlinesPreparation of monthly payroll related statutory returns assuring compliance to all monthly, quarterly and annual reporting, payments and submission deadlinesLead the preparation of payroll audit files for compliance,  internal and external auditsReconcile payroll control accounts on a timely basisAttend to staff queries and reporting needs of payroll services within standard confidentiality limitsBuild appropriate tools to ensure smooth payroll operations even with high growth of staff and consequent transactions payroll service demand from the business 

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