Gibraltar, London, Nottingham Area
Vacancy Type:
Fixed Term Contract
24 May 2024
23 (Entain)


We’re Entain. Our vision is to be the world leader in sports betting and gaming entertainment by creating the most exciting and trusted experience for our customers, revolutionising the gambling space as we go. We're home to a global family of more than 25 well-known brands, and with a focus on sustainability and growth, we will transform our sector for our players, for ourselves and for the good of entertainment.

Our People Experience and HR Transformation team strive to create and deliver a seamless and positive people experience across the entire employee life cycle. We aim to have solid foundations for our People practices and develop efficient and compliant people processes and systems.

We are seeking someone who will be responsible for overseeing and managing the governance, discovery, design and implementation of complex Payroll projects and programme(s). You will be a strong leader who can convert strategic vision into a practical plan of delivery to maximise benefits to the business. You will be confident managing across multiple work streams, coordinating various initiatives,ensuring alignment with business goals, and driving the successful execution of the programme(s).  Your responsibilities will include direct and indirect management, coaching and development of project teams, and ensuring the appropriate capability and capacity management across the team. You will develop and embed programme governance to ensure the right level of decision-making and control across the programme(s).


What you will do 

This role will be key in delivering our strategy and will demonstrate exceptional leadership and influencing skills, and the ability to collaborate effectively with cross-functional teams on a global scale. We are looking for someone with global payroll expertise to challenge our assumptions and ways of working and see every challenge as an opportunity for improvement.

·    Lead the global payroll discovery and health check to be able to identify and map our areas of strength, opportunity and risk. Understand and map across Entain’s ecosystem the payroll regulatory requirements, tax laws, and labour regulations in different countries.

·    Develop, in partnership with Finance and HR Operations, a global payroll strategy aligned with Entain’s overall goals and objectives.

·       Leading the end-to-end implementation of global payroll programs, including project planning, resource allocation,and timeline management. They ensure that payroll systems are integrated with other HR and finance systems.

·       Collaborating with various stakeholders, including HR, finance, legal, IT, and external vendors, to gather requirements, address concerns, and ensure alignment across departments.

·       Ensuring compliance with local tax laws, labour regulations, and data privacy requirements in each country where Entain operates. They also manage risks related to payroll processing, such as data security and accuracy.

·       Identifying opportunities to streamline payroll processes, enhance efficiency, and reduce costs through implementing automation, standardizing procedures, and optimizing technology solutions.

·       Overseeing relationships with incumbent payroll service providers and other vendors, working closely with Procurement in contract negotiation, performance monitoring, and issue resolution.

·       Managing the change process associated with implementing new payroll systems or processes, including communication,training, and user adoption.

·       Develop and implement comprehensive programme plans, including scope, objectives, timelines, and resource allocation. Monitor programme progress and performance, identifying and addressing issues or risksas they arise

·       Foster a culture of collaboration,innovation, and continuous improvement within the programme team

·       Prepare and present regular status reports and updates to senior management and stakeholders

·       Ensure compliance with organisational policies, procedures, and regulatory requirements

·       Provide mentoring, guidance, and development support to project team members to enhance their skills and capabilities


Who you are::

·       Professional qualification in Portfolio or Programme Management (e.g. MSP or other)

·       Technology savvy, self-starter with strong business insight and judgment to navigate ambiguity and lead through change in a fast-paced environment with strong written and oral communication skills

·       Proven experience as a Programme Manager/lead, managing large-scale, complex business and technical programmes and projects from initiation to completion across a global landscape

·       Working knowledge of Payroll, HCM and enterprise resource planning (ERP) platforms e.g. Oracle, and data/ integration projects

·       Payroll Expertise with a strong understanding of payroll processes, regulations, and compliance requirements across multiple countries or regions. This includes knowledge of tax laws,labor regulations, and data privacy standards.

·       Proficiency in project management methodologies and tools to effectively plan, execute, and monitor global payroll programs. Experience in leading cross-functional teams and managing complex projects is essential.

·       Strategic Thinking with the ability to develop a global payroll strategy aligned with the organisation's objectives and to anticipate future challenges and opportunities in the payroll landscape.

·       Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to collaborate with diverse stakeholders, including HR,finance, legal, IT, external vendors, and local authorities. This involves the ability to build strong relationships, manage expectations, and negotiate effectively.

·       Experience in managing change processes associated with implementing new payroll systems or processes. This includes communication, training, and fostering a culture of adaptability and continuous improvement.

·       Strong analytical skills to assess compliance requirements, identify risks, and implement controls to mitigate them. This includes staying updated on regulatory changes and ensuring adherence to data privacy standards.

·       Experience in managing relationships with payroll service providers and other vendors, including requirements gathering, vendor review (RFI/RFP) contract negotiation, performance monitoring,and issue resolution.

·       The ability to analyse complex payroll issues, troubleshoot problems and develop practical solutions in a timely manner.

·       A meticulous approach to data accuracy and quality assurance, with the ability to identify discrepancies and ensure compliance with established standards.


·       People Function background -experience within People Operations or Service Delivery

·       Experience with HR systems (e.g.Service Now, Oracle, etc)

·       Experience working in a large, global tech company or other fast-paced environments

·       Experience establishing Programme governance


What We Offer

At Entain, we know that signing top players requires a great starting package, and plenty of support to inspire peak performance. Join us, and a competitive salary is just the beginning. Working for us in this role it will be field based, you can expect to receive great benefits like:

·       Generous Group Bonus scheme (if eligible)

·       Private Medical

·       Income protection

·       Life Assurance

·       Access to EAP support and Financial Support 


Diversity andequal opportunities: 

As a global employer, Entain is committed to providing a safe, fun, and inclusive culture where our people feel like they truly belong.


We are a multicultural business that values, celebrates and respects individual differences, so whatever your sexuality, gender, gender identity, ability, age, race, religion or belief, you will have a voice here, and the space to do your best work.


Our diverse internal networks provide the support for you to express your views and make a positive difference, all for the good of entertainment.

And outside of this, you’ll have the chance to turn recognition from leaders and colleagues into amazing prizes. Join a winning team of talented people and be a part of an inclusive and supporting community where everyone is celebrated for being themselves. 

Should you need any adjustments or accommodations to the recruitment process, at either application or interview, please contact us.

Sports betting, gaming and interactive entertainment is changing, and we’re leading that change. By putting people first. By placing exciting, engaging and entertaining experiences at more fingertips than ever before. We're pulling into pole position by pushing boundaries further. With innovation. With technology. But most importantly,with people like you. Because when you join the Entain family, it’s your game.So let’s win together.

About Entain

We may sit on the FTSE100, but for millions of customers worldwide, we’re the brands they hold in their hands – and heart. As the home of household names like Ladbrokes, Foxy and PartyPoker, to name just a few, we elevate lives with moments of excitement. And right now we’re elevating ourselves above the competition. We’re leading the industry in bold new directions - and it’s our diverse and talented team who are making this possible. Believe us, the best is yet to come. For our customers. For our future. For your career.

DEI and Wellbeing @ Entain

Our vision is to be the world leader in betting, gaming and interactive entertainment, and we know that the most successful businesses are the most sustainable ones. Diversity and inclusion is key to sustainability and success and our goal is to attract, engage and retain the best talent globally, bringing the best thinking to our business from inside and outside of our sector. Our ambition is to make sure everyone at Entain feels valued, respected and included. Inclusion is embedded in everything we do, because we know when we feel respected and heard, we do our best work. Sustainability drives everything we do, and doing what’s right is one of our core values. Diverse teams have more creativity, imagination, innovation and problem solving capabilities. We are committed to tackling inequalities and creating a diverse and inclusive business. Here, we celebrate our individual differences, and make sure everyone feels supported, respected, and empowered to thrive – and that starts from the moment you apply to join us. We want our employees to feel healthy and supported at home and at work. That’s why we have our Well-me programme, which provides information, tools and training to help our people look after their mental and physical wellbeing in ways that matter to them.

Life @ Entain

We’re a team who love to play, and win, together. We love building bonds between our people, and we love to build your career up too. Join us, and we won’t just be your employer, we’ll be your biggest cheerleader. We’ll give you the power to lead the conversation on your learning and career goals from day one, and then get behind you with all the support you need to take your career – and our business – to new heights.