Payroll Specialist


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Business Professionals


Brisbane, Australia
Melbourne, Australia
Sydney, Australia

The role

DLA Piper understands that you’re building a future. Which is why we encourage you to reach your full potential. To explore the opportunities and choices that shape your individual career journey. Here, personal growth goes hand in hand with professional development.  

That’s our commitment. This is your opportunity.

We are looking for a Payroll Specialist to join our Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane Office. Reporting to the Payroll Manager this will support  with fortnightly payroll processing of approximately 500 employees and ongoing maintenance of changes to employment, employee exits, new starters and pay adjustments.


You will be joining a highly efficient finance team and coming with a background in professional services or legal will be highly advantageous. 

Key areas of responsibilities will include:

  • Maintenance of employee master data in the payroll system, Affinity 
  • Calculating and processing termination and redundancy payments
  • Interpreting employee timesheets to calculate overtime and penalty rates
  • Annual reconciliations of Award related timesheets
  • Fortnightly payroll processing of approx. 500 employees 
  • Processing of ad-hoc pays
  • Monthly review of payroll costing changes
  • Maintenance of leave accruals and balances
  • Monthly payroll tax lodgments
  • Processing fortnightly PAYG payments to the ATO
  • Monthly superannuation reconciliations and payment
  • EOFY year reconciliations and lodgment of Workcover and Payroll tax
  • Prompt response and resolution of employee queries


  • Ideally have 3+ years’ experience in a similar role within a legal or professional service environment.
  • Pride themselves on accuracy, excellent organizational skills, ability to work to tight deadlines and remain calm under pressure. 
  • Ability to work autonomously as well as part of a virtual team.
  • A proactive team player with a commitment to delivering exceptional client service.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Excel and the Microsoft Office suite of products and experience using Affinity Payroll would be highly advantageous.

Our Finance Department is currently segregated into different areas. We have distinct teams covering:-

  • Accounts payable, management accounts and payroll;,
  • Trust accounting, billing, cash receipting and reporting, 
  • Credit/collections 

Our Finance Department provides support to all offices in Australia and has regular catch ups to brainstorm ideas and implement projects which are relevant to all areas of the firm. 
The teams work together closely and there are regular opportunities for collaboration which is a great way to learn new skills and gett to know people within the Finance Department.

DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers and business service professionals located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Our global reach ensures that we can help businesses with their legal needs anywhere in the world. We strive to be the leading global business law firm by delivering quality, service excellence and value to our clients and offering practical and innovative legal solutions to help them succeed. Our clients range from multinational, Global 1000, and Fortune 500 enterprises to emerging companies developing industry-leading technologies, as well as government and public sector bodies.

In everything we do connected with our People, our Clients and our Communities, we live by these values:

  • Be Supportive – we are compassionate and inclusive, valuing diversity and acting thoughtfully
  • Be Collaborative – we are proactive, passionate team players investing in our relationships
  • Be Bold – we are fearless and inquisitive, challenging ourselves to think big and find creative new solutions
  • Be Exceptional – we are strategic and driven, exceeding standards and expectations

At DLA Piper, diversity and inclusion underpins how we live our values and everything we do. We believe that everyone has a voice, and that everyone’s voice counts. We know that the rich diversity across our firm makes us stronger, more innovative and creative, which helps us to better serve our clients and communities. We are committed to providing an inclusive working environment and culture across our global firm, where everyone can bring their authentic self to work.
Diversity of perspective, thought, background and culture combine to make us the leading global law firm; that’s why we actively seek to build balanced teams. We welcome the unique contribution that you will bring to our firm and actively encourage applications from all talented people – however your talent is packaged, whatever your background or circumstance and regardless of how you identify.

We recognise that people have responsibilities and interests outside of their career and that as a business, we all benefit from working flexibly. That’s why we are open to discussing with candidates the different ways in which we are able to support requests for agile working arrangements.

In the event that we make an offer to you, and where local legislation permits and where relevant, we will conduct pre-engagement screening checks that may include but are not limited to your professional and academic qualifications, your eligibility to work in the relevant jurisdiction, any criminal records, your financial stability and work-related references.