Global Payroll Service Delivery and Implementation Delivery Associate Director

Reading, UK
Competitive salary
13 May 2024
13 Jun 2024
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Ideas | People | Trust

We’re BDO. An accountancy and business advisory firm, providing the advice and solutions entrepreneurial organisations need to navigate today’s changing world.

We work with the companies that are Britain’s economic engine – ambitious, entrepreneurially-spirited and high‑growth businesses that fuel the economy - and directly advise the owners and management teams that lead them.

We’ll broaden your horizons

The Business Services and Outsourcing team are essential to meeting our clients' evolving requirements. As well as delivering long-term, sustainable value to businesses by providing a range of solutions such as accounting, payroll and compliance services, they also play a key role in tying together many of our services across BDO both domestically and internationally. By building deep and meaningful relationships with a range of clients from ambitious entrepreneurial SMEs to large multi-national groups, our BS&O team don’t just advise on their specific business challenges, they open doors for other teams to provide our firm’s wider service offering. To succeed in this agile environment, you’ll need to demonstrate excellent problem-solving skills and initiative. In return, you’ll have the opportunity for progression, and the chance to develop in one of the industry’s most exciting and varied roles.

We’ll help you succeed

Leading organisations trust us because of the quality of our advice. That quality grows from a thorough understanding of their business, and that understanding comes from working closely with them and building long-lasting relationships.

You’ll be someone who is both comfortable working proactively and managing your own tasks, as well as confident collaborating with others and communicating regularly with senior managers, directors, and BDO’s partners to help businesses effectively. You’ll be encouraged to identify and draw attention to opportunities for enhancing our delivery and providing additional services to organisations we work with.

In the last 15 years BDO has grown the Global Payroll Services (GPS) practice into a separate P&L serving 75+ multinationals with a contracted order book of $100m+. This has been based on delivering consistently exceptional payroll services led by BDO in the UK and supported by 120+ in-country specialist teams across the BDO network and other expert providers.

GPS has grown both revenue and profits by 15%+ in every one of the last five years. During this period we have invested a significant proportion of these profits in our global coordination systems, ISAE 3402 attestated processes and most importantly our people. We now have secure foundations to double in size in the next five years.

We have recently united the service delivery and implementation delivery staff who coordinate services primarily supported and delivered on the IPPEX Global payroll software platform.

Reporting directly to the Partner and Principal who lead the client relationships, the objective of this role is to inspire and direct the teams in UK, Belfast, Mauritius and South Africa responsible for:

  • Coordinating and managing delivery of a global payroll services to clients operating in multiple countries
  • Implementing global payroll contracts across multiple countries
  • Driving quality, budgetary discipline and efficiency from the recent reorganisation.

You will also have an important role in the GPS Senior Leadership Team working collaboratively with Directors, Partners and Principals. You will chair and drive business benefit from senior manager and also manager governance meetings cascading the policy and business objectives set by the Senior Leadership Team


The successful candidate will have some if not all of the following qualifications:

  • CIPP or international payroll equivalent
  • Prince II or similar project equivalent
  • ACA, ACCA, CIMA or similar accounting equivalent
  • MBA or similar first/second degree.

You’ll be able to be yourself; we’ll recognise and value you for who you are and celebrate and reward your contributions to the business. We’re committed to agile working, and we offer every colleague the opportunity to work in ways that suit you, your teams, and the task at hand.

At BDO, we’ll help you achieve your personal goals and career ambitions, and we have programmes, resources, and frameworks that provide clarity and structure around career development.

We’re in it together

Mutual support and respect is one of BDO’s core values and we’re proud of our distinctive, people-centred culture. From informal success conversations to formal mentoring and coaching, we’ll support you at every stage in your career, whatever your personal and professional needs.

Our agile working framework helps us stay connected, bringing teams together where and when it counts so they can share ideas and help one another. At BDO, you’ll always have access to the people and resources you need to do your best work.

We know that collaboration is the key to creating value for the companies we work with and satisfying experiences for our colleagues, so we’ve invested in state-of-the-art collaboration spaces in our offices. BDO’s people represent a wealth of knowledge and expertise, and we’ll encourage you to build your network, work alongside others, and share your skills and experiences. With a range of multidisciplinary events and dedicated resources, you’ll never stop learning at BDO.

We’re looking forward to the future

At BDO, we help entrepreneurial businesses to succeed, fuelling the UK economy.

Our success is powered by our people, which is why we’re always finding new ways to invest in you. Across the UK thousands of unique minds continue to come together to help companies we work with to achieve their ambitions

We’ve got a clear purpose, and we’re confident in our future, because we’re adapting and evolving to build on our strengths, ensuring we continue to find the right combination of global reach, integrity and expertise. We shape the future together with openness and clarity, because we believe in empowering people to think creatively about how we can do things better.

For further information, and to apply, please visit our website via the “Apply” button below.

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