The Firm

At Baker McKenzie we are different in the way we think, work and behave. Like no other law firm, we were born global.

Our Australian practice was established in Sydney in 1964, in Melbourne in 1982 and in Brisbane in 2014. Our lawyers work seamlessly with our global colleagues, collectively providing a capacity of more than 5,600 locally qualified lawyers and 6,000 professional staff in 77 locations across 47 countries.

Role Summary:

We are looking for an experienced Payroll Officer to join our Finance team on a part-time, three days per week basis, for a 12 month contract role. Experience required include end to end payroll experience including knowledge of month end and year end processing, as well as experience using Chris 21

Department Overview:

The Finance function within Baker McKenzie consists of the following areas:

  • Accounts Payable
  • Billing and Collections
  • Tax and Financial Accounting
  • Financial Reporting & Profitability
  • Payroll
  • Trust

Role Purpose:

Prepare or assist in the preparation and payment of wages and salaries and maintenance of related records, in a timely manner and in line with relevant taxation, legislative and audit requirements.

The role works closely with Talent Management and is also responsible for answering salary-related enquiries from all staff. To do this job well, you will be client-focused, have a pleasant communication style and a can-do attitude.


  • Receive and review all payroll forms and relevant submissions prior to data entry to ensure that forms are processed accurately.
  • Prepare and process fortnightly and monthly pays, plus supplementary payruns throughout month.
  • Update personnel changes as required in a timely manner (e.g. bank details, salary sacrifice, leave adjustments, etc.).
  • Input data in an accurate and timely manner to meet defined deadlines.
  • Complete new starter process.
  • Process and administer workers compensation claims.
  • Prepare and process payroll tax and withholding tax.
  • Parental Leave administration.
  • Living Away from Home administration.
  • Superannuation - setting up new employees, updating salaries and benefit categories and exiting terminated employees in the Super Choice Clearing House.
  • Preparation and payment of superannuation contributions through Super Choice Clearing House.
  • Respond to enquiries from staff regarding personnel and payroll matters, in a prompt and confidential manner.
  • Respond to queries from TM team in a prompt manner.
  • Leave reconciliations.
  • Ensure that all employee records are maintained and the outputs of each pay period are correctly filed.
  • Calculate and process termination payments.
  • Calculate and process ad hoc payments.
  • Prepare separation certificates.
  • Other tasks as required.


  • 3-5 years previous experience in full function payroll essential including end to end payroll experience and knowledge of month end and year end processing
  • Experience with Chris 21 essential
    • Technical Skills
      • Good knowledge of payroll and tasks required.
      • Possesses intermediate to advance Excel skills.
      • Is able to apply policy.
    • Work Standards
      • Takes personal responsibility for tasks.
      • Demonstrates a proactive approach.
      • Consistently produces quality work.
    • Time and Work Management
      • Effectively prioritises and manages time.
      • Consistently meets deadlines.
      • Assists with urgent work outside standard hours.
    • Personal Attributes
      • Demonstrates enthusiasm and dedication.
    • Service Orientation
      • Focuses on the needs of internal and external clients/contacts where relevant.
      • Maintains a courteous and professional manner in all dealings.
    • Communication
      • Able to communicate (written and verbal) effectively and clearly.
      • Deals with sensitive information in an appropriate manner.
    • Teamwork
      • Contributes to the effective functioning of the team.

For a confidential discussion and further information, please contact Angelique Wanner, Talent Management Consultant on 02 8922 5596. Direct applicants only. We are not accepting applications from third party recruiters at this time.