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Payroll Management

Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
March 20, 2020

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Neil Brebnor

Employee Benefits Manager, Payroll Manager

Currently based in Rustenburg South Africa; looking to relocate

+278-****-****,, LinkedIn

Skype: Neil.Brebnor1


An adaptable, energetic and versatile Employee Benefits Manager with expertise in Payroll Management and the correct application of HR policies and procedures to benefit employees. Demonstrates a positive and proactive approach to achieving outstanding results and leading on Payroll services while adhering to statutory obligations. Adept at motivating employees using refined communication and interpersonal qualities and is quick to pick up new skills and concepts.

Possesses over 28 years of experience in HR/Payroll operations and ERP SAP

Balances the bigger picture with competently managing immediate tasks to achieve set objectives

Able to maintain focus under pressure while employing lots of integrity

Targeting a challenging permanent or contract position as Head of Payroll or HR Manager either in the UK, Ireland, Indian Gulf or the Emirates where there is scope to further develop established skill set.


Payroll Management, Payroll Development, Full Payroll Lifecycle, Employee Benefit Management, Employee Engagement, HR Management, HR Support, HR Policy Development, HR Mentoring, HR Operations, HR Due Diligence, Policy & Procedure Development, System Management, System Implementation, Business Partnering, Statutory & Legislative Compliance, Performance Management, Reward Management, Team Development, Staff Management, Staff Engagement, Compensation Management, Time Management, Union Negotiation, Stakeholder Engagement, Project Management, Project Delivery, Survey Management, Compliance, Problem Resolution, Budgets, Strategy, Payroll Taxes, Third Party Vendor Management


Sabbatical Aug 2017 - Present

Currently updating myself on the Employment and Tax laws of USA, Canada, UK and Australia

Online workshops SAP Success Factor, this includes Employee Central, Employee Central Payroll, Performance and Goal/360degree/Calibration, Succession & Development, Compensation & Benefit, Recruiting Management,On boarding, Crossing Boarding, Off boarding, Workforce P/A

Bafokeng Rasimone Platinum Mine, Rustenburg Sep 1999 - Jul 2017

Employee Benefits Manager

Rustenburg, South Africa

Took full ownership for the overall management of the Payroll, employee motivation / development and all maintenance of the Payroll system

Meticulously monitored all policies, ensuring Payroll information and records complied fully with statutory requirements

Kept channels of communication open and transparent with senior management including updates on any changes to legislation and policies while engaging with stakeholders

Liaised closely with the HR, Finance and IT departments

Undertook responsibility for the benefits of new employees and for promotions and demotions

Oversaw the complex Payroll processing function including the computation of salaries, attendance, leave, fixed / variable entitlements, medical, travel and all other expenses incurred by employees

Played a key role in the management of the appraisal process by documenting reports on staff performance and developing plans based on KPIs and other modules

Established a framework for substantiating the performance appraisal system linked to reward management

Took charge of Time and Attendance

Completed insurance / medical cover documents as well as reporting to third parties

Adopted a calm and logical approach when dealing with any Payroll-related issues or problems, reaching rapid and satisfactory resolution for all concerned to maintain excellent employee relations

Updated and devised new implementations, policies and procedures as well as reconciliations between Finance / Payroll

Revised and amended annual budgets and strategy for the Payroll/Time Management departments

PAYE, UIF and SDL reconciliations and submission as per legislation

Streamlined the time keeping and salary payment system and updated personal files of employees

Ensured all relevant records were kept up-to-date including the leave record and absence record as well as generating attendance and absenteeism reports

Operated SAP systems and controlled role-based SAP users

Tasked as a Payroll Super User contributing to new system implementations while providing quality financial administration management

Key Achievements

In charge of setting up and organising the whole Payroll department initially, implementing all relevant policies and documents onto the stand alone VIP Payroll system while hitting the set deadline of four months

Subsequently successfully transferred all procedures and information onto the SAP system for 3,000 employees within the eight month timeline

Instilled ongoing improvements within the system by using the technology available to make procedures easier to use or to be more accessible such as downloading files onto one platform that every member of staff could access

Managed 3700 permanent employees and 7500 contractors

Anglo American Platinum – Rustenburg Section Mar 1989 - Aug 1999

Senior Supervisor, Payroll (Transferred to BRPM on Promotion)

Rustenburg, South Africa

Assisted the Payroll Accountant to manage and supervise the payroll function in order to meet team objectives and maximize team and individual capabilities.

Responsible for all payroll matters. This included updating and recommending payroll policies and procedures and proactively ensuring that these policies and procedures are adhered to.

Processed bi-weekly payroll. Answered payroll questions as they come up and provide routine and ad hoc payroll related reports.

Input of various payroll information such as new hires, terminations, salary adjustments, benefit days, etc. Verify approvals on timesheets.

Responsibility for the maintenance of all payroll records including ensuring compliance with the corporate policy for record retention and storage.

Preparation of payroll related journal entries and reconciliation of payroll sub-ledger to the general ledger.

Resolved payroll discrepancies by collecting and analyzing information.

Maintained payroll operations by following policies and procedures; reported needed changes. Maintained employee confidence and protected payroll operations by keeping information confidential.

Calculated and posted accruals related to federal, state, and local taxes and fees.

Key Achievements

Fostered payroll liabilities by the calculation of PAYE and other deductions and maintained historical human resource records by designing a filing and retrieval system.

Managed 21000 employees and 25000 contractors

Self Employed - Business Owner Mar 1987 - Mar 1989

Trador Cash & Carry, Rustenburg - Assistant Manager Jan 1985 - Mar 1987

Rustenburg Platinum Mine, Rustenburg Section - Learner Official Mining/Corporal Feb 1981 - Dec 1984


Leadership and Management course, Shaw Academy, UK (ongoing)

Mining for Non-Mining Employees, University of Johannesburg (2008)

Senior Leadership Programme, University of Cape Town (2003)

TOPP, Technicon SA, Johannesburg (2001)

SAP Power User HR / Payroll training

Managing Disciplinary Inquiries training

Legitimate Leadership training

Certificate in Payroll Accounting training

Mentorship training

Mentoring for Leaders training


Diploma in Payroll Management & Administration, Payroll Education, Johannesburg (2008)

Advanced Diploma Leadership and Management, Shaw Academy UK (2018)


Operating Systems - Windows (all desktop versions)

Packages - MS Office Suite (Excel, Word & PowerPoint)

Software – SAP: SAP HR Module; SAP Materials Management; Payroll Super User HR / Payroll; HR Power User Academy; SAP Query Manager


Fluent in English & Afrikaans

References are available upon request

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