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Ryanair are currently recruiting a Payroll Specialist to join Europe’s largest airline group.

The successful candidate will work within our German based European payroll team, where hard work, initiative and enthusiasm are part of the daily routine. This is an exciting opportunity for a motivated and ambitious candidate to work within a highly experienced payroll team assisting in the preparation and delivery of in-house and outsourced payrolls. This is a busy and complex monthly payroll for employees and crew requiring a high level of attention to detail.

This position provides an excellent opportunity to work with an experienced team gaining payroll experience within the Aviation Industry.

The successful candidate will initially be responsible for payroll / social insurance compliance in Germany and will in turn grow to handle additional jurisdictions and other Group’s finance functions, creating opportunities for career development. We are looking for a highly motivated individual who will be able to work to tight deadlines and take ownership of the role. They will also have the opportunity to have a leading role in other projects as the business develops in the region.

This location will be in Germany

Duties include:-

  • Process the start to finish payrolls for multiple EMEA countries
  • Support system integrations between HR and global payroll systems including resolving discrepancies
  • Update payroll in relation to salary changes for movements within the Company
  • Check the input of information relating to new starters i.e. tax, bank information etc.
  • Preparation of monthly payroll related journals.
  • Assist in the work on current expansion projects and ad-hoc reporting as the need arises.
  • Test new set up, system enhancements, system updates and integrations affecting Global Payroll.
  • Prepare and process spreadsheets for variable payments/deductions.
  • Prepare and bulk load spreadsheets to the payroll.
  • Assist with internal controls and procedures, including documentation and testing.
  • Preparation of 3rd party payments · Participate in different payroll projects and other opportunities as assigned.


  • Minimum 2 years experience working in payroll
  • The ability to work as part of a team
  • Candidates who hold experience with SAP and Employee Central Payroll will be at a distinct advantage.
  • Proven computer skills including advanced Excel
  • Experience in German payroll
  • An efficient and methodical work ethic – accuracy and attention to detail are essential
  • Ability to meet deadlines, strong interpersonal skills and a professional manner
  • Flexible work style and ability to adapt quickly and effectively to changing work demands
  • Flexibility to work outside normal office hours when required

Ideal candidate:

Experience in performing German withholding and social insurance calculations. Excellent analytical skills are essential. The candidate should be able to demonstrate a high degree of initiative, strong interpersonal and excellent communications skills.


  • Competitive salary
  • Discounted and unlimited travel to over 230 destinations
  • Death in Service Benefit – Up to 2 times of annual basic salary
  • 20 Days Annual Leave – Increasing to 22 days after 12 months and 25 days after 3 years of continuous service.
  • Cycle 2 Work Scheme
  • Unrivalled career progression

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