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takealot: Payroll Officer


takealot: Payroll Officer



Location: Cape Town


Closing Date: Not specified

Advertisement, a leading South African online retailer, is looking for a Payroll Officer to join our Human Resources team in Cape Town.

We are a young, dynamic, hyper growth company looking for smart, creative, hard working people to join us. We offer market related benefits, a great work environment and a promise that you won’t be bored as long as you are prepared for a challenge and want to build something great.

This role will report to the Payroll Manager, your responsibilities will include:

  • Collecting, calculating and capturing payroll information timeously into the payroll system
  • Ensuring that all captured payroll inputs are accurate prior to payroll submission
  • Performing Payroll Reporting as and when required
  • Resolve payroll discrepancies/queries by collecting and analysing information timeously
  • Assisting with coordination of HR information/Communication/training sessions as and when required
  • Maintaining accurate payroll and employee records by ensuring that all documentation is filed timeously
  • Preparing Letter of Appointments (LOA), Addendums and UIF documentation etc
  • Resolving leave queries timeously
  • Assisting with HR administration
  • Participating in related projects as and when required
  • Dealing with all payroll information accurately and ensuring that all such information is dealt with privately and confidentially.

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Attributes required:

  • Full understanding of payroll concepts and remuneration principles and practices
  • Knowledge of relevant, South African legislation (BCEA, UIF, SDA, PAYE, WCA, COIDA) 
  • Strong Numerical skills
  • Strong Computer skills
  • Understanding of payroll legislation and processes
  • Ability to interpret different earning types to relevant tax legislation applied
  • Ability to communicate and interact well at all levels of the organization
  • Excellent written and Verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and work well in a team
  • Customer service focused
  • Strong planning and organising skills, and the ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to handle and prioritise multiple tasks and meet all deadlines
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise extreme discretion


  • Grade 12 (mathematics at this level is a requirement)
  • Human Resources Diploma or equivalent 
  • A minimum of 2 years’ payroll experience (Sage, VIP, Payspace etc)
  • Proficient in using MS Excel (V-lookups, pivot tables and graphs)
  • Finance experience will be an added advantage

The Environment:

  • employees are entrepreneurial and dynamic, smart, customer-centric, fun and have the shared ambition of being the leading e-commerce company in Africa.
  • We have fun, work hard, take ownership, work in teams to create solutions, and are always open to direct feedback/new ideas on where we can improve.
  • We are short on ego and high on output.
  • We are doers and not only thinkers, its all in the execution after all.
  • We love what we do and what we are creating.

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We seek to Employ an Extraordinary Mind who:

  • is forthright but respectful
  • is an expert at doing, who can not only design but also execute
  • is analytical, able to use data to make decisions
  • is competitive, self-directed and strive to be the BEST (GREAT requires a lot of work and does not only happen during business hours
  • is passionate about the potential of e-commerce and delivering a world-class customer experience
  • is entrepreneurial, thrives under change and accepts it is a constant and always looks for solutions to do something better and faster
  • is able to think about problems from a business perspective using technical and product input
  • is curious and challenge the status quo
  • is innovative and enjoys iteration
  • is collaborative
  • will be at the cutting edge of developing new concepts for
  • thinks like an owner of the business.


If you meet the above you are an Extraordinary Mind so come and join us!


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