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Reward and Payroll Director, Europe


London, LND, GB

Explore the possibilities across our global house of brands.

Defined by inclusivity rather than exclusivity, Tapestry embraces the exploration of individuality and invests in helping you grow personally and professionally. Every individual in our global house has the opportunity to make an impact, learn and be part of our growing and unique story.

At Tapestry, we have the freedom to express ourselves and run with our best ideas across Coach, Kate Spade New York, and Stuart Weitzman. We share a profound belief in both our individual and collective potential, and know that with hard work and dedication, anything is possible.

Primary Purpose:
Reporting to the VP, HR Europe & Global HR Operations, the Director, Europe Payroll & Total Rewards will oversee the complete payroll function for Europe and provide support in all aspects of Rewards to the business. They will lead and develop a team of two to support the Payroll and Rewards function, and drive improvements in the overall payroll process.

The successful individual will leverage their proficiency to:

  •  Assume full responsibility for European Payroll & Total Rewards and be accountable to the Vice President, HR Europe  & Global HR Operations. For Total Rewards matters, there will also be an accountability to the Vice President, Global Rewards
  • Partner with the business and finance on field sales incentives i.e. variable pay and sales incentive governance: strategy, design, competitiveness, etc. Advise on requirements, cost-analysis, project management set-up and roll out, and keep up to date with European legislation changes
  • Lead local HR business partners to deliver year end process
  • Ensure the correct evaluation and leveling of jobs in partnership with the Vice President, HR Europe  & Global HR Operations and Global Total Rewards team
  • Lead benefit renewal process, budgeting and planning for each country; liaising with benefit vendors and internal partners to resolve eligibility and escalated benefits cases
  • Responsible for plan communication and ensuring employees understand and leverage benefits appropriately for their wellbeing. Manage attractive and relevant communication to employees to answer queries on plans and keep documents and FAQs up-to-date
  • Own the administration of the UK pension scheme and monitor pension regulation updates, as required
  • Support company Wellness initiatives
  • Participate in Corporate-wide projects with local application
  • Partner with HR Business Partners and Global Leaders/Managers on rewards topics with broadest impact and shareholder return
  • Help ensure reward programs and tools attract, retain and motivate great talent and are in line with corporate inclusivity & diversity goals
  • Partner with Finance to ensure timely reporting on all required areas


Lead the Europe payroll team to:

  • Ensure the accurate and timely processing of payroll, ensuring compliance with agreed authorisation procedures prior to submission to external vendors
  • Maintain confidentiality of payroll operations by ensuring that general and payroll specific security procedures are observed by the team
  • Comply with all relevant Company accounting, payroll and Global Rewards procedures
  • Regularly evaluate working methods and procedures, making recommendations to improve the efficiency of the payroll department
  • Process manual payments accurately where necessary, whilst minimising the requirement to make such payments
  • Monitor the accuracy of payroll documentation received by the team on an on-going basis (e.g. input forms, deduction notices, SSP/SMP notifications), identifying potential problems and taking remedial actions where necessary
  • Complete the reconciliation of weekly and monthly payrolls, inland revenue and other external body payments and submit to the Finance Department
  • Partner with the Finance Department to complete year end procedures and payments, in an accurate and timely fashion, including final amendments
  • Ensure all external statutory forms are completed correctly and in a timely manner
  • Liaise with the Inland Revenue, DSS and other statutory bodies on procedural and legislative requirements and ensure compliance
  • Support, monitor and track information ahead of HMRC compliance requirements, while working with other HR team members to obtain the required information.  Support with maintenance of HR SOX Compliance where applicable
  • Create business requirement documents for the processes they support. Develop and maintain process flow charts

The accomplished individual will possess:

  • Ability to relate to, influence and collaborate with employees at all levels in the organization
  • Strong customer service and client focus with outstanding judgment
  • Sound experience administering C&B and relocation programs in a pan-European role
  • Analytical and critical thinking ability a must
  • Ability to handle confidential and sensitive information
  • Ability to handle cross-functional projects and initiatives
  • A hands-on approach and a can do attitude with the ability to work in a fast paced, growing and evolving business
  • Excellent time management, written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent attention to detail, process oriented and high-level of accuracy
  • Expert skills Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
  • Experience working with job evaluation/job leveling
  • Quality written & verbal communication, interpersonal and presentation skills

Our Competencies for All Employees

  • Drive for Results: Can be counted on to exceed goals successfully; is constantly and consistently one of the top performers; very bottom-line oriented; steadfastly pushes self and others for results.
  • Customer Focus: Is dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers; gets first-hand customer information and uses it for improvements in products and services; acts with customers in mind; establishes and maintains effective relationships with customers and gains their trust and respect.
  • Creativity: Comes up with a lot of new and unique ideas; easily makes connections among previously unrelated notions; tends to be seen as original and value-added in brainstorming settings.
  • Interpersonal Savvy: Relates well to all kinds of people, up, down, and sideways, inside and outside the organization; builds appropriate rapport; builds constructive and effective relationships; uses diplomacy and tact; can diffuse even high-tension situations comfortably.
  • Learning on the Fly: Learns quickly when facing new problems; a relentless and versatile learner; open to change; analyzes both successes and failures for clues to improvement; experiments and will try anything to find solutions; enjoys the challenge of unfamiliar tasks; quickly grasps the essence and the underlying structure of anything.
  • Perseverance: Pursues everything with energy, drive, and a need to finish; seldom gives up before finishing, especially in the face of resistance or setbacks.
  • Dealing with Ambiguity: Can effectively cope with change; can shift gears comfortably; can decide and act without having the total picture; isn’t upset when things are up in the air; doesn’t have to finish things before moving on; can comfortably handle risk and uncertainty.


Our Competencies for All People Managers

  • Strategic Agility: Sees ahead clearly; can anticipate future consequences and trends accurately; has broad knowledge and perspective; is future oriented; can articulately paint credible pictures and visions of possibilities and likelihoods; can create competitive and breakthrough strategies and plans.
  • Building Effective Teams: Blends people into teams when needed; creates strong morale and spirit in their team; shares wins and successes; fosters open dialogue; lets people finish and be responsible for their work; defines success in terms of the whole team; creates a feeling of belonging in the team.
  • Managerial Courage: Doesn’t hold back anything that needs to be said; provides current, direct, complete, and “actionable” positive and corrective feedback to others; lets people know where they stand; faces up to people problems on any person or situation (not including direct reports) quickly and directly; is not afraid to take negative action when necessary.


Tapestry, Inc. is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and we pride ourselves on hiring and developing the best people. All employment decisions (including recruitment, hiring, promotion, compensation, transfer, training, discipline and termination) are based on the applicant’s or employee’s qualifications as they relate to the requirements of the position under consideration. These decisions are made without regard to age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic characteristics, race, color, creed, religion, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship, disability, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or any other legally-recognized protected basis prohibited by applicable law. Visit Tapestry, Inc. at

Req ID:  85188

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