Experienced Business Operations

HR Payroll Specialist (12 month maternity cover)


Optiver is looking for a HR Payroll Specialist to join the Human Resources team in our London office on a fixed-term 12 month contract. This is an ideal opportunity for someone with proven experience in the HR operations space, who thrives in a fast-paced and collaborative environment. You'll have the chance to work on a variety of strategic and impactful projects for a leading market-maker, including payroll transformation and HRIS and stakeholder management. We're looking for someone who's a self-starter, innovative and able to multi-task as they provide operational HR support. 

Who we are:

Optiver is a tech-driven trading firm and leading global market maker. As one of the oldest market making institutions, we are a trusted partner of 70+ exchanges across the globe. Our mission is to constantly improve the market by injecting liquidity, providing accurate pricing, increasing transparency and acting as a stabilising force no matter the market conditions. With a focus on continuous improvement, we participate in the safeguarding of healthy and efficient markets for everyone who participates.

As one of the world’s major financial centres, London was selected as the home of Optiver’s FX trading business, our UK-focused Institutional Trading Team and rapidly growing commodities trading arm. Optiver UK is located in a city that bridges European, Asian and American time zones, connecting our regional offices and embracing a truly global mind-set. London is one of the most diverse cities in the world, and is home to some of the best museums, a thriving international restaurant scene and bustling high streets that attract people from all over the globe.

What you’ll do:

As an HR Payroll Specialist you will be supporting the operational HR needs of our UK employee population. This work will include a variety of strategic HR Systems and Payroll projects. In summary, you will:

  • Solely oversee our monthly payroll process;
  • Lead our local payroll transformation project to achieve global alignment elaboration on their role/expectations on contribution to this project;
  • Act as a regional HRIS lead for Workday, taking on responsibility for projects involving local/global integrations, continuous system functionality improvements and automation, in addition to promoting our employees to utilise our newly implemented self-service system;
  • Supporting our local HR Data Analyst on business reporting requests;
  • Manage responses to audit requests for HR and Payroll information;
  • Work closely with the HR Advisory team members to ensure the operational HR support they provide throughout the business is efficient and effective;
  • Support the team in delivery of the end to end employee lifecycle, driving efficiencies and improvements. Support the wider HR team in delivering our end to end employee lifecycle, continuously driving improvements and process efficiencies;
  • Be a GDPR champion for the HR department, working closely with the Data Protection Officer to ensure compliance and best practice across processes. Be a GDPR champion throughout the wider HR department, working closely with our Data Protection Officer to ensure the highest level of compliance is met and procedural best practices are followed;
  • Act as point of contact for data integrity reviews/audits and ensure integrity and compliance of transactional data in Workday.

Who you are:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources or Administration, or equivalent experience;
  • Working knowledge and previous experience in a wide array of areas within HR such as UK payroll, UK visa & immigration, benefits administration/related policies and associated UK employment law; 
  • Working knowledge of systems including implementation such as Workday, ADP, Greenhouse would be advantageous;
  • Knowledge and experience of project management and maintaining governance;
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, with a strong customer service mentality and high degree of integrity, accountability, and emotional intelligence;
  • Ability to manage multiple projects/tasks simultaneously in a fast-paced environment with shifting priorities and deadlines;
  • Previous payroll transformation experience desirable;
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software;
  • Experience collaborating with colleagues in complex business models across multiple countries and jurisdictions would be desirable.

What you’ll get:

At Optiver UK, you will be part of a well-established and high-performing global firm whilst experiencing the excitement that comes from a growing operation. As our London operations grow, the opportunity to make a global impact and take your career to a new level expands with it. We offer a supportive environment for you to perform at your best. Some of our key benefits Include:

  • Competitive remuneration
  • 27 paid vacation days (plus UK public holidays)
  • Daily onsite breakfast and lunch
  • Paid commuting expenses (home to office)
  • 50% paid gym subscription  
  • Private medical insurance
  • Pension scheme
  • Training, conference attendance and continuous learning opportunities

How to apply:

Apply directly via the form below and please provide us with a CV and letter of motivation in English. Should there be a potential match, a member of our team will reach out sooner rather than later. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to reach out to [email protected].

When applying for a role with Optiver UK Limited, the recruitment process is run via our Optiver global recruitment team. The personal data you will submit as part of the recruitment process may be processed in the UK, US and the Netherlands. By continuing with your application you hereby consent to your personal data being processed in these locations. More information on how Optiver processes your personal data can be found in our Privacy Policy.

As an intentionally flat organisation, we believe that great ideas and impact can come from everyone. We are passionate about empowering individuals and creating diverse teams that thrive. Every person at Optiver should feel included, valued and respected, because we believe our best work is done together. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is hardwired through every stage of our hiring process. We encourage applications from candidates from any and all backgrounds, and we welcome requests for reasonable adjustments during the process to ensure that you can best demonstrate your abilities


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