Job Purpose Summary

This role is one of a number of exciting opportunities NatureScot is offering in our Programme for Youth Employment. The programme sets out our ambitions for expanding our contribution to increasing youth employment in the rural skills sector and to develop nature based skills for the future.

This Modern Apprenticeship offers an excellent opportunity to work with NatureScot whilst learning on the job. It is a development role aimed at those in the early / next stage of their career in Payroll. You will gain a variety of skills and on the job experience within the role and specific team.

The apprentice will have a learning plan agreed with their line manager and assessor. They are required to complete a series of mandatory and optional modules. Each module is evidence based and apprentices need to demonstrate they have sufficient on the ground experience and associated learning to complete each module.

The apprentice will develop and gain knowledge in payroll, pensions and employee benefits, in line with legislation, using our Oracle cloud based database, and will gain transferrable skills that will be appealing to many different organisations. It will also offer an opportunity to understand how working in a payroll environment can contribute to Net Zero.

This post may require time to be office based within one of the NatureScot offices. NatureScot supports home and remote working and it is likely that the new person will be working from home at the beginning of their contract, thereafter there is the option to be based in a relevant office or from home.

Nature is vital to all of us in Scotland. The more diverse NatureScot is, the better we will be in connecting everyone with nature. We particularly encourage applications from people from Minority Ethnic (ME) backgrounds and people with a disability

You can find out more information about our placements and NatureScot .

Areas of Responsibility and Accountabilities:

These will be dependent on the type of Apprenticeship and associated role in NatureScot.

  • Assist the People & Organisational Development Support Team enter any changes into our payroll system which are required for the correct payment of employee salaries and benefits, in line with legislation and NatureScot policy, and to help identify where processes can be improved.
  • Assist with the accurate running of the monthly payroll and associated reports by compiling and checking data.
  • Respond effectively to enquiries from employees / external organisation
  • Assist in gathering pension data and responding to pension queries (both from our employees and the Pensions Administrator, MyCSP) where appropriate.
  • Help update and maintain our payroll, pensions and employee benefits pages on our intranet, and promoting pensions awareness across the organisation using the resources available.
  • Specific Role Responsibilities: (Please refer to these in your Supporting Statement)

  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable in response to changing priorities, contribute to collaborative / team working, as well as the ability to work on own initiative.
  • Ability to work logically, accurately with attention to detail, and to deadlines
  • Experience in using email, Word and Excel and ability to learn other data management systems quickly.
  • Ability to appropriately handle sensitive and confidential information
  • Numeracy skills
  • Communication skills
  • Evidence of problem solving skills
  • Ability to come up with new ideas to improve processes and novel ways of employee benefit and pension awareness promotion.
  • Development opportunities NatureScot offer you:

  • Completion of the learning related to the Apprenticeship and NatureScot mandatory learning.
  • Additional learning related to working in the specific post.
  • Learning will be offered in a number of different ways, on the job, coaching and/or mentoring, webinars formal training, etc.
  • Eligibility

    An Apprentice must:

  • Want to undertake an apprenticeship to help with the next steps in their career
  • Be ready to acquire the broad range of skills, knowledge and understanding required for the post.
  • Be prepared to attend off-the-job training
  • Show an interest in NatureScot.
  • Have a positive attitude towards learning
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