What is your role and what does it involve?
In a nutshell, my role is to manage payroll both in the UK and internationally. Of course, that’s a lot easier said than done when we are using four different versions of ADP software, companies called BDO, Smith and Williamson and more just to get the job done.
I am also responsible for making sure that finance receive an accurate picture of wage costs on a weekly basis so that they don’t have any nasty surprises at the end of each month we pay our staff. Again, easier said than done when the information is coming in from several sources in numerous different formats.
Why Reiss? What do you enjoy about the company?
What I love the most is the people. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not an easy job to do but there is a real focus on people and culture which I have never seen anywhere else. It’s a fantastic place to work, with lots of opportunities to progress. There is also a real focus on staff benefits, which again, I have not seen before.
I have only ever been to one, but Reiss certainly knows how to throw a Christmas party, so I look forward to the next one, one day, post pandemic. Reiss also through a pretty mean fashion show, it was clear that a lot of work had gone into organising such an epic event.
What is your background and how did you get to where you are today?
Most notably, prior to Reiss I spent the last 16 years heading up payroll for Lord Andrew Lloyd Webbers at LW Theatres. At peak I was responsible for paying 13 theatres and a ticketing call centre - both paid weekly, a Head Office payroll and a Pensioner payroll- both paid monthly. Approximate total headcount was 1,500 at peak.
I was also responsible for the affiliated accounts and making sure all costs were accounted for accurately and on time. Not an easy task what with shows, events and concerts constantly changing. A big part of the accounting side was periodically satisfying auditors. Different sections of the business were audited at different times of the year by different external companies - so that was fun.