Human Resource/Payroll Administrator at National Research Foundation

  • Permanent Intermediate EE position

  • Cape Town, Western Cape

  • Market Related salary

  • Job 2177069 | Ref 2761

  • Posted 08 Jan 2018

About the Position

Human Resource (HR)/Payroll Administrator

(Based in Cape Town, Western Cape)

The SAAO is the National Facility for Optical and Infrared Astronomy of the National Research Foundation (NRF). Its headquarters are in Cape Town, while its telescopes are at Sutherland in the Northern Cape. Distributed between the two sites, SAAO employs about 130 people, many of them scientists and engineers, and is contracted to operate SALT (the Southern African Large Telescope) on behalf of the international SALT Foundation. SAAO is the premier optical/infrared research facility on the African continent, with global research and outreach collaborations, contributing to SET human capital development for South Africa.

We invite applications for the position of HR/Payroll Administrator as described below:

Key responsibilities:

  • Maintaining the computerised payroll system
  • Handling of all staff queries relating to salaries / staff benefits as well as the processing of applications, changes and terminations
  • Providing monthly reports such as leave balance reports to line managers and statistical information required for management reporting
  • Accurately capturing of leave, filing, maintaining and updating of leave records in line with organisational policies & procedures
  • Ensuring the effective maintenance and management of all personnel records
  • General HR Administration

Minimum Requirements

  • National Diploma (or equivalent qualification) in HR
  • Relevant training on payroll packages
  • 2-3 years relevant HR/Payroll experience
  • strong computer skills with knowledge of MS Word and Excel


  • Fully competent in Income Tax calculations
  • Knowledge of UIF & Workmen's Compensation
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Ability to handle sensitive / confidential information
  • Accuracy
  • Integrity
  • Initiative
  • Attention to detail
  • Team player

The filling of this position will be in line with the NRF's Employment Equity Policy and Plan

The salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The ideal candidate will have the following competencies:


  • interact with people at all levels
  • administer staff recruitment, selection, placement, induction and termination processes
  • capture and update information on individual employees
  • manage payroll processes and data


  • conducting induction sessions for new employees
  • the administration of leave records


  • human resources policies and procedures
  • Labour relations and human resources legislations

About The Employer

National Research Foundation (NRF) supports and promotes research and human capital development though funding, the provision of National Research Facilities and science outreach platforms and programmes to the broader community in all fields of science and technology, including natural science, engineering, social science and humanities.

Employer & Job Benefits

  • Pension
  • Group Life and Medical

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