Maria Stark, European Payroll Manager at EasyJet talks to GPALive Maria Stark, European Payroll Manager at EasyJet talks to GPALive

Maria Stark, European Payroll Manager at EasyJet talks to GPALive
03 May 2019

Maria Stark, European Payroll Manager at EasyJet talks to GPA Live about the defining moments in her long payroll career.

Current payroll position

I’ve been the European payroll manager at EasyJet for the last 2.5 years.

Payroll job that launched my career

I started out as a trainee payroll assistant at the NHS 32 years ago.

Why I chose payroll

I didn’t, it chose me! I knew that I was good with numbers, but didn’t fancy accountancy. Payroll gave me the numbers I love, plus the interaction with people. I was a single mum looking for a job and there happened to be a vacancy at the local hospital, which had an onsite crèche and that sold me the role. Pretty quickly I feel in love with payroll and I still retain that passion today. 

What I'm working on today

Process improvements, looking at how we can put in or improve on automation between the many systems we use and the payroll system.

What I bring to international payroll

I bring 30-plus years of experience, 20 of those in European payroll at numerous companies, for example, Pitney Bowes, Ted Baker, Dow Jones and EasyJet. Plus, a solid background in process and governance controls.

My defining payroll moment

Was winning a global payroll team award in 2016 and being including in the Top 50 Payrollers list in the same year.

My toughest payroll challenge

Keeping up to date with all different country legislations and ensuring compliance with them.

My biggest industry influence

Andrea Brown, head of HR services at EasyJet. She just gets payroll. She influences with an individual style. She is direct but tactful and her experience is extremely broad.

Best payroll innovation

The automation of so many processes. When I originally started it was all manual with daisy wheel printers and cash payments.

My payroll ambition

To prove that all payrollers are more than just data entry clerks who control the ‘go’ button.

Payroll five years from now

Will be using artificial intelligence as a matter of course within the industry.

 

Maria Stark, European Payroll Manager at EasyJet talks to GPA Live about the defining moments in her long payroll career.

Current payroll position

I’ve been the European payroll manager at EasyJet for the last 2.5 years.

Payroll job that launched my career

I started out as a trainee payroll assistant at the NHS 32 years ago.

Why I chose payroll

I didn’t, it chose me! I knew that I was good with numbers, but didn’t fancy accountancy. Payroll gave me the numbers I love, plus the interaction with people. I was a single mum looking for a job and there happened to be a vacancy at the local hospital, which had an onsite crèche and that sold me the role. Pretty quickly I feel in love with payroll and I still retain that passion today. 

What I'm working on today

Process improvements, looking at how we can put in or improve on automation between the many systems we use and the payroll system.

What I bring to international payroll

I bring 30-plus years of experience, 20 of those in European payroll at numerous companies, for example, Pitney Bowes, Ted Baker, Dow Jones and EasyJet. Plus, a solid background in process and governance controls.

My defining payroll moment

Was winning a global payroll team award in 2016 and being including in the Top 50 Payrollers list in the same year.

My toughest payroll challenge

Keeping up to date with all different country legislations and ensuring compliance with them.

My biggest industry influence

Andrea Brown, head of HR services at EasyJet. She just gets payroll. She influences with an individual style. She is direct but tactful and her experience is extremely broad.

Best payroll innovation

The automation of so many processes. When I originally started it was all manual with daisy wheel printers and cash payments.

My payroll ambition

To prove that all payrollers are more than just data entry clerks who control the ‘go’ button.

Payroll five years from now

Will be using artificial intelligence as a matter of course within the industry.