Job Location:
Lisbon, Portugal

Job Description:

At Ferring Pharmaceuticals, we help people around the world build families and live better lifes. We are entrepreneurial and innovative, with a global team focused on scientific advances in the areas of reproductive and women’s health, gastroenterology and urology. Ferring + You is all about working together and sharing ideas, so that we can bring science to life for patients around the world.

Every person at Ferring works together to change lives and help people build families. Our corporate teams offer empowering, innovative, challenging and rewarding careers – we are motivated to make a difference. To reach our full potential we collaborate, and respect and value diverse contributions so that we can grow as an organisation and as professionals. Together we can influence the world around us to make life and work better.

Ferring FSC is looking for a Payroll Specialist to join the international team, operating globally. As an EMEA Payroll Specialist you will be processing payroll data for multiple countries predominantly across European and Asia Pacific jurisdictions however will not be limited to these regions.

Our Service Centre located in Lagoas Park, Oeiras, is growing and we are expanding our payroll team to support mainly European, Middle East and African countries.

As an International Payroll Specialist, you will be responsible for managing and overseeing the payroll for several countries within our global organization.


You will ensure that our employees are paid correctly and timely, and that we comply with the local tax and labor regulations.  You will provide timely and accurate financial information, alongside adherence to Service Level Agreements (SLAs), and successful team partnership across.

You will also collaborate with various internal and external stakeholders to improve the payroll processes and systems.

Your day at Ferring

  • Manage Payroll actions in accordance with deadlines to ensure all payroll transactions are processed accurately and timely.

  • Reconcile payroll prior to transmission and validate confirmed reports.

  • Understand proper taxation of employer paid benefits.

  • Provide process support for payroll in conjunction with the vendors.

  • Implementing new Payroll systems as part of Payroll transformation when needed

  • Execute interface with payroll providers where necessary.  

  • Perform compliance and audit checks.

  • Process accurate and timely month end/year-end reporting when necessary

  • Produce ad hoc financial and operational reporting as needed.

  • Manage third party payments and reporting.

  • Investigate, assess and recommend solutions to employee queries.

  • Manage day-to-day assigned tasks in accordance with SOP/policies.

  • Raising issues with the reporting manager, suggesting practical solutions to day to day issues

  • Take ownership and accountability of assigned tickets, whilst working collaboratively with other internal HR/HRIT/Finance Functions as required

  • Ensure confidentiality and data protection compliance.

  • Optimize payroll processes with a vision of continuous improvement.

  • As contact person for external auditors in the context of company audits and year-end work

  • Preparation, evaluation, presentation and optimization of complex, HR-relevant reports.

  • Support in the optimization of various HR/ Payroll systems and processes

Behind our innovation…There’s you

  • At least 3 years of Payroll experience preferably in a shared services or COE model

  • Working knowledge of payroll best practices

  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality and handle sensitive situations with solid judgment and discretion is critical

  • Excellent verbal communication including proper grammar, tone, and a clear speaking voice to ensure solid communication with the customer via phone and in person

  • Excellent written communication skills including proper grammar and correct sentence structure to document cases in the Ticket system and communicate with customers and employees via email

  • Ability to adapt to a rapidly changing environment

  • Must be able to successfully interact with all Ferring Departments

  • Exceptional customers focus and service orientation

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

  • Conflict resolution skills

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

  • Analytical and problem solving capability

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

  • Knowledge of Workday

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Administration, Business Administration, or accounting or related field

  • Other Qualifications: English – Required; + other European Language; or Arabic

  • Competencies Required: Analytical skills; Relationship Management; Drive for Results; Presentation Skills; Dealing with Ambiguity; Building Interpersonal Relationships

People come first at Ferring

  • Get inspired from our commitment to advocate for everyone’s right to build a family, no matter who you are, where you live or who you love

  • Our inclusive support package – “Building Families at Ferring” provides equal and accessible policies for all employees who wish to start their family journey, ensuring a global standard, irrespective of location and role

  • Parental leave for both birthing and non-birthing parents

  • Extended support on family building journey

Making a difference in the life of millions of people means we succeed by working together. Our diverse backgrounds, experiences, expertise, and perspectives enable us to find solutions to even the most challenging problems, and our success is tied to each team member’s contributions. Imagine the power of your career when it’s Ferring + You.

Behind our purpose… There’s you

If our mission and your vision are aligned, please apply!

We strive to build and maintain an inclusive and diverse workplace with equal opportunities and mutual respect for all employees regardless of their backgrounds and socioeconomic status.

Note to agencies: this search is being managed by Ferring’s Talent Acquisition team. Kindly do not send us spontaneous profiles.


Ferring Service Center Portugal