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Muralidharan Balakrishna Pillai

Asst.Vice President – Reconciliation, Payroll & Staff Payments

Professional Summary

  • Accomplished accounting professional having more than 23 Years of experience.
  • Have worked in varied industries such as Banking, Manufacturing & Construction.
  • Handled functions such as HR Administration, Commercial & Financial accounting, Compensation & Reward, HR policies & procedures including UAE Law, and managing ERP/HR related projects.
  • Assist the CFO in identifying and proposing overall Staff Budget
  • Demonstrated high performance standards with astute attention to detail and deadlines, producing quality results.
  • Proficient in multiple operating systems and extremely knowledgeable in IT and Payroll software (Oracle Payroll).
  • High degree of professionalism with a proven ability to deal delicately with confidential material.

Key Skills

  • Coordination and management of entire payroll functions for a large staff base (> 5000 employees)
  • Verification of huge volumes of data to ensure error free monthly payrolls.
  • Month end consolidation and processing support.
  • Checking and auditing of all payrolls, ensuring legislative compliance.
  • Critically review and analyze current payroll and benefits in order to recommend and implement changes leading to best-practice operations.
  • Projects as required i.e. continuous improvement and standardization of payroll operations and systems.
  • MIS Reporting – Coordination with sub groups and supporting Internal reporting requirements.

Work experience

May 1995Present

Asst.Vice President – Reconciliation, Payroll & Staff Payments

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank 

Key Projects Handled and Responsibilities

  • Authorizing monthly Payroll, Staff Allowances, Monthly accruals, staff budgeting, Air Fare, School Fee and other fixed items. Leave payment and negotiation with Insurance companies for staff personal and medical insurance.
  • Staff end of service settlement, Pension, Staff Loans, Master Card & other staff reimbursements. Verification of monthly returns / large exposure of staff.
  • Develop/ maintain all functional requirements ranging from development of payroll requirement (formulas etc.) within the HRMS suite.
  • Monthly management reporting and Co-ordinate with Abu Dhabi Pension Department, Subsidiaries, Division Heads and Audit, especially External and Government auditors.
  • Integration of Outsource payroll and system implementation for new company, as a subsidiary in 2013. Complete staff (2000 Nos.) data and their salary package to incorporate with Oracle HRMS within a record time. Lead the team to achieve the goal.
  • 2010 – Integration and amalgamation. Complete staff (1000 Nos.) data and their salary package was transferred and tested within a very short time.
  • 2008 – Core Committee member and in charge of Payroll, Policies and Service Delivery team for the implementation of ORACLE HRMS – all modules in HR system from ORACLE.
  • 2005 – Core committee member and in-charge of financial module of ORACLE based HRIS system implementation in Human Resources Department.
  • 2004 – Lead the Payroll team for downsized exercise of 450 staff members and auxiliary staff has been released and settled within a short period of time (two months).
  • 1999 – Team leader - Test Key computerization – supervised the data input, verification and authentication.
  • 1996 – Bank wide SWIFT installation – Electronic fund transfer system – setting up the BKE authentication and message routing system.
May 1992Feb 1993

HR Executive

M/s. Vindhya Tele Links, (a sister concern of Birla Group) – India

Key Responsibilities

  • Office Administration – coordination with sales and other departments.
  • Manpower recruitment, internal staff training, Correspondence with the placement agents, Preparation of job description and compensation analysis.
  • Managing petty cash, staff’s leave and time sheet for various sites offices.


Jun 1988Jun 1990

M. A. (Public Administration)

Kerala University, India
Jun 1985Jun 1988

B.A. (Economics & Administration)

Kerala University, India


Certified Compensation & Benefits Manager (CCBM)

Master of Banking & Finance Management (MBA)

Professional Training


  • Total Reward Program – Module -1 “World at work – USA”.
  • Leadership Essentials for Senior Managers – Zenkar/Folkman.
  • Oracle HRMS (All HR Modules) – Payroll, Compensation, i-Recruitment and Self-Service.
  • Finance for non-Finance Professionals – MEIRC Training & Consulting
  • Human Resources Management – EIBFS
  • Accountancy for Banking – EIBFS
  • Products in Banking & Financial Statement Analysis – EIBFS
  • Swift Administration, BKE Set Up & Swift Back up & Technical Tools – SWIFT, Belgium
  • Internal Control (COSO and IAS)
  • Anti – Money Laundering