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Regional Compensation & Benefits Lead


Raleigh (UM USA inc.), US

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About Umicore

Reducing harmful vehicle emissions. Powering the cars of the future. Giving new life to used metals. We are the leading circular materials technology company fulfilling its mission to create materials for a better life. With ambitions like this, imagine what you could do?


About Support Functions

A global organization. It’s not just those in our industrial sites and technical centers that are vital to Umicore’s growth. Across our support functions we ensure that we continue to grow and evolve – whether it’s by making sure our decisions are commercially viable, enhancing our reputation, building new customer relationships or finding the right people who can build on what we’ve already achieved. The variety of our work means we cannot stand still. We need to find new ways to do things, discover new solutions and develop new ideas. Which is where you come in.


What you will be doing

The Regional Compensation & Benefits Lead steers the design, development, and implementation of effective and compliant-compensation and employee benefit programs across North America, in alignment with the Company and overall HR strategy. This role will help to ensure Umicore’s compensation, benefit programs, and processes are in line with shifting business needs and compliance obligations, to ensure Umicore remains an attractive and effective employer.

C&B Design and Implementation:

  • Operate as the Regional lead in charge of building and delivering strong, effective and compliant compensation and benefits programs, supporting the company’s rapid growth and business needs.
  • Craft effective and efficient policies and programs, steering continuous improvements and innovative approaches in the field of reward and employee recognition.
  • Continuously challenge the status quo and identify areas for process improvements. Put plans in place to move towards efficiency and effectiveness, ensuring the team and the services are seen as professional, credible and trusted. Build strong interfaces with the HR Operations team.
  • Steer system requirements and/or enhancements needed to support the successful design and implementation of the C&B programs, processes and tools, in collaboration with the relevant HR colleagues and the HRIS team.
  • Be responsible for the adherence to and keeping up to date on changing regulations and compliance requirements. Keep track of market trends.
  • Be a trusted partner within the C&B CoE team, driving all initiatives in alignment with the other C&B CoE colleagues, sharing efforts and providing backup as needed.


C&B Management:

  • Support our talent footprint by driving C&B initiatives to support attracting, retaining and engaging talent. Partner closely with our business leaders and the broader HR network (People business partners, Talent Acquisition, Site HR, …) to understand the business and talent needs, and concerns.
  • Provide strong C&B guidance to the colleagues of talent management, the hiring managers and people business partners prior to hiring and throughout the talent acquisition and talent development flow. Steer competitive offers and pay levels for new hires, promotions, etc… while safeguarding internal fairness.
  • Accountable for appropriate annual market pay guidelines and salary increase budgets by reviewing relevant compensation survey and market trends. Ensure effective yearly C&B processes within the region such as variable compensation, merit review, etc…
  • Actively build an internal network and partnerships across businesses and within the region. Partner closely with the operational teams within HR, Finance, Tax, etc.. building efficient and effective interfaces.
  • Steer the USA and Canada Benefit committees to review investment options associated with retirement plans as well as material decision on non-retirement for annual renewals.
  • Be actively involved in employee relations and negotiations for C&B topics. Ensure a constructive social dialogue on the C&B related matters and partner closely with Site HR.
  • Lead communications and education in the field of reward within the organization.
  • Prioritize initiatives and direct the work to ensure goals are met. Set clear and realistic C&B roadmaps on a (multi) yearly base.


Strategic projects:

  • Participation in strategic company projects requiring C&B expertise and strong guidance, such as e.g. M&A projects, new BU investments in the region.
  • Provide support in making Umicore’s ‘Let’s Go for Zero’ Strategy successful, including the achievement of defined D&I objectives.
  • Be a trusted partner in people excellence projects, steering the reward matters (e.g. global job evaluation framework


Who we are looking for

Functional requirements

  • 8+ years of relevant work experience in a multi-national company (MNC)
  • Master’s degree
  • In-depth understanding of compensation and benefits in an international environment, existing methodologies, and approaches.
  • Proficient in English (verbal/presentation/written).


Personal Skills (Behavioral competencies)

  • Strong leadership in multi-functional/multi-cultural environments. Demonstrates an inclusive leadership style.
  • Has excellent organizational and project management skills. Able to work efficiently and run numerous projects simultaneously. Comfortable with change, complexity and shifting priorities.
  • Ability to work at both operational and strategic levels, shifting quickly between details and big picture.
  • Eager to continuously find ways to improve the policies, programs and services. Shows a pro-active attitude triggering new ideas, innovative initiatives and solutions. Promotes an environment of creative thinking and innovation.
  • Ability to make sound decisions in ambiguous or difficult situations, synthesize information from multiple sources and use it for effective decision making.
  • Committed to results and decisive, with a ‘Make it happen’ attitude.
  • Excellent problem-solving capabilities and judgment. Diligent yet flexible approach to problem solving.
  • Builds sustainable relationships, establishing trust within the organization through proactive solution development.
  • Strong customer service skills with outstanding interpersonal and communication skills. Forms strong rapport with different partners. Ability to translate sophisticated situations into solutions for clear partners understanding.
  • Intercultural sensitivity


What we offer

We aim to lead the way. Not just for our customers, but for our employees too. That is why we strive to create a collaborative environment in which we can all succeed, and a culture through which we can all share ideas, develop our expertise and advance our careers. We engage in building an inclusive work culture that offers equal opportunities for all employees irrespective of their diverse backgrounds. As you would expect from a world-leading organisation, we will also reward your contribution with a competitive salary and benefits. With all this and more, imagine what you could do?


If our pioneering approach can make us a leader in sustainability, IMAGINE WHAT YOU COULD DO

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