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Head of Total Rewards

San Francisco, California | Direct Hire

Job ID: 54389 Position: Human Resources

The Head of Total Rewards will demonstrate an understanding of how total rewards supports the overall organizational strategy to enhance employee attraction, retention and engagement, as well as drive performance and business results. The scope of ownership will design, develop, direct, plan, implement and evaluate all total rewards programs which includes executive compensation. Additionally, this leader will partner with the  HR team in the execution of the annual salary review process and provide input and support to the HRIS team and the systems development and automation related to total programs.


The following responsibilities apply to all areas of Total Rewards, including executive compensation, employee compensation and company-wide benefits plans.
  • Lead the  Total Rewards function to effectively design, implement and manage the compensation and benefits
  • strategy, philosophy, programs, policies and initiatives to ensure that they are aligned with the company’ overall business strategy, priorities, and corporate culture.
  • Proactively ensure compensation and benefits programs are competitive based on market assessment and understanding of our business strategy to enhance the company' s ability to attract and retain top talent.
  • Communicate effectively and develop strategic partnerships with Executive Leadership, Legal, and Finance Teams.
  • Partnering with the Head of HR, manage the executive compensation platform, including preparation/presentation to the Compensation Committee of the Board.
  • Lead the annual compensation planning process to ensure successful delivery, competitiveness and alignment with  compensation philosophy
  • Develop training programs to educate leaders, managers and colleagues on the company’ s compensation and benefits programs
  • Lead the evaluation and alignment of individual positions, job levels and career families.
  • Coordinate interaction with executives and the external consultant to the Compensation Committee to review/develop the Compensation Committee quarterly meeting presentations and related support.
  • Lead the development of the health and welfare benefits strategy and direct the design, implementation, communication and cost control of health and welfare benefit programs for employees.
  • Ensure the company’ s compensation and benefits plans comply with  legal and other regulations and manage processes and controls to ensure ongoing compliance with those regulations.
  • Partner with external vendors, brokers and consultants in compensation and benefit areas to ensure the company is positioned competitively and stays current on market trends and changes in the life sciences industry.
  • Develop and execute a comprehensive communication strategy for compensation and benefit programs and identify opportunities to enhance employee engagement, facilitate proactive and effective messaging to educate employees as well as support the company’ s growth and strategic plan.
  • Support the HR team and overall organization with implementation of HR programs, projects and initiatives.

  • Bachelor’ s degree in HR Business or related field. Master’ s degree is desirable.
  • 10+ years in development, implementation and execution of compensation strategies in support of business objectives in a public company
  • 3-5 years working directly with the head of HR, CEO and Board (Compensation Committee) on executive / equity compensation strategies and programs is desirable
  • One or more certifications or demonstrated technical experience in compensation, benefits, HR leadership and/or consulting; CCP designation preferred
  • Strong analytical skills, mastery of Excel and PowerPoint and HR systems
  • Demonstrated leadership in a fast-paced and evolving organization.
  • Experience with internal and external reporting/disclosures requirements on executive compensation
  • Knowledge of M&A due diligence and integration
  • Robust financial acumen, as well understanding of tax/accounting/legal/regulatory issues related to executive compensation programs
  • Demonstrable partnership and influencing skills, strong communication skills, a commitment to outstanding customer service
  • Expert in design and management of sales, executive, traditional and non-traditional compensation programs
  • Ability to consult with employees at all organizational levels
  • Knowledge of equity plans
  • Effective communication and presentation skills
  • Sense of humor a must!



Tyler Smith
Direct Hire Recruiter

“People not placements”. That is Tyler's philosophy. Bringing his background in Customer Service and Sales into the Staffing industry, Tyler fully embraces the recruitment philosophy that one can truly find ideal candidates who fit not only the description but more importantly the culture of his clients. A tactical and analytical approach is the best description of the core process Tyler uses to find and present exceptional talent. "Half full, the glass always is!" Tyler is a San Francisco native and has a tremendous wealth of trivial knowledge of just about ANYTHING. When he’s not recruiting, Tyler spends his time enjoying his family, his local sports franchises, and good food! For the record, his sports affiliation has a very specific hierarchy as follows: 49ers, Giants, Warriors, Sharks, Raiders, Athletics, Earthquakes, Gryffindor.

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