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Sr. Compensation & Benefits Manager

Req id:  38886

Reading, GB



As the Information Company, our mission at OpenText is to create software solutions and deliver services that redefine the future of digital. Be part of a winning team that leads the way in Enterprise Information Management. 




The Opportunity:


Help us build a Total Reward capability across the EMEA region. As an experienced reward professional and subject matter expert, you will work on the strategy, analysis, design, and project management of UK and regional reward initiatives, with an emphasis on retirement and insured benefits. Taking a leadership role in a matrixed environment you will work closely with the EMEA Reward leader to ensure the success of transformational benefit and compensation projects progress, with a special focus on the UK and Ireland.


In this role, you lead specification, feasibility, market review, and selection of a flex benefit platform for the UK and IE. This will include managing the transition and closure of legacy pension plans in Ireland and reviewing and proposing pathways to harmonization of pension contributions in the UK and IE. You will also serve as project manager for all pension integration work in Germany including a three-year road map and recommendation on how to govern and administer the plans going forward.


You will also help to develop and extend engaging financial well-being programs in the UK and IE partnering with comms, HRBPs, and HRSS. You will work closely with the Director of Total Rewards M&A on potential acquisitions by assisting with due diligence and integration proposals.


What you will do: 


  • Interpret Reward strategy and priorities to develop project terms of reference and scope by applying a total rewards lens to all programs and benefits.
  • Manage the interface with key stakeholders to solicit and integrate input and direction.
  • Develop and manage project plans and milestone commitments, adjusting according to progress and conditions.
  • Lead matrixed teams of Reward, HRSS, Payroll, Procurement, HRBPs, and external consultants to achieve project deliverables.
  • As a subject matter expert for benefits and pensions across EMEA, lead the design and delivery of a comprehensive benefits package/programs to meet business objectives and keep pace with the changing workforce within the assigned geographies and business units
  • Manage annual benefit renewals and develop the annual budget for multiple EMEA countries which includes working directly with various brokers and consultants on the development of business cases. 
  • Support HR Business partners and business leaders on compensation topics for assigned regions including benchmarking, salary range development
  • Research and analysis of group benefit and retirement plans, to ensure the competitiveness of plans through benchmark analysis to identify trends and ensure plans remain market competitive in the TR context.
  • Prepare, analyze, and deliver reporting and cost projections to support the recommendation of benefit plan changes and ensure program governance


You are great at:


  • Experience in an international reward-focused role in a multinational company.
  • Bachelor’s degree in HR, Business, or related field/MBA.
  • Experience in the design and administration of benefit plans and programs in multiple countries (specifically the UK, Ireland, and Germany). 
  • Desirable specifics; EMEA Pensions and regulatory environment, Insurance brokerage, HR Technology implementation, Flex Benefits.
  • Ability to lead and manage change in a matrix environment.
  • High-level interpersonal and employee relations skills. Ability to confidently and comfortably interact with team members and leaders at all levels, including HR and Business executives.
  • A demonstrated ability to prioritize with multiple tasks and tight deadlines and with a high degree of change and ambiguity.
  • Ability to effectively handle escalations and time-critical issues. 



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