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Manager, Variable Compensation

Req id:  10799

Waterloo, ON, CA



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 Variable Compensation (VC) team is a value-added customer service-driven department committed to providing relevant, accurate and timely variable compensation information, guidance, and training.  The VC team’s primary goal is to pay plan participants the right amount at the right time while ensuring compliance with plan provisions and company policies.  The VC team collaborates with their partners in HR, Finance, and the business to produce innovative and scalable variable compensation solutions that support future growth.  They contribute to the plan design process and manage the applicable systems and processes to ensure that the agreed outcome can be executed and administered effectively and efficiently.




The Manager, Variable Compensation will lead Global Variable Compensation Commissions to ensure that all parts of the variable compensation process are handled effectively and efficiently.

The individual will have a proven track record that demonstrates a strong ability to analyze and clearly communicate financial information. The Manager will be a self-starter and be able to handle multiple tasks in the face of changing priorities and conflicting goals. This role requires the skill of establishing and building credibility with functional and business unit managers to gain their support with respect to innovative ideas and approaches. Experience in a complex environment with multiple financial systems is an asset.




  • Manage the worldwide variable compensation process including payment calculations, approvals, and mediation of compensation issues for commissions, and other VC programs to ensure fiduciary, regulatory and plan provision requirements are met.
  • Ensure delivery of top-notch customer service by creating an environment that focuses on ongoing process improvement, enhanced customer experience, strong partnerships and “doing it right the first time”.
  • Develop and administer top-notch education program for all variable compensation employees both leaders and individual contributors.
  • Perform staff support activities needed for the development, implementation, communication and administration of variable compensation programs, plans and policies including the preparation of Compensation Review Board materials.
  • Collaborate with Human Resources, Controllers, Revenue Operations and FP&A to ensure worldwide variable compensation is processed accurately as well as fairly and consistently; also works as a member of the Variable Compensation Centre of Excellence (VC COE).
  • Support the annual VC plan renewal process, including participation in plan design and system changes.  Manages the annual plan distribution processes.




  • 5+ years experience in a managerial position, preferably in a customer-facing area
  • Exceptional skills in building partnerships and change management with a strong focus on continuous improvement.
  • Excellent communications skills experienced at senior levels and across functional areas.
  • Strategic thinker who is also detail-oriented and deadline-driven.
  • Organized with an ability to balance multiple tactical and strategic projects in a fast-paced environment.
  • Experience with administration systems, including the ability to support requirements development and testing
  • Must possess experience in financial analysis, compensation planning/administration, systems support and customer training. 
  • Working knowledge of general ledger and compensations systems is an asset (SAP, Xactly)



At OpenText we understand and value diversity in our employees and are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We hire the best talent regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, sex, age, veteran status or sexual orientation. If you require accommodation at any time during the recruitment process please email accommodationrequests@opentext.com. Applicants have rights under Federal Employment Laws including but not limited to: Family and Medical Leave Act (FLMA)Equal Employment Opportunity  and Employee Polygraph Protection Act


Our growing team is mapping the future of Information Management, and we continue to make new discoveries that expand its boundaries. Join us and be part of a winning team, where the opportunities for your career are limitless. 

From its innovative start as a research project by University of Waterloo professors in 1991, OpenText has grown into a global company with offices in more than 35 countries. Our high- performance culture has forged our growth and is an excellent fit for people looking to push themselves to learn and do more.

It’s our time to lead, and as part of our team, it will be your time too. Our continued growth will provide you the opportunity to explore, learn and chart an exciting career path while enjoying a good work-life balance. 

If you thrive in a dynamic work environment, there is always a new horizon to explore. We are proud to offer excellent benefits, challenging work and competitive financial rewards. 

Our employee programs prioritize employees’ well-being and that of their families. We offer a comprehensive benefit plan, education assistance, a wellness/fitness reimbursement and time off to volunteer. 

Social events 
With offices around the world and flexible work arrangements, OpenText strives to make sure all our employees feel connected. Teamwork extends to our social lives too from local social events to company-wide activities, we want our employees to take time to relax and have fun.  

Corporate Citizenship  
Corporate Citizenship is more than a program for us, it is engrained in our purpose, impact, and approach to doing business. Through numerous volunteer initiatives, we support education and innovation for global change.

Explore your career and your potential. Become an OpenText Voyager.

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