Regional Head of Total Rewards

Leads a large or broad function/department within a multifaceted organization. Responsible for operational success, strategic alignment and integration of activities with other major organizational functions. Responsible for one or more recognized professional disciplines. Fully accountable for the success of the designated function or department. Influences strategy and sets policy and direction. Owns a significant number of measurable functional, operational and strategic goals or priorities. Assumes responsibility for the successful implementation of business plans in a defined area of responsibility. Contributes to the overall strategic definition of a function with strong business acumen. Acts as a key advisor to executive management in influencing the strategic direction of the business. Typically reports to EXEC3.


  • Develops and leads planning, design, implementation, communication and delivery of the compensation, benefits or total rewards programs across a region, large business group or globally.
  • Oversees the design and implementation of the compensation and/or benefits programs and practices with broad workforce impact.
  • May lead Center of Expertise in one or more C&B areas.
  • Actively partners with and influences clients at the EXEC2 and EXEC3 level on a regular basis.
  • Drives strategies and initiatives at the global/regional/business group level by exercising governance oversight in one or more areas (e.g., key policy decisions, requisition approval, resolution of high-impact disputes).
  • May have significant financial responsibility (e.g., budget of $1 million+ USD).
  • Leads a team of Managers and Senior Individual Contributors for a business function, and/or region by setting overall program initiatives, allocating financial and human capital for programs and projects, and ensuring timely and effective delivery of compensation and/or benefits programs.
  • Leads and directly manages a large compensation or benefits function, and may be responsible for significant dotted-line employee reporting relationships.
  • Develops relationships with total rewards industry professionals and/or organizations in order to maintain current market trends knowledge for internal use.

Education and Experience Required:

  • First-level university degree required; advanced university degree in business preferred.
  • Typically 12+ years in compensation and benefits, with significant strategic experience, including senior management influence.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Strong knowledge of current market practices and trends in compensation and benefits.
  • Hands-on experience designing and implementing broad-based and executive compensation programs, including annual incentives and long-term incentives.
  • Experience with planning and managing medium-scale benefits (medical, dental, retirement etc.) programs.
  • Strong project management and prioritization skills.
  • Strong leadership and staff development skills.
  • Ability to build partnerships across various functions.
  • Strong communication skills - written, oral and presentation.
  • Ability to manage complex administrative processes concurrently.
  • Ability to effectively manage a medium budget.
  • Strong consulting skills.

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