Sr Director Compensation & Benefits

At Pandora, we're a unique collection of engineers, musicians, designers, marketers, and world-class sellers with a common goal: to enrich lives by delivering effortless personalized music enjoyment and discovery. People—the listeners, the artists, and our employees—are at the center of our mission and everything we do. Actually, employees at Pandora are a lot like the service itself: bright, eclectic, and innovative. Collaboration is the foundation of our workforce, and we’re looking for smart individuals who are self-motivated and passionate to join us. Be a part of the engine that creates the soundtrack to life. Discover your future at Pandora.

The Senior Director of Compensation & Benefits will have comprehensive oversight of Pandora’s rewards programs globally. Reporting to the CHRO, this person will provide strategic leadership and hands-on development and implementation for total rewards initiatives company-wide. A proactive and innovative approach will be critical in ensuring that our rewards are competitive, and are understood and valued by our people managers and employees. A humanistic leader who is passionate about developing their team, this person will serve as a key member of the HR Leadership Team. This position is located at Pandora’s HQ in Oakland, CA.


  • Complete oversight of all benefits programs, including the design, planning, implementation and communication of base cash compensation, variable compensation and equity programs at all levels, including executive compensation
  • Lead the comprehensive strategy for total rewards, further developing compelling and innovative compensation and benefits programs aimed at attracting and retaining a highly talented workforce in a competitive environment
  • Continuously evaluate rewards programs to ensure they are aligned with our business and talent strategies
  • Experiment and take risks to drive innovative approaches to total rewards programs.
  • Understand current global and local industry trends and broader best practices
  • Build and optimize compensation and benefits infrastructure, including key processes, relevant technology and communication vehicles
  • Educate managers to enable sound judgment and decision making for compensation decisions
  • Apply an understanding of the broad scope of HR and provide input to programs impacting the organization as a whole as an integral member of the HR Leadership Team
  • Provide active leadership to the team, focusing on the growth and development of each individual
  • Manage sales compensation governance with other key stakeholders
  • Prepare and present materials to the Compensation Committee
  • Collaborate with HR business partners to understand and address needs of various client groups
  • Partner with other internal functions (finance, legal, etc.) to plan and implement C&B programs
  • Manage external partners for effective service delivery
  • Ensure legal compliance of all programs
  • Act as a key advisor on M&A activities as well as manage the related C&B work streams
  • Responsible for creation and implementation of Pandora’s recognition programs
  • Strategic oversight and ownership of the work-life effectiveness practices, focused on ensuring employees achieve success at work and at home


  • 10+ years of strong compensation and benefits leadership experience within a high growth environment in progressive global companies
  • Relevant industry experience in post-IPO media and/or technology companies
  • Experience implementing compensation and benefit programs on an international scale strongly preferred
  • Proven track record of creating innovative, industry leading compensation and benefits strategies and programs
  • Exceptional communication skills (verbal, written and presentation) and the ability to do so at all levels, particularly with C-level executives on strategic issues
  • Expertise in designing and implementing executive compensation programs
  • Prior experience working with and managing the relationship with the Compensation Committee
  • Significant experience in using HR technology solutions to provide strong analytics and insights to the business to support decision making
  • Prior hands-on experience with due diligence, mergers and acquisitions
  • Experience managing relationships with 3rd party vendors, including compensation consultants, benefit providers and others
  • Strong business and financial acumen
  • Ability to work across the organization with HR and other functional partners
  • Strong operational expertise in building infrastructure and scalable approaches to plan design, processes, education and communication
  • Influential, people-centric leader and builder of great teams
  • Confident and humble, with the ability and willingness to roll up his/her sleeves when needed
  • Passionate in supporting Pandora’s mission and culture

Skills and Capabilities: 

  • Strategic Orientation: Capacity to engage in broad, complex analytical and conceptual thinking
  • Technical Expertise: Strong business and technical acumen using a data-driven approach
  • Thought Leadership: Translate external trends into innovative and creative practices
  • Market Insight: Strong understanding of how the global competitive landscape, governance and innovation trends affect the business
  • Results Orientation: Dedication to rigorously making and meeting commitments
  • Customer Impact: Passion for assessing the needs of the business and people managers serving our employees
  • Collaboration & Influence: Build cross-functional partnerships to work effectively with peers and partners in and outside of the company
  • Building Capability: Relentless pursuit of scaling and optimizing the infrastructure required for compliance, efficiency and effectiveness of rewards delivery
  • Team Leadership: Success in building, motivating and developing their team to perform at their best
  • Change Leadership: Capacity to transform, align and inspire others to pursue a new direction

Qualities and Characteristics:

  • Motivation: Inner drive and fierce commitment to set ambitious goals and excel in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
  • Curiosity: Penchant for seeking out new experiences, knowledge and candid feedback and an openness to learning and change
  • Self-aware: Recognizing your strengths and your weaknesses, understanding your emotions, and never forgetting who you are
  • People-centric: Putting people first, having empathy, developing others, and appreciating the unique value of each person in the organization.
  • Determination: the wherewithal to fight for difficult goals and bounce back from adversity in the face of challenges

Pandora is committed to diversity in its workforce. Pandora is an equal employment opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants without regard to gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, veteran or disability status. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.

Pandora is also a VEVRAA federal contractor. Pandora requests priority referrals of protected veterans from each ESDS, as required by regulation.

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