HR Compensation & Benefits, the Americas

NY, NY 10018

Employment Type: Direct Hire Area of Specialty: Human Resources Job Number: 7478

Job Description

Overview: To support the Sr. HR Director and department with HR administration and ongoing and new projects, compensation and HR reporting and other priorities related to all entities in the Americas. 


  • Prepare for R1, r2 and Budget process.  Review actuals, tracking variances, and anticipate changes affecting the payroll budget. Work with Accounting & Finance and the Planning team to gather sales figures to project payroll costs.  Partner with Global Comp and Ben to ensure usage of tool / excel file is up to date. Completion of payroll bridge for Finance.

  • Meet with Accounting monthly to ensure actuals match and comparing to budget.

  • Partner with Retail teams and Finance to assist with new store proposals (SOP)

  • Create compensation scenarios per request from the Sr. HR Director and President, providing multiple proposals and recommendations for pay changes/ structure changes as required 

  • Provide compensation support snapshot for VP Retail West & East with each budget process so teams can be more autonomous with pay proposals

  • Manage 3-year plan exercise and ensure BU, R1, R2 mirror 3-year plan 

  • T&E Management for HR department – create budget, manage it, highlight concerns 

  • Monthly budget review snapshot – ensure President and Sr. HRD are aware of costs by month versus budget, make recommendations as needed

  • Constant analysis and proactive ideas on ways to make processes better with realm of compensation 

  • Assistance with Review process – training of comp tool, setting expectations of how merit review works, ensuring all increases properly updated into tool and we hit global targets 

  • Operational tasks as necessary – building tools, 

  • Own, improve and communicate Worker’ s Compensation process and reporting including annual renewals in partnership with Accounting  

  • Help international transfers have a smooth transition into the US in partnership with other HR team members 

  • Owner of Global HRIS system day to day entries for the Americas; Audit/ manage the Global HRIS system 

  • Support in salary benchmarking initiatives by analyzing market data from resources such as Kory Ferry and build internal benchmarking tools in partnership with global HR counterparts 

  • Maintenance of company turnover summary, headcount reports, HR analytics, anniversary reports, etc. Owns all companywide ad-hoc reporting 

  • Assist with opening of new stores/regions – creating relationships with external partners/ maintaining them

  • Provide information for Company Audits, renewals – external and internal 

  • Plan administrator and main contact for HR Vendors including Worker’ s Comp, 401k, insurance (medical, dental, Life/STD, etc.), our financial advisor, etc. Assisting with applications, reporting, and maintenance of plans for all regions in the Americas

  • Partners with Sr. HR Director in benefits renewal meetings/ develops true understanding for benefits process and will be main point person for questions, point person during annual open enrollment process

  • Partners with Office & HR Administrator to audit benefit billing

  • Oversees all leave of absence administration from start to finish. STD, LTD, Parental Leave timelines and how it affects pay and/or benefits. Sees process through.

  • Ensures all benefit costs are allocated to the appropriate cost center at budget

  • Updates benefit materials as needed

  • Work on benefit education for US, CAN, MX and Brazil, ensure employees are familiar with offerings

  • Research new benefits and how to stay competitive in the marketplace – come to table for proposals for all regions 

  • Support Office/HR Administrator in annual wellness fair & annual flu shots
Skills and Requirements:

  • Bachelor’ s degree in Human Resources, Finance, Business or related field required 

  • 4+ years of experience in applicable role

  • Proficient in all of Microsoft Office/Suite – considers self very advanced with excel and numbers in general 

  • Extraordinary ability to multi-task

  • Is detail oriented and accurate, yet able to move the needle forward and not get too caught up

  • Ability to travel (domestic and international) 

  • Passion for the brand and a true ambassador for the brand with strong sense of responsibility

  • Ideal candidate has work experience in medium sized multinational company or luxury business.

  • Ideal candidate has retail experience and has worked with commission structures 

  • Additional language fluency is a plus

  • Adheres to company policy and confidentiality

  • Proactively contributes to creating a team atmosphere that is professional, flexible and enjoyable

  • Exudes a “ no task is too big or too small” attitude, with initiative, commitment, reliability, and positivity. Does not accept mediocrity

  • Versatile; embraces change and is consistently able to develop and adapt to the needs of the business.

  • Driven to learn and grow

  • Grasps new concepts quickly, prioritizes efficiently and is organized

  • Exceptional customer service skills along with transparent and effective interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills

  • Strong follow up, follow through and attention to detail to ensure deadlines are met

  • Strong knowledge of computer systems/programs


Meet Your Recruiter

Christine Appleton
Recruiting Director, Executive Search

Christine joined The Connors Group in 2006 and is based in Charlotte, North Carolina.   With her roots in the NY area, she uses her local knowledge and experience to serve NYC area clients and candidates in multiple industries.

Christine knows that clients value honesty, attention to details and sound judgment in identifying and presenting highly qualified, well targeted candidates.  Using her vetting techniques, she confidently presents only candidates who have the depth of background and breadth of experience that meet the specific requirements of the position.  She also has an eye toward the future to ensure her candidates will become highly valuable to her clients and be able to progress. 

Candidates appreciate recruiters who listen to their aspirations and objectives.  Christine understands that candidates need accurate information about positions, the culture and career potential.  She uses her in-depth understanding of the individual client hiring process and her ability to guide candidates through each step to remove the uncertainty associated with seeking a new position. 

Christine provides highly responsive service with continuous follow-up to her clients and candidates alike.

Christine is a key contributor to the Connors Group team of recruiting professionals.  She works closely with the team to ensure that, when a position is not in her specific area of expertise, her clients’ skill requirements are routed to the team member who can meet the requirements.  Christine’s primary objective is to build long-term relationships with clients and candidates by providing the highest level of satisfaction possible.

Outside of her professional life, Christine enjoys the challenge of learning to play the piano, traveling the globe and walking all the great cities of the world with her husband, jet skiing and fast cars!

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