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Compensation and Benefits Director


Chicago, IL, US, 60631

Job ID:  50718
Estimated Travel:  0 - 25%
Contract Type:  Employee
Talent Area:  Human Resources

Role Description:

Evaluate and partner with vendor and set policy and programs for AMGNA in the area of benefits, compensation and total rewards strategy . Oversee and administer Company, Federal, and State leaves of absence programs. This includes short term disability (STD), long term disability (LTD), family medical leave act (FMLA), military leaves, and personal/unpaid leaves of absence.


Key Responsibilities:

Compensation Program Management

  • Design infrastructure and processes to set and maintain an effective, equitable compensation and total rewards strategy, engaging stakeholders such as HR Business Partners, Talent Acquisition, executive leadership, and consultants
  • Manage annual compensation processes (e.g. ASR) and the related design, prep, implementation, and follow up
  • Analyze pay data to generate shareable insights and recommendations, implement/maintain controls for strategy and guidelines (e.g. audit appropriate pay code utilization), compliance and equity, and support ad hoc report and/or data requests from leadership
  • Provide and oversee compensation-related services, including management of external benchmarking reports, salary band review and assignments, and salary band conversations with stakeholders
  • Serve as a Subject Matter Expert for compensation, providing/approving salary offer recommendations and guidance
  • Develop, oversee, and ensure strong execution of compensation communication strategy (within Total Rewards communications strategy), driving to achieve key objectives (e.g. baseline understanding, setting equitable, competitive salaries)
  • Partner with HRIS team and VPHR to provide user-friendly technology tools and resources (e.g. compensation change business processes, total rewards statement)
  • Stay abreast of and ensure compliance with evolving Federal and state compensation-related legislation
  • Provide thought partnership to the HR Business Partners, and VPHR AMPNA on compensation strategy and overall Total Rewards strategy
  • Other duties as assigned

Benefits Program Management

  • Support inclusive processes to maintain benefits and total rewards strategy, engaging stakeholders such retirement and benefits committees, executive leadership, and consultants
  • Work with benefits vendors, as needed, to design and deliver market-leading benefits programs, manage the annual benefits renewal process, and evaluate the effectiveness of programs
  • Help ensure benefits communication campaigns and messaging are effectively developed with compensation communications and overall Total Rewards messaging
  • Support quality, compliant benefits program management across all offerings
  • Support upgrades to and the overall effective functioning of key programs (e.g. Leave of Absence administration), in partnership with relevant resources
  • Stay current with best practices and trends; present findings and alternative solutions that are cost-effective and consistent with Ardagh core values, mission, and compensation philosophy
  • Stay abreast of and ensure compliance with evolving Federal and state benefits-related legislation
  • Systems and Processes
  • Ensure compliant and consistent compensation and benefits administration occurs in all relevant systems, in partnership with and other team members
  • Ensure that HR systems, databases, and records accurately capture benefits and compensation records, changes, information etc. in a clear, compliant manner
  • Partner with the HRIS team and other HR team members, as appropriate, to ensure HRIS improvements are regularly occurring, and Total Rewards reporting and analytics are readily available, as needed by the business



  • Minimum of 10 years of overall work experience with at least 3 years of management experience
  • 5+ years experience in HR (compensation administration and Total Rewards knowledge required; additional HR administration experience preferred)
  • Knowledge of HR policies, procedures, and federal legislation related to employment practices and Total Rewards administration
  • Experience with Successfactors preferred
  • Reporting and analytics skills, plus Excel knowledge required
  • Demonstrated success in creating strategic plans and managing stakeholders to achieve and sustain business improvement and results
  • Inclusive and supportive program management skills
  • Experience in managing senior-level stakeholder relationships both internally and externally
  • Exceptional sense for customer service and usability
  • Active listener, able to see all sides of an issue and balance policy/process with solutions mindset
  • Ability to leverage data to drive decision-making and action
  • Demonstrated experience in creating, improving, and streamlining processes
  • Understanding of how to lead, communicate and implement organizational change
  • Sound judgment and the ability to handle sensitive and confidential information with discretion
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.






Ardagh Group is a global leader in metal and glass packaging solutions, producing packaging for the world’s leading brands. We trace our roots all the way back to the Irish Glass Bottle Company, founded in 1932. Since then, we have grown rapidly to a team of more than 16,000 people with yearly revenues of approximately $7 billion. Today, we have a presence across Europe and the Americas.

Did you know….

  • Ardagh produces many of the beverage cans and bottles you drink your favorite beverages from?
  • Metal and glass packaging we produce are permanent materials, meaning they can be infinitely recycled without any loss of quality?
  • We produce more than 160 million containers per day across the country?
  • Ardagh Metal Beverage North America produces more than 15 billion cans and can ends annually?
  • Approximately 75% of aluminum ever produced is still in use today?
  • Aluminum cans, with 73%, have the highest recycled content among all beverage containers?

Ardagh is passionate about sustainability and has a reputation for innovation. We push the boundaries of what’s possible, pioneering new production methods, new design techniques and new ways to recycle and save energy. Our aim is to reduce any negative environmental impact while remaining economically sustainable and socially responsible.

Ardagh Group North America has been and will continue to be an equal opportunity employer. All employment decisions are made without regard to sex, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, breast feeding, and related conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, race, creed, religion (including religious dress and grooming), color, national origin, ancestry (including association, affiliation, or participation with persons or activities related to national origin, English-proficiency or accent, or immigration status), physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital or domestic partner status, age, veteran or military status or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law. Discrimination against any employee or applicant based on any of these factors is prohibited.

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Nearest Major Market: Chicago