Director, Total Rewards

 Position Scope:

The Director, Total Rewards will report to the Vice President, Human Resources and will oversee compensation, benefits and group retirement programs for the North American organization. The incumbent will support compensation and benefit strategies, policies and practices through research and analysis of the organization’s competitiveness and will support the organization’s ability to optimize and secure top talent within the marketplace.



Total Rewards Leadership

  • Provides leadership with strategic total rewards program development that will enable the attraction, development and retention of talent and align to the Company’s organizational values
  •  Monitors salary structures, balances staffing needs with cost controls, and helps ensure that policies, procedures and programs are in alignment with the organization’s overall strategic objectives and HR vision
  • Oversees Total Rewards market matching/benchmarking process; monitors industry trends and best practices
  • Brings innovative thinking and continuous improvement mentality
  • Reviews and manages overall incentive plan design and administration; makes recommendations for improvement where applicable
  • Leads, manages and coaches a Total Rewards team
  • Consults with internal business partners, such as HR team members, department heads and management, to assess benefits, compensation and compliance needs
  • Educates, mentors and trains HR staff on processes and professional practices within the area of compensation and benefits
  • Advises employees on provincial and federal employment regulations, benefits, pension and compensation policies, personnel procedures and classification programs


  • Leads annual compensation process including merit increases, performance bonuses and executive compensation
  • Oversees compensation and benefits benchmarking through survey participation (submission and analysis); analyze surveys to ensure appropriate compensation across all departments
  • Ensures exceptional performance and top talent is rewarded with appropriate incentive programs, including financial and non-financial rewards
  • Reviews, improves and manages compensation structures across the organization
  • Provides input on compensation for new employee and promotions as necessary
  • Advises on salary increase requests
  • Directs/manages the job analysis and job evaluation process
  • Manages the preparation of occupational classifications
  • Ensures the organization is compensating staff competitively across all departments

Pension and Benefits

  • Ensures a successful benefits program that is valued and meaningful to employees
  • Liaises with external plan providers, consultants and other external contacts regarding benefit plans
  • Manages the annual benefits renewal process
  • Liaises with external contracts regarding pension plans
  • Oversees pension plans


Required Skills and Knowledge:

  • Deep understanding of best practices in compensation and benefits
  • Well-developed leadership skills
  • Effective influencing skills
  • Sound judgment and problem-solving
  • Tact, diplomacy and discretion in handling information of confidential and/or sensitive nature
  • High level of customer focus and service orientation
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both oral and written
  • Ability to develop and sustain cooperative working relationships
  • Demonstrated success as a team player
  • Ability to allocate one’s time effectively and work under pressure
  • Effectively able to prioritize workload
  • Strong project management experience and detail orientation
  • Willingness to learn in a dynamic environment that includes new ideas, growth and change
  • Advanced skills in Excel, Word, and other Microsoft Office programs

Education and Experience:

  • University Degree in Business, Human Resources, Finance or other relevant field
  • CCP designation achieved or in progress is preferred
  • 10+ years of progressive experience in Compensation & Benefits function

Application Instructions:

To apply, please send a resume to Allison Dwyer at


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Toronto, ON


Competitive compensation package + benefits


Categories:    Human Resources   

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Director, Total Rewards

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