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Director of Rewards, North America

Requisition ID 26258
Position Type (US)Full Time
Career Function Human Resources 
Posting Type DNI

Leading to better encompasses all we do at Kerry, it's how we've become the worlds leading taste and nutrition company. Whether it's building and manufacturing sustainable solutions for food, beverage or pharmaceutical consumers, our commitment to lead the world to better nutrition drives us forward. With 24,000+ colleagues across the globe and 15,000+ Kerry products, your opportunities are limitless.

About Kerry

A career with Kerry Taste & Nutrition offers you an opportunity to shape how people across the globe view food and beverage while providing you opportunities to explore and grow as your interests do. With our commitment to a sustainable future, a career with Kerry is something you can feel good about.

What you'll do:

Total reward at Kerry supports us in being the first choice for the best talent, by providing fair, competitive offerings which our employees value and which drive an ownership mindset to achieve our company’s success. Our programs are designed to recognize and reward high performance whilst nurturing a healthy, diverse workforce by offering choice and flexibility which supports employees and their families through different life stages. Reporting to the Vice President of Group Rewards (and dotted line to VP of HR, Kerry North America), the Director of Rewards – North America is a strategic HR leader, responsible for ensuring that our North American Reward programs continue to support and drive our North American people and business strategy and reflect our group Reward philosophy. The Director is responsible for ensuring all the reward programs - including the underlying processes, enabling technologies and communications - are competitive, sustainable, scalable, and have an impact on the long and short-term success of the organization. This role is a key member of the Global Rewards as well as the North American HR, Leadership Teams.


Key Responsibilities: 

  • Partners with the North American HR Leadership Team and business leaders to establish the strategic Reward priorities for the region to support the region’s business and people strategies. 
  • Influences and contributes to the Global Reward strategy (including Philosophy, global program design, and incentive plans), leading out on specific global initiatives and projects as needed from time to time 
  • Analyzes current rewards programs to ensure they align with our business strategy and ensures that our rewards programs optimize our ability to attract top talent. 
  • Provides strategic and operational leadership in the design, development, implementation, administration, and communication of our Rewards programs including health, welfare, wellness, retirement, base pay, incentives, and other rewards.
  • Drive and oversee Kerry’s performance management and compensation programs across North America, including annual performance management, merit process, pay ranges, open enrollment, variable pay programs and sales incentive plans. 

Where you'll work:

At the Kerry Center in Beloit, we are a leader in taste and nutrition for the global food, beverage and pharmaceutical industry.  We have approximately 700 employees at this location that perform various task such as finance, procurement, supply chain and customer care.  This location is commutable from major cities such as Milwaukee and Madison. 

Qualifications and skills

What you'll need to be successful:


To perform this position successfully the applicant must demonstrate a track record of success in developing and implementing successful and creative benefit and compensation programs. Requires strong technical, managerial, and team building skills with the ability to balance tactical and strategic responsibilities.

  • Bachelor of Science in Human Resource or related field; advanced degree preferred.
  • SPHR or CEBS Certification desirable.
  • Minimum of 8-10 years in compensation and benefits and related experience in the USA.
  • A minimum of 8-10 years designing and implementing Rewards Programs (Compensation, Benefits).
  • 5+ years of people management experience.
  • Experience with non-qualified retirement plans is required. Previous experience in stock programs preferred.
  • Experience with job evaluation/sizing methodologies
  • Experience developing and/or managing executive compensation plans strongly preferred.
  • High Level knowledge of HRIS/payroll systems. SAP preferred.
  • High degree of proficiency of Microsoft applications; such as Microsoft Excel.
  • Project management experience required; Demonstrated ability to plan, organize, and prioritize tasks; to work independently simultaneously on multiple projects; according to timelines.

Kerry is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Kerry will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditional upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen. EEO is the Law poster can be found here. Additional information can also be here .                                                                                                         

Nearest Major Market: Madison

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