Compensation & Benefits Manager - Europe


Schaffhausen - Switzerland

Company:  Adama Agriculture B.V.Schaffhaun
Job ID:  24684

Title:                        Compensation & Benefits manager – Europe Region

location:               Schaffhausen, Switzlerland  (Flexible)


role Summary

The Manager of Compensation & Benefits will be an integral member of ONEurope People leadership team working side-by-side to People Partners and Country managers across the region on compensation and benefits related matters.

This role will establish best practices and activities that will support our efforts to attract and retain high-quality employees and reduce turnover.   In addition, the incumbent will provide compensation and benefits support to people partners, functional and business units leaders by shaping and delivering with consistency local and global initiatives. This role is also responsible for ensuring that company compensation programs are consistently administered in compliance with internal policies and government regulation.


Reporting Relationship

Reports to (Solid line):                           Head of People Europe Region

Matrix reporting to (dotted line):             Global Compensation & Benefits

Number Supervised:                              none


  • Provide guidance/advice in all compensation and benefits related matters for the region.
  • Manage the development, implementation, and administration of compensation programs such as: coordination of 5 years plan, workforce planning, on/off cycle compensation process for all European units.
  • Support with implementation, monitoring and tracking group compensation and benefits policies according to global guidelines such as on target bonus, benefits, and long-term incentives
  • Assist European units with tools to design, revise, and improve local Sales incentive plans in compliance with internal policies.
  • Monitor the effectiveness of existing compensation practices and recommend changes that are cost-effective and consistent with compensation trends and corporate objectives.
  • Provide advice to regional and local staff on pay decisions, policy interpretations, and job evaluations.
  • Develop techniques for compiling, preparing, and presenting data.
  • Oversee the participation in salary surveys and monitors salary survey data to ensure corporate compensation objectives are achieved.
  • Ensure compliance with federal, state, and local compensation laws and regulations.
  • Partner with corporate People departments on performance improvement initiatives and projects.
  • Ensure salaries and benefits comply with the current legislation about human rights and pay equity
  • Identify trends and implement new practices to engage and motivate employees
  • Conduct research on employee satisfaction (e.g., using surveys and quantitative data)
  • Keep track of prevailing pay rates and make sure we offer competitive compensation plans
  • Guide/support internal customers with job descriptions, job analyses and classifications
  • Structure compensation in ways that will yield the highest value for the organization
  • Evaluate and report on the effectiveness of employee benefit programs
  • Track compensation and benefits benchmarking data

Measures of success

  • Implement and Monitor initiatives that will attract/retain quality talent within the region.
  • Track/Monitor/Address People systems (success factor) for on target data accuracy
  • Track/Monitor the progress of Regional/Local Balance score card
  • Monitor and track People efficiency metrics using dashboard to ensure accuracy of labor costs (i.e., attrition, learning, etc.).


Critical experiences for success

To be successful in this role you will have/be:

  • Extensive track record of partnering successfully with all levels of employees/leaders in a creative, dynamic, fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to influence and motivate indirect team across geographies, sharing best practices and helping to steer initiatives without direct control.
  • Knowledge of local regulations and compliance requirements related to employee’s compensation.
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to interpret and communicate data accurately.
  • High attention to details
  • Computer proficiency and technical aptitude with the ability to use Microsoft products
  • Must have Expert/Proficient skills in Excel.
  • Experience building power point presentations and presenting data based on target audience
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to plan and set priorities.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills in dealing with senior management.
  • Manage projects in reward and recognition as per need of countries, cluster management and global compensation and benefits team
  • Play a key role of interface between EU countries and cluster management in terms of approval process (new hires, replacements, cycle salary increases)
  • Ensure internal job architecture and benchmark is aligned with local, regional, and global policies
  • Participate in the annual market benchmark reviews, in collaboration with Mercer


The following experiences are preferred:

  • BSc in Business, Human Resources Management, Finance, or relevant field
  • Experience as a Compensation and Benefits Manager or similar role
  • Hands-on experience with HRIS (e.g., Success Factor) or payroll software
  • Knowledge of building compensation packages and bonus programs for various departments and seniority levels
  • Excellent understanding of job evaluation and job analysis systems


Functional Excellence

  • Ability to work effectively and achieve results in a matrix organization.
  • Monitor and actively encourage diversity and inclusive behavior.
  • Adaptable, open, and culturally sensitive, ideally having worked and lived in different geographies.
  • Comfortable with business complexity, managing change processes, at very different stages of development and able to prioritize effectively.
  • Able to thrive in a highly collaborative, values driven environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills as well as, a customer-focused/ service mindset is essential.
  • Proactive and result oriented, with the ability to take decisions and deliver high quality results quickly when necessary and the resilience to challenge/be challenged.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects and competing priorities.  High energy, with a willingness to “roll up the sleeves” and get the job done.
  • Language: Must speak, write fluent English and any additional European language is a plus.