Senior Compensation Analyst

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 9 January 2019

Job Description


Abt Associates seeks a qualified Senior Compensation Analyst to support the Human Resources department at our office in Rockville, MD. You will leverage your knowledge of international compensation in both developed (i.e. U.K, Australia) and developing (i.e. Ethiopia, Zambia, Haiti) countries to support the implementation and administration of global compensation programs for Abt Associates’ in-country and third country nationals. You will ensure compensation programs in each country are competitive and compliant. You will use your compensation expertise and knowledge of the markets to advise and support the international HR Team in making compensation decisions.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

  • Apply knowledge of international market practices and provide counsel to HR Business Partners, Talent Management, and division management on compensation programs and issues affecting current and prospective employees consistent with corporate compensation philosophy and policies
  • Use your compensation expertise to assist with the design, implementation, and continual improvement of international compensation programs, through analytical methods including annual reviews, benchmarking surveys, and job classification. Experience and familiarity with Birches Group survey data and job structure is very helpful
  • Conduct compensation studies and analyses. Leverage data to develop recommendations and drive organizational decision-making on compensation
  • Conduct analysis of jobs and salaries in order to evaluate internal equity, external competitiveness, and recommend salary ranges and/or adjustments. Prepare ad hoc analyses and reports as required
  • Use analytical techniques and models to help the company proactively manage compensation programs, policies, and practices
  • Establish and document repeatable methods, processes, and tools for compensation analysis and train others in their use
  • Review salary adjustments and salary grade assignments to ensure such actions are within established guidelines and policies
  • Mentor junior employees
  • Support the administration of the annual salary planning process
  • Assist in maintaining proper job classifications and job descriptions reflecting job duties, responsibilities, competencies, and qualifications as needed
  • Ensure regulatory compliance of pay practices, compensation policies and processes in countries in which Abt Asssociates operates
  • Assist with developing compensation-related training programs and materials

Preferred Skills / Prerequisites

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related discipline
  • 5 – 7 years of experience in a compensation role; 3+ years working with global compensation specifically in developing countries (i.e. Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Columbia, Haiti)
  • Technical knowledge of government contracting compliance around compensation. Knowledge of compensation-related regulations, such as FLSA
  • Exceptional abilities to slice and dice data and present it in an understandable manner to non-technical audiences. Experience with analyzing data and identifying patterns to form general rules or conclusions and to provide appropriate compensation recommendations
  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills
  • Strong demonstrated proficiency in HR systems such as Oracle and SuccessFactors, and Microsoft Office, including PowerPoint and Word with advanced skills in Excel
  • Ability to prioritize, manage multiple projects or activities, and implement solutions in a timely manner
  • Agile and able to work independently and collaboratively under pressure in a fast-paced and team-oriented environment while adjusting to changing demands
  • Certified Compensation Professional (CCP), GRP certification
  • Experience with compensation market analysis, design software and benchmarking tools such as PayFactors

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline and 5 - 7 years of expereince in a compensation role

About the Organization

Abt Associates is a mission-driven, global leader in research and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Founded in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1965, Abt Associates was built on the concept that sound information and empirical analysis are the best foundations for effective decision making. The firm blends the subject matter expertise of our staff with technical capabilities in applied research, program implementation, and data collection to shape policy, strengthen systems, measure performance, and deliver other solutions to our public and private sector clients. Examples of Abt Associates’ work include nationally recognized research, evaluation, and technical assistance to improve the efficiency of healthcare systems, the effectiveness of government housing programs, the production of food, and the measurement of public opinion. Abt’s staff of more than 2000 includes national and international experts who are known for their understanding of communities and governments worldwide, innovative research techniques, and insightful—and often groundbreaking—analyses and recommendations. Approximately 51 percent of our staff has graduate degrees; one in six has a doctorate. Our staff’s educational and professional disciplines include economics, engineering, environmental analysis, epidemiology, food security, health, housing, international development, psychology, social science, statistics, and survey methodology. Abt’s research staff is experienced with prominent statistical software packages, including SPSS, SAS, and STATA, along with qualitative software such as NVIVO and Atlas. In 2011, Abt Associates was ranked among the top 20 global research firms and one of the top 40 development innovators. Abt has offices in Atlanta, Ga.; Rockville, Md.; Cambridge, Mass.; Chicago, Ill.; Durham, N.C.; and New York City and program offices in nearly 40 countries in Africa, Central and Southeast Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East and North Africa.

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