Compensation Lead: Western Europe and Human Capital and Benefits in London at Willis Towers Watson

Date Posted: 11/8/2017

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Job Description

Compensation Lead for Western Europe and Human Capital and Benefits
Location: London/ Reigate/ Ipswich
The Company
Willis Towers Watson is a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company that helps clients around the world turn risk into a path for growth. With roots dating to 1828, Willis Towers Watson has 40,000 employees serving more than 140 countries. We design and deliver solutions that manage risk, optimize benefits, cultivate talent, and expand the power of capital to protect and strengthen institutions and individuals. Our unique perspective allows us to see the critical intersections between talent, assets and ideas – the dynamic formula that drives business performance. Together, we unlock potential. Learn more at
The Business
Corporate risk and broking
We know how companies can unlock potential through effective risk management.  Our clients rely on us to craft strategies to quantify, mitigate, and transfer risk, taking advantage of our specialist industry experience and unparalleled market know-how. The result is a new way of embracing risk that drives superior results.
The Role
Internal compensation consultant supporting Western Europe and Human Capital and Benefits globally. Responsible for the design, implementation and communication of broad-based compensation strategy. Also responsible for ensuring WTW’s broad-based compensation programs are competitive, sustainable, scalable, and have an impact on WTW’s short and long-term strategic goals, aligning to WTW pay for performance philosophy.
Principal Accountabilities
  • Conduct Risk: To put the interests of clients and the integrity of the market at the heart of the way you do business
Major Accountabilities
  • Directs the development of the broad-based compensation philosophy, strategy, principles, metrics, and reporting for client groups
  • Leads sales incentive design for client groups. 
  • Provide strategic consulting and design support regarding salary structure and incentive targets. Apply best practice compensation principles to provide solutions designed to support business, team and leadership strategies particularly in the WTW integration period. 
  • Direct/manage compensation review administration cycle (including setting country salary increase budgets, manage annual process to allocated  pools for salary increases, short and long term incentive awards and sales incentive awards) and off-cycle process (including new hire, promotion and  market adjustment and severance compensation recommendations). 
  • Lead compensation initiatives including job titles/codes, annual benchmarking, and salary structure, bonus and LTI targets review/development and review and monitor the recognition program.
  • Partner with HR Business Partners and various leadership teams to identify and address current and emerging total compensation trends and issues. Monitor the effectiveness of existing compensation policies, guidelines and procedures recommending plan revision as well as new plans, which are cost effective and consistent with trends and corporate objectives.
  • Assure compensation programs are administered in compliance with policies and government regulations through audits, reports and personal contacts.  Collaborates with HRPs where Works Councils and Consultation is required in Western Europe for compensation related matters.
  • Collaborate with Finance on salary budgets, labour /comp cost tracking.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business or Human Resources or equivalent experience.  Master’s degree preferred. CCP,CECP preferred
  • Solid Human Resources exposure including sound management experience
  • Broad, in-depth knowledge of compensation and best practices
  • Strong knowledge of the market, trends, regulations and economic environment
  • Advanced problem solving and analytical skills
  • Good interpersonal skills; seasoned executive communication skills
  • Strong leadership and influencing skills
  • Strategic thinking, with application to compensation and rewards processes/systems
  • High-energy with a strong work ethic, sense of urgency and high expectations for performance
  • Exceptional ability to build consensus across a wide range of constituents
  • Ability to work effectively, both independently and as part of a team, with initiative and accuracy.
What can we offer you?
In return you will be rewarded with a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package including; a fantastic pension scheme, life insurance, medical insurance, eye care vouchers and flexible benefits including critical illness cover, dental cover, additional life assurance, childcare vouchers, retail vouchers and many other options and Corporate deals.
Willis Towers Watson is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, status as a protected veteran, or disability.
We are committed to equal employment opportunities at Willis Towers Watson.