Executive Compensation-Senior Consultant, Arlington, VA in Washington, DC at Willis Towers Watson

Date Posted: 9/27/2017

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Job Description

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 willistowerswatson.com.

The Business

High-performing institutions cultivate and grow talent, carefully balancing costs and rewards.  From employee benefits to executive compensation, we take a rounded perspective, based on leading-edge thinking, data, analytics and software, unearthing new ways to motivate people, foster wellbeing and implement solutions that work.

The Role

As an Executive Compensation Senior Consultant you will be primarily responsible for developing new business, leading and delivering large, strategic client engagements and serving as strategic advisor to clients in your areas of subject matter expertise. You’ll also be asked to contribute your thought leadership to the overall development of the Executive Compensation practice.

Performance Objectives:


  • Primary accountability for creating and executing a business strategy to penetrate the local and regional market and introduce new clients to the firm in order to meet annual revenue goals
  • Identify opportunities to expand our relationship with existing clients
  • Bring additional clients to the firm
  • Build relationships with internal and external sources to maximize ways to help our clients
  • Meet annual hours and sales targets


Lead Executive Compensation / Corporate Governance engagements:

  • Establish a trusted advisor role with clients and provide consistent, superior relationship management
  • Oversee multiple and complex engagements ensuring that projects are completed on a timely and profitable basis
  • Finalize and present quality deliverables to the client
  • Serve as the senior EC leader on projects, ensuring that EC strategy aligns with overall human capital strategy and with the client’s business strategy
  • Develop leveraged teams that work together effectively
  • Develop plans for execution of large, global, engagements
  • Ensure project managers are progressing against established budget, timeline and quality standards (while you have overall responsibility, consultant level staff typically serve as day to day project managers)
  • Projects include: executive pay benchmarking and design; total rewards; governance, including CEO pay ratio, say-on-pay, and CD&A drafting/review; M&A
  • Partner with Client Relationship Directors, and other Lines of Business, including Talent/Communications, to identify prospects


  • Significantly contribute to the development, design and implementation of executive compensation programs and practices
  • Regularly publish and speak publicly on current issues in executive compensation
  • Provide insight, judgement and intellectual capital to the executive compensation business and local office teams


  • Demonstrate extensive leadership ability by effectively mentoring other consultants
  • Build relationships internally and collaborate effectively

Job Requirements

The Requirements

  • Significant experience consulting at the management and ideally, board level
  • In-depth knowledge of executive compensation
  • Proven business development, sales and client management skills
  • In-depth knowledge of tax, corporate finance, regulatory and accounting requirements in order to design executive compensation plans including: short-and long-term incentive plans, that can be cash or equity based
  • Hands-on experience with compensation in “special” situations such as: IPO’s, LBO’s, M&A’s, divestitures, recapitalization and venture/entrepreneurial start-ups
  • An executive presence with polished and well developed written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to influence senior management and boards and work across all levels of an organization
  • Collaborative business style to introduce new value added services internally and to clients
  • Superior analytical skills and understanding of human resource and financial issues within major global organizations and in entrepreneurial environments
  • In-depth expertise and professional network within a major industry/client segment also a plus
  • An undergraduate degree is required; an advance degree and professional certifications are highly desirable

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Willis Towers Watson is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, status as a protected veteran, or disability.

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