In the modern company, competition to land the best talent is almost as prized as it is to win market share in the sector. It has long been recognized that employees’ contributions to a company can make or break it, and that employees who feel undervalued – rightly or wrongly – will soon start looking elsewhere. It is the head of compensation and benefits’ job to use pull factors such as salaries, bonuses, pensions etc. to attract and retain employees.
The role requires a strategic mindset, as employees’ motivations change as they serve more time at a company and climb its ladder. A programme of review and assessment will need to be put in place or maintained, and liaison with employees’ managers will help guide the compensation and benefits decisions for individual employees. Essentially that will mean making cost-benefit analyses for each employee and rewarding them appropriately. While the role might be overseeing a compensation team in larger companies, in smaller ones, the task may be all down the head herself or himself.
A strategic, analytical mindset is a key asset in the role of head of compensation and benefits. You will be assessing the value of employees but you also have a hand in motivating them through the use of perks and other incentives. As compensation is an expenditure to a company – and often its largest outgoing – the role will require a sense of balance, honest, unemotional assessment of an employee’s worth to the company. Reporting to the board, you will need to justify the compensation and benefits you decide on, and evidence of your case will need to be presented to get approval.
Experience in working with benefits and compensation at a management or executive level will be an important asset for this role. You must be able to demonstrate a deep understanding between employee motivation, productivity and profitability and how they interrelate. Evidence of schemes and initiatives you have previously put in place to that end will also be of great benefit.
Throughout the UK, hundreds of companies are looking to fill executive and management level HR jobs, and thanks to Cast UK’s diligence and reputation, many of them come to us first to help them find their ideal person.
Similarly, thousands of managers and execs are at any time looking to take the next step in their careers and do something about their own compensation and benefits by moving to a company that can really reward their experience and ideas. Does this sound like you? Call us today on 0333 121 3345.
A city located in Lancashire, Preston is an area that has been settled since Roman times. In 1179, it was granted a Guild Merchant charter, making it a market town, and by the 13th century the city was known for its textile production.
During the Industrial Revolution, the city underwent rapid growth, particularly as innovations in textile manufacture helped to increase production.
In the early 20th century, the cotton industry fell into steep decline and this was slowly replaced by the manufacture of electrical goods, heavy industry and engineering.
These days, those seeking Head of Compensation & Benefits roles in Preston will have a number of options to consider. James Hall and Co is a haulage supplier based in the city - they are the distributors for SPAR stores in the north of England and ship a wide range of goods to more than 450 shops in the region.
Meanwhile, other companies with facilities in the area include Matalan and Alstom Transport. A large call centre for the Carphone Warehouse and TalkTalk is also based in Preston.
In addition, the military aircraft HQ of BAE Systems and other divisions of the firm are based on the outskirts of the city and in neighbouring communities like Warton.
For anyone wishing to take their career to the next level, look no further than Cast UK. Our team of recruitment consultants have extensive knowledge of the procurement, logistics and supply chain sectors and we will work with you to assist you in finding the Head of Compensation & Benefits role of your dreams.
What's more, we have a team of regional specialists who and are able to provide information about the different employers and the income you can expect in a particular area, as well as other advice about the region.
To find out more about how Cast UK can help you find and recruit candidates within Preston or source a new job in Preston then contact one of our consultant team on 0333 121 3345.
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