Manager, Compensation
Sara Lee - Chicago, IL

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Position Summary:
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The Manager, Compensation will provide consultative services and implementation support on compensation issues, policies and programs in support of business strategic needs. The incumbent will have responsibility for collaborating and coordinating with key decision makers on the design and implementation on all areas of broad-based compensation excluding executive compensation.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
Support broad-based compensation programs including program development, analysis, implementation and administration.

Oversee job analysis and evaluation, base salary and bonus programs, FLSA determination and related communications.

Ensure programs are competitive and equitable and facilitate the attainment of company objectives.

Enable management to focus on and reward performance.

Maintain salary structures, recommend salary budgets, prepare policies and procedures that ensure equitable and competitive employee compensation. Participate in the development and administration of performance review systems to ensure compliance with established guidelines.

Maintain knowledge of government regulations, compensation trends, and practices among similar organizations.

Work with accounting, legal, other departments to ensure accurate financial reporting and compliance with all applicable laws.

Maintain a working knowledge of federal and state legislation influencing compensation.

Incumbent must be able to work in team environment and must be able to handle multiple projects with overlapping time frames.

Undergraduate degree required in human resources, finance, accounting or related field

Minimum of 5 - 7 years of progressive experience in compensation.

Knowledge, understanding, and application of Federal and State employment laws required

Ability to apply advanced statistical evaluation techniques to various situations

Expertise in the, development, implementation, and administration of various types of compensation programs

Possess and demonstrate excellent organizational, interpersonal, facilitation, oral and written communication skills

Ability to work under minimal supervision, independently and/or as a member of a project team

Ability to multitask and to prioritize workload under tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment and must escalate appropriate issues to management in a timely fashion

Must be detailed oriented - with strong attention to accuracy and problem solving. "Following-up until resolved" skills are a must

Ability to work well as a team member

Advanced Excel skills

Maturity to handle sensitive information and make sound decisions

Occasional travel required

Each and every day, Sara Lee (NYSE: SLE) delights millions of consumers and customers around the world. The company has one of the world's best-loved and leading portfolios with its innovative and trusted food and beverage brands, including Ball Park,Douwe Egberts, Hillshire Farm, Jimmy Dean, Sara Lee and Senseo. Collectively, our brands generate nearly $9 billion in annual net sales from continuing operations. Sara Lee has approximately 20,000 employees in its continuing operations worldwide. Please visit for the latest news and in-depth information about Sara Lee and its brands.

At Sara Lee, we believe that careers are as unique as individuals. That's why we offer employment opportunities that give you ownership of your career. With the resources of a global corporation and direct responsibility to make it happen, you can be confident that you'll always be able to perform your best and be recognized for it. At Sara Lee, the difference is you.

The Sara Lee compensation program is designed to provide you with comprehensive, flexible benefits that enable you to select those features that best fit your needs. Our benefits include, but are not limited to: medical, prescription drug, dental, vision, life, short and long term disability, retirement plans, and tuition reimbursement.

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer


Compensation & Benefits

Primary Location

US-IL-Downers Grove (Metro Chicago)



Education Level

Bachelor's Degree

Job Level

Individual Contributor