Compensation Manager

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Leads Americas compensation consulting and Global Programs including:

  • Proactive compensation consulting, strategies, program design and business partnership for Kohler Co. businesses and positions in the Americas region.
  • Design and management of Americas compensation programs and processes such as bonus, merit, market pricing, wage & benefit, special bonus, critical positions, job architecture, etc.
  • Manages global compensation programs and processes, participates in the administration of exempt compensation, including research, consulting and technical support for the development and implementation of plans, policies, and programs to compensate employees, and leading key compensation programs and processes.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Strategic, Proactive Compensation Consulting & Program Design for the Americas
  • Provides leadership and direction to the Americas Compensation team to proactively develop and implement compensation strategies to attract and retain talent.
  • Designs and develops compensation programs to assure competitiveness, consistency, equity and validity, considering individual country practices, laws and regulations as well as Kohler Co. practices.
  • Researches compensation best practices and programs.  Proactively analyzes management, recruiting and market practices.  Makes recommendations for compensation strategies and adaptation of programs to Kohler Co. as appropriate.
  • Reviews existing compensation programs and guidelines to ensure market competitiveness of Kohler Co. practices as well as compliance with country and local laws and Kohler Co. approval policies and procedures.
  • Conducts and analyzes market compensation surveys to support competitive compensation classifications and individual pay.  Selects market surveys to purchase and/or participate in.  Coordinates the market survey participation process.
  • Provides compensation policy interpretation and guidance to HR and managers. Able to work through the most complex transactions as well as mentor and coach others on these transactions.
  • Supports enterprise compensation program & process transformation including ACT, authority levels, market pricing process, job architecture, etc. Applies continuous improvement techniques (ie. BPRs) to improve Americas & enterprise compensation programs and to simplify and improve efficiency of compensation processes).

Management of Compensation Programs

  • Designs and manages compensation programs, processes and systems to assure competitiveness, consistency, equity and validity, considering individual country practices, laws and regulations as well as Kohler Co. practices. Examples include merit, bonus, market pricing, compensation structure/job architecture, wage & benefit process, etc.
  • Responsible for market competitive compensation and market pricing process, reviewing existing compensation programs and guidelines to insure market competitiveness of Kohler Co. practices as well as compliance with country and local laws and Kohler Co. approval policies and procedures.
  • Manages executive, management and professional compensation programs, including merit processes in addition to merit administration for administrative non-exempt associates globally.
  • Provides leadership for global projects relating to improvements in compensation processes.  Applies continuous improvement techniques to improve efficiency of compensation processes.
  • Other Responsibilities
  • Conducts or facilitates training sessions on topics related to compensation.
  • Maintains liaisons with compensation organizations, other companies, professional groups, etc. to stay abreast of new compensation developments and exchange information.
  • Assists in HR due diligence for Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Assists in Factory compensation for the Americas.
  • Performs related assignments as delegated.


  • Bachelor’s Degree required. Minimum 7 years’ experience in Human Resources, Business or related field.  The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 5 years’ experience (3 years as Manager) specific to Compensation or a related role, in positions of progressive responsibility and leadership.
  • CCP preferred.
  • Thorough knowledge of Kohler Co. processes, compensation principles & Kohler organizational structure preferred.
  • Individual must have the ability to discern the impact of compensation proposals on the business, and an awareness of leading-edge compensation methods and market best practices.
  • Must have strong computer skills and be effective with Excel. Must be flexible, adaptable, able to turn on a dime and handle multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment.
  • Other necessary skills:
    • Results focus and energetic
    • Solutions oriented
    • Business partnership and customer focus
    • Develop working relationships quickly
    • Problem solving capability
    • Ability to lead change
    • Able to manage multiple projects or priorities
    • High level of accountability
    • Detail-oriented and accurate
    • Solid written and verbal communication and presentation skills, including change management
    • Engaging leadership
    •  While this role is currently posted as a mid-level position, we are willing to consider exceptionally qualified candidates for a more senior role commensurate with their experience and expertise. Kohler, Co values hiring top talent, and we recognize that an outstanding candidate may merit a higher-level position than originally posted. If your background and accomplishments demonstrate senior-level qualifications relevant to this role, we encourage you to apply.


Applicants must be authorized to work in the US without requiring sponsorship now or in the future.

The salary range for this position is $113,000 – $143,950. The specific salary offered to a candidate may be influenced by a variety of factors including the candidate’s experience, their education, and the work location.  Available benefits include medical, dental, vision & 401k.

Why Choose Kohler?
We empower each associate to #BecomeMoreAtKohler with a competitive total rewards package to support your health and wellbeing, access to career growth and development opportunities, a diverse and inclusive workplace, and a strong culture of innovation. With more than 30,000 bold leaders across the globe, we’re driving meaningful change in our mission to help people live gracious, healthy, and sustainable lives.

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