Compensation & Benefits Partner

1. Position information

Vacancy No.: VN18-35
Grade: A2
Job Ref. No.: STFC/18-35
Department: Administration
Section: HR
Reports to: Head of HR
Closing Date: 17 October 2018

2. About ECMWF

ECMWF is both a research institute and a 24/7 operational service, producing and disseminating numerical weather predictions to its Member States. ECMWF carries out scientific and technical research directed to the improvement of its forecasts, collects and processes large amounts of observations, and manages a long-term archive of meteorological data. Satellite and in situ observations provide the information for up-to-date global analyses and climate reanalyses of the atmosphere, ocean and land surface.

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3. Summary of the role

As part of modernising our HR function, we are looking for strong HR professionals who work very closely with the organisation to influence and support on strategic and day-to-day people issues.

We are recruiting for a compensation & benefits expert with a business-partnering angle. This role will provide compensation & benefits expertise to their HR peers and the wider organisation. S/he will ensure that our policies continue to help us attract and retain exceptional talent. S/he will stay abreast of new developments in the compensation & benefits world and will bring these into the organisation. S/he will also work closely with the International Service for Remuneration & Pensions (ISRP), the benchmarking organisation of the Coordinated Organisations, to ensure the smooth running of the reward cycle, will be the main contact for benefit suppliers and will act as focal point for pension administration.

In addition to being the compensation & benefits expert, this role will also act as HR business partner to a defined client group within the organisation. S/he will work closely with line managers in their client group to identify people challenges, recruit talent, develop staff, address any employee relations issues and enhance staff engagement.

4. Main duties and key responsibilities

  • Acting as compensation & benefits expert and process owner for the organisation
  • Staying abreast of developments in compensation & benefits best practice and important issues which could impact ECMWF and bringing this knowledge into the organisation
  • Working closely with the International Service for Remuneration & Pensions (ISRP), the benchmarking organisation of the Coordinated Organisations, to provide the ISRP with data input, review benchmarking information, and implement benchmark updates back into the organisation
  • Acting as main contact for benefit suppliers, such as medical insurance, relocation services etc
  • Managing pension administration and payroll, including the interface with our pensioners
  • Representing ECMWF as appropriate in the meetings of the Coordinated Organisations, particularly the Pensions Administrative Committee of the Coordinated Organisations (PACCO)
  • Contributing to a range of compensation & benefit related projects, including the development of policy proposals
  • Providing HR advice, guidance and direction as well as acting as trusted partner concerning HR related subjects to the defined client group
  • Working closely with the other HR Business Partners to ensure a consistent approach of the highest quality of HR service across the client groups and organisation

5. Personal attributes

  • Proven ability to analyse complex information and data, and communicate actionable findings clearly
  • Demonstrated ability to work with process and data to continuously improve service, with project management experience
  • Capacity to autonomously manage multiple issues ranging from short-term operational to mediumterm strategic to tight deadlines
  • Influential, solution-oriented and pragmatic approach with the ability to coach and mentor managers
  • Ability to work well as part of a team, taking the lead on some topics, contributing to others
  • Excellent relationship management skills, including the ability to quickly gain credibility with key stakeholders across the organisation and externally

6. Qualifications and experience required


  • A degree or degree-equivalent qualification in Human Resource Management or a related field.


  • Strong compensation & benefits experience. Very good awareness of benefit trends in the market place.
  • Strong exposure to and experience in pension administration and pension policy.
  • Experience of policy development and implementation.
  • Experience of working in an international organisation together with a good understanding of the issues facing international organisations desirable.

Knowledge and skills (including language)

  • Strong level of IT literacy with an advanced level of HRIS/ERP reporting and advanced use of MS Excel to analyse data is required to extract and provide data for statistical analysis.
  • Candidates must be able to work effectively in English and interviews will be conducted in English.
  • Fluency in French (reading & speaking) is an essential requirement as some of the meetings of the Coordinated Organisations are conducted in French.

7. Other information

Grade remuneration

The successful candidates will be recruited at the A2 grade, according to the scales of the Coordinated Organisations and the annual basic salary will be £58,238.40 NET of tax. The Centre also offers a generous benefits package. This position is assigned to the employment category STF-C as defined in the Staff Regulations.

Full details of salary scales and allowances are available on the ECMWF website at, including the Centre’s Staff Regulations regarding the terms and conditions of employment.

Starting date: As soon as possible

Length of contract: Four years, with the possibility of a further contract.

Location: The role will be based in the Reading area, in Berkshire, United Kingdom.

8. How to apply

Please apply by completing the online application form available at and indicate which functional area you feel your experience is most suited to.

At ECMWF, we consider an inclusive environment as key for our success. We are dedicated to ensuring a workplace that embraces diversity and provides equal opportunities for all, without distinction as to race, gender, age, marital status, social status, disability, sexual orientation, religion, personality, ethnicity and culture. We value the benefits derived from a diverse workforce and are committed to having staff that reflect the diversity of the countries that are part of our community, in an environment that nurtures equality and inclusion.

Staff are usually recruited from among nationals of the following Member States and Co-operating States:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, France, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

Staff from other countries may be considered in exceptional cases

published: 26 September 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.