Reward Manager

We are currently seeking a proactive, experienced Reward Manager for a newly created role within a successful services organisation based in North Bristol. Following a period of rapid growth this hugely successful organisation with over 600 employees, has created this exciting new role to set up the reward function and to create a total reward strategy that supports the company to best attract, engage and retain top quality talent.

As the only person in Reward, you will need to be both strategic and hands-on in designing and implementing new job grading structures, new bonus structures and incentives and running job evaluation programs etc.  You will also need to take a fully strategic approach using strong commercial acumen to best create and manage different reward and benefits to secure a balance between controlling costs and improving employee engagement and retention. The role will include monitoring the job markets and competitors in order to put forward recommendations keeping internal equity and external competitiveness in mind.

Working with a friendly and supportive HR team who are keen to develop, part of this role will also be about knowledge sharing and developing the skills of the team in all aspects of reward.  With that in mind you will need to have superb communication skills, with the ability to coach and develop team members to be the best they can be.

The role is hybrid and we would expect the appointee to be in the Bristol offices 2 days per week with 3 remote.  For an exceptional candidate more flexibility would be considered.

Key Results Areas:

  • Create a total reward strategy that best attracts, engages and develops top talent
  • Assess the implications of changing legislation and make recommendations.
  • Conduct bench-marking exercises to evaluate competitors’ offerings.
  • Manage third party suppliers such as payroll and benefit providers.
  • Responsible for the improvement, design and development of all reward structures (job levels, job families, job description policy, promotion policy, retirement planning, incentive schemes etc.) and ensure they are aligned to the corporate culture and values.
  • Develop the HR team in all aspects of reward and provide reward training to other colleagues.
  • Lead the development of relevant people analytics to provide insight and trends for Leaders and the People Team including pay data, benefits utilisation, holiday and culture surveys.
  • Provide detailed reports to stakeholders comprising compensation and benefits insights and analytics, including Gender Pay Gap Reporting.
  • Ensuring the HRIS provides an accurate reflection of the organisation, developing the capability of the system to meet the needs of the organisation in terms of ‘everything reward’.

Person Specification

  • Extensive experience as a Reward Manager preferably with a fast paced growing private sector organisation.
  • Ideally someone who has set up a reward function in a fast growing and changing environment.
  • Excellent communication skills will be your forte, with a passion for developing and motivating.
  • You must have experience in leading complex rewards projects and be able to influence effectively at all levels.
  • Strong numerical and analytical skills, capable of analysing and interpreting data to inform decisions and or provide solutions.
  • An expert in the use of technology including HR information systems and payroll systems; advanced excel and intermediate PowerPoint.
  • Commercially astute with quantitative evidence of having added value in previous roles.
  • Excellent problem solving, judgement and decision-making skills in highly complex and sensitive situations.
  • Degree educated and CIPD qualified.
  • Expertise in relevant Employment Law and Regulations related to payroll and data.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to influence effectively at all levels.

Working within a friendly and proactive HR team, this is a superb opportunity for someone who would like to have the autonomy to create a reward function from scratch and to really make a difference.


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