Global Reward Lead

South Pole is an energetic, global company offering comprehensive sustainability solutions and services. With offices spanning all continents across the globe, we strive to create a sustainable society and economy that positively impacts our climate, ecosystems and developing communities. With our solutions we inspire and enable our customers to create value from sustainability-related activities.

Our Corporate Functions team is the “enablement engine” of South Pole. Behind the scenes, we provide the business with world-class solutions and best practices that sustain business growth and success. We cover key areas such as Finance, HR, Office Management, Legal, IT, Operations, etc. If you are a smart, ambitious and dynamic professional with a strong passion to make a real difference in the fight against climate change, the below position may be right for you!

Job summary:

Reporting to the Head of Global HR, the Head of Compensation & Benefits is a key member of the HR Management team, and is responsible to drive South Pole’s Compensation and Benefits agenda forward. To do so, you will work closely with the business leaders, the Remuneration Committee, and broader HR team to understand our main business drivers, challenges, and growth ambitions, and propose innovative solutions that will ensure we attract top talent and achieve a high-performing and engaged workforce.

Main tasks & responsibilities: 

  • Play a leading role in building our global Strategy with a Total Rewards approach, that meets the evolving needs of our growing business  
  • Recommend appropriate salary benchmarks, as well as build and maintain our internal salary system, in order to ensure we are compensating our employees adequately, in line with our company strategy, values and principles 
  • Review and update our global job leveling system, and lead job mapping exercises to ensure our compensation practices remain aligned with our organisational growth 
  • Review and update our policies and processes around promotions and salary increases 
  • Review and update our year-end annual salary review process, and collaborate closely with our HR Operations team to manage an efficient global roll-out according to established timelines 
  • Oversee our different incentive schemes and bonus programs, taking a leading role in driving any adjustments of existing schemes or creation of new schemes, as well as preparing bonus calculations and payouts 
  • Contribute to the creation of a long-term incentive scheme through an employee shares program 
  • Work closely with HR Business Partners to ensure functional managers and business leaders understand the key drivers of our compensation strategy, and adhere to our key policies and processes 
  • Create a benefits strategy with guiding principles that underpin our benefits offering
  • Manage any adjustments or enhancements to our local and global benefits to ensure we remain a competitive employer in our different markets 
  • Suggest other comprehensive and inclusive Total Rewards solutions that drive talent attraction, retention, engagement and high-performance 
  • Contribute to the selection and implementation of our HR systems and specifically the compensation-related module(s) 
  • Draw analytics and prepare reports and presentation to senior management on Compensation and benefits topics  
  • Contribute to our talent management, performance management, employee engagement, and culture with valuable inputs from the C&B perspective 
  • Contribute to or take the lead in other HR projects  


Essential -

  • University degree in a relevant field of study
  • Minimum 10+ years of relevant work experience, including significant experience in a senior Compensation and Benefits role within a corporate organisation
  • Solid experience designing and implementing job grading structures, salary systems, bonus schemes, executive compensation, and employee shares programs
  • Up-to-date knowledge on the latest trends in Total Rewards management
  • Innovative and strategic thinker, who is able to define effective solutions to global challenges
  • Good planning and analytical skills, to identify areas of improvement, build an action plan and drive it through to implementation
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills with internal and external stakeholders
  • Proficient English oral and written mandatory; any other language spoken in any of South Pole’s office locations highly valued
  • Valid work authorisation

Desirable -

  • Ability and willingness to operate at both strategic and operational level 
  • Hands-on approach, comfortable operating in a fast-paced dynamic environment 
  • Experience as a Rewards Consultant for an advisory firm 

What we offer:

At South Pole, we care about our employees as much as we care about the planet. South Pole is not just an employer, we are a Team. South Pole does not just offer people a job, we offer you a career. By joining our team, you will find strong purpose and deep meaning in everything you do. You will have the chance to make a real difference for our clients and for the planet, working alongside a passionate team of like-minded colleagues, while building your knowledge/skills and developing your career in a fun, dynamic, international and fast-growing organisation. 

We’re a planet of 7.5 billion unique and different people.  We all have a contribution to make and South Pole is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status or disability.  Our recruitment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need.

Or, know someone who would be a perfect fit? Let them know!


48 Warwick St
W1B 5NL London Directions +44 20 3980 9560 View page

Life as a Penguin on the Iceberg

With such an important mission, we expect a lot from our employees, and strive to give a lot in return. Because we care about our employees as much as we care about the planet.

  • Health & Wellbeing

    We believe that health is central to happiness. We organise many wellbeing activities such as yoga, meditation sessions, sports groups, healthy snacks, active breaks, etc.

  • Work-life balance

    From flexible working hours to flexible workplace (home office), with above-average vacation allowances, we strive to make the work and family life puzzle an easy one for our employees.

  • We practice what we preach

    From Vegan Days to plastic-free lunches, off-setting our own Company emissions and countless other initiatives, we fully live our values and lead by example on a daily basis.

  • Company outings and events

    It is not only hard work, we also have lots of fun! We frequently get together to celebrate our successes, do activities together and get to know each other better

What makes us unique

At South Pole, we are first and foremost a purpose-driven Company. People join us because they believe in our mission and want to be part of a community that fights together for our shared values and beliefs. But that is not the only reason why working at South Pole is such a rewarding experience...

  • We know that our vision to help create a greener world is both bold and challenging. To achieve it, we settle for nothing less than the absolute best.  We form a Community that is stronger than the sum of its parts.
  • Entrepreneurial at heart.  It’s not just our founders who are entrepreneurs. We actively promote an innovative mindset at all levels of the organisation, where each and every employee is encouraged to challenge the status quo and empowered to make decisions.   
  • Growing employees in a growing company.   With a team of smart, passionate and engaged colleagues, as well as an increasing demand from our clients, opportunities to learn, develop our skills and grow our careers are endless. 
  • All for one, and one for all!.  Above all other things, what truly drives our dedication and commitment to our purpose is our colleagues.  We learn from each other and grow together. Because that is who Penguins are.

Already working at South Pole?

Let’s recruit together and find your next colleague.