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Senior Compensation & Benefits Specialist

Chicago, IL
A Sustainable, Forward Thinking Protein Company
Maple Leaf Foods is a leading meat and plant-based protein company, employing over 11,500 people and publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange. We are proud of our roots, which trace back well over 100 years, but our vision and purpose are decidedly forward looking. As we pursue our vision to become the most sustainable protein company on earth, we are committed to creating shared value – creative business value through addressing some of the world’s most critical social and environmental challenges. Our goal is to build a more sustainable food system, which provides nutritious affordable food, operates within planetary limits, cares for animals responsibly, and meaningfully engages with our communities to advance a more just society. We are advancing bold changes within Maple Leaf and more broadly within society to pursue our vision. We deeply believe this is the sustainable path to growth.
 
Our job is to make great food
Maple Leaf Foods embraces a strong values-based culture, where our people are deeply engaged in work that is purposeful, fast-paced and challenging.  We cultivate an open, non-bureaucratic and inclusive workplace that fosters safety and transparency, along with individual leadership and accountability. Each Maple Leaf team member has a voice and plays an active role in helping all of us achieve our goals with passion and discipline. We support one another to grow professionally, to learn new skills and to take on challenging experiences in the spirit of continuous improvement.
 
Raise the Good in Food
We have united behind a shared purpose – to Raise the Good in Food. This spans a dramatic transformation of our flagship Maple Leaf brand, replacing anything artificial with simple, natural ingredients; investments and process changes to reduce our environmental footprint by 50% by 2025; building a diverse and inclusive culture where all talent thrives; becoming a leader in animal care; and advancing food security through our charitable foundation, the Maple Leaf Centre for Action on Food Security.

Our Leadership Values 
Six core values guide us in everything that we do.
  • Do what’s right
  • Deliver winning results
  • Build collaborative teams
  • Get things done in a fact-based, disciplined way
  • Learn and grow, inwardly and outwardly
  • Dare to be transparent, passionate and humble
 
Senior Total Rewards Specialist – Chicago
 
The Opportunity:
As part of the Total Rewards team, the Senior Total Rewards Specialist will be responsible for collaborating in the research, analysis, design, implementation, evaluation, communication and execution of the company’s total rewards programs and related processes and systems with a focus on the company’s US Protein business. The individual will be responsible for supporting the alignment of our total rewards programs with business objectives that support organizational strategies. They will be responsible for the delivery of our compensation and benefits programs through coaching people leaders, supporting program participants, building internal-client relationships, and supporting the local administration of our programs and processes. The core responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:
 
 A snap shot of some of the exciting things you will lead and do:
  • Collaborate in the creation and/or redesign of a wide range of compensation and benefit plans/programs and processes
  • Analyze compensation and benefits related data and practices, interpret results and make appropriate recommendations in alignment with corporate objectives
  • Provide local process coordination and support for the annual compensation and benefits cycles (merit, short term incentive, annual enrollment), including system readiness testing, data maintenance and clean up
  • Participate in the day to day compensation and benefit activities in compliance with the compensation and benefits program guidelines as well as all applicable federal and state laws and regulations
  • Support internal clients (HR, line managers, employees) by providing sound consultation, guidance and education related to our Total Rewards programs and processes
  • Work with HR, Payroll, HCM and HR Services as subject matter expert and key contact for US compensation, benefits, and disability programs, acting as the point of escalation to resolve issues
  • Recommend and implement improvements to the compensation, benefits and disability programs to provide an effective employee, HR and manager experience and ensure organizational compliance with all relevant legislation and plan provisions
  • Conduct job evaluations and compensation reviews and analyses, ensuring internal equity and equal pay legislation compliance
  • Interpret and support leave and disability accommodation programs and policies in accordance with federal and state laws (FMLA, ADA, WA PFML, etc.)
  • Prepare and submit accurate and timely reports as required to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations, ensuring employee privacy guidelines are followed 
  • Participate in key compensation surveys & associations to ensure access to best data related to US market
  • Support training of the local HR team on initiatives being implemented
  • Support centralized compensation and benefit communication by providing guidance on unique US requirements, providing supplementary local communication where necessary
  • Assist with internal and external audits
  • In coordination with the HR Services team, participate in testing of HRIS updates/changes for compensation and benefits items
  • Lead and support projects related to total rewards programs and the HR team
  • While the role will primarily be responsible for the US protein business, there will be opportunities to be involved in other company wide projects or initiatives
 
 What we have to offer you:
  • Be part of a company with an inspiring and unique vision, with a deep commitment to sustainability and expanding its leadership in sustainable protein across North America
  • Professional and career development opportunities, supported by our commitment to talent development through our partnership with the Ivey School of Business. 
  • Competitive Health and Wellness benefits that start on your first day of employment
  • Defined Contribution Pension Plan
  • Commitment to Learning – courses, resources and tools provided to all employees
  • Employee Assistance Program
  
What you will bring:
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills with high level of accuracy and attention to detail

  • Have strong working knowledge of US compensation and benefits topics and legislation

  • Knowledge of all pertinent federal and state regulations, filing and compliance requirements affecting employee benefits programs, including the ACA, ERISA, HIPAA, FLSA, COBRA, FMLA, ADA, Section 125, workers' compensation, Medicare and Social Security and DOL requirements

  • Demonstrated customer service focus with ability to forge partnerships within the business

  • Ability to work independently as well as a part of a cross border team in a collaborative manner

  • Ability to handle information with accuracy, security and confidentiality

  • Exceptional organizational skills and a proven ability to work under pressure

  • Strong communication and consulting skills with capability to adapt to a variety of audiences

  • Demonstrated initiative and sound judgment for effective decision making

  • University degree in Business Administration, Human Resources or related field
  • Minimum 5 years of working experience with US benefits and compensation programs required
  • Work experience with HRIS system (experience SAP/Success Factors considered an asset)
  • CEBS, CCP and/or CHRL designations
  • Advanced proficiency in Excel, Power Point and Microsoft Office programs as well as web-based applications



We thank all applicants for their interest in exploring employment opportunities with Maple Leaf Foods however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Applicants may be subject to a background check and must meet the security criteria designated for the position.  
Maple Leaf Foods is committed to Employment Equity and maintaining a diverse workforce.  Job applicants with a disability who require reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process can contact our Talent Attraction Team at accommodations@mapleleaf.com.  Reasonable accommodations will be determined on a case-by-case basis and your request will be responded to as soon as possible

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