Associate Director, Total Rewards at MERGE (Remote)

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Merge Storytelling and Technology

We MERGE storytelling and technology to promote health, wealth and happiness in the world. We help marketing and technology executives engage hearts and connect parts by offering full-service capabilities including strategy, creative communications, experience engineering, performance marketing, media, digital platform development and more.

Promote Health, Wealth & Happiness

We are committed to promoting health, wealth and happiness in the world by partnering with purpose-driven clients in purpose-driven industries such as healthcare, financial services and consumer products. Our health clients are literally on the front lines saving lives. Our wealth clients are changing the financial potential in people's lives. And our consumer clients make lives...a little bit happier every day.

Partner with Clients of Iconic Brands

MERGE has enduring client partnerships with American Express, T-Mobile, LG, Facebook, Adobe, Kate Spade NY, Coach, The North Face, Fidelity, Eaton Vance, BlueCross BlueShield, Abbott, Astellas, Seqirus, Supernus, Boston Scientific, Advocate Aurora Health, Indiana University Health and Marco’s Pizza to name a few.

Work with Poets and PHD’s

With 750+ employees across offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Montreal and New York City, MERGE uses a talent-to-task process that connects our poets and PHD’s which enables clients to think higher and feel deeper about their customers.

Emerge to the Top of Your Career

At MERGE, we strive to create a superior work experience where people with ability, agility and humility can grow and do the best work of their careers.

As Associate Director,  Total Reward, you will…

Be Accountable and Responsible

  • Compensation
    • Design and administer compensation strategies and programs which include benchmarking, researching, and analyzing market salary data as well as evaluating internal equity, external competitiveness and legal compliance
    • Manage agency compensation tools and administration; conduct market analysis and participate in salary surveys
    • Support career framework design and maintenance establishing corresponding salary bands, audit annually ensuring fair practices without diversity disparity
    • Manage the April and October salary review cycles, ensuring leadership is equipped with proper data to make timely decisions in line with payroll deadlines, as well as providing guidance to leaders for the remuneration communications
    • Provide analysis for compensation recommendations relating to promotions, increases and new hires; create and maintain tools to support Talent Acquisition and leadership
    • Oversee Annual Incentive Plan and Long-Term Incentive Plan process and communication, with strong record-keeping and documentation practices
  • M&A
    • Partner with agency operational leadership as well as the Talent team to research potential M&A opportunities, conducting comparative analysis on compensation, benefits, and policies
    • Provide strategic insight into findings, providing recommendations on next steps
    • Support integration and harmonization of compensation activities and job framework after mergers or acquisitions
  • Analytics
    • Maintain people data via dashboard (currently in Data Studio), upload new data monthly pertaining to recruitment, headcount, turnover, and survey statistics
    • Predictive modeling for measuring organizational attrition rates, discretionary effort, and intent to stay trends, and analysis of employee engagement overall
    • Partner with Total Rewards Benefits team to lead annual analysis of benefits plans to assess renewal costs with predictive expectations for new plan year
  • Platforms & Tools
    • Partner with Talent Team to assess efficiency of HRIS, compensation and other platforms and tools
    • Implement or enhance platforms to automate compensation processes and reporting; support team in managing enhancements, integrations and implementations of talent platforms and develop communications and training materials to support roll-out

These are the qualifications we’re looking for in our Associate Director, Total Reward

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • 8+ years of work experience in the field of compensation required
  • 2+ years’ experience within an advertising/marketing agency Talent (HR) environment highly preferred
  • Comprehensive data and analytics proficiencies with the ability to think through processes start to finish, considering the employees for their user experience
  • Deep experience with predictive modeling tied to a business growth mindset
  • Big picture thinker with the ability to create/upgrade/implement platforms and processes in service of our people and our business
  • Strong technical acumen with HRIS experience required exposure to ADP a plus
  • CCP, PHR or SPHR certification preferred
  • Demeanor that always exhibits professionalism and discretion, understanding the importance of confidentiality across people and situations
  • Strategic understanding of benefits policies and procedures
  • Advanced Excel and Google Sheets skills
  • Proficient in Google Suite; Google Data Studio or similar experience a huge plus
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, and the ability to interact with employees across levels, both in person and electronically
  • Strong ability to organize and work autonomously
  • Strong problem-solving skills and extremely detail oriented



And here’s how we live our values at MERGE

  • Mastering our craft
  • Delivering with a growth mindset
  • Collaborating for shared success

MERGE is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer

MERGE welcomes and celebrates diversity regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, veteran status or people with abilities. We believe that the more diverse we are, the more creative our work will be!

More Information on MERGE
MERGE operates in the AdTech industry. The company is located in Chicago, IL, Chicago, IL, Roswell, GA, Kansas City, MO, New York, NY, Boston, MA and Los Angeles, CA. MERGE was founded in 2018. It has 493 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Disability Insurance, Dental Benefits, Vision Benefits, Health Insurance Benefits and Life Insurance. To see all 49 open jobs at MERGE, click here.
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