Manager, Compensation

TransLink - Lower Mainland, BC (30+ days ago)

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The South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (TransLink) is one of Canada’s most innovative transportation authorities, founded in 1999 to plan and manage transportation within Metro Vancouver. We’ve achieved success not only in improving the transportation network of the region, but helping maintain the enviable lifestyle of residents and the viability of local businesses. TransLink and our family of companies (Coast Mountain Bus Company, B.C. Rapid Transit Company and Transit Police) are proud to be one of BC’s Top Employers.



Develops, implements and manages compensation programs and services for all groups across the TransLink enterprise. Includes all aspects of compensation. Leads a diverse team of specialists across the compensation discipline. Utilizes compensation best practices, methodology and data analytics to develop and implement compensation strategies, policies and programs to achieve of the organization’s strategic and operational goals in a complex union environment. Supports and promotes the effective delivery of HR services through the HR business model.


  • Participates in development of strategic plans and initiatives for area of accountability, and creates and manages operational plan and budget, ensuring alignment with divisional goals and objectives.
  • Develops, implements and manages the compensation programs and services for all groups across the TransLink enterprise. Includes compensation philosophy, organization design, job design/evaluation, market review, pay design, merit distribution, salary administration, workforce records, and all related transactions and audits.
  • Manages the links between performance and compensation, including overseeing the review of performance appraisals, coaching and advising all levels of management on performance ratings, and managing the enterprise-wide calibration process.
  • Leads research of best practice and trends and makes related recommendations to optimize compensation program and services. Reviews program elements, recommending changes to philosophy, policies, practices, processes, and methods. Implements the necessary controls to identify and mitigate risks in reporting area. Develops and implements compensation KPIs and service level agreements to facilitate service delivery and enhancements of compensation processes and practices.
  • Ensures compliance with employment standards and regulatory requirements as they pertain to total compensation programs. Assesses impact of regulatory changes on programs, and recommends/implements any necessary modifications. Ensures the effective and consistent application and administration of compensation practices according to the collective agreement provisions.
  • Supports the Director by providing senior specialized expertise and advice on compensation programs, highlighting critical issues and opportunities as they emerge; and by participating in related discussions at the executive level. Also leads or participates in initiatives as directed, contributing specialized expertise pertaining to areas of accountability.
  • Provides leadership to the job evaluation panel discussions for exempt and bargaining unit jobs across the enterprise, and addresses related issues including review of appeals/grievances, and providing input to arbitration cases. Acts as key contact for union on evaluation of bargaining unit jobs. Also oversees administration of collective agreements as they pertain to compensation programs and provides input and supportive information to the collective bargaining process.
  • Manages reporting staff, including selection, development, coaching, managing performance, assigning/reviewing work and all other people management practices. Also oversees supervision of department staff through reporting leaders.

The requirements for this position would typically be acquired through a degree in human resources and seven years of progressively responsible total compensation experience, preferably in a large unionized environment, plus achievement of a Certified HR Professional (CPHR) and/or Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) designation.

Other Requirements:
  • Advanced knowledge of the theories, principles, practices, methods and techniques of the human resources field, with emphasis on compensation, organization design, job design/evaluation, data analytics and performance appraisal management
  • Advanced interpersonal and communication skills with ability to address the sensitivity of compensation issues, and influence others to provide specialized expertise, advice and guidance to all levels of the organization
  • Advanced planning and organizational skills to develop and manage enterprise-wide programs and services
  • Advanced analytical and problem solving skills to oversee assessment of compensation matters, including job evaluation, and to manage related solutions and decisions
  • Advanced knowledge of the relevant employment standards and other regulatory requirements
  • Solid leadership skills with ability to manage directly and indirectly reporting staff
Other Information

Recruitment Process: An applicant will be required to demonstrate their suitability for this position by meeting the minimum level of qualifications and experience in order to be invited into the selection process. A standard interview format will be used including general, scenario and behavioural descriptive interview questions.

Work Schedule

37.5 hours per week.

Rate of Pay

Grade: 7

Salary starting at $99,134 per annum

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Posting Date: 10 January 2020
Closing Date: Open until filled

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Equal Employment Opportunity

We are an equal opportunity employer committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive workforce that is free of all forms of discrimination. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations and will work with you to meet your needs. If you are a person with a disability and require assistance during the application process, please reach out! We celebrate our inclusive work environment and welcome members of all backgrounds, skills and perspectives.

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