Global Compensation Specialist

Human Resources Sumaré, Sao Paulo



Job Success Profile

Global Compensation Specialist

Location:   Sumaré, SP – Brazil

Language Requirement:  Fluent In Advanced English
Travel Requirements:  Less than 10%

Buckman is a privately held, global specialty chemical company with headquarters in Memphis, TN, USA, committed to safeguarding the environment, maintaining safety in the workplace, and promoting sustainable development. Buckman delivers exceptional service and innovative solutions to our customers globally in the pulp and paper, leather, and water treatment sectors to help boost productivity, reduce risk, improve product quality, and provide a measurable return on investment.  Buckman is in the middle of a digital transformation of its businesses and focused on building the capabilities and tools in support of this.

Position Summary

The Global Compensation Specialist position will apply knowledge and expertise to support Buckman’s global human resources team including salary and variable pay administration, compensation project completion, market analysis, compensation program development, and maintaining the integrity of related compensation data in the HRIS systems.  This position will consult with management and HR team on compensation issues and initiatives.


Key Position Outcomes Include:

  • Compensation Program
    • Assist in managing all compensation programs, procedures and practices to ensure consistency with Buckman’s overall objective and in compliance with professional standards, country, state and federal regulatory requirements and laws.
    • Oversee the compensation program to ensure it is competitive and meets regulatory requirements.
    • Lead the design and maintenance of total compensation plans and policies to maintain market competitiveness and alignment with business strategy, including research, consultation communications and implementation process.
    • Prepares and presents sound recommendations aligned with the broader global compensation practices to senior management and HR Managers/Business Partners with respect to compensation programs, areas for improvement, and emerging trends to assist in decision-making that supports global alignment, business strategy and overall direction.


  • Compensation Operations
    • Manage the day to day operations of the compensation programs, job evaluations, performance appraisal, salary administration and incentive programs.
    • Prepare survey submissions, analyze survey results and support HR for job profile analysis/approvals, evaluating new jobs, classifying job titles, conducting internal audits to ensure equitable pay practices, research market pricing, and ensure FLSA compliance and wage and hour regulations.
    • Conduct job evaluations based upon Korn Ferry/Hay Group job evaluation guidelines.
    • Conduct calculations for annual global merit increases and bonus programs and coordinate with HR Managers/Business Partners to provide guidance to managers.
    • Support the annual salary planning program supporting managers through compensation inquiries and analysis of pay equality.
    • Provide consulting services to HR and lines of business by researching and analyzing complex compensation issues.  
    • Assist with the development of compensation communication such as incentive plan documentation.
  • Serve as main point of contact for questions on job evaluations, salary ranges, and merit increases.


  • Reporting and Analysis
    • Analyzes pay structures, conducts market-pricing & salary analysis of positions and completes proactive compensation analysis.
    • Design and prepare ad hoc compensation and budget related reports for management
    • Provide HR metric related reports to the business, including but not limited to termination, new hires, audit reports, KPM’s, EEOC., etc.


  • Training and Communication
    • Manage third party survey participation, selection and benchmarking to maintain competitive compensation structures aligned with company philosophy.
    • Provide and deliver compensation training and education materials to HR and Managers.
    • Partner effectively with others on the Total Rewards and HR teams to support workload and execution, sharing/transfer of knowledge, increase understanding of global issues and all aspects and considerations around compensation programs and practices.
    • Provide input to enhance existing processes or to establish processes for new programs including documentation of compensation practices and provide training


Competencies Needed for Success

         Results Leadership:

  • Ensures accountability
  • Results Focus
  • Financial Acumen

         People Leadership:

  • Attracts and develop talent
  • Consultation and relationship building
  • Collaboration

          Thought Leadership:

  • Business insight - Effective level of business literacy about the business unit's financial position, its midrange plans, its culture and its competition
  • Manages ambiguity
  • Strategic Mindset

          Self Leadership:

  • Nimble learning
  • Courage
  • Situational Adaptability

Minimum Requirements to Apply

  • 7-9 years of experience in human resources, with at least 5 years’ experience directly supporting compensation planning and analysis.
  • Knowledge of compensation and benefits principles and concepts including market pricing and compensation plan/structure design
  • Prior global compensation experience preferred
  • Prior experience with Korn Ferry and Willis Towers Watson evaluation methods

Experience with Dayforce and SAP preferred

  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite: Word, Excel (Advanced Skills), PowerPoint, Sharepoint
  • Experience with public speaking and group presentation skills
  • Experience with conflict management and effective negotiation skills
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Must possess strong analytical skills and ability to leverage a wide variety of data
  • Business acumen for analysis and development of recommendations.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, strong documentation, and report writing skills.