HR Advisory Manager

HR Advisory Scottsdale, Arizona


Senior Manager – HR Advisory Practice Group

This is a role for a results-focused, growth-oriented consulting professional to lead client engagements serving broad-based and executive compensation teams and their board advisors at Fortune 500 companies and beyond. The role blends technical expertise in compensation, a client-centric approach to service, and staff mentoring.

As a Manager, you’ll apply your experience in compensation and economics to cutting-edge incentive design problems, working for management and often in concert with the board’s advisor. You will directly serve clients, solve and supervise technical model-building and client presentation design, and supervise junior staff. Finally, you will participate in training programs to prepare you for the senior manager role.


The Role in a Nutshell

  • Serve as the face of the firm in compensation-focused engagements, which requires competencies in the technical subject matter, client interaction, model building, project management, and effective communication.
  • Manage a portfolio of clients, both from a day-to-day service perspective and in the context of their overall relationship with EM. Be accountable for end-to-end client experiences and help clients understand other ways in which EM can support them.
  • Serve as an internal subject-matter expert across compensation topics (see below) by taking a hands-on approach toward projects, assisting in internal reviews, and training/coaching junior staff.
  • As an advisor to client management, be comfortable building sophisticated models while zooming out to explain and clearly present the models and frameworks to executives at client firms and their board consultants.
  • Perform research into novel technical areas, demonstrating independence and resourcefulness to find answers and clearly explain the analysis and results internally and externally to clients.
  • Build sophisticated models that bring analytical clarity to complex compensation and incentive areas; explain and present these dense technical issues in plain-language to clients and their board consultants.
  • Manage associates and deliver coaching and feedback that is aligned to our apprenticeship, promote-from-within culture.
  • Contribute to EM’s best-in-class thought leadership platform by writing and publishing content that showcases the firm’s expertise and ability to explain complex topics in digestible prose.

Our Culture and Method of Doing Business. We are:
  • Zealous about exceptional client service and delighting every client, large or small.
  • Lean and agile—we don’t have manager layers that get to sit back and just talk.
  • Growth-oriented—both in welcoming new clients into the fold and seeing professional development in our outstanding colleagues.
  • Feedback-heavy—because that’s how to unlock growth.
  • Mentoring-rich—we’re not a competitive, eat-what-you-kill culture, and our consultants achieve professional growth via hands-on client experience and feedback from leaders.
  • All about impact—our professionals love the opportunity to make an impact on clients, each other, and the long-run trajectory of the business.
  • Eager to solve clients’ toughest problems—because that’s where the greatest impact is created even though these challenges are riddled with ambiguity and complexity.
  • Devoted to plain-language deliverables that clients find easy to consume and yet rigorous—because clients value our ability to make the complex simple for them.
  • Not a 9-to-5 job—because all the above items just take time, even for very smart and efficient people.

Qualifications & Requirements                                          
  • Exposure to economic consulting, either directly in the space of compensation or indirectly through tenure in litigation consulting or a related field that requires solving conceptual problems analytically and with the help of model-informed decision-making.
  • Although compensation-specific experience is not required, the following are nice-to-have experience areas:
    • Executive compensation theory and modeling
    • Short- and long-term incentive plan design
    • Share pool modeling
    • Job architecture and job leveling
    • Survey data analysis and broad-based compensation issues
    • Exposure to proxy filings
    • Participant communication and messaging of new incentive programs
    • Pre-IPO compensation issues for venture-backed and private equity-backed firms
    • ISS and shareholder governance issues
    • Statistical gender pay equity studies
    • Job architecture and pay structure creation
  • Strong Excel skills and the ability to design robust, insight-rich models.
  • Solid client management skills and a thirst for delighting clients (flexibility, adaptability, customization, etc.).
  • Experience supervising junior talent and delivering coaching/feedback that guides them toward upskilling.
  • Ability to quickly grasp complex economics principles and apply them to real-world fact patterns.
  • Exceptional time and stress management skills given competing projects and deadlines that often change.
  • Strong detail- and accuracy-orientation across internal/external communication, deliverables, and modeling.
  • Ability and willingness to think critically and solve “out-of-the-box” problems independently.
  • Ability to excel in both the technical dimensions and business/client dimensions of consulting.
  • 5 – 9 years of experience in a relevant consulting field (senior manager candidates also encouraged to apply).
  • Background check required.

More About Equity Methods

Equity Methods serves a diverse clientele from dozens of Fortune 500 firms to early-stage pre-IPO firms. We have served 40 Fortune 100 firms all the way to early-stage venture-backed organizations. Our clients span the United States, in addition to some in Canada, South America, and Europe. We offer a diverse array of services that solve mission-critical priorities within corporate accounting and human resources functions.

At our size of ~100 professionals and countless brand-name clients, we combine the best of a large professional services firm with the best of an entrepreneurial growth venture. The culture fosters excellence in client service, innovation, collaboration, and continuous improvement. We have a bias toward promoting from within and we celebrate the diverse strengths of our colleagues. We have consistently been rated a Top Company to Work for in Arizona.