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Compensation & Benefits Manager

Date: Sep 17, 2021

Location: Irvine, California, US

Company: Kia America, Inc.

At Kia, we’re creating award-winning products and redefining what value means in the automotive industry. It takes a special group of individuals to do what we do, and we do it together. Our culture is fast-paced, collaborative, and innovative. Our people thrive on thinking differently and challenging the status quo. We are creating something special here, a culture of learning and opportunity, where you can help Kia achieve big things and most importantly, feel passionate and connected to your work every day.

Kia provides team members with competitive benefits including premium paid medical, dental and vision coverage for you and your dependents, 401(k) plan matching of 100% up to 6% of the salary deferral, and time off starting at 14 days per year. Kia also offers company lease and purchase programs, company-wide holiday shutdown, paid volunteer hours, and premium lifestyle amenities at our corporate campus in Irvine, California.




Manages the compensation and benefit programs on a day to day basis by providing strategic recommendations, responsive program administration and leading program efforts to engage and support Kia team members.  Participates in the research, analysis, development, revision, and enhancements of the programs ensuring efficiencies for participants and the organization.  Applies knowledge of concepts, practices, and procedures to interpret and apply company policies and government regulations to the efficient and compliant administration of the Kia compensation and benefit programs.

Major Responsibilities

Priority Major Responsibility %
1st Utilize critical thinking and analytical skills to advise on and oversee the compensation function including the annual merit and bonus planning process.  
Partner with HR team members to conduct job evaluations and complete compensation recommendations on an ongoing basis. 
Complete annual compensation surveys and represent organization by participation in industry specific analysis discussion groups and forums.
Maintain organizations compensation database.
Recommend enhancements to current pay programs through research and analysis. 
Ensure policies and programs are in alignment with the organization’s overall strategic objectives. 
2nd Support and facilitate the company sponsored benefit programs including the annual health & welfare insurance renewal, workers’ compensation analysis and renewal, and 401(k) retirement plan administration.  
Support efficient use of benefits budget and other resources. 
Partner with internal HR, managers and team members on the maintenance and compliance with the leave of absence program.
Evaluate and recommend effective new or enhanced benefits to add value to established programs.  
Lead the company’s health and wellness program to drive increased team member awareness of company sponsored program features and benefits.
3rd Support the annual compensation, goals, and performance initiatives through HRIS module administration. Point of contact for internal partners to address system issues and facilitate module functionality activities. 20%
4th Performs any other duties assigned by HR management and take any reasonable action necessary to carry out the responsibilities of the position, consistent with established company policies and sound business judgement. 15%



  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
  • Degree in Human Resources, Finance, or a related field a plus

Overall Experience

  • Must have 5 - 7 years of experience in a corporate work environment.
  • Must possess a strong numbers orientation and attention to detail.
  • Prior supervisory experience preferred.

Directly Related Experience

  • Minimum 6 years of experience in the human resources field, specializing in compensation and benefits.
  • Current knowledge of regulations that govern compensation and benefit programs, program trends and prevailing practices.


Project management skills which includes handling multiple projects simultaneously.
Strong analytical and organizational skills.
Intermediate proficiency in Excel, Word, and PowerPoint required to produce various reports and proposals.
Possess the ability to navigate databases and systems as a user and system administrator.
Strong knowledge of benefit laws and regulations (FMLA, CFRA/ADA, Cafeteria 125 programs, DOL, IRS guidelines and requirements).
Ability to analyze team member utilization and develop recommendation for review by management.
Ability to interface and communicate effectively in a clear and concise manner to all levels of team members, management, vendors, etc.
Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal skills to effectively communicate policies and procedures to all levels of staff and management.
Excellent planning, time management, communication, and organization skills.
Ability to collaborate and succeed with diversified business practices and with all levels of an extremely fast paced organization.


Adapting to Change
Adapting to Others
CHALLENGE - Solving Complex Problems
Championing Customer Needs
COLLABORATION - Building and Supporting Teams
Communicating Effectively
CUSTOMER - Serving Customers
Delivering High Quality Work
Developing Talent
Driving Continuous Improvement
Entrepreneurial Thinking
GLOBALITY - Showing Community and Social Responsibility
Managing Resources
PEOPLE - Interacting with People at Different Levels
Setting a Strategic Vision


Equal Employment Opportunities

KUS provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, including pregnancy and childbirth and related medical conditions, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, legally protected physical disability or mental disability, legally protected medical condition, marital status, sexual orientation, family care or medical leave status, protected veteran or military status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.  KUS complies with applicable law governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which KUS has offices.  The KUS EEO policy applies to all areas of employment, including recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, compensation, benefits, discipline, termination and all other privileges, terms and conditions of employment.


Disclaimer:  The above information on this job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification and for this position.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

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