Head of Benefits EMEA, London

Agency WPP
Created 11/11/2023
Reference 6982788002
Category Human Resources
City London
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We create transformative ideas and outcomes for our clients through an integrated offer of communications, experience, commerce, and technology.

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Why we're hiring:

The Regional Head of Benefits, EMEA role is based in London and reports directly to the Director of Global Benefits in New York. This position works closely with the HR and financial teams of the WPP operating companies. The primary responsibility of the role is to ensure the delivery of efficient and effective benefits programs across the region, in compliance with local legislation and in line with group policy.

What you'll do:
  • Drive the implementation of WPP's global benefits strategy across EMEA region.
  • Ensure that all aspects of the regions benefit programs are consistent with WPP benefits policy and philosophy.
  • Ensure compliance of all benefit plans across the region with local legislative and regulatory requirements.
  • Provide expert advice in the design, implementation, management and review of benefit plans across the region.
  • Research and review competitiveness of benefit plans and recommend changes as appropriate.
  • Ensure benefit programs are of the highest quality, efficiently managed and well governed.
  • Manage and maintain effective relationships with service providers and suppliers to ensure best in class service delivery.
  • Lead and deliver major benefits projects across the region.
  • Develop and manage reward and benefits communication and education programs.
  • Drive the wellbeing agenda for the EMEA region.
  • Chair the Benefits Steering Group for EMEA.
  • Work closely with Operating Company CFOs and Senior Global Talent/Benefit Leads and WPP People Team leadership.
  • Support the Benefits team on wider global initiatives as necessary.

What you'll need:
  • Deep benefits experience, alongside experience in a management or lead consultant role.
  • Detailed technical knowledge of pension and benefits programs and practices across EMEA .
  • Excellent client servicing skills at all levels within of an organisation, with the ability to think strategically and with commercial awareness.
  • Analytical skills with a keen attention to detail and ability to analyse data to create insights and results.
  • Self-motivated, ability to multi-task, manage several projects concurrently and used to managing time effectively.
  • Ability and desire to mentor and develop other members of the benefits team.
  • A recognised pensions or benefits qualification (e.g. FIA/FSA, APMI, ACII etc) is desirable for this role.

Who you are:

You're open : We are inclusive and collaborative; we encourage the free exchange of ideas; we respect and celebrate diverse views. We are accepting: of new ideas, new partnerships, new ways of working.

You're optimistic : We believe in the power of creativity, technology and talent to create brighter futures or our people, our clients and our communities. We approach all that we do with conviction: to try the new and to seek the unexpected.

You're extraordinary: we are stronger together: through collaboration we achieve the amazing. We are creative leaders and pioneers of our industry; we provide extraordinary every day.

What we'll give you:

Passionate, inspired people - We promote a culture of people that do extraordinary work.

Scale and opportunity - We offer the opportunity to create, influence and complete projects at a scale that is unparalleled in the industry.

Challenging and stimulating work - Unique work and the opportunity to join a group of creative problem solvers. Are you up for the challenge?

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