Compensation and Benefits Manager

Who is Great Lakes Cheese?

Great Lakes Cheese is celebrating over 50 years of Excellence in Cheese Making! Since 1958, Great Lakes has grown rapidly by acquisition, plant expansions, investment in the best technologies for production and distribution ? and by setting high industry standards for service.? Currently, Great Lakes serves the nation?s retailers and food service operations with?nine strategic facilities across the U.S. We earn this proud tradition of award-winning quality and customer satisfaction every day.

GLC?s Mission:

To be a leading manufacturer and supplier of consistently high quality cheese products. We will achieve this through our commitment to outstanding customer service, innovation, dedicated employees, and business partnerships. Our environment of open communication, integrity, and mutual respect encourages everyone to go beyond what is expected. We believe that profitability is a success only if the customer, the suppliers, the employees, the communities, and the company benefit.

Benefits of working at GLC:

Great Lakes Cheese?s success hinges on the dedication and professionalism of our people. From our inception, we have created and maintained an environment for employees to learn, develop their careers and enjoy mutually rewarding relationships, recognition and earnings. As we have grown throughout the years, we have kept the small company, family feel, even as a billion dollar organization. Point in case, our employees participate in an ESOP Plan, where they own approximately 20% of the company. In addition, we offer competitive benefits that include Medical, Dental, Life and Long-term Disability Insurance, 401(k) Plan, an Employee Assistance Program and tuition reimbursement.

Position Description

The Compensation and Benefits Manager will be responsible for all aspects of the compensation and benefits strategies, policies and programs. In this position, you will design, develop, and implement compensation programs and systems, and lead our strategic approach to employee benefits. You will help ensure that our compensation and benefits programs align with company goals, comply with legal requirements and positively impact our culture by attracting, rewarding and retaining talented people. We are looking for someone who can thrive in ambiguity, adapt quickly to a changing environment and has a passion for bringing people insights to the business.


  • Design, implement and manage all compensation activities including salary and bonus programs.
  • Anticipate future trends and implications for the compensation programs, and provide ongoing evaluation of incentive programs to ensure alignment with strategy.
  • Partner with legal counsel to ensure compliance with all compensation related governmental regulations and disclosures.
  • Build salary banding and leveling framework based on market data and manage the market benchmarking and operation of the pay structures.
  • Consult with and provide direction, guidance, and resolution to site HR teams and business leaders on compensation matters.
  • Advise on relocation package practices.
  • Oversee pay gap reporting and equal pay analysis.
  • Partner with Recruiting to create offers and ensure equal pay treatment.
  • Continuously monitor the market, partner with our insurance broker and other vendors to drive the design and management of GLC?s benefits programs.
  • Ensure that GLC's benefits are competitive, cost-effective and equitable. Must become expert in all benefit programs that we offer.
  • Coordinate and support open enrollment activities annually. Ensure that Benefit Focus system is updated and ready to support online enrollment experience for each year.
  • Work closely with 401(k)/Retirement Plan Consultant to ensure compliance with all retirement plan rules.
  • Partner with ESOP consultants to oversee ESOP administration and annual review process. Collaborate with finance to process ESOP distributions.
  • Administer and manage internal Tuition Reimbursement Program.
  • All GLC employees are expected to perform any assignment or job task according to the stated safety policies and procedures.
  • All GLC employees are expected to produce our products in a manner that exceeds the quality and value expectation of our customers and consumers by adhering to Good Manufacturing Practices, Policies and Procedures outlined in our Safe Quality Food Program.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned by the manager.

Required Education, Experience, and Skills

  • Bachelor's degree in Business, Human Resources or related field.
  • 5+ years of compensation and benefits experience.
  • Experience in building compensation and benefit strategies.

Preferred Education, Experience, and Skills

  • MBA or Masters in Human Resources preferred.
  • Compensation expertise in merit pay programs, incentive and bonus plans, job evaluation, and salary survey use and methodology.
  • Strong equity plan?experience and experience running year-end analysis.
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment, and establish relationships.
  • Strong ability to learn and utilize different systems and programs.
  • Demonstrated in-depth knowledge and experience in effectively leading the wide-spectrum of compensation and benefits programs and practices which supports our results-oriented business.
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills and the ability to interact professionally with all levels within the organization, and excellence in written and verbal communication.
  • High personal standards of excellence, commitment, and integrity while maintaining confidential information.
  • SuccessFactors experience.?

Working Conditions

  • Work is performed in an office setting.
  • Occasional exposure to industrial operations including: temperature extremes from approximately 35?F to 100?F; noise levels in excess of 85 dB; moisture and moving machinery.

Great Lakes Cheese is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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