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Human Resources Specialist - Compensation (Evanston, IL)

ZS is a professional services firm that works side by side with companies to help develop and deliver products that drive customer value and company results. From R&D to portfolio strategy, customer insights, marketing and sales strategy, operations and technology, we leverage our deep industry expertise and leading-edge analytics to create solutions that work in the real world. Our most valuable asset is our people—a fact that’s reflected in our values-driven organization in which new perspectives are integral and new ideas are celebrated. ZSers are passionately committed to helping companies and their customers thrive in industries ranging from healthcare and life sciences, to high-tech, financial services, travel and transportation, and beyond.

ZS’s Corporate Enterprise Functions operate the firm’s core internal functions. Our global teams comprise team-oriented, pragmatic and results-driven people who thrive in a challenging work environment. Our people come from diverse backgrounds but share a passion for quality customer service and dedication—whether our customer is a client or another ZS employee.


We seek a Global Compensation Specialist to join our Talent Architecture & Total Rewards team. This individual will report directly to the Global Compensation Lead and play a key role in administration of compensation programs for employees worldwide including the bi-annual raise and bonus review processes. This role will routinely work with senior leadership on a variety of projects including salary benchmarking, compensation data analysis, compensation program administration, and offering compensation best practices.


  • Support the development, implementation, and administration of compensation program
  • Conduct research and analyze employee and market benchmarks to summarize findings, draw insights, and support recommendations on compensation programs and initiatives
  • Provide compensation guidance and analytical support in complex aspects of the development of salary ranges and bonus allocations
  • Develop complex spreadsheet models for financial analyses to determine the impact of compensation plan proposals or changes 
  • Review proposed salary adjustments for conformance to established guidelines and recommend any corrective actions to resolve compensation related challenges
  • Provide training and guidance to talent acquisition team on using salary ranges with geographical differentials and create playbook or educational material
  • Develop and document compensation procedures to streamline processes
  • Support other compensation projects as needed based on company and team’s objectives


  • Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree preferred, in a relevant field (i.e. mathematics, statistics, finance, engineering, industrial/organizational psychology or related discipline
  • Minimum 5-8 years of relevant work experience in compensation analysis and administration 
  • Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) certification, PHR or SHRM-CP a plus
  • Strong problem solving and troubleshooting skills with experience exercising mature judgment
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written) with a sensitivity to confidentiality
  • Strong analytic skills/comfort in data analysis, including advanced MS Excel modeling & data manipulation skills and ability to manage reports & dashboards
  • Experience working in a global  professional services environment preferred 


ZS is a global consulting firm; fluency in English is required, additional fluency in at least one European or Asian language is desirable. 
Candidates must possess work authorization for their intended country of employment. An on-line application, including a cover letter expressing interest and a full set of transcripts (official or unofficial), is required to be considered.
ZS offers a competitive compensation package with salary and bonus incentives, complete medical/dental/life insurance programs and retirement savings benefits. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Nearest Major Market: Chicago