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Compensation Specialist


West Palm Beach, FL, US

Req ID:  26702
Date:  Sep 30, 2021

Florida Crystals is a leading domestic sugar producer and North America’s first fully integrated cane sugar company, guiding our sugar from farm to table.  We are America’s first and only producer of certified organic sugar, grown and harvested in the United States. Our renewable energy facility is the largest of its kind in North America and provides clean energy that powers our sugar operations, which helps us reduce our use of fossil fuels.  Florida Crystals also sustainably farms rice, sweet corn and other vegetables in rotation with our sugarcane.  Our rice mill is the only rice mill in Florida. 



As a member of the Corporate Human Resources Team, this position contributes a high level of energy and organization to oversee compensation projects and ongoing initiatives for Florida Crystals Corporation and American Sugar Refining, Inc. to ensure their timely and accurate completion. Also actively supports the integration of processes and procedures, and is accountable for improving and monitoring processes to maximize their strategic value. The individual must be able understand the strategic compensation needs of the company and to think through project requirements in order to provide solutions that support global initiatives.


This position will work closely with the corporate Compensation Manager to apply formal and informal influence to HR leaders, executives and team members across multiple departments and works with vendors to deliver results.  Individual must also be tactical in the sense of being able to work at an operational level to complete work assignments and to provide compensation support for key HR initiatives.  Success in this role is based upon being able to demonstrate clear value to the business by executing against key objectives to support key stakeholders in HR and the business in achieving their strategic business objectives.



  • Monitors the effectiveness of existing compensation policies, guidelines and procedures recommending plan revision as well as new plans that are cost effective and consistent with compensation trends and corporate objectives; coordinates implementation and provides guidance to HR and business leaders.
  • Works closely with other total rewards team members to identify opportunities to integrate work processes and to integrate the department.
  • Provides advice to leaders and HR staff on pay decisions, policy and guideline interpretation and job evaluation including the design of creative solutions to specific compensation-related programs.
  • Manages the administration of direct compensation (exempt and nonexempt cash compensation programs) including creating and presenting recommendations/proposals for equity adjustments, market alignment, restructuring and reorganizations which includes the processing, recording and reporting of compensation-related actions.
  • Actively supports the configuration and testing of the SuccessFactors Compensation and Performance Management Modules and the ongoing utilization of the tool.
  • Participates in and conducts both exempt and nonexempt salary surveys to ensure corporate compensation objectives are achieved.
  • Keeps appraised of federal, state and local compensation laws and regulations in order to ensure company compliance and oversees ongoing FLSA reviews.
  • Works closely with the Benefits team to ensure programs are viewed and designed to support the total reward philosophy of the organization; provides support to other total rewards initiatives and projects as needed. 
  • Partners with leadership and HR Business Partners to ensure successful adoption of new compensation processes, and is accountable for communication and training as needed.
  • Performs regular Compensation data audits to ensure data accuracy.
  • Oversees the administration of 401k programs and supports various benefits initiatives as required.
  • May need to support benefit functions



  • Bachelor’s degree in HR, Business Management or related discipline from accredited university




  • 3-5 years of progressively responsible compensation experience.
  • Knowledge of government regulations as they apply to compensation base and incentive compensation programs, company policies and operations, with detailed knowledge of FLSA regulations
  • Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
  • Experience using an HRIS system, preferably SAP HR/HCM, and ability to develop and analyze reports and queries
  • Experience writing reports and presentations, including creation through analysis to all levels of the company
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge and experience with benchmarking and market pricing jobs, including the completion of salary surveys.
  • Knowledge and experience with creating and presenting recommendations/proposals for equity adjustments, market alignment, restructuring and reorganizations


  • Prefer certification as a Certified Compensation Professional through the World @ Work, or actively working to attain certification.
  • Professional training and experience with SAP HR/HCM and SuccessFactors modules
  • Process Improvement and related process mapping skills



  • Anticipation – Ability to anticipate problems in ongoing Compensation or HR projects and be proactive in addressing such needs.
  • Business Acumen & Partnership – Demonstrated ability to understand the business and suggest Compensation projects to meet business and employee needs at both strategic and operational levels.
  • Computer Proficiency – Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook) and Internet research.
  • Edge – Well organized, ambitious, with the ability to communicate and effectively influence others.
  • Emotional Maturity – Ability to withstand pressure and manage emotions effectively during the high stress periods of project development.
  • Energy – High positive energy to take on continuous and complex business challenges in a fast-paced environment. Persistence to drive to solutions despite obstacles and/or competing priorities.
  • Ethics & Integrity – High degree of personal integrity in all business dealings.
  • Execution – Attentive to detail and demonstrated ability to deliver on accountabilities in order to help the business and the team be successful.  Track record of high-performance.
  • HR Functional Skill – General awareness, exposure, and understanding across most HR sub-disciplines with a demonstrated strength in HRIS.
  • Influencing & Engagement Skills – Ability to proactively engage and influence others at all levels, at times without formal authority.  Confidence and ability to have critical conversations, if necessary.
  • Judgment/Decision-Making – Smart, with the ability to think through issues and make wise decisions, often without all facts and information or high levels of direction.
  • Language – Bilingual proficiency preferred (Spanish/English).
  • Problem-Solving & Opportunity Identification – Ability to frame clear problem statements and use objective information and data to help solve complex business challenges and generate innovative options and solutions for business leaders. Identify opportunities for HR to contribute value to the business.
  • Strategic Thinking/ Acting – Ability to think and act strategically in balance with operational delivery.
  • Teamwork/Collaboration – A great team player with a great attitude, good customer service orientation, and focused on delivering outstanding results to their clients and the business, overall.
  • Travel – Ability to travel approximately 10-15% throughout domestic and international locations.
  • Working Independently & Efficiently – Ability to work independently with strategic direction. Ability to work with a diverse, geographically dispersed population.



  • West Palm Beach, FL



Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities.

Nearest Major Market: Palm Beach
Nearest Secondary Market: Miami