Compensation Planning & Systems Manager

Chicago, Illinois


Company Description

Founded in 1966, Heitman LLC is a global real estate investment management firm with over $44 billion in assets under management. Heitman’s real estate investment strategies include direct investments in the equity or debt capitalization of a property or in the securities of listed and publicly traded real estate companies. Heitman serves a global client base with clients from North American, European, Middle Eastern and Asia-Pacific institutions, pension plans, foundations and corporations and individual investors. Headquartered in Chicago, with additional offices in North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific, Heitman’s more than 325 employees offer specialized expertise – from a specific discipline to local insight.

Job Description

The Compensation Planning & Systems Manager is a key role within Heitman’s global Human Resources team. The focus of the role is to design and manage compensation programs that support an employer of choice culture and that recognize and reward high performance. The incumbent will be responsible for compensation strategy development, plan design, budgets, policies, documentation, and implementation globally. In addition, they will also have management responsibility for Heitman’s HRIS systems.

The Compensation Planning & Systems Manager will ensure consistency of processes, policies, and legal compliance, optimize existing processes to drive accuracy and scalability, as well as analyze program effectiveness. The incumbent will collaborate with Executive Leadership and other members of the Human Resources team to develop or enhance compensation programs and manage day-to-day operations.

The responsibilities of a Compensation Planning & Systems Manager include, but are not limited to:

  • Serve as the primary point of contact for Senior Leadership, HR Business Partner, Talent Acquisition and Business Leaders on a range of compensation-related topics
  • Manage, administer, and advise on all compensation related activity including but not limited to offers, merit, promotions and market adjustments
  • Monitor the effectiveness of existing compensation policies, guidelines and procedures recommending plan revisions as well as new plans, which are industry competitive and support and drive Heitman’s culture
  • Design, manage and administer executive compensation programs including base pay, bonus, long-term incentives, and equity programs
  • Conduct and analyze market salary studies as needed for various compensation benchmarking
  • Assist with developing communication strategies and materials for compensation processes
  • Analyze new or revised job descriptions to determine the appropriate salary grade assignment, compensation range, EEOC, FLSA and worker’s compensation classifications
  • Analyze data to provide metrics to the company and executive leadership to support the progress on initiatives and objectives
  • Stay informed on global, federal, state, and local compensation laws and regulations to ensure company compliance
  • Proactively optimize HRIS systems to solve business needs/problems
  • Collaborate with HR and business to provide comprehensive metrics that guide HR strategy
  • Write, maintain, and support a variety of reports or queries using appropriate reporting tools. Assist in development of standard reports for ongoing business needs. Help maintain data integrity in systems by running queries and analyzing data
  • Maintain awareness on current trends in compensation and HRIS


  • Minimum 5+ years of progressive compensation experience
  • Experience in designing incentive compensation plans
  • Ability to effectively consult with business leaders and HR business partners on performance-based incentive strategies
  • Experience with implementing and maintaining HRIS systems
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Expert knowledge of Excel and proficiency in the rest of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Bachelor's degree in Human Resources Management or a related field is preferred
  • Certified Compensation Professional or other relevant certification preferred
  • Proven analytical and quantitative skills with the ability to derive actionable recommendations

Additional Information

Interested professionals should apply via our website at Please make sure to select “careers” under the About tab to submit your cover letter and resume. If you are a Heitman employee, please make sure to apply using your Heitman email address.

Equal Employment Opportunity: Heitman is an equal employment opportunity employer and complies with all applicable laws prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, physical, medical or mental disability or condition (including, without limitation, HIV and AIDS), developmental disability, handicap, denial of family and medical care leave, denial of pregnancy leave, domestic partner status, status as a victim of sexual or domestic violence (or familial relationship to such victim), veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, arrest records, citizenship status, criminal history that has been expunged, unfavorable discharge from the military, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local laws.