Compensation Manager in Washington, District of Columbia at Danaher

Date Posted: 3/8/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Job ID: COR000944

About Us

Danaher is a global science and technology innovator committed to helping our customers solve complex challenges and improve quality of life around the world. Our family of world class brands have unparalleled leadership positions in some of the most demanding and attractive industries, including life sciences, medical diagnostics, dental, environmental and industrial solutions. We are a globally diverse team of 62,000 associates united by a common culture and operating system, the Danaher Business System, which serves as our ultimate competitive advantage. We generated $17 billion in revenue last year. We are ranked #133 on the Fortune 500 and, during the past 20 years, our stock has outperformed the S&P 500 Index by more than 2,000 percent.


This role will lead the effort on governance and infrastructure to support enterprise-wide career framework and compensation structures.  The position will have accountability for the Company’s market compensation systems and downstream impact to compensation integrated processes such as Workday.  In addition, this position will assist with various other corporate compensation projects and initiatives. 

The candidate will work closely with the Vice President of Total Rewards, Chief Human Resources Officer and have exposure to senior management.  The position will also frequently interact with the HR Operations team as well as Human Resource/Compensation leaders across the Danaher operating groups and companies. 

Career progression opportunities exist within the corporate human resources function as well as across the human resources and compensation groups of our operating companies (“OpCo’s”).


  • Manage ongoing maintenance and governance of global job level structure/architecture for the Company:
    Review and update salary structures, geographic differentials.  
    Assess annual incentive targets globally and project manage bonus harmonization initiative. 
    Assist in review of sales incentive plan design.
    Establish governance policy and process for changes in job profiles, job levels/families.

  • Manage oversight of compensation survey portfolio and the annual compensation survey participation process:
    Act as thought leader for market pricing methodology. 
    Collaborate with the Platform and OpCo compensation teams to determine market data needs for the Company.
    Maintain relationships with the Company’s external partners supporting our compensation data requirements, including MarketPay, the Aon Hewitt co-sourcing team, and the various compensation survey vendors.

  • Provide guidance to Group and OpCo HR and Compensation leaders on compensation issues related to job leveling and market data.

  • Ensure compliance with regulatory requirements for compensation related matters, such as FLSA, and adherence to plan provisions and compensation policies. 
    Oversee special projects and perform analysis as assigned.
    Establish process excellence via Danaher Business System tools/processes and through the use of technology.
    Provide technical guidance and training to Compensation Analyst. 

Job Requirements


The successful candidate must be an excellent communicator, intellectually curious and have a strong work ethic.  The individual must be an independent thinker and self-starter with the bandwidth to multitask and work on several key projects at a given time.  The individual should have the ability to participate in spirited give-and-take discussions about his or her work.  It is important that the individual have superior interpersonal skills with an ability to work with people at multiple levels and be non- political in all dealings with agendas that are above board and understood by all.  The individual must be comfortable working in a high-energy, quickly changing and demanding environment.


  • BA/BS in related field; an MBA is preferred.

  • 8+ years of experience in global compensation with an emphasis on creating, developing and managing global compensation programs that facilitate business results.

  • Strong project management acumen and experience; experience in professional services/consulting preferred.  Sales incentive plan experience a plus. 

  • Advanced knowledge of job evaluation methodologies, salary structure design, and merit planning design and implementation.

  • Experience in the development and delivery technology solutions that enable and enhance the execution of a corporation’s global compensation program; specific experience with Workday a plus.

  • Strong technical knowledge and hands on experience with base and variable pay programs and equity/long-term incentive compensation in various industries.

  • Experience with M&A due diligence and integration.

Most Important Competencies Required

  • Strategic/Operational Combination.  Must be able to think strategically and view the big picture, but at the same time must be hands-on and detail-oriented and able to get work accomplished.

  • Bias for Action/Drive for Results.  Capable of juggling competing priorities and attaining results in a high-performance, fast-paced environment. Works with a sense of urgency and drives issues to closure – gets it done.

  • Analytical Orientation and Skillset.  High problem-solving/analytical acumen supported by strong quantitative and spreadsheet skills.

  • Creative and Solutions Focused.  Develops business-oriented solutions regardless of gaps in data, technology, and resources; figures it out.  Drive for continuous process improvement.

  • Effective Communicator.  Strong communications skills, including the ability to develop and deliver crisp and effective presentations, write clearly and concisely, structure and lead productive meetings and teleconferences, and effectively communicate in person with a variety of audiences, both in one-on-one and group settings.  Is able to influence peers, subordinates and superiors on sensitive issues.

  • Relationship Building/Collaboration.  Approachable, likeable, and accessible.  Relates to others in an open and accepting manner and initiates and develops relationship as a key priority.  Strong team-orientation; treats others with respect; and effectively works across business, regional, and functional boundaries. Demonstrated ability to take a collaborative and consensus-building approach to solving problems.

  • Business/Financial Acumen.  Strong business and financial acumen and understanding of finance/corporate planning processes and business strategy; excellent comprehension of industry issues and business trends.

  • Unquestionable integrity.  Will display and operate in a way that never compromises ethics and integrity.

Danaher Corporation Overview

Our extraordinary success is the direct result of our people and the Danaher Business System (DBS). DBS has evolved from a collection of manufacturing improvement tools into a philosophy, set of values and series of management processes that collectively define who we are and how we do what we do. Today, our DBS tools are designed to help us excel in areas of GROWTH, LEADERSHIP and LEAN.