Director of Global Compensation and Benefits


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About Kraken
Our mission is to accelerate the adoption of cryptocurrency so that you and the rest of the world can achieve financial freedom and inclusion.  Founded in 2011 and with over 4 million clients, Kraken is one of the world's largest, most successful bitcoin exchanges and we're growing faster than ever. Our range of successful products are playing an important role in the mainstream adoption of crypto assets.  We attract people who constantly push themselves to think differently and chart exciting new paths in a rapidly growing industry. Kraken is a diverse group of dreamers and doers who see value in being radically transparent. Let's change the way the world thinks about money! Join the revolution!
Kraken’s mission is to accelerate the adoption of cryptocurrency so that you and the rest of the world can achieve financial freedom and inclusion. One of our top 5 internal strategic imperatives to “be the most committed and desirable organization in the space”. We call our team members “Krakenites”, and the HR/People team is called “Krakenite Experience” or KX.As the Director of Compensation & Benefits (C&B), you will add strategic value across the business by partnering with HR Leadership and the Executive Compensation Committee to proactively design C&B programs that align with the needs and culture of our company. You will be tasked with building a small but mighty team of C&B professionals who will assist in the implementation of strategic compensation and benefits programs. You will be leading programs at scale, from need identification to implementation, while considering the unique needs of our company and cryptocurrency industry. If you are an experienced Total Rewards expert who is passionate about creating strategic people focused programs at a rapidly growing fast paced organization, apply today!


  • The ability to and preferably experience having led the Total Rewards or Human Resources function in a rapidly scaling company through IPO and beyond
  • 10+ years of professional Total Rewards or Human Resources experience
  • 7+ of the 10 years as a compensation and benefits director, manager, or sr. analyst with proven success in managing international compensation and benefits programs
  • 3+ of the 10  years was spent at a technology company, startup, or high growth company that had globally distributed, work-from-home teams, as well as international offices
  • Confidence and ability to consult with and advise senior leaders
  • Must have in-depth and hands-on experience successfully driving various variable pay structures, stock option buy-back programs, and wellness initiatives outside of standard healthcare benefits. 


  • Expertly tackle the analysis, proposal, and execution of programs such as variable pay, health/wellness/finance, and stock option-buy back
  • Evaluate the C&B needs at the company and propose a strategic staffing plan for the Total Rewards team
  • Relentlessly analyze, propose, and execute on complex and/or innovative compensation and benefits programs for our globally distributed workforce
  • Provide expert level assistance to the CFO and the Finance team in stock options planning and stock option grant proposals for Board approval 
  • Advise the HR Leadership team and the Executive Compensation Committee on all matters related to compensation philosophy, bonuses, benefits, and the Total Rewards strategy. 
  • Effectively create proposals for employment strategy (employee/contractor/BPO) and benefits to all relevant stakeholders for the company’s continued global expansion
  • Oversee and ensure proper ongoing analysis of changing regulations in compensation and benefits globally, factoring in the impact to Kraken in order to effectively propose strategic changes
  • Lead all mandatory compensation and benefits reporting in accordance with compliance standards
  • Work with the HR Leadership team and other stakeholders to develop objectives, set priorities and plans for the division and contribute to company HR monitoring and reporting
  • Participate as a member of the HR Leadership team in the development of Company policies, guidelines, processes, and strategies
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