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Director, Compensation & Benefits Consulting

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Location: Dallas, TX, United States
Date Posted: Jun 14, 2024

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Director, Compensation & Benefits Consulting

The Opportunity:

A&M is a group of entrepreneurial, action and results-oriented professionals who take a hands-on approach to solving our clients' problems and assisting them in reaching their potential. Our culture celebrates independent thinkers and doers who can positively impact our clients and shape our industry. The collaborative environment and engaging work—guided by A&M's core values of Integrity, Quality, Objectivity, Fun, Personal Reward, and Inclusive Diversity—are why our people love working at A&M.  

We provide tax, turnaround management, restructuring, performance improvement, and corporate advisory services. Our tax practice is unique in that we offer the opportunity to work without audit conflict and truly act a trusted business advisor. We provide our teams with opportunities and support to develop and cultivate careers that are most meaningful to them and reward them based on their achievements. 

A&M’s Compensation & Benefits practice is currently seeking a Director with key expertise in the area of Executive Compensation. The ideal candidate will work with our team of professionals to advise companies of all sizes on various compensation and benefits matters. When you join us you will gain unique experiences and valuable knowledge working across capabilities, sectors, and geographies, and have the opportunity to take control of your career progression.

As a Director, you will assist clients with the design, implementation, communication, and monitoring of their compensation philosophy and strategy. The types of programs we consult on include base salary, annual incentives, long-term incentives, executive-level retirement, deferred compensation, and fringe benefit plans.

Primary Responsibilities Include:

  • Complete complex compensation and benefits projects
  • Provide compensation, tax, accounting, and business advice in regards to complex transactions
  • Provide competitive market data, quantitative/qualitative analyses
  • Have proficiency in the taxation of executive compensation and knowledge of Code sections 83, 162(m), 280G, and 409A
  • Participate in multiple executive compensation engagements for a diverse client base, both in and out of the transaction setting
  • Contribute to client satisfaction by providing timely and effective responses to client needs and concerns
  • Participate in client meetings and work within a team environment to deliver fully integrated compensation and benefit services to clients
  • Conduct proxy statement studies and analyses of other publicly available data sources
  • Benchmark, design, and implement annual incentive plans and long-term incentive plans
  • Conduct statistical analyses of compensation data
  • Model financial impact of compensation plans
  • Conduct performance metrics studies
  • Monitor executive and other compensation trends
  • Benchmark, design, and implement bankruptcy compensation programs, including Key Employee Incentive Programs (“KEIPs”), Key Employee Retention Programs (“KERPs”), Management Incentive Plans (“MIPs”), severance programs, etc.
    • Assist clients with stakeholder awareness and negotiations (e.g., board of directors, creditors committee, U.S. Trustee, etc.), as applicable.
  • Participate in broader projects including performance management, employee benefits, retirement, healthcare, performance optimization, cash/non-cash reward and recognition
  • Participate in marketing initiatives including support on developing compensation work and methodology approaches, writing and supporting proposals and conducting surveys
  • With this position, you will further your analytical and communication skills while adding value for our clients by helping solve their complex problems
  • Lead client engagements on a day-to-day basis and manage staff members on various projects, including:
    • Benchmark compensation and develop reports to support the compensation recommendations
    • Design annual and long-term incentive awards while considering the tax, accounting, and other regulatory ramifications
    • Prepare tax calculations and various analyses/models to help clients make better informed compensation decisions and comply with the applicable rules and regulations
    • Review/draft technical memorandums and letters related to compensation & benefits issues
    • Review the calculations and work product of peers for accuracy and reasonableness, serving as a thorough reviewer of data and results (most of the work product reviewed will be in Excel and PowerPoint)
    • Interpreting and applying laws, regulations, judicial precedent and other guidance
  • Manage risk, resources, staffing and financial performance for multiple engagements at once including billing, collections and project budgets
  • Identify key tax issues and accurately quantify the impact to in a clear, concise, and thoughtful analysis
  • Build client relationships and demonstrate a working knowledge of client businesses
  • Conduct day-to-day management of accounts to ensure delivery of timely and accurate work product
  • Supervise, develop, mentor, and motivate our Associates, Senior Associates and Managers by actively participating in their advancement through on-the-job training, providing performance feedback, counseling, and fostering our team-based atmosphere
  • Manage workload and deadlines for Associates, Senior Associates, and Managers with a focus on quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of the project teams
  • Demonstrate commitment and desired behaviors while working with others that have diverse experiences, skills and perspectives
  • Regularly support business development efforts. Identify opportunities for add on work, thought leadership, new client pitches, and optimizing the compliance process


  • Bachelor’s Degree required; advanced degree preferred
  • One of the following required: Juris Doctor, Masters in Tax, licensed CPA, or specialty compensation and benefits certification
  • 7+ years of related work experience
  • Strong knowledge of executive compensation and statistical analysis, incentive plan design and analysis, and pay structure analysis and design
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to articulate complex information, including presenting complex topics in easily understood terms to clients
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Ability to simultaneously work on and manage several projects and effectively manage deadlines
  • High motivation to learn and grow
  • Proficient in Excel, PowerPoint, and Word

Compensation Statement

The salary range is $130,000 - $140,000 annually, dependent on several variables including but not limited to education, experience, skills, and geography. In addition, A&M offers a discretionary bonus program which is based on a number of factors, including individual and firm performance.  Please ask your recruiter for details

Benefits Summary:

Regular employees working 30 or more hours per week are also entitled to participate in Alvarez & Marsal Holdings’ fringe benefits consisting of healthcare plans, flexible spending and savings accounts, life, AD&D, and disability coverages at rates determined from time to time as well as a 401(k) retirement plan. Provided the eligibility requirements are met, employees will also receive a discretionary contribution to their 401(k) from Alvarez & Marsal. Click here for more information regarding A&M’s benefits programs.

Alvarez & Marsal recruits on an ongoing basis. Candidates are considered as they apply, until the opportunity is filled. Candidates are encouraged to apply expeditiously to any role(s) that they are qualified for and that are of interest to them. 


Diversity & Inclusion

A&M’s entrepreneurial culture celebrates independent thinkers and doers who can positively impact our clients and shape our industry. The collaborative environment and engaging work—guided by A&M’s core values of Integrity, Quality, Objectivity, Fun, Personal Reward, and Inclusive Diversity—are the main reasons our people love working at A&M. Inclusive Diversity means we embrace diversity, and we foster inclusiveness, encouraging everyone to bring their whole self to work each day. It runs through how we recruit, develop employees, conduct business, support clients, and partner with vendors. It is the A&M way.

Equal Opportunity Employer

It is Alvarez & Marsal’s practice to provide and promote equal opportunity in employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination because of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, sex or gender, gender identity or gender expression (including transgender status), sexual orientation, marital status, military service and veteran status, physical or mental disability, family medical history, genetic information or other protected medical condition, political affiliation, or any other characteristic protected by and in accordance with applicable laws. Employees and Applicants can find A&M policy statements and additional information by region here.

Unsolicited Resumes from Third-Party Recruiters

Please note that as per A&M policy, we do not accept unsolicited resumes from third-party recruiters unless such recruiters are engaged to provide candidates for a specified opening and in alignment with our Inclusive Diversity values. Any employment agency, person or entity that submits an unsolicited resume does so with the understanding that A&M will have the right to hire that applicant at its discretion without any fee owed to the submitting employment agency, person or entity.

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