Sr. Director, Total Rewards

Remote (United States)

This position will provide comprehensive expert support on all aspects of compensation and total rewards, including hourly employees through executive compensation. The Total Rewards Leader will report to the Chief People Officer and collaborate closely with senior leadership, the different groups of within the HR team and various levels of leadership. In this role, you will be building the foundation for a strong and strategic Total Rewards culture and philosophy for the company and creating the right support team to execute and deliver on the key outcomes for our employees, senior leadership, our shareholders and our board of directors.

About the role-You will

  • Drive and lead the development of core Proterra Compensation processes as well as serve as an expert resource for HR business partners on executive as well as all levels of compensation matters.
  • Develop and coordinate the preparation of materials for meetings of the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors while directly support the Chief People Officer in preparing for these meetings.
  • Partner with Legal, Finance and Communications on a team responsible for drafting the proxy statement for the annual shareholder meeting (with focus on the executive and director compensation sections, CEO pay ratio, pay versus performance and utilization of collaboration tools).
  • Directly develop and drive the development of competitive employment offers for key talent cross all jurisdictions including international hires.
  • Drive the strategy and process around market pricing and survey job matches for various job levels within the company.
  • Collaborate with the legal department on SEC reportable events to ensure that the executive compensation programs are legally compliant.
  • Direct approval process for executive level policy exception and retention requests.
  • Lead the annual compensation planning cycle activities (preparation of annual bonus and long-term incentive pool recommendations) and support presentations to the CEO and Board.
  • Coordinate with Human Resource Services (HRS) & Information Technology (IT) departments to ensure downstream transactions are timely executed.
  • Own certain ongoing processes, such as the design and maintenance of one-off programs, sales compensation and other incentive and recognition programs, processing certain transactions through payrolls, developing, and maintaining executive compensation information and resources.
  • Participate in the development and delivery of all levels of compensation training and education sessions.
  • Assess and recommend a Total Rewards organization development to support the growth and the ongoing needs of the business.
  • Partner with Finance on matters such as compensation-based accruals, funding requests and other ad-hoc requests.
  • Support the HR M&A function on executive-related aspects of deals, as needed.
  • Perform other compensation related duties and projects as required
  • Other duties as assigned.

 About Our Group

  • As strategic partners, the Proterra HR team strives to ensure that our values, culture and engagement always allow us to do great things for our company.
  • We strive to provide the highest-level service and support to our clients each and every day.
  • We work collaboratively to build strong relationships with our clients, partners, and own team.
  • We treat each other with respect, and always try to have a little fun every day!
  • You will report to the Chief People Officer and collaborate with other HRS and IT team members located at our headquarters in Burlingame, CA and manufacturing facilities in Los Angeles, CA and Greenville, SC.


About You

  • Self-starter with the ability to adapt interpersonal styles and techniques to influence at all levels of the organization.
  • Customer-focused attitude, with high level of professionalism and discretion.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality, establish trust and credibility, and act with complete integrity.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving abilities.
  • Ability to multitask with a high attention to detail.
  • Detail-oriented, resourceful and diligent.
  • Strong time management and organizational skills.
  • Sound judgment and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent English written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent math skills and ability to create budgets & forecasts.


Your Experience Includes

  • 10+ years’ experience in a compensation-focused roles.
  • Significant knowledge of executive compensation market trends and the requirements of external influencers and shareholders.
  • Advanced competency in using Excel, PowerPoint and other modern office functions and professional information technology systems.
  • Bachelor's Degree in Human Resources, Business, or related field.

Proterra is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, providing equal employment opportunities to all Employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, including, but not limited to, lactation or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law or ordinance. Proterra participates in the Electronic Employment Verification Program (E-Verify). 


Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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