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Senior Advisor, Compensation & Benefits – WZR Development ULC

WZR Development ULC is a privately owned, petroleum operating company, active in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq exploring for, developing, and producing crude oil and natural gas. The group’s technical and administrative offices are located in Calgary, Alberta.
WZR holds an 80% working interest in the Kurdamir Production Sharing Contract (“PSC”) and a 40% working interest in the Garmian PSC with the Kurdistan Regional Government in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. At the end of Q1 2021 the Garmian Development Area was producing over 30,000 barrels of light oil per day from the Sarqala oilfield. Independently audited resource reports estimate the blocks contain prospective resources of 1.2 billion barrels of oil equivalent.
For further information on WZR, please visit their website at:

Job Title: Senior Advisor, Compensation & Benefits
Reports to: Vice President, Human Resources
Location: Calgary, AB

Reporting to the Vice President, Human Resources, the Senior Advisor, Compensation and Benefits will work with members of the human resources team to provide a comprehensive and integrated human resources function that enables the business and drives corporate success.
The position will play a key role in developing and maintaining the strategies, processes, and framework necessary to deliver a robust and effective compensation and benefits system that maximizes individual and company performance while allowing WZR Development ULC to attract and retain the talent required to achieve company objectives.

Key Accountabilities:
• Ensure the compensation strategy is fully executed
• Analyze and interpret salary data and make recommendations on compensation for new hires and promotions
• Provide compensation analysis and recommendations for employees and contractors
• Build and maintain a compensation calendar that is aligned with key organizational requirements such as budget and performance management process
• Lead in the development of a corporate compensation framework, such as salary structure with job levels, bonus plans, and provide continuous analysis for improvement
• Oversee the executive compensation structure ensuring total rewards incorporate all components of individual and company performance and packages are competitive with peers in the marketplace
• Coordinate the annual compensation review program, from costs modelling scenarios to payroll processing and communications
• Provide accurate and timely analysis and recommendations to assist in making informed compensation decisions
• Actively participate in the planning and budgeting of compensation and total rewards programs

• Provide benefits expertise and recommendations to ensure the benefits program is cost-effective and meets the unique needs of the company
• Build a benefits educational program to ensure all employees fully understand
• Manage the benefits provider, broker services to ensure effective, cost-efficient delivery of services to the company and employees
• Research and analyze the program offerings of current benefits providers both domestic and international
• Provide analysis and market data to support recommendations for potential benefits providers and work with brokers to ensure benefit offerings remain competitive
• Administer the annual process for employee health and wellness spending accounts

• Monitor industry trends associated with total rewards and advise on optimization of company programs
• Research and participate in market surveys within all relevant markets, conduct gap analyses based on market data and provide recommendations that are in alignment with findings
• Learn the new HRIS system (HUMI) and effectively utilize to support work functions related to compensation, benefits, and other total rewards purposes
• Support other total rewards projects, employee and consultant hiring processes and initiatives as required to support the company’s business plans and growth strategies

• Join a highly ambitious organization that is well positioned for growth and expansion
• Play the lead role in developing a comprehensive compensation framework that effectively rewards both domestic and international employees and contractors
• Play a key role in enabling company performance and success by elevating WZR’s ability to attract and retain talent required to achieve strategic priorities and business objectives

Success in the first year will be determined by the candidate’s ability to:
• Effectively integrate into a growth focused company, establishing collaborative and trusted relationships with subordinates, peers, senior leadership, and internal and external stakeholder groups
• Collaborate with all departments to determine merit, promotion and adjustment budgets and incentive forecasting. Use market data to build a case for base salary spending
• Review external market for budgeted salary increases and salary range adjustments, combined with salary survey data. Analyze Mercer data and provide salary increase budget information to help determine adjustment of salary ranges, planned merit/annual increase budgets and bonus spending
• Review and refresh the overall corporate compensation strategy and framework. Update job descriptions and salary bands based on market analysis, including geographic or function specific ranges for office and field positions

The successful candidate will have the following:

• Bachelor’s Degree or Diploma in Human Resources, Business, Finance, or related field
• CPHR designation or CCP certification is considered a strong asset

• Minimum of five years’ experience in human resources with a specific focus on compensation and benefits
• Strong experience administering the salary review process including communications, collecting management input and obtaining leadership approval
• Experience within the oil and gas sector is considered a strong asset
• Experience working in an international setting is considered a strong asset

Competencies and Attributes
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite software
• Ability to provide a consistently high standard of confidentiality, and exercise judgment on sensitive/confidential issues
• Demonstrated credibility by exercising a great deal of professional tact and diplomacy
• Ability to foster and promote a positive, constructive, and productive work environment and culture throughout the organization
• Displays characteristics of the organizational culture— ethics, integrity, honesty, trust, teamwork, and collegiality
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills
• Cross-cultural sensitivity, awareness, and skills
• Strong organizational skills with the ability to prioritize and plan workloads and meet competing deadlines in a dynamic, fast-paced environment
• Demonstrated record of diligence and attention to detail with adherence to very high standards both personally and technically
• Ability to adapt to changing priorities and business needs with innovative solutions
• Self-motivated with a high level of enthusiasm and energy, coupled with a strong work ethic and genuine pride in work
• Must have a commitment to the vision, mission and management philosophy that supports dignity and respect throughout the organization

WZR Development ULC is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion and recognizes that a diverse team benefits and enriches our work and is essential to operational excellence. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals and encourage women, members of racialized communities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity to confidentially self-identify at time of application. In accordance with provincial legislation, accommodation will be provided by Optimum Talent and WZR throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process, upon request, to applicants with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply:

Please send your resume in Word or PDF format to: Copy and Paste the following job title and code and place it in the subject line of your email so we can identify the job and confirm receipt of your application:
ALTX-030171 Senior Advisor, Compensation & Benefits – WZR Development ULC - AB - Calgary and Area (OTIAPPLY)

Please note that only those candidates meeting the selection criteria, established by our client, will be contacted further. Although we may not contact you directly for this particular role, all applications will be reviewed as we would like to consider you for future opportunities that may be appropriate. We encourage you to continue to visit our website at as our opportunities are updated on a regular basis.