Compensation & Benefits Manager

Houston, Texas, United States

Full Time

2 months ago

Job description


Axiom Space is building for beyond, guided by the vision of a thriving home in space that benefits every human, everywhere. The leading provider of human spaceflight services and developer of human-rated space infrastructure, Axiom Space operates end-to-end missions to the International Space Station today while developing its successor, Axiom Station – a permanent commercial destination in low-Earth orbit that will sustain human growth off the planet and bring untold benefits back home.

Axiom Space fosters a diverse environment inclusive of all perspectives. We are the pioneers of commercial space, leading the transformation of low-Earth orbit into a global space marketplace. Our mission-driven team is seeking a bold and dynamic Posting Title who is fueled by problem-solving, continuously curious, and driven to understand our world, science/technology, and life itself, for the benefit of all on Earth and beyond.



We are looking for an experienced HR professional to join our team as a Compensation & Benefits Manager. The ideal candidate will have specialized compensation & benefits administrative experience and a comprehensive understanding of full-cycle employee benefits administration, compensation administration, excellent attention to detail, and the ability to step in and manage payroll functions as needed. This role requires a proactive, highly organized, and detail-oriented individual who can navigate the complexities of employee benefits and compensation programs while managing inquiries from employees. The ideal candidate will also be responsible for implementing best practices for benefits administration.  This position serves as the point of contact for providing answers to questions about employee compensation, short-term and long-term incentive plans, and the Restricted Stock Unit (RSU) program.  Excellent interpersonal skills are essential to be successful in this role.


Compensation Administration:

  • Responsible for the development, implementation, and management of comprehensive compensation programs, including salary band/grade management, short-term incentive plan, long-term incentive plan, and RSU program.
  • Collaborate with external vendors to obtain current market data, conduct analysis, and ensure company is competitive within the industry and market conditions.
  • Keep abreast of industry trends and regulatory changes to ensure the company's compensation programs remain compliant.
  • Align compensation programs with recruitment strategies to attract quality candidates.
  • Develop a comprehensive annual compensation strategic philosophy.
  • Effectively develop, implement, and manage an annual compensation cycle corresponding with the performance review cycle, working collaboratively with management, payroll, HRIS and HRBPs.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for employees regarding compensation inquiries.
  • Develop, implement, and manage an executive compensation program.
  • Serve as back-up to payroll administration and processing.
  • Overall responsible for ensuring compliance with state and federal legal and regulatory requirements affecting employee compensation programs.

Benefits Administration:

  • Responsible for the development, implementation, and/or management of comprehensive employee benefits programs, including health insurance, retirement plans, and other related benefits.
  • Collaborate with external benefits vendors, insurers, and other benefit providers to ensure compliance, resolve issues, and optimize the overall benefits package.
  • Negotiate benefit contract renewals in partnership with broker.
  • Keep abreast of industry trends and regulatory changes to ensure the company's benefits programs remain competitive and compliant.
  • Plan annual open enrollment campaign, with updated, accurate information for employees regarding new services or plan changes.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for employees regarding benefits inquiries, clarifications, and issue resolution.
  • Conduct weekly new hire benefits orientation and ensure updates to benefits information is communicated to all employees.
  • Develop, implement, and maintain a comprehensive and interactive wellness program with measurable key indicators to demonstrate impact to the overall organization.
  • Overall responsibility for ensuring compliance with state and federal legal and regulatory requirements affecting employee benefit programs, including ACA, ERISA, COBRA, ADA, Section 125, Medicare, etc.
  • Administer the annual Verify Form 1095 reporting for the Affordable Care Act


To be successful in this role, the individual must effectively carry out each essential duty using the skills and competencies listed below. The following requirements reflect the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities. Reasonable accommodation(s) may be provided to enable individuals with disabilities to fulfill the essential functions of the job.

Education & Experience

  • Bachelor's degree in human resources or related discipline, or equivalent experience, education, and training, required
  • 5+ years of both compensation and benefits experience (dedicated roles), required
  • Knowledge of Workday, preferred
  • Certified Compensation and/or Human Resources Professional, preferred
  • Experience utilizing the Economic Research Institute (ERI) system or analogous software is required
  • Demonstrated compensation research, analytical experience, and problem-solving skills required
  • International compensation and benefits administration experience, preferred
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing at all levels of the organization
  • Work independently as well as collaboratively within a team environment
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships across the organization
  • Ability to effectively manage time with adherence to deadlines
  • Provide a high level of customer service
  • Maintain strictest confidentiality


  • Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
  • Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
  • Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing market trends as to compensation.
  • Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.
  • Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.


To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Ethics - Treats people with respect; keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; works with integrity and principles; upholds organizational values
  • Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations; uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics
  • Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; supports organization's goals and values; benefits organization through outside activities; supports affirmative action and respects diversity
  • Communications - Expresses ideas and thoughts verbally; expresses ideas and thoughts in written form; exhibits good listening and comprehension; keeps others adequately informed; selects and uses appropriate communication methods
  • Cost Consciousness - Works within approved budget; develops and implements cost saving measures; contributes to profits and revenue; conserves organizational resources
  • Teamwork - Eager and able to work in a collaborative and cross-disciplinary fashion in a fast-paced, dynamic and deadline-oriented environment


Axiom Space is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Axiom Space does not discriminate on the basis of race, regional color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.



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