Total Rewards Manager, Africa


Abidjan, 01, CI, 01 BP 1045

At Barry Callebaut, we are on a journey to transform the cocoa and chocolate industry. As the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, our actions truly shape the future of our industry. We are a business-to-business company, serving the entire food sector, from the cocoa bean to the finest chocolate product. We are a company with a purpose, we believe in doing well by doing good and reinvesting in the communities we operate. We have a long-standing commitment to sustainability and our goal is to shape a sustainable cocoa and chocolate future. We are headquartered in Zurich, and have more than 11,000 passionate Employees working in more than 35 countries worldwide. We are very proud of who we are and what we do. And of course, we are always looking for talented people to help us have a positive impact on our industry and beyond!

About the role:

The Total Rewards Manager, Africa role plays a key role to implement the global organization’s reward strategy that its compensation and benefits outcomes meet current and future business needs and are consistent with the organization’s desired internal and external market positions. Design cost-efficient and competitive benefits programs in line with global guidelines.

This role reports to the Regional HR Director, Africa. The Total Rewards Manager, Africa is a key member of the Africa HR leadership team with an opportunity to deliver reward processes and global projects across our markets in Africa. 


Key responsibilities:

  • Design and implement the organization’s compensation and benefits programs and activities so that they meet the organization’s objectives with regards to internal equity and external market competitiveness. These programs may include: job evaluation and classification; salary administration; short-term, long-term and sales incentive plans; share/stock ownership plans; employee benefits (such as health, insurance, motor vehicles, perquisites); expatriate compensation; executive compensation; workers compensation; salaries; retirement, pension, and superannuation plans.
  • Liaise with functional or operational managers to develop and implement local compensation strategies that are appropriate for their business needs, but consistent with the organization’s overall reward strategy.
  • Analyze and evaluate external market data as well as internal data about the organization’s current employee population and future human resource needs in order to develop salary budgets and forecasts that are consistent with the organization’s reward strategy. Contribute to the effective and timely delivery of global reward projects.
  • Select, and manage ongoing relationships with external consultants and suppliers (for example, insurance carriers, actuaries, benefit providers) to ensure the organization receives satisfactory standards of service.
  • Ensure that the organization’s reward strategy is implemented effectively and within established budgets and that the organization complies with all relevant regulations, laws and employment standards.
  • Define and implement strategic recognition programs as part of the Total Rewards strategy.
  • Drive the effective and flawless execution of all Total Reward processes, proactively analyze existing company processes to identify areas for improvement. Recommend streamlining and efficiency gains.
  • Deliver C&B education sessions within the region to develop and enhance HR competency on topics like C&B programs, policies, tools and benefits. Provide induction briefings to all new HR team members on such topics.
  • Collaborate with HRMs and leadership on the delivery of unique projects generated by business requirements.
  • Overall management for end to end activities such as preparation of reward competitive analysis, employee insights, market ranges adjustments, salary increment, benefits reviews to achieve reward strategy.
  • Drive changes to existing reward programs by keeping abreast with local market insights, as well as global initiatives.
  • Ensure the integrity and consistency of job evaluations.
  • Coach area and/or local HR understanding of reward principles, so they can execute reward interventions autonomously, appropriately and accurately.
  • Participate in external networking sessions to ensure knowledge is kept up to date.
  • Coach and guide own team to achieve their professional objectives and personal development goals.


About you:

  • A Bachelor / Master's Degree in HR, Finance or other relevant disciplines.
  • Min. 5 to 10 years of experience in HR with a Compensation and Benefits focus preferably in an international company and at least 3 years’ experience in a regional role in Africa.
  • Food industry experience preferred.
  • Excellent mathematical and analytical skills.
  • Fluent in French & English.
  • Compensation and Benefits certification is a plus – GRP preferred.
  • Hands-on experience in an HRIS or Payroll system.
  • Knowledgeable in MS Office Suite.
  • Demonstrate sufficient business knowledge and understanding.
  • Broad understanding of reward content, common and best practices, local legislation.
  • Engagement and presentation skills to engage and influence senior stakeholders.
  • Details and numerical orientated with good analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Articulate, adaptable, with excellent interpersonal and cross-cultural skills.
  • Understanding of finance for business.
  • Eye for detail, confidence to challenge and ask questions.
  • Can-do attitude with a strong sense of accountability as well as interdependence.
  • Ability to work under broad or limited supervision.
  • Logical, structured and process-orientated thinking.
  • Good Excel, Word and PowerPoint; quick adaptability to systems, tools and processes.
  • SAP Success Factors.
  • Understanding of the varied local labor laws across Africa.
  • Ability to manage complex data.
  • Collaborative. Solutions driven. Committed to making a difference.
  • Results-oriented mindset.

If you want to learn more about Barry Callebaut, please find further information here.

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