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Compensation Analyst, Mid-Senior Level

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Human Resources | livermore, CA | 08/23/2023

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Company Description

Join us and make YOUR mark on the World!

Are you interested in joining some of the brightest talent in the world to strengthen the United States’ security? Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where our employees apply their expertise to create solutions for BIG ideas that make our world a better place.

We are committed to a diverse and equitable workforce with an inclusive culture that values and celebrates the diversity of our people, talents, ideas, experiences, and perspectives. This is important for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Pay Range

$86,910.00  - $107,916.00  Annually for the H02.2 level
$104,370.00  - $129,588.00  Annually for the H02.3 level

Please note that the pay range information is a general guideline only. Many factors are taken into consideration when setting starting pay including education, experience, the external labor market, and internal equity.

Job Description

We're looking for a Compensation Analyst to develop, implement, and maintain compensation policies and programs to ensure equitable and competitive employee compensation. You will provide analytical support for compensation, classification, and salary administration activities and will interact with Laboratory management and administrative personnel to ensure compliance with Laboratory salary programs. This position is in the Benefits & Compensation Division in the Human Resources Directorate.

This position will be filled at either level based on knowledge and related experience as assessed by the hiring team. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if hired at the higher level.   

Hybrid telecommute opportunity is available for this job.

You will

  • Administer various compensation programs ensuring compliance with plan documents, policy and DOE Contract 44, and assist in the implementation of new compensation programs/features.
  • Research salary and pay structure data, perform statistical analysis in support of a variety of compensation activities, and develop preliminary recommendations. Contribute to the formulation of recommendations for salary structure, Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) exemptions, job revisions and organizational structures.
  • Participate in the development, approval process, implementation, and communication of new or revised policies, procedures, and guidelines.
  • Respond to a variety of moderately complex compensation information requests; provide guidance to internal customers on compensation programs using program guidelines and policies.
  • Participate in compensation surveys where benchmark matches have been routinely established; recommend benchmark changes for consideration.
  • Monitor salary management practices for adherence to policies and guidelines, including Federal Davis-Bacon category and rate changes, calculate back payment estimates, and implement updates in the HRIS system.
  • Contribute to the development of the Laboratory's annual Compensation Increase Plan (CIP) request to the Department of Energy (DOE) and the resulting salary review process. Conduct research in response to questions and data requests from the DOE/NNSA agencies.
  • Independently evaluate and approve listings, reclassifications and pay actions; conduct job audits and make recommendations. Partner with other human resource staff members on various activities such as job listing reviews, reclassifications, salary issues, classification practices.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the H02.3 level

  • Research, analyze and interpret salary and pay structure data and perform statistical calculations in support of a variety of compensation analysis activities; present recommendations based on data findings to compensation management.
  • Monitor statutory requirements to ensure compliance and work with HRIS Programmer to ensure system updates are implemented in a timely manner to reduce back payment actions.
  • Lead projects which have Laboratory-wide impact and involve the participation of all levels of employees and management. Lead the administration of various compensation programs ensuring compliance with plan documents, policy and Contract 44.
  • Collaborate with Human Resource Business Partners and Talent Acquisition to support business goals and ensure market competitiveness. Act as a trusted advisor to provide effective recommendations, creative solutions, and compensation expertise.


  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE L-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • Bachelor's degree in human resources, business administration or related field or equivalent combination of related experience, education, and training.
  • Knowledge of and experience applying compensation principles, techniques and data analysis principles and methods. Familiarity with the FLSA.
  • Experience conducting job evaluations, job audits and market analysis and developing/designing salary structures.
  • Experience analyzing data using statistical methods to draw conclusions.
  • Problem-solving skills necessary to anticipate, identify and resolve moderately complex problems.
  • Experience using common electronic data analysis tools and systems. Experience utilizing the Microsoft Office suite, including intermediate excel formulas.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills necessary to facilitate and present in an interactive environment.
  • Experience working in a team environment.
  • Experience exercising a high degree of discretion, mature judgment, and tact in handling issues of a sensitive nature.
  • Experience working independently under limited direction and multiple and conflicting deadlines.

Additional qualifications at the H02.3 level

  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of compensation and data analysis principles, techniques, standards, processes, and systems.
  • Experience leading compensation projects or highly visible projects impacting an entire company. Experience collaborating with others in the design and implementation of new or revised processes.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability to anticipate, identify, and resolve complex problems.
  • Experience analyzing data using statistical methods and drawing conclusions. Experience summarizing research results and presenting recommendations to all levels of employees in an organization, including management.
  • Knowledge of and experience interpreting regulatory requirements and relevant state and federal laws. Experience evaluating positions based on Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) guidelines.

Qualifications We Desire

  • WorldatWork Certified Compensation Professional certification.
  • Compensation experience in an R&D environment.
  • Experience working with PeopleSoft.

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Position Information

This is a Career Indefinite position, open to Lab employees and external candidates.

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

Security Clearance

This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) L-level clearance.  If you are selected, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter.  Also, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  L-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship. 

Pre-Employment Drug Test

External applicant(s) selected for this position must pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

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Equal Employment Opportunity

We are an equal opportunity employer that is committed to providing all with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.

We invite you to review the Equal Employment Opportunity posters which include EEO is the Law and Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision.

Reasonable Accommodation

Our goal is to create an accessible and inclusive experience for all candidates applying and interviewing at the Laboratory.  If you need a reasonable accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please use our online form to submit a request. 

California Privacy Notice

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) grants privacy rights to all California residents. The law also entitles job applicants, employees, and non-employee workers to be notified of what personal information LLNL collects and for what purpose. The Employee Privacy Notice can be accessed here.

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