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Global Head of Reward

  • Application Deadline: Feb. 28, 2023
  • London
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 28, 2023
  • London

Are you excited about launching a Global Reward programme that will have an incredible impact across the entire Hurtigruten organisation?

For 130 years, we’ve been committed to continuously improving what we do for our guests and the people we work with. As our Global Head of Reward, you’ll be responsible for launching and leading our Compensation and Reward team in the Global Centre of excellence, a team that plays a key role as part of our wider People Leadership function, supporting Hurtigruten Employees around the world.

Work with great people

Esben Kuhnt
Learning & Development Manager
"Working here is a great blend of making a difference in a fast-paced environment with tons of opportunities, coupled with a young workforce, loads of social events, and an amazing product."
Jessi Quillen
Head of Marketing
"We are a company looking for and willing to hear employees who have creative solutions and out-of-the-box ideas for the travel industry and expedition cruising."
Esben Kuhnt
Learning & Development Manager
"In der Hurtigruten Group zu arbeiten bedeutet für mich, zusammen mit jungen Kollegen und durch ein fantastisches Produkt, Menschen zu bewegen und die Umwelt zu schützen."
Jessi Quillen
CRM manager
"Wir sind ein Unternehmen, dass nach Mitarbeitern mit kreativen Lösungen und "Out of the Box" Ideen für der Reisebranche und Kreuzfahrten sucht und dabei unterstützt."
Esben Kuhnt
Learning & Development Manager
"Å jobbe i Hurtigruten Group er å utgjøre en forskjell for mennesker og miljøet gjennom et fantastisk produkt - sammen med unge kollegaer i et raskt og sosialt miljø."
Jessi Quillen
Head of Marketing
"Vi er et selskap som ser etter og hører på ansatte som har kreative ideer og løsninger for reiselivsbransjen og ekspedisjonscruise."

Skills & Requirements

The ideal candidate will be a senior HR professional with broad ranging and deep technical reward experience covering all aspects of remuneration. With a proven track record of developing and implementing practical, business focused solutions within challenging timescales and developing solutions that balance business and employee needs.

A leader who creates and guides teams with an inspiring vision and clarity of purpose enabling people to feel engaged, enabled and empowered to deliver.

The successful candidate will lead the strategy, design, and execution of the company’s compensation, short-term incentive plans, and benefits programs to help attract and retain the best talent, all while balancing our bottom line and business objectives as we expand and continue to grow. This role will require you to think strategically about complex global compensation, equity, and benefits topics that need a savvy approach and a roll-up-your-sleeves attitude.


  • Regularly consult with leaders on organisational design, the application of rewards, evaluation of pay equity, and as-needed consult with leaders on the interaction of legal or compliance matters related to total rewards
  • Analyse the current state of compensation and benefits and reward programs globally including salary bands, compensation review cycles, bonus schemes, ad-hoc compensation analysis/modelling, and job levelling/architecture.
  • Design and deliver programs of work to address the gaps identified above.
  • Build a fair and competitive holistic reward offering to help Hurtigruten on its mission to recruit, retain and motivate its talent.
  • Design and implement a reward strategy and philosophy in alignment with business objectives, talent strategy, and market trends.
  • Design, model, and track compensation, bonus, and budgets globally and liaise with finance and the business to ensure alignment and planning for the years/ projects ahead.
  • Oversee the creation of reward policies and procedures geared to reward high performance short and long term.
  • Oversee the development of reward education and awareness across the business to continue to develop Reward maturity as the business scales.
  • Oversee our global benefits and monitor renewals, upgrades, and changes to ensure adherence to local regulations, business, and department priorities.
  • Manage and build relationships with our global and local “Benefit” vendors to yield the highest value possible for Hurtigruten.
  • Track benefits budgets globally and liaise with finance to ensure alignment and planning for the years ahead.
  • Provide strategic and day-to-day leadership to the Total Rewards team, including defining clear team roles and processes and providing direction, coaching, and opportunities for development.
  • Develop, and deliver the global mobility strategy for Hurtigruten including updating and renewing policies and processes that will help streamline and deliver on putting internal talent as the best fit for the business.
  • Provide vision and guidance to the Payroll Systems when rolling out a payroll solution for Hurtigruten.
  • Help drive efficiencies, compliance, and consistent reporting to finance as needed
  • You will guide and coach the Senior HR Analytics and Reporting Specialist to help provide insights for more informed people's decisions
  • You will guide and coach the HR operations team to further increase efficiencies for managing people operations in the life cycle

Skills And Requirements

  • Extensive experience in Reward, ideally having put into place infrastructure where previously there has been none.
  • Strong team management experience with a proven track record of developing talent and building high-performing teams from the ground up
  • Experience and involvement in M&A or IPO are helpful.
  • Strong analytical skills and high proficiency in Excel/ Microsoft Sheets to be able to guide in building models and reports to analyze large volumes of data
  • Comfortable designing, tailoring, and delivering communications of complex sets of data and analyses to stakeholders across departments, locations, and levels of seniority. Ability to tell the story around the data analytics
  • A proven track record in developing a holistic Reward agenda globally, regionally, and locally and ensuring execution of the agenda
  • Experience working with senior stakeholders across a range of reward-related topics, including executive compensation

Great Place to Work

  • Play your part

  • Inspire the Adventure

  • Make tomorrow better

About the company

The undisputed global leader in sustainable inspirational adventure travel — a catalyst for change towards a greener travel industry. Formed in 1893, Hurtigruten Group is the world’s leading adventure travel group. We have 2,400+ employees worldwide, representing more than 50 nationalities. They form part of three main business units — Hurtigruten Expeditions, Hurtigruten Coastal Express, and Hurtigruten Svalbard — which offer unique small-ship and land-based adventures from pole-to-pole.

For almost 130 years we have pushed boundaries on expedition travel and sailed tourists, locals and cargo around the Norwegian coastline and polar regions. We have made Norway more connected, impacting the lives of millions of people. And we continue to share knowledge with our international guests about wildlife, local communities, science and the natural world.

As a Group, we are revolutionising the travel industry’s approach to sustainability through a number of vital initiatives to protect the world we explore.

Quick overviewTOM

Single-use plastic banHurtigruten was the first major travel company to have removed single-use plastic from its entire fleet and our hotels.

Hybrid Explorer shipsHurtigruten has two hybrid-electric powered expedition cruise ships that offer a 20% reduction of fuel consumption.

Beach cleanupsHurtigruten Expedition Teams encourage guests to take part in beach clean-ups, which results in several metric tonnes of trash every year being removed.

Hurtigruten FoundationThe Foundation specialises in the conservation of endangered species, fighting against marine and plastic pollution.


Abschaffung von EinwegplaHurtigruten war das erste große Reiseunternehmen, das Einwegplastik aus der gesamten Flotte und aus den Hotels verbannt hat.

Hybrid-ExpeditionsschiffeHurtigruten verfügt über zwei Expeditionsschiffe mit Hybrid-Elektroantrieb, mit denen der Treibstoffverbrauch um 20 % gesenkt werden kann.

StrandreinigungenDie Hurtigruten Expeditionsteams motivieren ihre Gäste, an Strandsäuberungen teilzunehmen, wodurch jedes Jahr mehrere Tonnen Müll beseitigt werden.

Hurtigruten FoundationDie Stiftung fördert Projekte, die sich für die Erhaltung bedrohter Arten sowie den Kampf gegen Meeresverschmutzung und Plastikmüll engagieren.

I korte trekkTOM

Forbud mot engangsplastHurtigruten Group er det første store reiseselskapet som fjernet engangsplast fra hele flåten og hotellene våre.

Hybride ekspedisjonsskipHurtigruten Group har to hybridelektriske ekspedisjonsskip som betyr 20 % redusert drivstofforbruk.

StrandryddingHurtigrutens ekspedisjonsteam oppfordrer gjestene til å delta i strandrydding, noe som resulterer i at flere tonn søppel blir fjernet hvert år.

Hurtigruten FoundationStiftelsen har fokus på bevaring av truede arter og bekjemper plast- og havforurensning.

Douglas Gambling | Contact Person

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