Smiths-John Crane
Reward Business Partner
At a glance
Location: US-IL-Chicago Map
Posted: 05/19/2017
Closing: 06/18/2017
Degree: 4 Year Degree
Type: Full-Time
Experience: At least 10 year(s)
Smiths-John Crane
Job description

Lead the Rewards function for Global John Crane. Develop, implement and maintain fit-for-purpose reward programs, structures, tools and processes across John Crane as required. Contribute to the development of Group reward policies and lead application of policies which support business performance and talent goals, enabling John Crane’s ongoing business success in partnership with HR leaders and the extended Smiths Reward team.  Support M&A activities and sales incentive projects and review processes.




  • Work closely with HR Business Partners to provide ongoing reward advice and decision support.

  • Resolve policy and process issues arising from the day to day management of the reward plans and service delivery.

  • Plan and design wage and salary structures that balance market competitiveness, internal equity, and cost.

  • Plan and design merit and bonus programs that facilitate differentiation based on performance and adherence to budget.

  • Manage annual salary/merit review process end to end.

  • Manage annual bonus plan allocation, communication and pay out.

  • Set up and maintain global job (level) structure in line with business needs, ensure allocation of employees to structure in a consistent manner within Smiths job evaluation methodology framework.

  • Ensure reward components of countries in which John Crane operates remain competitive vs. the external market.

  • Oversight of the alignment of local benefits to market. Interface between Group and external SME’s and local HR and benefits service delivery providers to ensure best solution

  • Ensure policies and procedures are in line with John Crane and Group standards (where appropriate) and best practice.

  • Contribute to the development of global reward policies in partnership with Smiths Group Reward team

  • Support M&A activities (due diligence; implementation; transition) from a reward/benefit perspective in partnership with Group and Divisional M&A support teams.

  • Support global initiatives and projects.

  • Support annual LTIP cycle – communication, nomination processes.

  • Support Global HRBPs with managing international assignments in John Crane, ensure salary packages are competitive and aligned to Smiths Group standards.

  • Support HR VP with monthly reports and data analysis as required

Job requirements


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field, post graduate qualification is an advantage.

  • 10 plus years’ progressively responsible roles in Reward and Total Compensation.

  • Global/cross cultural work experience is required.

  • Advanced capability in utilizing HR data tools and systems and applicable MS Office suite.

  • Ability to travel as and when required (up to 25%).



  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills

  • Demonstrated project management skills

  • Stakeholder impact/influencing

  • Highly organized and attention to detail and ability to identify and remediate emerging issues

  • Demonstrated skills in driving change, collaboration and influencing

  • Demonstrated skills in operational excellence and process improvement capabilities

  • Drive for results – the ability to take on new challenges and a belief in your capabilities to deliver results. 

  • Good written and verbal communication skills and ability to communicate at different levels of the organization.

  • Experience with M&A activities desired



  • HR Business Partners, line managers, HR VP; Smiths Group Reward function and external consultants (market data, salary advice, tax advice, insurance brokers/providers, etc.)


  • Additional duties and responsibilities will vary based upon departmental needs.

  • Complete all work in a safe manner and follow all safety requirements consistent with supporting the Company’s goals.

  • Lifting guidelines in accordance with the Manual Lifting Guidelines noted in the Safety Handbook.

  • Follow all environmental requirements consistent with supporting the company’s environmental performance goals.

  • Complete, and actively participate in all other EHS training requirements



  • Must be able to sit for extend periods of time; a minimum of 2 hours.

  • Must be able to maneuver to all areas of the office, shop, warehouse, or manufacturing plant

  • Must be able to lift up to 20 pounds and carry up to 10 pounds.

  • Must be able to bend, reach, kneel, twist, and grip items while working at assigned desk area.

  • Must have the manual dexterity and coordination to operate office equipment.

  • Must be able to simultaneously manage several objectives, changing priorities and reassign priorities to complete assignments.

  • Must be able to read, write, speak and understand English.

  • Must be able to respond to visual and aural cues.




Work environment is typically considered within a Smiths location during normal or extended business hours to include offices, manufacturing plants and repair facilities.  Work environment may also include customer sites including oil well sites, and meeting venues.


  • The noise level in the work environment is usually loud and approved PPE is required when on the factory floor


Reward Business Partner