(Senior) Reward Manager


The Reward Manager is a key member of the HR team and has an important role to play in HR’s mission of being a driver of strategic talent & business outcomes, contributing to Aurora’s success by aligning HR to business objectives, strengthening HR capability, and enhancing the employee experience. The Reward Manager is responsible for working with the C-Suite & senior leadership team to design and successful implementation of Aurora’s total reward strategy across all legal entities and obtain buy-in from the Board. They provide reward expertise and guidance to HR and the business. They are expected to create and deliver a total reward strategy, drive key reward projects and annual activities. They should continually have an eye to the external market to understand global best practices to ensure that our total reward offerings are appropriately benchmarked so that we offer cost-effective programmes which improve the employee experience.

Key responsibilities

  • Ownership and full responsibility for developing a total rewards strategy.
  • Design & implement global reward projects
  • Develop a strong external rewards network, represent Aurora at conferences, liaise with governmental institutions, participate in industry associations, etc. Monitor market developments for new trends and connect back to relevant HR strategies & programmes.
  • Employee experience: ensure employee understanding of the reward offerings.
  • Provide subject matter expertise to the broader HR team, sharing knowledge and best practice to foster continuous learning & development
  • Manage the implementation of the annual salary and bonus review process
  • Compensation and benefit benchmarking: as an annual activity, for new market entries, and ad hoc as required
  • Conduct job evaluations, job levelling, and role grading
  • Oversee participation in relevant annual reward survey submissions and subsequent updating of all annual market reference rates
  • Conduct annual benefits renewals with a view to improving benefits on cost-effective terms. Analyse legislative and market trends and salary forecast projections to support future reward long term strategy and deliver proposals, cost analysis, and project plans
  • Oversee the creation of a Wellbeing Strategy including physical, mental, and financial education.
  • Oversee payroll management processes and ensure appropriate and effective controls are in place
  • Consolidate payroll & benefits providers, ideally into one central vendor/broker
  • Management of vendor relationships, ensure that the payroll vendor management and SLA are being monitored and adhered to
  • Ensures compliance of all Aurora reward programmes against existing and pending the UK and local legislation.
  • Managing the mobility tax compliance process and services provided to the assignee population
  • Compiling statutory reporting including gender pay, where relevant
  • Chair the Pensions governance committee responsible for pensions compliance and managing the governance review and action plans
  • Attend Remuneration Committee meetings, produce relevant RemCo reports, and manage the administration of Executive Compensation in partnership with the Remuneration Committee
  • Execute the Gender pay analysis process

Required attributes

  • A Reward/HR Leader with a proven track record of designing and successfully implementing reward programmes and solutions.
  • Up to date knowledge of benefits legislation
  • Ability to quickly understand Business/HR strategy with the confidence and gravitas to be credible and to be able to influence with authority
  • Intellectual horsepower, and strong analytical skills with high attention to detail

Desirable attributes

  • Bachelors’ degree in Business, Finance/CIPD or equivalent. Masters would be a distinct advantage
  • Use of AON Radford, Mercer, and/or Willis Towers Watson reward methodology would be an advantage

What we offer

  • The opportunity to substantially influence major decisions in the energy sector
  • Direct engagement with clients through Aurora conferences, workshops and webinars
  • The opportunity to grow into a publicly visible industry expert
  • A fun, informal and international work culture
  • An office in the centre of Oxford with coffee, fruit and snacks available in the office
  • A competitive salary package
  • Access to the Aurora Academy, our training programme offering a range of opportunities to develop your skills

At Aurora we will consider all requests for flexible working. For most roles, the following types of flexibility are usually possible: a hybrid model of remote and in-office working, part-time hours and flexible start and finish times. Please talk to us at interview about the flexibility we could offer and we will explore what’s possible for the role.

The Company is committed to the principle that no employee or job applicant shall receive unfavourable treatment on grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership and pregnancy and maternity.


The successful candidate would start as soon as possible. We will review applications as they are received. Salary will be competitive with experience.

To apply, please submit your:

  • CV
  • Brief cover letter
  • Salary expectations
  • Earliest possible start date

About Aurora

From its academic roots, Aurora Energy Research has grown to become the largest dedicated power market analytics company in Europe, providing data-driven intelligence for strategic decisions in the global energy transformation. We are a diverse team of more than 300 experts with vast energy, financial and consulting backgrounds, covering power, hydrogen, carbon and fossil commodities. We are active in Europe, Australia and the US, working with world-leading organisations to provide comprehensive market intelligence, bespoke analytic and advisory services, and cutting-edge software.

We are a thriving, rapidly growing company with offices in Oxford, Paris, Berlin, Madrid, Sydney, Austin TX and Oakland CA, and more opening soon. We currently serve around 600 of Europe’s most influential energy sector participants, including utilities, investors and governments, and expect to continue to grow rapidly, adding new countries and products to our portfolio.