Compensation Administrator

Alexandria Real Estate Pasadena, CA
Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. (NYSE:ARE), an S&P 500® company, is an urban office REIT uniquely focused on collaborative life science and technology campuses in AAA innovation cluster locations. Founded in 1994, Alexandria pioneered this niche and has since established a significant market presence in key locations, including Greater Boston, San Francisco, New York City, San Diego, Seattle, Maryland, and Research Triangle Park. Alexandria is known for its high-quality and diverse tenant base. Alexandria has a longstanding and proven track record of developing Class A properties clustered in urban life science and technology campuses that provide its innovative tenants with highly dynamic and collaborative environments that enhance their ability to successfully recruit and retain world-class talent and inspire productivity, efficiency, creativity, and success.

We are seeking a dynamic and skilled individual who will administer our compensation & benefit programs. This position will be based in our Pasadena, CA office. The incumbent must be a self-starter who possess strong organizational skills, attention to detail, has the ability to meet deadlines, demonstrate strong leadership, and uses sound judgment skills.

The Company is an equal opportunity employer. We are pleased to consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, sex (including sexual or gender identity), religion, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, age, marital or veteran status, genetic information, physical or mental disability, or medical condition. For more information, please visit

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

* Overall administration for all defined benefit, defined contribution plans (including but not limited to: 401(k) & profit sharing plans, cash balance pension plan, deferred compensation plans, etc.) and health and welfare benefits

* Responsible for overall compensation administration including but not limited to: annual merit increase planning, bonus and incentive plan administration, preparing and processing annual salary worksheets, coordinating with the Talent Management & Operations Team and senior management on changes and recommendations, working with Payroll to manage the payroll data entry/interface, preparing compensation communication/letters/total compensation statements, compensation packages, salary charts, etc. Also responsible for off-cycle compensation changes (including but not limited to: conducting FLSA analysis, compensation recommendations, preparing appropriate documentation and communication, etc.)

* Lead and manage various compensation related projects (company-wide fair pay reviews, establishing salary ranges, etc.)

* Prepare annual executive compensation binder for all benefit plans

* Conduct various audits, including but not limited to: the annual defined benefit and defined contribution audit of all plans with outside counsel, the benefit plans financial audits, etc.

* Overall benefits administration including but not limited to: developing various communication and training materials, coordination of various benefit providers, benefit compliance, annual benefit open enrollment, answering day-to-day inquiries, budgets, researching and recommending new benefits, etc.

* Participate in a variety of compensation and benefit surveys to ensure our compensation practices remain in line and/or above industry standard and making recommendations on best practices

* Overall oversight of executive compensation

* Ensure plans are current, accurately accounted and comply with all government/state regulations. Work closely with third parties to ensure compliance. Amend and restate documents either by plan sponsor request or legislative changes, as necessary

* Tracking of compensation survey/trend to provide recommendations to management

* Assist in the maintenance of on-line systems, tools and communications to support the administration of compensation programs


* Must be able to research and handle extremely confidential information in an expeditious and discretionary fashion

* Responsible for liaising with the Accounting, Financial Reporting and the Talent Management & Operations team in a respectful and competent manner to ensure business needs are met

* Responsible for developing policies, procedures, and institute industry best practices.

* Responsible for remaining current on all recent changes in regulations affecting compensation matters and notifying the affected staff of the changes and business implications

* Recommend and implement changes leading to best practice, strong audit controls and improved efficiency in operations

* Responsible for responding to questions and special requests from employees and management in a timely manner

* Prepares budgets, reports, and special reports for senior management

* Deliver a high quality service to internal and external customers in a professional manner within the specified timeframes

* Performs other responsibilities, as requested

Qualifications and Experience:

* Ideal candidate must have a Bachelor's Degree in Business, Accounting, Finance or related field

* Minimum of 4 - 6 years of compensation experience, with increasing levels of responsibility

* Prior experience with ADP Workforce Now and timekeeping system is highly desirable

* Attention to detail a must. Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) designation highly preferred

* Expert level in Microsoft Excel is required

* Must be highly proficient in Microsoft Office, Word, Power Point, etc.

* Experience in complex analytics and financial analysis

* Must maintain current knowledge of applicable state and federal wage and hour laws

* Excellent written and verbal communication skills

* Exceptional verbal and written communication, interpersonal and presentation skills

* Positive attitude and overall outlook

* Must be able to build relationships at all levels