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R143442 Posted 05/10/2022

Director, Compensation

Vienna, Virginia | New York, New York | Wilmington, Delaware | Richmond, Virginia
  • Category Human Resources
  • Experience Director
  • Primary Address Vienna, Virginia


Towers Crescent 2 (12067), United States of America, Vienna, Virginia

Director, Compensation

Here at Capital One we bring an analytically rigorous, data-driven approach to compensation and we are looking for an innovative Compensation Director.

Compensation is an important component of our Total Rewards strategy which focuses on Delivering Total Rewards that compel the best people to join and stay with Capital One and empower them to live their best lives. In addition, the Compensation function is connected across the full associate life cycle. As such, this role will partner closely with many different lines of businesses in developing and delivering talent strategies to accelerate business outcomes. 

We are looking for proven leadership candidates who are attentive to detail, results-oriented, and flexible with the ability to navigate challenging forces in a fast-paced environment with significant change. The role will partner with senior leaders and play an active role formulating an innovative compensation strategy that focuses on an accelerated growth organization.  

The successful candidate will have intellectual curiosity, strong communication skills, and an ability to build strong partnerships across stakeholders, partners, and clients. 


  • Lead and develop a team of Compensation professionals to ensure they have a thorough understanding of the business strategy as it relates to the enterprise compensation strategy and can design, deliver and manage compensation programs for their assigned client groups in a well managed way

  • Lead strategic compensation projects, key initiatives or processes horizontally caring for the needs of clients enterprise-wide.  This includes defining the roadmap and destination state in alignment with our Total Rewards vision.

  • Oversee all aspects of Line-of-Business (LOB) incentive plans for designated client groups, with a strong emphasis on plan design, implementation, and administration. Responsibilities include ensuring incentive plans meet strict internal and external governance/compliance standards.

  • Lead team and clients through mid-year and year-end compensation cycles, ensuring smooth execution and managing within internal controls

  • Proactive management of risks, applying sound judgment and business acumen

  • Exhibit thought leadership and foster strong relationships both within Total Rewards and across client and partner groups (e.g., HR Consultants, Recruiting, DIB, Finance, Legal, Enterprise Risk) including approaching work with a “One Team” mentality

  • Serve as escalation point, owning resolution with partners and business leaders within client group (e.g. offers, retention, pay exceptions)

  • Proactively stay up-to-date on industry and market trends that may impact our ability to attract and retain talent

  • Strong problem solving capabilities leveraging an outside in lens to develop innovative solutions

  • Communicate with and influence senior executive leaders.  Able to effectively build consensus and challenge and debate respectfully.

  • Inclusive leader focused on creating a culture of belonging through attracting, actively developing, and supporting talent across our function

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or Military experience

  • At least 5 years of experience in compensation, human resources, or finance

  • At least 5 years of experience in a client-facing or consulting role

  • At least 3 years of experience in people leadership

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Economics, Finance, or Human Resources

  • At least 5 years of experience effectively leading and communicating compensation strategies at all levels including the C-Suite

  • At least 7 years of experience in compensation, finance, or human resources consulting

  • At least 5 years of experience in the Financial Services industry

  • Advanced Excel skills (e.g., VBA, macros, array functions)

  • Experience innovating processes or programs

  • Experience with benchmarking tools (MarketPay) or reporting tools (Tableau)

  • Proficient with Microsoft Excel and Google Products (e.g. Sheets, Slides)

At this time, Capital One will not sponsor a new applicant for employment authorization for this position.

No agencies please. Capital One is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, color, age, national origin, religion, physical and mental disability, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/assignment, citizenship, pregnancy or maternity, protected veteran status, or any other status prohibited by applicable national, federal, state or local law. Capital One promotes a drug-free workplace. Capital One will consider for employment qualified applicants with a criminal history in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable laws regarding criminal background inquiries, including, to the extent applicable, Article 23-A of the New York Correction Law; San Francisco, California Police Code Article 49, Sections 4901-4920; New York City’s Fair Chance Act; Philadelphia’s Fair Criminal Records Screening Act; and other applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations regarding criminal background inquiries.

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Capital One Financial is made up of several different entities. Please note that any position posted in Canada is for Capital One Canada, any position posted in the United Kingdom is for Capital One Europe and any position posted in the Philippines is for Capital One Philippines Service Corp. (COPSSC).

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