Compensation Manager

Hot Topic HQ - City of Industry, California - Full-time


We know that it’s all about the Journey, but compensation is a huge part of what makes that Journey worth exploring. We are on the hunt for an experienced Compensation Manager to lead Hot Topic Inc.’s compensation programs across the company, including developing a companywide compensation strategy for a salaried and hourly workforce, including performance based bonus programs.  This role will work closely with the Manager of Benefits, to develop a total rewards strategy for the organization. 


  • Planning, developing, implementing and administering compensation programs that support the Company’s pay-for-performance compensation strategy
  • Partner with Talent and HR business partners to provide consultation on any compensation matters such as:  performance reviews, offer proposals, and pay bands
  • Drive identification, assessment and execution of ongoing compensation process improvement
  • Working in partnership with the Director of Talent, refine career path programs, milestones, and rewards
  • Analyze and report on market conditions and develop proactive business solutions
  • Leads periodic compensation activities including: salary/wage structures, annual compensation planning cycle, job analysis, creation and refinement of job grades and families, monthly/quarterly/annual bonus programs
  • Develops compensation insights, analytical tools and templates to be utilized by the broader HR and leadership teams
  • Lead Annual Review Cycle including design, administration, distribution and communication
  • Anticipate future business changes and challenges to develop new or revised compensation plans
  • Collaborate with internal peers, leadership and vendors to provide a high level of consultative and support services, ensuring programs are implemented
  • Lead the development of compensation communications to ensure that team members have the right level of knowledge about their total compensation


  • 5+ years progressive compensation experience leading the function with a multi-unit business
  • Exceptional quantitative skills with a commitment to accuracy and details
  • Advanced level Excel skills with ability designing sophisticated reports & visual tools
  • Strong understanding of compensation practices and trends; ability to make independent decisions and recommendations based on compensation principles and philosophy
  • Enjoys problem solving, multi-tasking, and working in a fast-paced environment
  • Proven ability to advise HR partners and business leaders
  • Strong written, verbal, and graphic communication skills, including the ability to effectively communicate technical information to varying audiences
  • Ability to build relationships and navigate complex organizations