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Benefits Region Lead - EMEA in Dublin - Ballycoolin Business Park at PayPal

Date Posted: 9/19/2021

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Job Description

At PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL), we believe that every person has the right to participate fully in the global economy. Our mission is to democratize financial services to ensure that everyone, regardless of background or economic standing, has access to affordable, convenient, and secure products and services to take control of their financial lives. We’re a purpose-driven company, and our beliefs are the foundation of how we conduct business every day. We’re guided by our core values of Inclusion, Innovation, Collaboration, and Wellness. Collectively, these values inspire us to work together as One Team with our customers at the center of everything we do, and to take care of ourselves, each other, and the communities in which we live and work. We challenge the status quo, ask questions, and find solutions. Join us as we enable the hopes, dreams, and ambitions of millions of people around the world.

The global benefits team is seeking an experienced, highly engaged, and dynamic leader to serve as the EMEA Regional Benefits Lead. The Senior Manager, EMEA Benefits is responsible for region-wide strategic management and delivery of the benefits programs for all countries in the region (currently 15 countries). Partnering with regional stakeholders, this role manages the full scope of country benefits programs, driving the strategy for programs including: health, retirement, life, accident, disability, wellness, and ancillary programs. The EMEA Regional Benefits Lead ensures plan designs and costs fit into the overall PayPal Compensation and Benefits strategy and align with our global objectives and priorities.

This role will be a key leader on the Global Benefits team, reporting to the Vice President of Global Benefits, helping to establish a comprehensive benefits team and strategy that aligns our employee benefits with our values while supporting the company’s strategic direction and desired business outcomes.

Benefits Region Lead - EMEA (m/f/d)

The role can be based in Dublin, Luxembourg or London.

Key responsibilities

  • Manage day to day administration and compliance of programs, through management of internal and vendor partner relationships. Engage as a strategic partner on the Benefits leadership team and a leader/mentor to benefits and HR professionals throughout the enterprise.
  • Manage relationships with vendors, brokers, and carriers, including monitoring of cost, service levels, processes, and accuracy of data. Lead negotiations and renewals with providers including governance, contract compliance, issues management, communications frequency, schedule, and approach.  Working closely with brokers globally to evaluate and benchmark our benefits programs based on global industry trends and best practices to ensure competitiveness in market.
  • Understand current and emerging market trends, identify potential opportunities and gaps, leverage external best practices and design benefit initiatives that are aligned to our global principles and corporate values, yet provide flexibility and local customization to account for cultural and market differences.
  • Lead and drive the execution of benefit annual renewals and enrollment process, involved in all phases of renewal discussions, benefits communication, and change management plans.
  • Review and analyze benefits trends and advise management on the state of benefits for the region, demonstrating an understanding of the market dynamics, key competitor benefit plan design, and industry trends.  Partner with the compensation counterparts to ensure there is a comprehensive understanding of the competitive position of all Compensation and Benefits programs for each country
  • Ensure benefit program proposals balance PayPal values alignment, affordability and competitiveness, business objectives, and meet all legal requirements.  Partner with internal stakeholder and external consultants to ensure benefits and wellness offerings are relevant, flexible, cost-effective, and competitive with local practices and aligned with business and talent strategies.
  • Support annual benefit events, including annual benefits enrollment, global wellness, and inform/consultation negotiations (where applicable)
  • Lead financial management, reporting and analytics, and procurement to payment processes for the region.
  • Align benefits strategy with the enterprise future of work operating model, to ensure that employees are supported regardless of location or remote working scenarios.
  • Engage with the COVID Support teams and play an active role in institutionalizing benefits support to our employees/family members when needed.
  • Support merger and acquisition activities as they relate to benefits.
  • Help to build the capability and infrastructure of the global benefits team.
  • Build and sustain trusting and collaborative relationships at multiple levels in the company; provide subject matter expertise and consultation to Site HR, HR Business Partners, business leaders, etc. regarding complex benefits issues.
  • Lead the benefits plan strategy and wellness design, renewal planning and negotiations; explore and recommend benefits plan design changes to support the business inclusion strategy.
  • Drive our program alignment with the Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Belonging team.

Requisite Experience

  • Must be a seasoned benefits leader with competency across design and delivery of a range of benefit programs and organizations, along with strong regional knowledge in the space of legislation and compliance across multiple regional countries
  • Bachelor's degree in Human Resources, Business, Finance or other related areas preferred.
  • Solid experience of benefits management with staff management experience in a complex, large global public company environment.
  • Thorough knowledge of global benefits practices.
  • Strong communication, organization, collaboration, documentation, and presentation skills. Exceptional presentation ability up through executive level.
  • Demonstrated business and HR acumen.
  • Strong project management, innovation, analytical, and creative problem-solving skills.
  • Experience managing ambiguity and risk (taking the unknown into action)
  • Strong vendor management and budget management experience.
  • Proven track record of translating vision into executable strategy.
  • Ability to use data insights and metrics to create rationale for recommendations.
  • Excellent partnership skills, building rapport and driving results through accountability in an agile environment.
  • Attention to detail, critical thinking, analytical and problem-solving skills are essential.
  • Experience in M&A due diligence and benefits harmonization.
  • Having a can-do flexible positive attitude is a must.

The type of HR leader that flourishes at PayPal (behaviors, motivations, the how)

  • Strong Business Acumen:  The successful candidate will have demonstrated the ability to identify employee needs and use past experiences to evolve our benefit offerings and create effective strategies and programs improve employee health, wellbeing, and engagement. This person must have the skills, experience, and insight to identify and capitalize upon emerging trends and opportunities and link strategies to commercial outcomes.
  • Strategic Thought Leadership:  The successful candidate will have the ability to set a vision, communicate that vision, and develop the goals and objectives to enable that vision.  He / She will be able to combine their strategic acumen with their operating strength to ensure strategies and programs are grounded in a deep understanding of employee needs. This person provides clear direction, sets clear priorities, and allocates resources to the highest value opportunities. Further, they understand how to optimize decision making and track / measure success to maximize value and drive outcomes.
  • Results Driven: The successful candidate will set compelling goals and will be tenacious in accomplishing them. He / She has an ability to set priorities, allocate resources, take accountability, and achieve results.
  • Leading People:  The successful candidate will be a collaborative leader with a high degree of emotional intelligence who inspires, manages, coaches and respects people. He / She will have an inclusive style; they will build trust, enable authentic dialogue, demonstrate respect, and foster teamwork.  This person will also have a clear commitment to developing key talent and building future leaders.
  • Collaborative:  The successful candidate will have experience collaborating across a matrix as part of driving best practices – partnering for the win-win.  A believer in the “Greater Good” and one who always puts broader needs above their own.
  • Change Agent:  The successful candidate will challenge the status quo and have the experience to evaluate a current state operating model, identify improvement opportunities, and drive those initiatives into the organization without disrupting delivery. 

Some more information on PayPal:

We are a purpose-driven company whose beliefs are the foundation for how we conduct business every day. We hold ourselves to our One Team Behaviors which demand that we hold the highest ethical standards, to empower an open and diverse workplace, and strive to treat everyone who is touched by our business with dignity and respect. Our employees challenge the status quo, ask questions, and find solutions. We want to break down barriers to financial empowerment. Join us as we change the way the world defines financial freedom.

For more than 20 years, PayPal has remained at the forefront of the digital payment revolution. By leveraging technology to make financial services and commerce more convenient, affordable, and secure, our open digital payments platform gives PayPal’s 400 million active account holders the confidence to connect and transact in new and powerful ways. Through a combination of technological innovation and strategic partnerships, PayPal creates better ways to manage and move money, and offers choice and flexibility when sending payments, paying, or getting paid. Available in more than 200 markets around the world, the PayPal platform, including Braintree, Venmo and Xoom, enables consumers and merchants to receive money in more than 100 currencies, withdraw funds in 56 currencies and hold balances in their PayPal accounts in 25 currencies.

PayPal provides equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, PayPal will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. If you are unable to submit an application because of incompatible assistive technology or a disability, please contact us at



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