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Director, Compensation



Software Engineering
Foster City, CA, USA
Posted on Monday, July 1, 2024

Come work at a place where innovation and teamwork come together to support the most exciting missions in the world!

The Director, Compensation will serve as a trusted organizational leader responsible for the design and delivery of Qualys' Compensation philosophy to effectively support a diverse, rapidly growing employee base. The successful candidate will lead strategy, development, design, implementation, administration, and governance of all compensation programs globally for the company.

This role will partner with senior business leaders, and the HR leadership team to translate business strategy into meaningful compensation strategies that are effective in attracting, rewarding, and retaining key talent.

The ideal candidate will be a hands-on leader with a deep understanding of scaling compensation programs and practices, with a track record of conceptualizing successful strategies, leading action plans, and driving the execution of organizational goals. This position requires an ability to strategically solve complex business issues creatively.


  • Develop and drive compensation strategies and programs that attract, reward and retain key talent populations. Design and operate the Global Qualys compensation philosophy, inclusive of both incentive and executive compensation programs that bring it to life.
  • Partner with the CHRO to support the Compensation Committee Work Plan including the management of executive compensation.
  • Partner with the Sales and Finance Operations teams to design the sales incentive plans to ensure competitiveness, equity and alignment with the company's business objectives as well as to establish targets and payout tiers.
  • Analyze Global regulatory compensation standards by understanding current and proposed legislation and design compensation programs to ensure continued compliance.
  • Lead global job evaluation, job classification/reclassification and salary structures benchmarking.
  • Drive competitive and attractive compensation strategies that are cost-effective and consistent with market trends and aligned to Company’s business priorities
  • Provide thought leadership, and consultation to senior leaders on the global development of total rewards methodologies and philosophy, including supporting policies, practices, systems and external partners.
  • Develop and operate world-class reporting and analytics and drive business results through predictive analytics and reporting .
  • Drive leader accountability in partnership with external partners and internal reporting/analytics function.
  • Identify and implement technology based solutions to automate and increase programmatic efficiency.


  • 10+ years' relevant experience in global compensation, public company equity programs including broad-based, and incentive compensation and executive compensation.
  • Experience scaling an effective, and impactful, rewards function that supports the company's business goals and growth, with a strong awareness of best practices.

  • Experience with, and exposure to, a distributed global workforce including India and high-impact Compensation functions within world-class scaling organization(s).
  • Exceptional communication skills and a proven ability to keep stakeholders informed and included in a way that builds trust. Strong technical and organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated experience performing complex reporting and analysis. Strong analytical, mathematical, statistical, and conceptual skills; Excel expertise is required as well as hands on HRIS compensation implementation
  • Excellent business and People Operations acumen; comfortable navigating ambiguity and thriving in a rapidly changing, fast-paced environment. Proven ability to think strategically and to translate strategic directives into tactical initiatives.


Annual Salary Guidelines: $185,000 - $200,000

Qualys is an Equal Opportunity Employer, please see our EEO policy.