Vice President Total Rewards


Vice President Total Rewards

Eaton, OH

Organization: Henny Penny

Salary: based on experience

Are you living in or open to relocation to the Dayton/Cincinnati OH area? The role is based in Eaton, OH and candidates need to live within a daily commutable distance. 

Have you had extensive experience providing strategic direction for compensation, benefits, recognition, and other elements of the Employee Experience? 

Have you been part of an organization scaling its total reward plans to support global business growth?



  • Join an established, employee-owned company that is a global leader in its industry known for its customer experience
  • Embrace a culture that values integrity, respect, humility, and innovation
  • Enhance company value by achieving established goals and realize attractive financial upside
  • Be a leader in building relationships at all levels of the company to foster credibility and influence to create change
  • Model the way as a Servant Leader exhibiting both empathy and decisiveness



For over 65 years, Henny Penny’s purpose has been to create remarkable experiences through people, products, and food. Their values include: “Relationships matter. Trust. Take the Long View and Own It.” These values have served them and their customers well over the years and have positioned them for growth. Located in Eaton, OH (near Dayton), with a presence in Bellingham WA and Suzhou, China, they design, develop, and manufacture premium foodservice equipment known for reliability, ease of use, and low operating costs. With approximately 1,100 employees, they have proudly served the world’s most demanding kitchens across the globe for customers including McDonalds and Chick-fil-A.



As part of the HR Leadership Team reporting to the Chief People Officer, you’ll be responsible for developing, implementing and executing a Total Rewards strategy supporting the company as it scales the organization for exponential growth. The VP, Total Rewards (VP, TR) will be an experienced and strategic leader who has a passion for driving Benefits, Compensation, and Recognition Strategy. The VP TR will design, develop, implement, and execute Total Rewards cutting-edge, best practice methodology, tools, processes, systems, and programs to drive an integrated approach to Total Rewards and will institutionalize how Henny Penny approaches the employee value proposition to address the whole employee and their respective needs during throughout the entire employee life cycle (hire to retire) to deliver long-term sustained positive Employee Experiences.

  • Strategic Total Rewards for Scaling a Global Business
    • Lead the strategic design, communications, implementation, execution and compliance for all Total Rewards programs, policies, and processes.
    • Outline a Compensation Philosophy to ensure fairness, equity, competitiveness (internally and externally) as it relates to base salary, short and long-term incentives, and total cash compensation including ESOP participation.
    • Lead the innovation, design, and implementation of a comprehensive Benefits strategy and a creative Employee Recognition plan.
    • Operational Excellence
      • Build and scale the TR capabilities, processes, and practices for growth, utilizing systems to simplify implementation and utilization.
      • Develop simple tools to use for recruiters, candidates, and employees to effectively communicate all aspects of a Total Rewards Compensation Package.
      • Build an appropriate team to support the Total Rewards strategy and operation.
      • Educate and embed a Compensation, Benefits, and Employee Recognition culture and mindset as an essential element of the Employee Experience for a best place to work and grow.
      • Partner with CPO, CFO and Communications function to effectively articulate the value story of HPs compensation, benefits, and recognition programs.
      • Lead successful annual compensation planning including but not limited to execution of base salary, bonus, short and long-term incentives, and related benefits strategy including communications and administration.
      • Provide consultation, education, and recommendations on concerns/issues pertaining to employee wellness and wellbeing.
      • Align Total Rewards Strategy with Business Strategy
        • Align with leadership, including all C-suite executives, Legal and the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors on strategic plans for Executive Compensation.
        • Provide thought leadership to the business on compensation issues including executive compensation, new hire packages, performance recognition, incentive plans, retention arrangements and overall compensation structure.
        • Establish and maintain alignment between Performance Management and future Succession Planning processes and pay programs.
        • Partner cross-functionally and externally on current and future equity programs; ensuring that they are competitive, and administration is set to scale globally.
  • Respect the Culture – but Lead Change
    • Henny Penny is a great place to work with many traditional practices and values
    • Help create a vision for the future that invites and supports change



  • Must live in or a commutable distance from Eaton, OH. Relocation assistance will be provided
    • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Human Resources, or a related field. Master’s Degree in Business or related field Preferred.
    • 10+ years’ experience leading, developing, and executing Total Rewards Strategy (compensation, benefits, and recognition).
    • Experience in articulating a vision and compelling Total Rewards Value Proposition for a highly successful business scaling for growth.
      • Strong preference for global experience and understanding of international compensation and benefit practices.
      • Demonstrates and articulates the business ROI strategy, for Total Rewards driven and supported by data.
      • Robust analytical and strong strategic agility, vision, and organizational savvy in all aspects of Total Rewards.
      • Demonstrated ability to create a compensation structure where none existed previously.
      • Proven history/record delivering results from a Total Rewards vantagepoint.
      • Adept experience working with business leaders to understand their needs to inform the Total Rewards strategy.
      • Strong business and financial acumen and current on HR technology.
      • Flexible and able to multitask; demonstrated resourcefulness in setting priorities and guiding investment in people and systems.
      • Comfort with ambiguity.
      • High-level of integrity and stellar judgment.
      • Strong written, verbal communication and presentation skills
      • Executive presence
      • Team management experience with multiple direct reports


  • Humility, Integrity, Stewardship, and Respect
  • Collaborative and influential
  • Self-managed – takes initiative
  • A servant leader – genuine and authentic, a positive and congenial leader whose natural style employs persuasion and influence rather than command and control.
  • A strong listener and exceptional communicator at all levels of the company.
  • Decisive, responsive, and caring
  • Leads by example, an inspiring leader



  • Build on a solid foundation of success and help lead the company into its next phase of growth.
  • Strengthen the HR team to become an influential business partner across the company.
  • Receive a compensation package that includes a competitive base salary, meaningful performance-based annual bonus, and ownership in an employee-owned company.