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Clifford Chance

AMS - Compensation & Benefits Specialist

The position

We currently have an opening for a Compensation & Benefits specialist that is part of the HR team. This position is at a specialist level and will provide key support and advice in order to deliver an effective and efficient rewards and benefits service for all employees of Clifford Chance Amsterdam. You will advise amongst others on complex queries of management and employees on remuneration issues, pension and other benefits. In this role you will manage the backoffice (consisting of 2 HR officers) and will be responsible for an effective and efficient HR administration of the team by increasing efficiency in existing processes and implement new processes where needed. You will work closely together with the Head of HR and other members of the HR team, consisting of 2 HR Business Partners, 2 HR Officers, 1 Learning & Development Specialist and 2 Recruiters. Furthermore, the team is supported by a (parttime) payroll administrator.

We offer

  • Working in an international environment;
  • Joining one of the world's leading law firms, with high standards and a focus on quality;
  • Fulfilling a central role within the HR team being the leading advisor on benchmarks, remuneration reviews, international secondments and payroll processes;
  • Joining an enthusiastic and ambitious HR team;
  • Getting the opportunity to demonstrate and develop your skills by following tailored (international) trainings and courses;
  • Getting attractive working conditions (i.e. competitive salary, 13th month, holiday allowance, pension arrangement etcetera).

Key responsibilities

Key responsibilities of this role include:

  • Employee benefits: delivery of benefits processes such as pension, healthcare, health and risk insurances, travel allowance and holiday hours;
  • Remuneration: annual salary and bonus review for Legal and Business Services, management information and reporting activities;
  • Benchmarking: manage the compensation benchmarking processes for the office and analyze competitive market data to ensure that CC remains employer of choice for employees and new joiners;
  • Secondments: support the process of international secondments (incoming and outbound); expats and secondees, contact person for external consultants;
  • Appraisals: working with the HR team to ensure a smooth annual appraisal process;
  • Budgeting: delivery of data for annual salary and headcount planning;
  • Payroll: monitoring and control of the monthly payroll; 
  • Providing support and mentoring to the HR Officers: continuously ensure efficiency and effectiveness of the department's HR (administration) processes;
  • Management information and data: regularly upon request deliver management information and data to internal stakeholders (partnership and management);
  • Keeping up to date with market developments and trends and assessing the impact of new regulations / legal requirements on the C&B processes;
  • Projects: active involvement in HR activities and projects.

Skills & Qualifications


The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following work experience and skills:

  • University degree and a minimum of 5 years of relevant and demonstrated compensation & benefits experience gained in a large commercial environment, ideally Professional Services;
  • Proven active involvement in the successful delivery of annual salary and bonus reviews as well as being capable of operational delivery in these areas;
  • Good experience and knowledge of benefits administration/management with an emphasis on pension arrangements;
  • Experience with managing benchmarking processes (e.g. Hay);
  • Experience with monitoring payroll processes;
  • Highly proficient in Dutch and English;
  • Excellent IT skills including Excel.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Analytical skills: ability to comprehend complex data and strong numerical capability to support budgeting processes and financial analysis activities;
  • Quality focused: a high level of accuracy and attention to detail;
  • Flexible in approach: ability to balance priorities and to deliver multiple tasks under pressure within a demanding environment;
  • Hands-on mentality: willingness to work hands-on with the (HR)-team when necessary.




Please upload your application. For further information, please contact Ilona Douma (HR Business Partner) or Manja van Asma (Head of HR) via or 020 – 711 9400.

The employment contract is subject to a positive Certificate of good behaviour (VOG) obtained from the local authorities as well as a positive outcome of our pre-employment checks. 

About Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance is one of the world's leading law firms, helping clients achieve their goals by combining the highest global standards with local expertise. The Firm has unrivalled scale and depth of legal resources across the four key markets of the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East, and focuses on the core areas of commercial activity: capital markets; corporate and M&A; finance and banking; real estate; tax; pensions and employment; litigation and dispute resolution. Clifford Chance has 33 offices in 23 countries with some 3.400 legal advisers.
Our Amsterdam office is a challenging, dynamic, international environment to work in. Our clients represent the top of the national and international business community. Quality of service and professionalism are highly valued, as are initiative and teamwork. For more information:

Diversity & Inclusion 

Diversity & Inclusion is an integral part of Clifford Chance's strategy. We strive for our employees to feel comfortable and at their prime in their working environmentWe believe that our continued success in serving our clients is furthered by our people being able to deliver a diverse range of viewpoints and innovative ideas. Clifford Chance continuously strives to ensure that there are no barriers to equality of opportunity. We provide opportunities for people based upon merit and we strive to treat all of our employees and job applicants equally irrespective gender, age, background, religion, political affiliation, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or any other grounds



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