Head of Compensation & Benefits

Who we are

A piece of the moon, a complete dinosaur skeleton, the Pope's hat, the world's smallest book - at Catawiki, we come across exceptional objects such as these every day. 

Catawiki is the leading online marketplace to buy and sell special objects. We offer over 75,000 special objects in auction every week — each reviewed and selected by one of Catawiki’s hundreds of in-house experts specialised in Art, Design, Jewellery, Fashion, Classic Cars, Collectables and many more.

We've sold 10 million unique items to date and it’s our mission to become the world’s most popular auction destination for special objects.

We’re an innovative, pioneering and fast-growing scale-up. If you think you can make a difference to our team, go ahead and apply.

About the role

The People Operations & Reward Team is the foundation of our People function, with strong, robust and efficient operations and with an evolving reward approach we create a meaningful employee experience. To support our growth we are looking for an (International) Head of Compensation & Benefits to strengthen this team.

In this C&B role you are end-to-end responsible for the compensation & benefits strategy and implementation across all Catawiki countries as well as managing the regular benchmark exercises in partnering with our external partners. Currently, our Catawikians are based in 8 European countries, a few countries outside Europe and we are expanding further on a global level.

What you’ll do

  • Re-define the Total Reward strategy for the next years
  • Create, document and maintain clear policies on compensation and benefits, and manage the various vendors 
  • Ensure compensation and benefits is compliant with local regulations by regularly connecting with external partners (employment law specialists)
  • Hold annual compensation and benchmarking reviews with our external providers
  • Monitor administrative costs of benefits programs and recommend cost containment strategies, including alternative methods for administration and funding.
  • Communicate all benefits to the company: design and distribute materials for benefits orientations, open enrollment and summary plan descriptions.
  • Oversee and manage relocation requests and impact on total employee package when relocations are approved
  • Implement regular data checks to ensure we are aligned with our DE&I commitments
  • Facilitate comparing all the various job titles and salary ranges to ensure any pay differences are justified for new and existing employees
  • Manage the payroll team members and manage any escalations that might arise.

What you’ll bring

You have minimum of 5 years of work experience in Compensation & Benefits (and overall >7 years working in HR functions), within a commercial and international oriented organization AND:

  • Ability to identify and mitigate (compliance) risks with labour law
  • A data driven mindset
  • Ability to collaborate and work in a team environment, as well as independently while adhering to processes and procedures
  • A proactive, flexible and service oriented approach
  • Excellent listening and communication skills, accurate and a high level of integrity. 
  • A multitasker who can prioritise to meet deadlines
  • Ideally (but not a must) experience managing small teams
  • Fluent in English and Dutch, both spoken and written
  • Experience in working with Workday is preferred.

Here’s what we can offer you

This is your chance to join our mission to fulfil people’s passions, as part of a young and dynamic organisation. You'll be part of an enthusiastic, highly-motivated team of 800+ Catawikians. Additionally, you can expect:

  • A challenging role in a diverse, international and fast-growing organisation with over 50 nationalities.
  • Regular fun activities both on and offline e.g summer parties, boat rides and regular team events.
  • Great secondary benefits including a holiday allowance and a fantastic pension plan paid for by Catawiki.
  • Hybrid ways of working between home and office. We offer remote and activity-based working, suited to the team and individual responsibilities
  • We care about our teams’ wellbeing and offer a holistic wellbeing programme including our Employee Assistance Programme offering clinical services, single-session therapy, wellness support and more.
  • Tailored learning and development opportunities to support your personal and professional growth;
  • We want to help you celebrate special occasions in life by:
    • providing employees with a 100 EURO Catavoucher upon joining and 50 EURO birthday Catavouchers;
    • Extra days of annual leave for work anniversaries at 3, 5, 8 and 10 years;
    • Additional leave allowances for important life events such as moving, engagement & marriage;
    • Each year Catawikians get an additional day’s leave to Pursue their Passion!

Please note that our benefits offering changes depending on which country you are employed in. For our country-specific offering please ask your recruiter. 

Our commitment to you 

Catawiki’s eclectic team represents an international and intergenerational mix of people from different professional and cultural backgrounds. We foster an inclusive and queer-friendly work environment, committed to making every Catawikian feel welcomed and empowered. Whatever your story, we encourage you to bring your unique perspective to the table.

Catawiki stands with Ukraine and encourages people displaced by the current conflict to apply. In addition to the several initiatives we’ve launched, we’re open to ideas on ways we can continue to support the humanitarian effort.

Our offices and way of working

We have sensational offices in Amsterdam, Groningen, Paris and our newest office in Lisbon. Most of our employees are within commutable distance of one of our office locations and enjoy a hybrid work model. This means we expect you to be in the office 2 out of 5 days, roughly 40% of your working time, to collaborate and connect with each other. The exception is of course, if the job description specifically states that the role is 100% remote, as some experts and sales positions are.


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If you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyways. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

Flexible Working

We’re continually incorporating hybrid elements, while employees choose how they split their work between the office and home.

Excellent benefits
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