Compensations & Benefits Specialist

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Compensations & Benefits Specialist

Are you a driven Compensation & Benefits Specialist who wants to make a significant contribution to developing and implementing HR policies? Do you like the dynamic between improving a process or leading a project and advising business partners? Then Decathlon offers you an excellent opportunity!

Interested? Read on!

Full-time · Amsterdam

Compensations & Benefits Specialist

Decathlon unveiled at the end of 2022 its new long-term ambition aimed at allowing people, throughout the world, to benefit from the physical, emotional and societal benefits of sport. Building on Decathlon’s values of Vitality, Generosity, Responsibility and Authenticity, it symbolizes the mission of the Group’s 105,000 teammates worldwide. Because the practice of sport is universal, Decathlon aims at allowing people to practice sport on their own terms, whatever their level of practice, their physical condition or their objectives, and enjoy its benefits.

This ambition will be sustained in the coming years by 5 strategic pillars aimed at:

  • Increasing the value proposition, by offering customers a whole new end-to-end experience;
  • Becoming a leading force for a sustainable future with the emergence of new circular models and decarbonization of the Group’s activities, with a goal to contribute to carbon neutrality by 2050;
  • Building a state-of-the-art omni value chain;
  • Growing products excellence and accelerating Decathlon’s development in certain geographies;
  • Fostering and accompanying teammates' development.

In 2023 Decathlon will pursue its evolution to get more people to be moved by the wonders of sport, in respect with societies and the planet. To make that happen in the Netherlands the organization needs to continue to evolve. The People Team is crucial in realizing that ambition.

For the coming years the People project will be built around three main pillars. The first pillar is about People Operations and services. The second pillar focuses on People Strategy and the role as business partners. The third pillar concentrates on People Solutions driven by the centers of expertise, for example recruitment, compensation & benefits and learning & development.

The role

The Compensation & Benefit Specialist works in the HR team and reports to the HR Director NL. This expertise role helps us to drive transformation through our biggest value, our people,  and enables us to design the optimal organization structure, roles, and responsibilities. You will help us in hiring the right people and advising us on how to reward and motivate our teammates to live our culture to the fullest.


  • Responsible for the local management of Benefit & Reward programs and policies, as well as complex query resolution on international level.  
  • Create flexible, competitive total reward programs that attract, engage and motivates a great group of divers teammates on a (inter)national level. 
  • Support our HR Business partners and Payroll team in complex cases, determine strategies and ensure contracts, letter templates and policies, are all aligned with the latest legislation. 
  • Translate knowledge of the latest developments in the Dutch labor market and labor law into market relevant policies and procedures which are sustainable and reflect our Decathlon culture.
  • Decathlon operates within a global framework, in this role you will have the opportunity to contribute to global C&B related initiatives and support in embedding and implementing the outcome in the organizations in the Netherlands

What do we ask from you?

Talent & Competences

  • Ownership, drive and pragmatism

  • Project management skills

  • Effective communication with various stakeholders
  • People centric & stakeholder management skills
  • Agile & problem solving mindset

  • Analytical and numerical understanding

  • Knowing the advantages and disadvantages of various forms of remuneration for retaining and attracting top talent and the effects of current laws and regulations on remuneration and the Dutch labor market as a whole;

  • Knowledge of Dutch employment, tax and social security laws and regulations related to compensation and benefits

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications


  • You love sports!
  • Experience in independently picking up multiple projects and (co-)defining C&B strategy;
  • Broad experience in the total rewards profession: from designing and implementing reward policies and pay structures, to benchmarking and developing benefits in an international context

  • 3- 6 years of working experience in C&B in a complex commercial scale up of similar size

  • Experience with opening offices abroad, i.e. setting up modern C&B policy for this in line with our French headquarters;

  • Experience with social and fiscal legislation, labour law, employment conditions and taxation
  • Relevant completed HBO/WO education


  1. A great sports culture and a lot of sportive colleagues who want to sport with you
  2. Holiday allowance
  3. 24 vacation days
  4. 20% discount on our own brands
  5. Decathlon academy training sessions
  6. Shareholder plan
  7. Travel Allowance
  8. Pension plan

Decathlon Facts

  • Decathlon started in 1976 and is originally a French family business
  • Our mission at Decathlon is to make sport accessible, in a sustainable way, for as many people as possible. That's why we want you to be as passionate about sports as we are
  • Our four core values ​​are: vitality, responsibility, generosity and authenticity
  • We are active in 60 countries worldwide with more than 100,000 employees and more than 1700 stores
  • In the Netherlands we have 22 stores, a head office (Amsterdam) and warehouse (Tilburg). We now have more than 1500 employees in the Netherlands

Decathlon is committed to inclusion and non-discrimination, and thus acts daily in favour of disabilities, seniors, social mixing and equality between men and women. Above all, we recruit personalities and diversity within our teams is a major challenge because it is a source of innovation and performance.


  • Application by means of your CV and motivation letter

  • Introduction by telephone (Room for your questions!)
  • First interview
  • Second interview
  • Contract proposal
  • Welcome to Decathlon!

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