Talent Pool for Compensation and Benefits Professionals 
(INT/EXT /13864)


The European Patent Office (EPO) is developing its talent pool in anticipation of future openings for compensation and benefits professionals.

As a knowledge-based organisation, the EPO supports innovation, competitiveness and economic growth across Europe. The commitment, talent and expertise of our staff are crucial to our success. One of the key goals in our Strategic Plan 2023 (SP2023) is to build an engaged, knowledgeable and collaborative organisation .


To deliver sustainable HR strategic solutions to the business, the EPO`s human resources division has two distinct organisational pillars:

  • a dedicated front-line customer interface providing critical HR services and talent management solutions (“Customer Interface and Employee Engagement”)
  • a second pillar in charge of translating organisational needs into transformative and practical policies (“Corporate Polices”)

Within our Principal Directorate Corporate Policies, the Compensation and Benefits team is responsible for designing policies related to the employee package and for managing different social security schemes from a long-term social and financial sustainability perspective.

We are looking for future talent to help us shape our social policies and provide a robust and financially sustainable employee value proposition so that we can continue to attract Europe’s brightest minds to the EPO.


With us you will:

  • Provide guidance on developing the EPO's compensation and benefits policy
  • Design and implement assigned compensation and benefits projects and reforms
  • Monitor pensions and social security schemes, as well as career reward and allowance mechanisms
  • Support actuarial analyses and simulations of the financial impacts of compensation and benefits and social security schemes
  • Give research-based recommendations on current and/or new benefit programmes and analyse compensation systems and practices in other organisations and industry
  • Liaise with insurers/providers/consultants to maximise plan design and cost optimisation, and to develop measures to monitor and control healthcare costs
  • Help monitor the development of total staff costs, including payroll and long-term liabilities, and assess their impact on the EPO’s overall financial situation


Apply if you have:

  • Several years of professional experience in compensation/benefits matters in an international organisation or multinational company; prior experience in social dialogue would be a plus
  • Very good knowledge of compensation and benefits best practices; actuarial skills and qualification would be a plus
  • Proven ability to team up and network with a large variety of stakeholders (senior management, other departments, including HR and Finance, staff representatives, external consultants, auditors, international organisations, etc.) and subject-matter experts to deliver collaborative, solution-oriented and successful outcomes on complex issues
  • Ability to embrace and promote change in a continuously dynamic environment
  • Experience in project/programme management
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills with the ability to effectively interact at all levels within an organisation
  • Proficiency in MS Office (in particular Excel); experience with SAP applications would be an advantage
  • Diploma of completed studies at master's level or – in exceptional cases – equivalent professional experience
  • Excellent knowledge (at least C1) of one official language (English, French and German) and the ability to understand the other two; in exceptional cases, excellent knowledge (at least C1) of one official language and working knowledge (at least B2) of another (in such cases, the willingness to learn the third language and to reach level B2 within a set time frame would be required)
  • Citizenship of one of the member states of the European Patent Organisation


What we offer

  • A comprehensive and family-friendly benefits package
  • A challenging yet highly rewarding working environment
  • The opportunity to participate in complex projects
  • Collaboration on a day-to-day basis with a diverse and dedicated team of highly skilled professionals from all over Europe
  • Self-development opportunities through a broad range of training activities provided by our Talent Academy
  • Access to a wide variety of social activities and clubs



Key information


Job group: 4

Grade: G7 to G10 (net (basic) monthly salary* for this vacancy: EUR 5 880 to 8 340, depending on experience)

Duration of contract: 

Career path: Technical 

Location: Munich 

Application deadline: 20.01.2021

Interviews planned for: CW 6 2021


* after deduction of EPO internal tax and before deduction of staff contributions to the social-security and pension schemes. The salary range depends on experience.


We welcome all applications for vacant positions. We consider each on its professional merits – regardless of your nationality, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, parental responsibilities, age, religion or belief.



Why join us?
✓ Be part of the EPO`s transformation and enable innovation
✓ Work with inspiring people from a variety of cultures
✓ Develop yourself and take on an intellectual challenge

What's in it for you?
✓ A competitive salary
✓ Family-friendly benefits
✓ A good work-life balance
✓ Relocation benefits and various allowances
✓ Contributory medical insurance and pension schemes
✓ 30 days' leave per year

Who we are
We are the patent office for Europe. We are proud to deliver high-quality patents and efficient services that foster innovation, competitiveness and economic growth.

Our vision
We're currently undergoing a change inspired by a common vision: our Strategic Plan 2023. Join us on this exciting journey to a more digital, collaborative and sustainable organisation.

Our work environment
We believe that diversity is fundamental to our success. Our inclusive work environment respects, values and celebrates our individual differences. We want you to be yourself at work.

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