Director, Total Rewards

Location 433 W Van Buren Street
Job Locations US-IL-Chicago
Employment Type
Regular - Full Time
Scheduled Days Off
6-Saturday, 7-Sunday

This Is Who We Are

Founded in 2013, Home Chef is the leading meal solutions company with both a retail and online presence. Available online at and in retail at more than 2,100 Kroger grocery stores, Home Chef is committed to inspiring and enabling more people to cook simple, delicious meals, no matter how busy they are.

Home Chef is thrilled to introduce our new brand, Tempo! Tempo features a rotating selection of ready-to-heat meals delivered directly to your door. These meals are better-for-you versions of familiar favorites, designed to save you time and reduce stress while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Our Tempo menu includes options that are protein-packed, fiber-rich, calorie and carb conscious, keto-friendly, and dietitian-approved.

Similar to our recipes, we recognize that variety is the spice of life, and therefore, our employees also bring their uniqueness and color to our fantastic team. We’re eager to work with humble team players and pragmatic next-level thinkers to innovate on Home Chef’s offerings.



The Director, Total Rewards is responsible for the design, implementation, and administration of comprehensive compensation and benefits programs. This role ensures that our compensation and benefits offerings are competitive, cost-effective, and aligned with our organizational goals and employee needs. Additionally, this role will oversee the Human Resources Information System (HRIS) and HR operations, ensuring efficient processes, data integrity, and compliance with relevant regulations. The ideal candidate will have a strategic mindset, strong analytical skills, and the ability to lead and inspire a team.


Compensation & Benefits Strategy & Execution:

  • Conduct regular market analysis to identify trends, gaps, and opportunities within compensation and benefits programs; develop and implement compensation and benefits strategy that aligns with the company's objectives and supports talent acquisition and retention when gaps or opportunities are identified.
  • Oversee the design and administration of salary structures, incentive plans, health, wellness, retirement, and other employee benefit programs.
  • Evaluate and negotiate with benefits vendors to ensure high-quality, cost-effective offerings.
  • Develop and maintain compensation and benefits policies and procedures.
  • Prepare and present reports to senior leadership on compensation and benefits metrics, strategies, and initiatives.
  • Ensure all programs are compliant with federal, state, and local laws and regulations; conduct regular audits to ensure accuracy and compliance.

HRIS & HR Operations Oversight:

  • Manage and oversee the existing Human Resources Information System (HRIS), ensuring data integrity, security, and accuracy.
  • Collaborate with IT and other relevant departments to maintain and enhance the HRIS platform, integrating new modules and updates as needed.
  • Lead and manage HR operations, ensuring efficient and effective HR processes and workflows.
  • Oversee employee records management, including accurate and compliant documentation.
  • Implement process improvements to enhance HR service delivery and employee experience.
  • Ensure alignment of HR operations with organizational policies and regulatory requirements.

Leadership and Team Management:

  • Lead and develop a team of compensation, benefits, and HR operations professionals (3 direct reports and total team size of 7).
  • Provide guidance and support to HR business partners and managers on compensation and benefits matters.
  • Foster a culture of continuous improvement and professional development within the team.

This position requires travel to our sites during open enrollment. 


The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, ability and/or other characteristics needed for this role. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities.

  • Completion of a four-year degree program in a related field
  • 10+ years of experience in compensation and benefits, with at least 5 years in a leadership role.
  • Proven experience in designing and managing compensation and benefits programs in a complex, multi-site organization.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills; excellent communication and presentation skills.
  • Proficiency in HRIS and compensation/benefits software.
  • Strong understanding of regulatory and compliance requirements.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and projects in a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and develop high-performing teams.

More About Us

Perks and benefits:

  • Comprehensive Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance – benefits start the 1st day of the month following your start date
  • Company-paid Life Insurance, Short Term Disability, and Long Term Disability
  • 401(k) Employer match
  • Flexible spending accounts (FSA) for qualified Medical, Dependent Care, Parking, or Transit expenses
  • Flexible paid time off (PTO) policy, holidays and sick time
  • Generous Parental Leave
  • State-of-the-art office in the historic Old Post Office building in downtown Chicago, close to multiple Metra and CTA options, and amenities such as a food court, onsite gym, and communal rooftop space
  • Discounts on Home Chef meal kits and at Kroger stores
  • Casual dress in a fun, friendly, and collaborative work environment

Candidates can experience Home Chef as a customer - enter promo code PEOPLE30 for $30 off your first order!


How We Work Together


We are humble team players.
We are warm and gracious with team members and customers. We seek feedback to improve ourselves - and respectfully listen to and accept input.


We are pragmatic next-level thinkers.
We come up with novel and unique ideas. We explore new strategies to avoid being constrained by conventional thinking.


We take ownership.
We approach ambiguous problems, prepared to dive in, get curious, and learn more. We are results-driven, always challenging ourselves to exceed goals.


Be at Home at Home Chef

We all show up authentically at Home Chef. Our team includes individuals with a variety of identities, backgrounds, and perspectives. You can trust that you’ll be able to bring your whole self to an inclusive and enjoyable workplace.


We welcome people of all races, colors, religions, national origin or ancestry, sex (including sexual identity), age, physical or mental disabilities, pregnancy, veteran or military status, unfavorable discharge from military service, genetic information, sexual orientation, marital status, order of protection status, citizenship status, arrest record or expunged/sealed convictions, or any other legally recognized protected basis under federal, state, or local law.


Home Chef is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, Home Chef will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact our People team at


Home Chef is an equal opportunity employer.


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