Job Title: Compensation Consultant

Location: Appleton, WI or Madison, WI

Employment Type: Full-Time Employee

We are looking to add a talented and experienced Compensation & HR Consultant to our team. This role will be client facing and support all client compensation needs. Carlson Dettmann Consulting, a Cottingham & Butler Company, is a management consulting firm with primary expertise in compensation strategies, employee relations, and related human resources services. We understand the diverse needs of public sector, private sector, for-profit, and not-for-profit organizations. This position is based in either our Madison or Wisconsin office. Remote work available as an option for experienced talent!


  • Responsible for selling and providing compensation, total rewards, and human resources counsel to client organizations in a timely and cost effective manner.
  • Learn about client’s business challenges and issues relating to employee total rewards issues through investigative research and interactions with client staff and leaders.
  • Determine the specific type and scope of consulting work to be deployed to solve client business problems and maps out schedules, milestones and required resources to meet jointly agreed-upon project objectives. .
  • Identify core issues, collect and analyze any pertinent data, identify policy, compliance, and business issues and make recommendations on addressing those issues.
  • Conduct internal statistical analyses of organizations’ compensation data and external market benchmarking of compensation levels.
  • Develop and design formal compensation systems.
  • Model financial impact of compensation system recommendations.
  • Develop and carry out communications to the client company’s senior stakeholders, staff and internal and external project work teams.
  • Monitor compensation, total rewards, and human resources trends.
  • Provide outsourced compensation services to clients for job evaluations, salary adjustments, re-organizations, job description development, independent contractor reviews, job title recommendations, and other classification and compensation issues
  • Participate in broader projects including performance management, employee experience, employee benefits, retirement, healthcare, performance optimization, and cash/non-cash reward and recognition
  • Participate in marketing and business development initiatives including developing compensation work and methodology approaches, writing and supporting proposals, and conducting surveys
  • Contribute to thought leadership and the development of firm perspectives on a variety of total rewards topics

Pay & Benefits

  • Salary – Flexible based on your experience level.
  • Most Benefits start Day 1
  • Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance
  • Flex Spending or HSA
  • 401(k) with company match
  • Profit-Sharing/ Defined Contribution (1-year waiting period)
  • PTO/ Paid Holidays
  • Company-paid ST and LT Disability
  • Maternity Leave/ Parental Leave
  • Subsidized Parking
  • Company-paid Term Life/ Accidental Death Insurance

About the company

At Cottingham & Butler, we sell a promise to help our clients through life’s toughest moments. To ensure we keep that promise, we hold ourselves to a set of principles that we believe position our clients and our company for long-term success. Our Guiding Principles are not just words on paper, they are a promise we make to ourselves and our clients.

These principles have become a driving force of our culture and share many common themes with the values of our clients. First, we hire and develop amazing people that have an insatiable desire to succeed, are committed to learning, and thrive on challenges. Secondly, we pride ourselves on serving our clients’ best interests through quality service, innovative solutions, and constantly evaluating our performance. Third, we have embraced and are guided by the theme of “better every day” constantly pushing ourselves to be better than yesterday. Ultimately, we get more energy from the future we are creating for our people, our clients, and our company than from our past success.

As an organization, we are very optimistic about the future and have incredibly high expectations for our people and our performance. We also understand that our growth is fueled by becoming better, not bigger – growth funds investments in new resources to better serve our clients and provide the career opportunities our employees want and deserve. This is why we are a growth company and why we are committed to being better every day.

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