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Director, Global Compensation - GitLab

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Job Title
Director, Global Compensation
Job Location
Remote, Americas
Job Description

The GitLab DevSecOps platform empowers 100,000+ organizations to deliver software faster and more efficiently. We are one of the world’s largest all-remote companies with 2,000+ team members and values that foster a culture where people embrace the belief that everyone can contribute. Learn more about Life at GitLab.

An overview of this role

At GitLab, we seek to enable a high performance culture while keeping team members’ experience at the forefront of everything we do. As the Director of Global Compensation, you will play a pivotal role in aligning compensation strategy with GitLab’s organizational strategy, values and culture. 

What you’ll do  

  • Develop, manage and execute a comprehensive compensation strategy that aligns with the company’s business goals and ensures it is positioned to attract candidates and motivate and retain current team members
  • Manage and administer executive compensation programs and prepare for the compensation committee meetings
  • Manage ongoing employee compensation programs such as annual compensation review cycle, bonus accrual and payout, and equity planning
  • Continually optimize our job architecture and career pathing framework for both scale and effectiveness in attracting and retaining talent
  • Serve as Subject Matter Expert in the development of short-term incentive compensation (i.e. bonus and sales commissions plans) and long-term incentive compensation (i.e. equity)
  • Review current compensation programs and lead the proposal, development, and implementation of necessary changes to align with our global business
  • Own the communication strategy and create internal compensation branding messaging and trainings to ensure team members understand the components and value of their compensation package
  • Provide thought leadership to business leaders on compensation issues including new hire packages, performance recognition, incentive plans, retention arrangements and compensation structure
  • Stay ahead of market trends and develop creative pay practices to ensuring that the organization retains a competitive position in the marketplace
  • Determine M&A strategy and execution for compensation
  • Lead and mentor a team of compensation professionals to provide strategic business partnership and support while fostering their own growth and development

What you’ll bring 

  • Progressive experience and demonstrated leadership in designing and managing compensation ideally at rapidly growing, global companies in a relevant industry
  • Strong understanding of executive compensation; in-depth knowledge of core compensation principles and methodologies 
  • Forward thinking, creative, and open-minded approach with sound technical skills, analytical ability, and seasoned judgment
  • Comfortable and enthusiastic about working in a fast-paced, high growth, constantly changing, geographically dispersed, transparent environment
  • Ability to drive consensus and engagement across a wide variety of stakeholders in multiple parts of the business
  • Data-driven leader with a strong ability to analyze and turn data into insights and action plans aligned with company direction
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to package and present complex analyses and recommendations clearly
  • Previous experience in both public and startup companies
  • Experience preparing for and interacting with the Compensation Committee
  • Experience working remotely and managing remote team members is preferred

How GitLab will support you

Please note that we welcome interest from candidates with varying levels of experience; many successful candidates do not meet every single requirement. Additionally, studies have shown that people from underrepresented groups are less likely to apply to a job unless they meet every single qualification. If you're excited about this role, please apply and allow our recruiters to assess your application.

The base salary range for this role’s listed level is currently for residents of listed locations only. Grade level and salary ranges are determined through interviews and a review of education, experience, knowledge, skills, abilities of the applicant, equity with other team members, and alignment with market data. See more information on our benefits and equity. Sales roles are also eligible for incentive pay targeted at up to 100% of the offered base salary.

California/Colorado/Hawaii/New Jersey/New York/Washington/DC pay range
$167,000$313,000 USD

Country Hiring Guidelines: GitLab hires new team members in countries around the world. All of our roles are remote, however some roles may carry specific location-based eligibility requirements. Our Talent Acquisition team can help answer any questions about location after starting the recruiting process.  

Privacy Policy: Please review our Recruitment Privacy Policy. Your privacy is important to us.

GitLab is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. GitLab’s policies and practices relating to recruitment, employment, career development and advancement, promotion, and retirement are based solely on merit, regardless of race, color, religion, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy, lactation, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression), national origin, age, citizenship, marital status, mental or physical disability, genetic information (including family medical history), discharge status from the military, protected veteran status (which includes disabled veterans, recently separated veterans, active duty wartime or campaign badge veterans, and Armed Forces service medal veterans), or any other basis protected by law. GitLab will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics. See also GitLab’s EEO Policy and EEO is the Law. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know during the recruiting process.

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GitLab Headquarters Location

San Francisco, CA

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GitLab Company Size

Between 2,000 - 5,000 employees

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GitLab Funding Rounds

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  • IPO


  • Series E

    $268,000,000 USD

  • Series E

    $268,000,000 USD

  • Series D

    $100,000,000 USD

  • Series D

    $100,000,000 USD

  • Series C

    $20,000,000 USD

  • Series C

    $20,000,000 USD

  • Series B

    $20,000,000 USD

  • Series B

    $20,000,000 USD

  • Series A

    $4,000,000 USD

  • Seed

    $1,500,000 USD