Senior Compensation Specialist


Detroit, MI, US

Company:  DTE Eng Corp Svcs LLC
Job ID:  12645

DTE is one of the nation’s largest diversified energy companies. Our electric and gas companies have fueled our customer’s homes and Michigan’s progress for more than a century. And as Michigan’s largest source of renewable energy, we’re creating a cleaner, healthier environment to power our future. We’re also serving communities beyond Michigan, where our affiliated businesses offer renewable energy, emission control technologies, and energy services to industries in 19 states.

But we’re more than a leading energy company... and working at DTE is more than just a job. At DTE, we take great care of each other and our customers, and we use our energy to be a force for growth and prosperity in our communities.  When you join us, you’ll be part of a team that welcomes, recognizes, and celebrates differences and values everyone’s health, safety, and wellbeing.  Are you ready to make that kind of difference? Bring your energy to DTE. Together, we can achieve great things.

Testing Required: Not Applicable

Hybrid Role: Must be able to come on-site periodically and reside a commutable distance from the assigned work location.

Emergency Response: Yes – Must be available to perform a primary assignment in support of DTE’s emergency response to storms or other events that impact service to our customers.

Job Summary

    Responsible for the management, design, implementation, and administration of compensation programs, including base and variable pay programs such as incentives, special pay programs, etc. Consults with management on organization planning and decision-making regarding the most effective use of compensation, rewards and recognition resources. Partners with other HR disciplines to ensure HR products and services are integrated and aligned with business objectives. Provides one-on- one communication with management on information related to compensation. Span of control: 0; this is an individual contributor job.

Key Accountabilities

  • Analyzes and evaluates competitive market information and researches external labor market trends. Participates in market/salary surveys to collect competitive pay data; determine relevant markets and the validity of data collected.
  • Collects and analyzes job information to determine market rates.
  • Reviews, edits and prepares job descriptions; provides input to job design and makes salary structure recommendations.
  • Responsible for design, development, modeling, and costing of compensation programs.
  • Designs base pay, variable and special pay programs that support business needs, e.g., commission and retention plans.
  • Administers and leads various compensation processes, including incentive payments, job evaluation, annual base pay, and bonus cycles.
  • Develops, analyzes, and disseminates reports to appropriate levels within the organization.
  • Provides internal compensation consulting for HR and supports management-union pay negotiations.
  • Measures effectiveness of programs in terms of cost associated with recruiting and retaining qualified employees.
  • Ensures that the company's compensation programs comply with applicable regulations.
  • Participates in continuous improvement efforts within the compensation and/or benefit function; including the establishment of quality/quantity standards and metrics; documenting and sharing knowledge among applicable staff in a systematic fashion.

Minimum Education & Experience Requirements

  • Minimum: Bachelor's degree and 5 years of experience in compensation design/administration

Other Qualifications


  • Bachelor's degree in Business, Finance, Accounting, or an HR-related discipline
  • CCP Certification


Other Requirements

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Excel
  • Working knowledge of appropriate HR regulations, e.g FLSA, etc
  • Well-developed organization and planning skills.
  • Flexibility and the ability to work with shifting priorities; embrace new/evolving responsibilities.
  • Analytical and problemsolving skills consistent with the ability to identify key issues from a broad range of alternatives, and recommend optimal solutions for various situations.
  • Ability to apply project planning & implementation and/or continuous improvement principles to affect tangible, positive outcomes.
  • Competent in "multitasking" (i.e the ability to prioritize & manage multiple tasks, issues or projects that may include high-visibility initiatives and require innovation, teamwork & planning).
  • Written and verbal communication & advocacy skills consistent with the ability to present results of projects & research to all levels of the organization.

Additional Information

Incumbents may engage in all or some combination of the activities and accountabilities, and utilize a variety of the competencies cited in this description depending upon the organization and role to which they are assigned. This description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by incumbents in this job. It is not intended as an all-inclusive list of accountabilities or responsibilities, nor is it intended to limit the rights of supervisors or management representatives to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.


At DTE Energy, we are committed to providing an inclusive workplace where everyone feels welcome and a sense of belonging. We seek individuals with a heart for service, a passion to help our communities prosper, and ideas to help shape the future of energy. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer that considers all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, disability, national origin, citizenship, height, weight, genetic information, marital status, pregnancy, protected veteran status or any other status protected by law.

Nearest Major Market: Detroit