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Applied Materials International Benefits Director - (B6) in Kalispell, Montana

The International Benefits Director is responsible for enterprise oversight of our non-U.S. benefit programs. This role partners with the local APAC and EMEA rewards teams to drive the benefit strategy for our APAC and EMEA locations, including health (medical, dental and vision), retirement, life and disability, and ensures that plan design and pricing strategies fit into the overall Global strategy. This role also is responsible for our Global pooling arrangements and Global programs, including EAP, Medical Benefits Abroad, and Business Travel Accident, and facilitates consistent, global communications. Additionally, this role is responsible for the Pension governance process ($110M+). Day to day administration and compliance of programs are managed locally. Reporting to the Managing Director, Global Benefits, this role is a strategic partner of the Global Rewards team and a leader/mentor to Benefits, HR and global rewards professionals.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead the APAC and EMEA rewards teams on Benefits plan strategy and wellness design, renewal planning and negotiations

  • Explore and recommend benefits plan design changes to support Talent strategy, e.g. Culture of Inclusion, Flex benefits

  • Manage the Global benefits and pension governance process and approval, including pension plan change proposals (e.g. de-risking and plan changes)

  • Prepare agenda and materials for the International Pension Committee, interacting with Treasurer, Controller, VP of Global Rewards, Managing Director of Global Benefits, Managing Director of Treasury

  • Demonstrated strong vendor management, partnering with the APAC and EMEA regional Rewards leaders, and managing the global pooling partners

  • Manage the global EAP and implement EAP resources globally through change management, effective employee communication and vendor management

  • Manage the Global business travel program which includes global medical plan, AD&D, ISOS, and partners closely with global security, global mobility and global travel

  • Support M&A strategy and implementation

  • Informs and advises management on the state of benefits worldwide, demonstrating an understanding of the market dynamics, key competitor benefit plan design, and industry trends.

  • Partners closely with key leaders across the business: country leaders, HRBPs, Finance, Payroll, Mobility and Legal to understand business needs.

  • Makes recommendations and decisions that create a strategic advantage and support Applied’s business and talent strategies.

  • Recognizes and addresses company-wide implications. Ability to negotiate and sell major initiatives to senior management. Ability to see broad strategic HR issues and apply rewards programming/recommend alternative solutions.

  • Partners with internal and external partners/consultants to ensure benefits offerings are cost effective, competitive, and aligned with business and talent strategies.

  • Review and analyze benefit trends; provide pricing and cost data to corporate users for new and ongoing business development.


Thorough and detailed knowledge of international benefits practices, particularly with Asia Pacific and EMEA markets. The ideal candidate has strong technical expertise with pension plan design and funding, as well as strong pooling experience.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong communication, organization, collaboration, documentation, and presentation skills

  • Business and HR acumen; strong Global Benefits expertise.

  • Strong innovation, analytical, and creative problem solving skills

  • Strong capacity to deal with ambiguity and risk taking

  • Strong project management skills

  • Strong vendor management and budget management experience

  • Team oriented mentality. Excellent coaching and team building skills.

  • Demonstrated multi-cultural skills

  • Ability to travel

  • Position requires understanding of Applied Materials global Standards of Business Conduct and compliance with these standards at all times. This includes demonstrating the highest level of ethical conduct reflecting Applied Materials' core values.

Company Facts

  • Ticker: Nasdaq: AMAT

  • Fiscal 2019 Revenue: $14.6 billion

  • Fiscal 2019 R&D: $2 billion

  • Founded: November 10, 1967

  • Headquarters: Santa Clara, California

  • Global Presence: 93 locations in 17 countries

  • Manufacturing: China, Germany, Israel, Italy, Singapore, Taiwan, United States

  • Employees: 22,000 worldwide

  • Patents: 13,300 issued

Education and Experience :

  • B.S. level degree in related field or equivalent experience; MBA or advanced degree preferred

  • 10+ years of experience in benefits, including 7+ years in international benefits, with global/multinational and matrixed organizations; high tech industry experience preferred

Applied Materials is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity in its workforce.




Master's Degree




Years of Experience:

15+ Years

Work Experience:

Additional Information


Yes, 25% of the Time

Relocation Eligible:


Applied Materials is committed to diversity in its workforce including Equal Employment Opportunity for Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities.

Applied Materials is the leader in materials engineering solutions used to produce virtually every new chip and advanced display in the world. Our expertise in modifying materials at atomic levels and on an industrial scale enables customers to transform possibilities into reality. At Applied Materials, our innovations make possible the technology shaping the future.