Hawthorne Gardening Company
March 1, 2022
Marysville, OH
Job Type


At the Hawthorne Gardening Company (HGC) we want our people to empower more people to garden no matter where and how they choose to grow. We accomplish this by encouraging people to live happier, healthier lives through gardening. If you also feel this way then you’d fit in great with us!

In this newly created role for the Hawthorne Gardening Company (a subsidiary of Scotts Miracle-Gro), we are looking for a Director, Compensation who will join our Human Resources team. This role will be reporting to the SVP, Global Compensation & Benefits, and working closely with our VP, Human Resources.

You will be responsible for the compensation program operations, and the impact it has on the global enterprise. You will utilize your advanced knowledge of compensation programs and strategies, and in close collaboration with Human Resources partners, develop compensation solutions to help our business groups achieve their objectives. You will lead compensation programs, provide consultation and guidance, and drive the ongoing development and transformation of compensation programs for the enterprise as well as the business group's solutions.  

Proven experience directly leading compensation programs is key to your success in this role, but true success cannot be achieved without having a desire for problem-solving, the ability to face challenges head-on, developing creative solutions, and maintaining flexibility in all situations.  

What you’ll do in this role:

  • As a functional leader, you will collaborate with HR and business in the planning, development, implementation, and administration of compensation programs.

  • Understand the strategies, challenges, and opportunities of the business units you support, while maintaining an in-depth knowledge of the business's organizational structure, job functions, and skill requirements at each job level.

  • Leverage your working knowledge of the business to proactively develop compensation strategies that support the strategic and cultural objectives of the business.

  • Conduct financial impact analysis in cooperation with longer-term business planning processes.

  • Actively seek market intelligence; understand compensation trends for all functional roles and provide informed compensation solutions to your HR and business partners.

  • Ensure compensation programs are administered in a fair and equitable manner supported by company policies, applicable federal and state regulations or legislation, including applicable wage and hour regulations, and Data Privacy and Protection Guidelines.

  • Address and advise executive leadership with a clear and defined point of view while influencing the financial impact analysis data into relatable and compelling support to drive compensation initiatives.

  • Ensure compensation programs continue to reflect the competitive landscape, market challenges, and talent needs while being proactive to anticipate what is coming...

  • Support the enterprise initiatives to drive continued education and transparency for all facets of compensation including coordination, communication, and execution of annual compensation activities, and advising management on compensation structures, programs, and specific actions for associates.

  • Partner with HR and the business to drive company-wide compensation change management, communications, and training.

  • Build strong partnerships and work collaboratively across all levels of the organization.

  • Be an objective listener who can leverage compensation experience and business savvy to drive creative solutions to meet business needs.

  • Manage complexity to deliver simple and actionable solutions.

  • Lead and influence in a matrixed organizational structure on key compensation topics.

What you’ll need to be successful:

  • Comfortability with leading, operating, and influencing in a matrixed environment.

  • Experience developing Hourly and Salaried compensation programs to meet the changing needs of the business and adapt to the competitive landscape.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of incentive plan practices and design, including commission-based programs

  • Proficiency with financial modeling and analytics to identify trends and root cause problems that lead to actionable solutions.

  • Possess the intellectual curiosity and “can do” mindset that proactively identifies opportunities, accepts challenges, and takes the initiative to find solutions that balance the needs of key stakeholders.

  • Experience with International pay practices, compensation design, and policies.

  • History of working with ex-pat and global mobility programs. Experience and knowledge working with federal & state regulations pertaining to compensation structure and design.

  • Strong Compliance background (FLSA, min-wage legislation, wage compliance, etc).

  • Effective project management and planning skills

  • Demonstrate flexibility to quickly adapt to changing priorities in a fast-paced work environment, while maintaining service commitments and quality.

  • Deep knowledge of HR Systems and related reporting (Workday experience is preferred).

  • Experience with compensation programs within the cannabis industry is preferred.

  • B.S. in business administration, accounting, finance, human resource management, or organizational development.

  • 10+ years of compensation experience with demonstrated increased responsibilities and achievement across various aspects of the compensation function.




Here at Hawthorne/ScottsMiracle-Gro, we believe providing an enriching and engaging employee experience is what sets us apart from other organizations. We recognize our employees are so much more than just their job title so we offer programs and benefits that support them in all aspects of their lives. Wondering how we do it? Below is a glimpse of our highlight reel…

  •  A flexible work environment provided through remote, hybrid, or in-person experiences best aligned with the business needs.

  • Our Live Total Health program provides you with options to align with your personal needs.  Selections range from medical, dental and vision coverage for you, your spouse/domestic partner, and dependents to an outstanding wellness reimbursement program to an unbelievable 401K match (up to 7.5%) as well as a 15% discount on company stock and much more

  • We know our talent is our most precious asset and your unique development contributes to our organization’s success now and in the future.  Career growth at our company is not always a ladder.  It’s much more like a rock climbing adventure.  Grow through exploration and experiences rather than a predictable linear path.

  • We value the importance of family. We provide access to Maven Family Planning and up to $30,000 to accommodate for adoption, fertility, and surrogacy.

  • Be part of something bigger by joining one of our Employee Resource Groups focusing on diversity and inclusion, family, education, and sustainability: Scotts Women’s Network, Scotts Black Employees’ Network, Scotts Veterans’ Network, Scotts Young Professionals, Scotts Pride Network (GroPride), Scotts Associates for a Greener Earth (SAGE), Scotts Family TREE and our Associate Boards.

  • Join a company with a strong belief in giving back to the communities where we live and work.  We have a shared passion for service and volunteerism and believe participating in community service benefits our communities and strengthen

Our commitment to LiveTotal Health puts the wellness and safety of our associates and their families as the top priority.  Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring associate safety has been a primary focus for all of us at Scott's. With the continuing pandemic, we remain committed to doing everything we can to keep our associates healthy and safe.   As such, we are requiring certain associates to get a COVID vaccine*. This safety measure will help protect our associates, our families, and our communities.  We recognize a medical or personal circumstance may prevent you from meeting this requirement and we have a process to address those concerns.

Not interested in this role? Check out our other career opportunities and learn more about what it’s like to work at Hawthorne Gardening Company by accessing our Talent Network: HGC Talent Network

The Hawthorne Gardening Company is a start-up company focused on hydroponic gardening. Dedicated to creating high-quality products founded in social and environmental responsibility. Backed by the largest lawn and garden company in the U.S. (Scotts Miracle-Gro, NYSE: SMG) we bring new ideas, values, and culture to our endeavors without the constraints of a large corporation. We are an energetic, progressive-minded, sustainability-focused group of highly-motivated individuals, eager to share our love of gardening with the world.

The brands and products within our portfolio include Sunlight Supply, General Hydroponics, General Organics, Vermicrop, Botanicare, AeroGarden, CanFilters, and Gavita Lighting.

Hawthorne Gardening Company is an EEO Employer, dedicated to a culturally diverse, drug-free workplace.

EEO/AA Employer/Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity

Notification to Agencies:

Please note that the Hawthorne Gardening Company does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Master Service Agreement, and specific approval to submit resumes to an approved requisition, the Hawthorne Gardening Company will not consider or approve payment regarding recruiter fees or referral compensations.

*Except where prohibited by state or local law