ESTES EXPRESS LINES   RICHMOND, VA   Full-time     Human Resources
Posted on May 8, 2024
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Richmond, VA, United States

Job Summary:

The Principal Analyst, Compensation is responsible for developing targeted strategies and for administering company compensation programs, systems, and HR special projects in collaboration with key stakeholders, Estes internal customers, HR and team members. Leads, guides, coaches, and assists Compensation and HR team members in collaboration with management. This position reports to the Director, Compensation & Talent Analytics and has a medium to large degree of innovation, creativity and decision-making latitude required.

  • Under general guidance of the Director, the Principal Analyst performs a variety of impactful and complex technical duties relating to compensation and HR projects; through research of best practices and in collaboration with Estes internal customers and team members
  • Leads, guides, coaches, and assists team members as needed on Compensation related tasks and best practices.
  • Utilize and continue the development of complex databases to track and report on compensation/HR projects best practices and trends and/or support of programs, projects, problem identification and resolution
  • Research alternatives and prepares business cases and return on investment (ROI) for implementation of compensation/HR projects (e.g., Comp Program, Performance Management Process, Increase Cycles) and system strategies
  • Makes FLSA classification decisions and provides decision documentation and remedies for resolution and risk mitigation.
  • Leads annual Company Performance Adjustment (CPA) process in collaboration with Director and Executive Leadership, to include system implementation, analytics, required exception documentation, and recommendations on budgets, step increases, geo-differential movement, mileage rates, and timelines.
  • Translates market factors into business solutions through a keen understanding of the business and market conditions
  • Enhances analytics’ capabilities for Human Resources and Estes overall
  • Regularly audits compensation related business processes to identify legal liability and opportunities for improvement. Recommends and implements solutions.
  • Collaborates with HRIS/other experts to implement technological solutions in order to streamline processes and improve quality of results. Partner with experts and key stakeholders to drive development of business/system requirements, design discussions, test cases/test plans and application enhancements for implementation.
  • Regular attendance is required.
  • This is not an all-inclusive list of job requirements and/or duties and may not contain all mental and physical capabilities necessary to perform the job at all times due to circumstances. Operational, safety and other needs may require the employee to perform any and all other duties as assigned. Employees are expected, and must be able to perform all such duties and tasks.


  • Bachelor’s degree highly preferred or any combination of education and experience which would provide an equivalent background; Master’s Degree highly preferred
  • Minimum of 5 years of progressive previous experience in Compensation required. Strong knowledge of mathematical and financial principles required.
  • 5 years’ leadership experience; role model, coach, mentor required
  • Professional Compensation Certification (World at Work, etc) Highly preferred.
  • Proven ability to manage/lead complex cross-functional projects required
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and maintain confidentiality of all critical and sensitive compensation - related information required
  • Ability to influence key stakeholders’ decision making required
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, to include Excel, Word, Power Point and Outlook required
  • Ability to build reports in excel using all functions such as pivot tables and graphs required. Previous experience using PowerBI preferred.
  • Ability to understand, interpret, write, and implement policies and procedures required.
  • Excellent verbal, listening, written and presentation communication skills with the ability to network at all levels across Estes required
  • High level of professionalism, results orientation and customer focus required
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail with the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment under tight time constraints required
  • Must be able to comply with all company policies, rules, procedures and Code of Conduct
  • Must be able to interact well with others
  • Must be able to work independently, or in a team setting
  • Must be capable of working under tight time constraints in a high volume environment with multiple priorities
  • Responds well to questions; Ability to read, interpret and comply with written information and documents such as safety rules, operations / procedure manuals and maintenance instructions with a high comprehension and concentration level to include the ability to meet deadlines
  • Must pass a pre-employment drug screen, random drug and/or alcohol tests, and will be subject to a criminal history background check
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States

Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. The employee is frequently required to sit and use hands to finger, handle, or feel or operate computers and other standard office equipment. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, lift, twist, turn and reach with hands and arms. The employee must be capable of lifting a minimum of 20 lbs., or more if required by the essential functions of the job.

Work Environment:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment ranges from quiet to loud as required by the essential functions of the job.



  • Job Identification2890
  • Job Category Human Resources
  • Posting Date0 5/03/2024, 01:09 PM
  • Locations Home Office - Richmond, VA
  • Job Schedule Full time
  • Pay Range$65,500 - $102,400 / year

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About Estes

Estes is the largest, privately owned freight carrier in North America. As an asset-based transportation provider with a global footprint, Estes always goes the extra mile to deliver reliable freight solutions and exceptional service that keep its customers coming back. Ethical and honest, with nearly a century of freight shipping expertise, Estes has worked through the decades to build a robust fleet and vast network of over 10,000 doors and 280 terminals. And the company’s comprehensive transportation solutions are backed by its continued investment in technology resources, as well as the support of more than 22,000 fiercely committed employees. Estes offers comprehensive freight shipping solutions, including Less Than Truckload (LTL), Volume LTL and Truckload, Time Critical Guaranteed, Custom Shipping and Logistics, and Final Mile. 

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We Are Estes Strong 

Our mission at Estes is to deliver responsive freight solutions so our employees and customers can focus on what matters most. It is that type of commitment, along with plenty of hard work, that keeps us going strong as America’s largest privately owned carrier after 90 years in business. At our core is a family-inspired culture built on integrity and trust that drives the way we work. What does it mean to be Estes Strong? Just ask any of our 22,000 teammates. We work together to overcome challenges with courage, grit, and determination. Are you ready to be part of the Strength of Estes.


EEO statement:

Estes values a diverse workforce and affirmatively promotes a company culture that embraces the concept that outcomes are improved when our workforce is made up of people with different viewpoints. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran or any other characteristic protected by law. Come find your new career at! Applications are accepted online only through this website. If you need an accommodation to apply, call the number on the website.