Life at Deloitte

Debbie Cook

Senior Reward Manager

Debbie works in Human Resources and is based in our Milton Keynes office.

What do my team and I do?

I’m part of the team which is responsible for the firm’s reward and remuneration strategy. My team and I work closely with the Client Service HR teams to provide advice, support and guidance on how to implement the reward and remuneration policies within the businesses they look after. It’s equally important that we ensure our reward strategy supports their businesses’ strategies, so it is an open dialogue. In addition, the team is responsible for providing the tools and data to help the CSHR teams ensure the smooth running of pay reviews, that we are aligned to our reward principles, and are up to speed with changing legislation

Where does my team fit?

We are the Centre of Excellence for Reward. We sit within the central HR function.

How does my role make an impact that matters with Deloitte?

We are a professional services organisation so our people are our main asset. We need to make sure our total remuneration package is right for each and every individual who works here. What we do is the starting block.

My biggest accomplishment.

Being a working mum. I don’t feel I have sacrificed either my career or being a mum; I’m enjoying both. Deloitte has been very supportive; I’ve worked part-time, full time, worked at home and even worked school hours and my career has continued to go from strength to strength.

What I’m most proud of at Deloitte?

Consolidating my career as a reward specialist. I’ve been in HR for twenty years, nearly half of which has been in Reward and I’m still keen to learn more. Reward never sits still. Whether it’s a changing economy, new technology, changes in legislation or new business strategy, the breadth of activity I’m involved with keeps it interesting. It’s a big arena and I’ve had the opportunity to grow and develop my role which I don’t think I would have achieved elsewhere.

My favourite part of the job.

When I worked as a HR generalist, it was always the analytical side of my role that I enjoyed the most. Specialising in Reward was a natural fit for me. I’ve been lucky as the Reward market outside London isn’t huge and yet here I have a really meaty role working for an organisation with a great brand name.

Something more about me.

I play for the Milton Keynes Deloitte netball team. It is great fun and a good way to get to know people who I wouldn’t ordinarily come into contact with in my role. I enjoy it so much that I now play competitively in a local league.

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