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job families

In addition to family-specific job titles, this approach can serve to optimise personnel development by designing a dedicated competency model. Further HR processes such as personnel planning or personnel marketing can be geared to the needs of these job clusters which makes job families a useful variable in statistical analysis, reporting and HR controlling.

Also referred to as occupation families, job families allow similar professions to exist in different parts of an organisation. It means position clusters cannot be derived solely from the organisational chart.

Depending on company strategy, job families can also be the basis for differences in the remuneration policy. Typically, remuneration of sales functions differs from other functions - there’s a different pay mix with a higher variable pay.

Separate pay bands can be modelled for particular high-demand occupations. If and when this is recommendable should be checked in each individual case.

Job families can be defined at any level of detail and typically the process follows the existent or planned categories of functions. The more heterogeneous the positions in a job family, the more sense it makes to further segment them into sub-families.

Job families can also be referred to as occupation families, depending on the organisation. Same or similar professions can exist in different parts of an organisation, thus position clusters often cannot be derived solely from the organisational chart only.

gradar’s Global Job Families

We have based gradar's 138 global job families on an analysis of the most used benchmark jobs from ‘general industry’, ‘high-tech’ and ‘retail’ compensation surveys. This list is expanded to incorporate specific industries such as ‘insurance’ and ‘retail banking’:

Business Administration
  • Office Clerks
  • Receptionist / Switchboard
  • Secretarial / Business Assistance
  • Other Business Administration Disciplines
Corporate Affairs
  • Internal Communications
  • Investor Relations
  • Public Relations
  • Government Relations
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Other Corporate Affairs Disciplines
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
Customer Service
  • Technical Customer Service
  • Non Technical Customer Service
  • Call Centre
  • Other Customer Service Disciplines
  • Complaints Management
  • Field Service
Engineering
  • Civil / Construction Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electronics Engineering
  • Technicians / Skilled Trade
  • Application Engineering (Automotive)
  • Calculation / Simulation Engineering (Automotive)
  • Prototype Engineering (Automotive)
  • Testing and Measuring Engineering (Automotive)
  • Sales Engineering (Automotive)
  • Trial / Test / Verification Engineering (Automotive)
  • Structural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Other Engineering Disciplines
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
Finance
  • Accounting
  • Bookkeeping
  • Credit / Collections
  • Controlling / Financial Analysis
  • Financial / Business Audit
  • Tax
  • Treasury
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Other Finance Disciplines
Human Resources
  • Recruitment
  • Compensation and Benefits
  • Learning and Development
  • Training
  • HR Service Centre
  • HR Information / Management Systems
  • Payroll
  • Safety / Health / Environment
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Other HR Disciplines
  • HR Business Partner
Information Technology
  • IT Administration
  • IT Network Architecture / Planning
  • IT Network Administration
  • IT Helpdesk
  • IT Security
  • Other Information Technology Disciplines
  • IT Architecture
Legal Services
  • Legal Support
  • Other Legal Services Disciplines
Marketing
  • Market Research
  • Product Management
  • Pricing
  • Product / Marketing Communications
  • Brand Marketing
  • Trade Marketing
  • E-Commerce Marketing
  • Business Development
  • Other Marketing Disciplines
  • Advertising
  • Event and Venue Management
  • Localization and Translation
  • Promotions
Production
  • Maintenance
  • Quality / Product Testing
  • Other Production Disciplines
  • Production & Maintenance Planning
Product Development
  • Other Product Development Disciplines
Project Management
  • IT Project Management
  • Project Management (external)
  • Business Consulting Project Management (external)
  • IT Consulting Project Management (external)
  • Other Project Management Disciplines
  • Agile- / Scrum-Master
  • Product-Owner
Process Management
  • Other Process Management Disciplines
Real Estate / Facility Management
  • Real Estate Management
  • Facility Management
  • Design and Construction
  • Site Selection / Acquisition
  • Other Real Estate / Facility Management Disciplines
Research and Development
  • Other Research and Development Disciplines
  • Life Science
  • Physical Science
  • Safety and Compliance
  • Laboratory Services
  • Geoscience
  • Seismology
  • Materials Science and Research
  • Metallurgy
Sales
  • Key Account Management
  • Sales Support / Administration
  • Sales Effectiveness
  • Sales Training
  • Sales Engineering
  • Other Sales Disciplines
  • Channel Sales
  • Media Sales
  • Pharma Sales
Software Development
  • Requirements Engineering
  • ERP Configuration / Customisation
  • Database Development
  • Software Testing
  • Other Software Development Disciplines
  • Software Architecture
Supply Chain Management
  • Purchasing / Procurement
  • Materials Management
  • Logistics
  • Warehousing
  • Other Supply Chain Management Disciplines
Website Development
  • Web Analytics
  • Web Content Management
  • Search Engine Optimisation
  • Webdesign / Graphic-Design
  • Website / Online-systems Administration
  • UI/UX Development
  • Other Website Development Disciplines
Retail
  • Loss Prevention
  • Merchandise Buying
  • Merchandise Management
  • Merchandise Planning and Allocation
  • Multi-Store Management
  • Product Design Creative
  • Product Design Technical
  • Store Cashier / Checkout
  • Store Department Management
  • Store Management
  • Store Operations
  • Store Sales
  • Storeroom
  • Other Retail Disciplines
Visual Merchandising
  • Visual Merchandising Store Operations
  • Other Visual Merchandising Disciplines
Franchising
  • Franchise Management
  • Franchise Operations Support
  • Franchise Sales / Recruiting
  • Other Franchising Disciplines
Retail Banking
  • Retail Banking - Product Development
  • Retail Banking - Sales and Service
  • Retail Banking - Product Consulting
Consulting (external)
  • Business Consulting
  • Technology Consulting (Software Architecture)
  • Technology Consulting (Software Customizing)
  • Technology Consulting (Software Development)
  • Technology Consulting
  • Technical Product Support
  • Other External Consulting Disciplines
Insurance
  • Actuarial - Life
  • Actuarial - Non-Life
  • Claims - Life
  • Claims - Non-Life
  • Insurance Product Development
  • Underwriting - Life
  • Underwriting - Non-Life
  • Underwriting - Reinsurance
  • Other Insurance Disciplines
Healthcare / Medical Services
  • Healthcare Support
  • Hospice / Palliative Care
  • Childbirth / Midwifery
  • Clinical Administration / Operations
  • Intensive Care
  • Nursing
  • Physicians
  • Healthcare Quality Management
  • Surgeons
  • Healthcare Professionals (non-physician)
  • Medical Technology Support
  • Mental Health
  • Rehabilitation
  • Senior Living / Nursing Homes
  • Assisted Living
  • Resident Services
  • Social Services
  • Health Advice / Education
  • Health Informatics
  • Healthcare Reimbursement
  • Telemedicine
General Management
  • Operations Management
  • Other General Management Disciplines
  • Corporate Development
Data Science and Analysis
  • Other Data Science and Analysis Disciplines
Quality Management
  • Quality Assurance
  • Quality Control
  • Quality Planning
  • Other Quality Management Disciplines
Media and Entertainment
  • Other Media and Entertainment Disciplines
  • Journalism
  • Media Production
  • Publishing
  • Video Games
Municipal / Public Services
  • Courts
  • Education
  • Public Health / Safety
  • Public Administration
  • Public Transportation
  • Public Works / Utilities
NGO Operations
  • Disaster Management / Emergency Aid and Response
  • Documentation and Information Management
  • Education / Learning and Training
  • External Relations / Partnerships and Resource Mobilization
  • Fundraising / Grant Development
  • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
  • International Relations
  • Member Relations
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Policy and Advocacy
  • Political Affairs
  • Project and Programme Management
  • Public / Private Partnerships
  • Volunteer Services & Community Outreach
  • Internal Control and Risk Management
Universities / Higher (Tertiary) Education
  • Central Administration
  • Student Affairs
  • Libraries
  • Museums
  • Art Centers
  • Alumni Affairs
  • Athletics
  • Academic Operations

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