As the Benefits Manager, the incumbent will be responsible for ensuring the benefits programs are aligned to attract, retain and motive its people, and to help achieve its business goals and vision. The role reports to the head of Total Rewards and is located in Chicago, IL.
Recommends design, manages administration and implementation on full scope of benefit plans (medical, Rx, vision, dental, life, AD&D, FSA, disability, and defined contribution plans).
Leads benefits planning to address benefits strategy, budget, contracts, projects, legal requirements, and processing and system improvements.
Analyzes market trends, design concepts and benchmarks programs to identify streamlining opportunities and cost/value improvements.
Works closely with benefit broker to manage plan design, vendor relations, service requirements, negotiations and selections to meet the various needs of a benefits plan.
Manages full cycle of open enrollment (design, approval, implementation, schedules and leads employee meetings, and coordinates the employee elections).
Prepares communication plan, draft and send employee communications, respond to inquiries, etc.
Manage the company’s retirement plan (administration, communications) and partners with Finance on investment strategies.
Develops and manages an integrated wellness program to support employees and dependents.
Remains up-to-date on regulatory requirements.
Manages the Company’s benefit plans with proper financial controls, accurate records, and compliant procedures (including leading the annual audit of the plans).
Manage the maintenance of the systems used to support the benefits operations, working closely with the HRIS and Payroll.
Minimum of 10 years’ experience in a dedicated HR role, with at least 5 years focused primarily on Benefits, certification is a plus.
BA/BS degree required.
Must be well-versed in Benefits and regulatory requirements across the US, with experience working in a multi-state environment
Strong aptitude for understanding business needs and creating programs to meet those business objectives.
Use change management techniques.
Strong analytic, quantitative, advance computer skills, especially with MS Excel.
Excellent communication skills required.
Ability to deal with ambiguity and work within a rapidly changing environment
Self-starter with a high level of persistence and strong results focus.
Demonstrated strong collaboration and project management skills.