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Job Description Benefits Manager

Short Description:

Develop or recommend benefits plans for the organization. Implement programs and procedures. May manage junior benefits staff. Negotiate plans and prices with benefits vendors. Oversee programs for conformance with government regulations.

Duties / Responsibilities:

  • Design, evaluate and modify benefits policies to ensure that programs are current, competitive and in compliance with legal requirements.
  • Analyze compensation policies, government regulations, and prevailing wage rates to develop competitive compensation plan.
  • Fulfill all reporting requirements of all relevant government rules and regulations, including the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).
  • Direct preparation and distribution of written and verbal information to inform employees of benefits, compensation, and personnel policies.
  • Administer, direct, and review employee benefit programs, including the integration of benefit programs following mergers and acquisitions.
  • Plan, direct, supervise, and coordinate work activities of subordinates and staff relating to employment, compensation, labor relations, and employee relations.
  • Identify and implement benefits to increase the quality of life for employees, by working with brokers and researching benefits issues.
  • Manage the design and development of tools to assist employees in benefits selection, and to guide managers through compensation decisions.
  • Prepare detailed job descriptions and classification systems and define job levels and families, in partnership with other managers.
  • Prepare budgets for personnel operations.

Skills / Requirements / Qualifications

  • Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Data base user interface and query software — Clayton Wallis CompGeo Online Professional Forecast Library; Microsoft Access; O*NET OnLine *; Salary.com
  • Document management software — Actuarial Systems Corporation Document Generation and Management System; Document management system software
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software — Lawson software; PeopleSoft Enterprise Human Capital Management; SAP ERP Human Capital Management; SAP software
  • Human resources software — Actuarial Systems Corporation AIM; Humanic Design Human Resources Management System; Workscape Outsourced Employee Benefits Administration; Xactly Compel
  • Time accounting software — ADP Enterprise eTime; Kronos Workforce Timekeeper; Sage Abra.

Job Zones

  • Considerable Preparation Needed
  • Education: Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
  • Related Experience: A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
  • Job Training: Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
  • Job Zone Examples: Many of these occupations involve coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, database administrators, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and special agents.
  • Specific Vocational Preparation in years: (7.0 to < 8.0)

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