Senior Benefits Specialist
Solenis is a leading global producer of specialty chemicals for water-intensive industries, including the pulp, paper, oil and gas, chemical processing, mining, biorefining, power and municipal markets. The company's product portfolio includes a broad array of process, functional and water treatment chemistries as well as state-of-the-art monitoring and control systems. These technologies are used by customers to improve operational efficiencies, enhance product quality, protect plant assets and minimize environmental impact. Headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, the company has 41 manufacturing facilities strategically located around the globe and employs a team of approximately 5,200 professionals in 120 countries across five continents. For additional information about Solenis, please visit www.solenis.com |Twitter | LinkedIn.
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The Senior Benefits Specialist is responsible for providing analytical and project management support for various benefit initiatives at Solenis. In this role, the incumbent will have the unique opportunity to assist in building of a dynamic benefits function for Solenis. This position performs a variety of benefits program activities, including but not limited to benefit program analysis, assists with benefit program design, implementation and communication, regulatory compliance and education. Project management experience is helpful. Responsibilities also include partnering with internal team members and other third-party vendors to manage the completion of the day-to-day benefits processing tasks. This position is responsible for engaging with employees and HR team members on benefits related activities and inquiries. This role is recognized as a technical expert in benefits and responsible for leading the execution of benefits strategies and programs in the Americas region.
Supports the design of employee benefit programs by examining and evaluating program design, employee preferences, external benchmarking, costs, regulatory requirements, and competitive advantage. Ensures benefits programs balance competitiveness with affordability.
Partners with the Total Rewards Leader, Americas and broker/consultant in the implementation of new plans. Leads the setup and testing of system requirements to administer plans, manages annual open enrollments and ensures seamless of day-to-day benefit program administration.
Collects, analyzes, and summarizes benefits data and trends of competitor companies. Determines benefit practices and market prevalence by researching best practices; industry and employment trends; tracking legislation and assessing organizational impact.
Performs benefits administration tasks, including but not limited to, benefit calculations and payout processing, reconciliation of benefits accounts, preparation of wire transfers/funding for various plans, verification and maintenance of statistical data relative to premiums, claims, and costs; processing of employer health savings account (HSA) contributions, coordination of defined benefit plan accruals, and leave of absence support.
Prepares and maintains benefit-specific reports, verifies accuracy and distributes as appropriate. Tracks and monitors reports sent by vendors and carriers. Monitors and flags potential issues on reports issued by vendors on various programs. Researches, analyzes and evaluates benefits data from under all programs for the entire employee population.
Drives operational excellence in the benefits function by identifying and developing alternative methods for optimizing and streamlining related processes and procedures. Focuses on increased efficiencies and improvement of benefits related processes.
Serves as a 'super user' of benefit systems and tools in order to identify best practices, assesses functionality and system requirements, and recommends process improvements as applicable. Ensures data integrity for all benefits processes and programs.
Partners with global HR team members, recruiters, and management to ensure benefits programs are administered correctly and aligned with company-wide strategic goals and best. Consults cross functional partners and the business on benefits strategy, policies and programs.
Works with benefits carriers and vendors to resolve complex, non-routine benefits-related requests/issues to closure such as appeals, vendor problems, domestic relations/court orders, etc.
Maintains in-depth knowledge of benefits policies and procedures as well as relevant industry practices. Supports new employee orientation sessions to relay benefits plan and policy information.
Develops and builds global benefits knowledge and expertise proactively to identify new trends, concepts and execute future strategies to enhance benefits programs. Stays updated on changes in legislation affecting employee benefits and partners with corporate legal counsel as necessary to interpret statutory changes.
Audits and research benefit programs by gathering data from a variety of data sources and systems. Prepares information and conducts audits/tests to ensure plans and processes are in compliance with internal and external requirements. Provides support for annual audits of benefit plans as needed.
Supports and/or leads special projects as directed. Conducts ad hoc analyses as applicable. Provides surge support for critical HR initiatives as needed.
Bachelor's degree from an accredited college.
Minimum 5-7 years of related benefits experience.
CEBS certification preferred.
Knowledge/experience analyzing benefit programs including 401(k), Retirement, Health & Welfare and Wellness.
Experienced practitioner in the administration and evaluation of benefits programs, exhibiting knowledge of benefits principles and practices. Recognized as a technical expert in benefits practices and programs.
Excellent computer and technical skills, including demonstrated experience with MS Office and HRIS.
Strong organization/project management skills. Demonstrated ability to manage multiple assignments/projects, timelines and to identify project interdependencies, resource needs, potential risks/pitfalls and mitigation plans. Recognized as an integrator and solution provider.
Strong communication and presentation skills. Demonstrated experience in preparing and delivering presentations that convey key concepts and outline recommendations to various levels of management.
Excellent problem solving and continuous improvement skills.
Ability to be both an effective team player and self-starter.
At Solenis, we understand that our greatest asset is our people. That is why we offer competitive compensation, comprehensive benefits and numerous opportunities for professional growth and development. So, if you are interested in working for a world-class company and enjoy solving complex challenges, whether in the lab or the field, consider joining our team.
For the protection of our employees, customers, and community, as a condition of employment, all new hires must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and must provide proof of vaccination prior to starting employment with the company unless a valid exemption applies.
Solenis is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer, including Minorities / Women/ Veterans / Disabled.
Solenis is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.
Should you require assistance in applying to this opportunity, please reach out to Solenis Talent Acquisition at 1-888-756-2701.