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Benefits Manager

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Grant Thornton LLP.

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Grant Thornton is collaborative, entrepreneurial and on the move. As part of a dynamic global organization of 42,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, we have the agility and focus it takes to be a leader. Firm-Wide Health & Welfare Benefits Manager Job Description: The Health & Welfare Benefits Manager (HWM) serves as the subject matter expert on all health & welfare benefits, leave of absence programs and provides backup support for management of the firm\u2019s retirement benefit plans. In addition, the HWM takes an innovative, holistic approach to \u201cbenefits\u201d to including both traditional benefits and non-traditional offerings like wellbeing, mindfulness, and work-life integration strategies. The HWM will be excellent at delivering the standard benefits that people expect but also push the envelope in thinking about non-traditional benefits that will appeal to our evolving workforce. The HWM is responsible for collaborating across service lines (e.g., Finance & Accounting, IT, Communications, etc.) as well as other People & Culture operational and functional areas (Embedded HR Teams, Mobility Services, P&C Technology, National Talent Acquisition, Strategic Learning, Employee Relations, and Diversity & Inclusion), Communities of Expertise (CMoEs), and the National Service Line HR Business Partners in the execution of a business-aligned Total Rewards agenda. Reporting to the Director of Compensation and Benefits, the HWM works with Partners\/Functional Leaders and Regional HR\/Talent Director to support consistent delivery of health & welfare offerings across the various offices and ensures vendor solutions are delivered with excellence to meet these needs. The HWM is responsible for delivering \u201chigh touch\u201d people experiences related to benefit matters, including the experience delivered during new hire onboarding communication of benefits, responding to benefit related employee issues, and general health & welfare programs for the firm. This role is critical in executing ensuring compliance with all benefit regulatory and reporting matters, maintaining up-to-date benefit plan documents, firm leave policy documents, managing vendor relationships, and providing exceptional internal support across our People & Culture Community and our Firm. Core Responsibilities: \u00b7 Bec ome knowledgeable and supportive of the strategy and business priorities of the firm and ensure alignment of H&W strategy to those of the firm. \u00b7 Uses data and metrics to make critical decisions; identifies patterns and reports findings & trends. \u00b7 Supports the execution of the firm strategy by providing leadership, creative vision and project management in the design, implementation and administration of a holistic H&W platform that includes traditional benefits as well as innovative strategies like wellbeing, mindfulness and work-life integration strategies that support the \u201cwhole self\u201d and align with and support our employment brand proposition. \u00b7 Manages plan compliance risk management and other regulatory compliance matters in collaboration with ERISA counsel, broker\/consultants, vendors, and P&C Leadership. \u00b7 Partners with Talent Acquisition and Embedded Service Delivery leaders to ensure effective and consistent messaging of programs to partners, employees and new hires. \u00b7 Manages, mentors, and coaches staff within his\/her scope. \u00b7 Ensures quality in the delivery of all products \u00b7 Implement effective communication and education strategies with leadership and employees regarding holistic work\/life solutions and total rewards aligning with the employment brand \u00b7 Ensure proper documentation and housing of plan procedures and documents, including annual updates of H&W Cafeterian plan documents, policy documents, notices, etc. \u00b7 Ensures compliance with federal and state regulations and firm policies surrounding leaves of absence \u00b7 Support C&B Director in managing H&W budget \u00b7 Work with C&B Director, brokers\/consultants on plan design recommendations, vendor management, vendor renewals and pricing\/claims projections \u00b7 Continually evaluate the effectiveness of the benefit programs, practices, and procedure. Participate in the design and lead administration of life, health, and disability insurance programs, voluntary benefits. \u00b7 Develop, propose, and implement new employee benefit programs to capitalize on competitive opportunities. \u00b7 Responsible for compliance with all legal requirements of various employee benefit programs. \u00b7 Responsible for supervision of vendors including benefits consultants, brokers, trustees, etc. May make recommendations for vendor changes and\/or collaborate on vendor selection. \u00b7 Completion and review of annual 5500 filings, non-discrimination testing and other compliance reporting requirements \u00b7 Direct employee benefit administration and escalated problem solving. Qualifications Qualifications (Personal Characteristics, Skills\/Abilities, Academic): The ideal candidate will be: \u00b7 A business-minded people leader with several years of increasingly responsible Health & Welfare positions with demonstrated ability to thrive in a culture that is collaborative, service-oriented, and consultative. \u00b7 A functional Health & Welfare specialist who delivers services with a pragmatic approach to business partnership and operations. \u00b7 An outstanding coach and mentor with engaging and approachable personality. Will have experience working successfully with all levels of staff, from front-line through senior executive. \u00b7 Experience in prioritization and negotiation with demonstrated ability to be effective in supporting multiple business leaders\/ partners working across different business units. \u00b7 Highly collaborative and action-oriented, with strong communication skills; someone who can build collaborative relationships across a matrixed organization. \u00b7 Confident and strong personal initiative as someone who is willing to get into the details, roll up their sleeves, and do whatever it takes to get the job done. \u00b7 Operationally focused with ability to think creatively and deliver tactically. \u00b7 Metrics-focused with ability and history of using analytics to solve problems and develop solutions. The Ideal Candidate Will Possess: \u00b7 Bachelor\u2019s degree in related field \u00b7 PHR or SPHR certification and prior Health & Welfare consulting experience preferred \u00b7 Demonstrated experience in implementing Health & Welfare strategies. \u00b7 Demonstrated experience in defining and implementing detailed Health & Welfare business processes. \u00b7 Strong verbal and written communication & presentation skills. \u00b7 A reputation for discretion, integrity, judgment, responsiveness, strong attention to detail and common sense. \u00b7 Past experience functioning as an Health & Welfare Manager, ideally in a matrixed environment within a services industry a plus. \u00b7 Experience in managing, mentoring and developing a team of Health & Welfare practitioners \u00b7 Solid PC skills with proficiency in MS Office. \u00b7 Ability to travel on occasion.

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The people in the independent firms of Grant Thornton International Ltd provide personalized attention and the highest quality service to public and private clients in more than 100 countries. Grant Thornton LLP is the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd, one of the six global audit, tax and advisory organizations. Grant Thornton International Ltd and its member firms are not a worldwide partnership, as each member firm is a separate and distinct legal entity.

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