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US Benefits Specialist

Date Posted: Jul 19
Type: Contract
Wage: 45-50
Job Number: 7160
Location: Unpublished

TITLE: HR Benefits Specialist
CLIENT: Energy | Oil and Gas
LOCATION: Houston Texas
TYPE: Contract
SALARY or RATE: 45-50/hr
URGENCY: ASAP
SUMMARY:

Currently seeking an experienced Benefits Specialist for a short-term assignment supporting our Benefits team based out of Houston, Texas. This is a contract position and is temporary in nature, with a planned contract duration of 6 months in order to provide additional support in the areas of US health and wellness benefits as well as support with retirement benefit plans including administration of all plans, analysis and auditing of records.

The role will report to the Benefits Supervisor and may be assigned to projects supporting an ongoing implementation of new benefits enrollment system (such as testing and supporting roll out efforts). The role may also include employee inquiries and will also interface with numerous vendors whom fall under the responsibility of the Benefits team.

DUTIES:

• Administer US-based benefits programs, including Health, Dental, Vision, Basic Life, Supplemental Life, Short-Term Disability, Long-Term Disability, Travel and Accident insurance, Flexible Spending Account and Retirement plans
• Research employee benefits plans and vendors to identify those that present the best value. Coordinates with the international compensation and benefits team.
• Design, recommend and implement new benefits programs. Examine possible plan designs and benefits cost changes.
• Analyze current benefits, evaluating the use, services, coverage, effectiveness, cost, plan experience and competitive trends in benefits programs, and identify the company's stance
• Negotiate with vendors and administrators for best plans, options, and rates
• Prepares reports of data results, presenting and explaining findings to senior leadership.
• Survey industry trends. Complete benefits surveys and review information obtained from the results. Analyze complex benefits information. Forecast trends and assist with future benefits designs. Develop specific recommendations for review by management
• Coordinate daily benefits processing. Handle enrollments, COBRA, terminations, changes, beneficiaries, disability, accident and death claims, rollovers, QDROs, QMCSOs, distributions, loans, hardships, and compliance testing
• Facilitates maintenance of employee benefits files, maintain group benefits database and update employee payroll records.
• Ensure compliance with applicable government regulations. Ensure timeliness and accuracy of required reporting and fees
• Maintains knowledge of legal and regulatory changes, trends, and other developments affecting retirement and other benefit plans.
• Track group health and dental claims monthly and review quarterly.
• Monitor administrative costs of benefits programs and recommend cost containment strategies, including alternative methods for administration and funding.
• Perform plan audits. Prepare, collect, and organize data for actuarial assessments. Review data in conjunction with actuarial evaluation task forces
• Document and maintain administrative procedures for assigned benefits processes
• Provide customer service support to internal and external customers. Develop communication tools to enhance understanding of the company's benefits package
• Design and distribute materials for benefits orientations, open enrollment, and summary plan descriptions. Provide training and support to employees and the larger human resources team
• Perform additional duties and responsibilities as assigned


REQUIREMENTS:

• 4 to 7 years of related benefits or employee benefits analyst experience
• Computer proficiency and technical aptitude with the ability to use Microsoft products, including PowerPoint; experience with HRIS and benefits databases
• Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with knowledge of plan designs
• Ability to work effectively in a team environment
• Must be able to work at a fast pace, possess high energy and manage multiple high priority projects to meet deadlines
• Strong communication and organization skills
• Thorough understanding of all pertinent federal and state regulations, filing and compliance requirements, both adopted and pending, affecting employee benefits programs, including ACA, ERISA, COBRA, FMLA, ADA, Section 125, HIPPA, IRS, and DOL requirements


EDUCATION:

• Bachelor’s degree in human resources or related field

ADDITIONAL “PERKS” TO CONSIDER:

Schedule

40 Hours per Week
o Monday – Thursday (9 Hours / Day)
o Friday (4 Hours / Day)
Hybrid work model
o Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday in office
o Wednesday and Friday remote option is available

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