Benefits Manager

| New Orleans, LA

Benefits Manager


Job Summary:

The Benefits Manager is responsible for the overall management, design, communication, compliance, and administration of company health and welfare programs.


 Responsible for the design, management, and analysis of all benefit programs – health and welfare, retirement, life insurance, short and long-term disability, accident coverage, wellbeing, and voluntary plans

 Manage the company’s Postretirement Benefit Plan and communicate directly with Retirees

 Manage the benefits enrollment and administration processes including the annual open enrollment process, employee qualifying life events, and the new hire benefits orientation

 Continuously evaluate all benefits plans to ensure they are delivered within consideration of business needs, cost effective, competitive with industry standards, and meet the needs of both the company and employees

 Partner with Finance, IT, Legal, Payroll, HR, Risk and Tax to ensure compliance with internal processes, and regulations as well as RFP’s, contract renewals and plan amendments

 Manage the company’s leave of absence program and ensure the leave programs (FMLA and ADA) are managed in compliance with state and federal laws

 Develop strong partnerships with vendors to measure vendor performance and ensure that all benefit programs, including medical, dental, vision, FSA, HSA, life, disability, 401(k), etc., are managed appropriately and that vendors are held accountable to expectations

 Determine appropriate communication strategy to educate employees on benefit programs and changes

 Manage all federal, state, and local compliance, filings, reports, and audits related to the administration of the employee benefit programs, including ERISA, HIPPA, COBRA, ACA and FMLA Ensure all plan documents and Summary Plan Descriptions are complete and updated, 5500 filings are filed accurately and in a timely manner, discrimination testing has been conducted, and oversee annual plan audits

 Serve as an escalation resource for employees on all employee benefit issues

 Serve as primary back-up to the Payroll Manager and assist with Payroll projects as needed

Education and Experience:

– Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Business, Human Resources, or similar field

– Minimum of 5 years’ experience in benefits administration, compliance, and overall understanding of various employee benefits programs required

– Knowledge and experience in payroll administration preferred

– Demonstrated experience solving complex issues through quantitative and qualitative analysis

– Strong working knowledge of Workday and Microsoft products including Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook

– General knowledge of commonly used concepts, practices, and principles of Human Resources and Benefits.

Hours of Work:

 Typical hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

 This position requires overtime and occasional weekend work as job duties demand.

 Occasional travel may be necessary, sometimes with little or no advance notice.

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