Benefits Manager
Lifetouch - Eden Prairie, MN

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Responsibilities · Manage the design, implementation, and administration of all benefit programs.

· Oversee the management of benefit plan vendors, including annual benefit vendor renewal and pricing.

· Evaluate company benefits programs for competitiveness and cost effectiveness. Complete analysis and recommend benefit plan changes to leadership.

· Provide management, direction and day-to-day guidance to benefits staff.

· Ensure compliance with all Federal and State laws governing employee benefits (e.g. HIPAA, COBRA, etc.) as well as government-mandated disclosures, reports and filings (e.g. Form 5500’s, Summary Plan Descriptions, Summary of Benefits and Coverage, etc.).

· Ensure effective communication of benefits information to plan participants regarding health and welfare benefit programs and plan changes.

· Serve as subject matter expert on all benefit plans, including assisting with resolving issues, answering plan design related questions, etc.

· Develop systems for collecting, tracking, and reporting benefits data.

Requirements Education :

· Bachelors degree in Human Resources, Business or related field

· CEBS (Certified Employee Benefits Spec.) designation preferred

· MBA preferred

Experience :

· 7+ years experience in benefits administration, with at least 5 years as manager of the function.

Other knowledge, skills, and abilities:

· Working knowledge of benefit laws COBRA, HIPAA, etc.

· Working knowledge of HRIS systems preferred.

· Strong leadership and influencing skills.

· Strategic thinking, with application to rewards and benefits processes/systems.

· Knowledge of plan funding & statistics, with excellent analytical skills.

· Demonstrated experience in negotiating benefit plans and managing benefits vendors.

· Proficiency in clarifying expectations for benefit systems applications (including spreadsheet, database and web-based software).

· Demonstrated experience as the leader in a team oriented work environment.

· Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite.

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