Benefits Specialist
SolarWorld - Hillsboro, OR

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Company/Position Overview:
Come Grow With Us!!
At SolarWorld, each and every one of our green-collar employees is helping to save the world by delivering clean energy from sand and sun. Our vision is simple; to make solar energy competitive and affordable for the average consumer. The SolarWorld group is dedicated to the core business of solar photovoltaic products and technology, operating production facilities in Germany and the USA. With the recent 500 MW expansion of our factory in Oregon, SolarWorld operates the largest solar cell and panel manufacturing site in North America.

Growth and innovation not only define our company, but also describe our employees – the foundation of our success. SolarWorld is dedicated to providing a work climate that promotes career growth, open communication and new ideas. To ensure employees’ success, we provide best-in-class benefits that focus on delivering quality of life and personal development. SolarWorld employees enjoy a minimum of 4 weeks of vacation (5 weeks for exempt) and continuing education reimbursements that pay up to 100% of education expenses for qualified collegiate level programs!

Our culture not only encourages, but also demands personal responsibility, diversity, and an entrepreneurial way of thinking. Come grow with us and build a successful career for yourself and feel good knowing that the work you do every day will build a better tomorrow!

About the Position
Reporting to the Total Rewards Manager, the Benefits Specialist is an employee-facing role. The position will provide outstanding customer service to SolarWorld employees in the area of benefits. The position requires a high-degree of knowledge in various areas of employee benefits and a solid history of employee support and benefits issue resolution. This position may also be assigned to other duties across the full-spectrum of Human Resources.

Job Accountabilities:
Primary responsibilities for this position include the following:
Administer the company's benefit programs including medical, dental, life, vision, disability, flex and health savings accounts, COBRA, education assistance and retirement programs
Plan, conduct and participate in selected benefit and compensation surveys, both locally and nationally; analyze surveys to determine market competitiveness
Provide outstanding customer service to employees to resolve their problems and questions related to Total Rewards.
Oversee planning and execution of annual benefits open enrollment and annual pay increase processes
Develop and provide detailed reports for budgeting, auditing and other purposes
Provide benefits and compensation training, overviews and employee communications sessions to help employees maximize SolarWorld's benefits offerings.
Interact with third party vendors for all benefits areas (e.g., health, dental, vision, 401k, worker's comp, STD, LTD, supplemental, COBRA) to ensure employees have easy access to services and have their questions answered quickly and efficiently.
Facilitate changes in processes to support continuous process improvement projects, both internally and with our vendors.
Maintain personnel records in accordance with legal requirements (HIPPA), particularly in the areas of health and other benefits-related information.
Assist with Wellness Team activities.
Attendance is a required function of this position.
Other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements:
The ideal candidate for this position brings an enthusiasm for saving the environment through our philosophy of sustainability – “clean energy from sand and sun”. All employees of SolarWorld must be able to operate in a fast-paced, high-growth work environment and be able to tolerate ambiguity as we develop processes and operate entrepreneurially to accomplish deliverables. Our employees relish a challenge and look forward to exercising creative freedom to accomplish new tasks.

The successful candidate will possess the following combination of experience, knowledge, and skills:
Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline (i.e., human resources) or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Customer-facing HR experience across an array of HR functions. Preference will be given to candidates with detailed knowledge and significant experience supporting employee benefits.
3-5 years minimum experience in HR as a Specialist or Generalist with prior experience in HR Support, Benefits, Health & Wellness functions. The position will be involved in supporting the full spectrum of employee benefits across the full employee lifecycle - from new hire orientation to termination.
Working knowledge of the details of health benefits and 401k. The successful candidate should be prepared to demonstrate effective resolution of employee concerns and issues with benefits.
Must have experience working with a variety of health insurance and risk management vendors.
Preference for prior experience with a web-based benefits management systems and experience with a robust HRIS for managing employment records, status changes, etc.
Working knowledge of the HR body of knowledge including benefits basics and related federal and state regulations. Additional preference given for CBP, PHR or similar relevant professional certification.
Proficient in Microsoft Office productivity tools such as Word, Excel and Power Point as well as web-based benefits management tools and HRIS systems.
Excellent written and verbal communications skills. Preference for candidates who have worked in a customer-facing HR position.
Demonstrated ability to achieve objectives by working in and with cross-functional and multi-cultural teams.
Ability to travel domestically for training and multi-site support and collaboration is required.

SolarWorld is an Equal Opportunity Employer – M/F/D/V/G.

All offers of employment are contingent upon a candidate’s successful completion of SolarWorld’s pre-employment drug testing, and background investigation, which includes employment, education and criminal histories.