Benefits Manager
National Interstate Insurance Company - Richfield, OH

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Established in 1989, National Interstate is one of the leading specialty property and casualty insurance companies in the country. We offer more than 30 different insurance products, including traditional insurance, innovative alternative risk transfer (ART) programs for commercial companies and insurance for specialty vehicle owners. We are able to provide innovative and customized insurance products because of the talented and dedicated members of our team. National Interstate employs over 500 employees in offices in Northeast Ohio, PA, HI, and MO.


The primary responsibilities of this position include but are not limited to; developing, communicating, implementing, and managing cost-effective quality health & welfare and retirement programs that are industry and market competitive to contribute to recruitment and retention of high performing individuals. Maintains metrics on benefit costs and trends, prepares recommendations for improvements and cost-saving measures; implements open enrollment process and all other benefit communications. Provides oversight and vendor management for all benefit programs and providers. Develops, administers, and communicates all compensation-related programs.
  • Develop, manage, and analyze health and welfare claims, utilization, administration and premium cost data to monitor effectiveness of existing programs.
  • Quantifies and analyzes financial trends for the projection and explanation of future health and welfare costs.
  • Conduct annual benefit renewal process with broker including; review and negotiation of proposals, administrative fees and other vendor charges in conjunctions with outsourcing partners.
  • Design communication materials which accurately and creatively communicate benefit changes, additions, and enhancements to employees.
  • Manages all aspect of 401(k) plan administration: annual non-discrimination testing, efficiencies of 401(k) recordkeeping platform, vendor liaison, and managing IRS Form 5500 preparation/submission.
  • Participates in due diligence and integration of all acquisitions. Provides analysis and project management for integration of acquired companies, including plan closures, risk assessment, and other activities.
  • Manage compensation survey participation to collect and analyze salary information to determine company’s competitive position in job market.
  • Provide guidance on pay decisions, policy and guidelines interpretation, and job descriptions specific to compensation-related programs.
  • Responsible for day-to-day management of payroll to ensure process is both accurate and timely, meeting time constraints and deadlines.
  • Manages all aspects of workers compensation, unemployment, disability, and leave programs.
  • Keep apprised of federal, state, and local benefit & compensation laws and regulations.
  • Leads a strategically focused team that works effectively, collaboratively and creatively with individuals and teams throughout the organization.
  • Oversees and reviews all monthly billing statements from benefit providers.
  • Responsible for continuously expanding and updating professional knowledge, skills and competencies to enhance individual innovation and productivity.
  • Performs other duties as required.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources or equivalent educational field. Industry certification a plus (CEBS or CBP).
  • Minimum ten years of increasing responsibility in benefits role in a mid-size corporate environment, demonstrating a thorough knowledge of health and welfare benefit plans (self-funded) and 401(k) regulations; plan design, legal requirements and best practices.
  • Strong knowledge of compensation design techniques, methods, programs and plans including regulatory requirements, executive and incentive compensation.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage payroll process and meet accuracy standards.
  • Strong project management skills; the ability to document and communicate project plans, monitor work in process, achieve project milestones, and drive results for others to understand.
  • Strong organization skills with the ability to collaborate with people and on projects to attain and grow effective partnerships with all functions and meet the needs of the business.
  • Demonstrated experience working in due diligence and integration of acquisitions strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrates the ability to extract data, manipulate and develop reports and metrics from various data sources.
  • This position has supervisory responsibilities. The position may involve coaching and training of other department members and other employees.

  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as third-party contracts, procedure manuals, and federal employment law guidelines, such as ERISA and HIPPA.

  • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.

  • Ability to communicate effectively before groups of employees of the organization and in one-on-one settings with employees of all grade levels.

  • Must have strong analytical and reasoning skills.

  • Must be able to interpret policies, perform analytical research, and make sound decisions using good judgment. Typically uses governing documents such as plan documents and the employee handbook in these processes.

  • Travel Requirements: 1-10%

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