Director, Benefits

GENERAL PURPOSE:

Research, develop, communicate, implement, and sustain cost-effective, quality benefits programs that are industry and market competitive; work with executive leadership in the development of the Company’s benefit plans and programs with a focus on creating a healthier workforce and controlling future health plan cost increases.; manage brokers, carriers and other partners who administer benefits programs to ensure quality and compliance.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
  • Evaluate new programs and market trends for potential application to Ross. Assess the competitiveness of all programs and practices against industry standards and comparable companies.
  • Establish annual priorities and overall strategic direction, ensuring that all benefits and retirement programs are aligned with the Company’s annual and long-term strategic objectives. Provide the tactical strategy to implement new benefits programs and ensure efficient ongoing operations of existing programs.
  • Lead and develop team of benefits professionals focused on heath and welfare wellness, and retirement programs strategy, design and administration.
  • Partner in selection and management of relationships with vendors, brokers and carriers, including monitoring of cost, service levels, processes, and accuracy of data.
o Monitor administrative costs and pricing of benefit programs and recommend cost-containment strategies.
o Evaluate effectiveness of medical management and other benefits programs.
o Oversee outsourced administration and operations of benefit and retirement plan.
  • Oversee the effective communication of the Company’s employee benefits plans and programs to optimize impact and understanding.
  • Ensue compliance with federal and state laws and regulations, including ERISA, COBRA, HIPAA, and FMLA; keep up-to-date on legal and legislative issues related to all benefit and retirement plans.
COMPETENCIES:
  • Business Acumen
  • Build Effective Teams
  • Plan, Align and Prioritize
  • Collaboration
  • Communicate Effectively
QUALIFICATIONS AND SPECIAL SKILLS REQUIRED:
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent relevant experience. 10 years specializing in Benefits and 5 years at the Director level in a company of similar or larger size preferred.
  • A forward-thinking and creative individual with excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills.
  • A strategic planner with sound business skills, analytical ability, good judgment and a strong operational focus.
  • Knowledge of government regulations as they apply to benefit plans.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS/ADA:

Job requires ability to work in an office environment, primarily on a computer.
Requires sitting, standing, walking, hearing, talking on the telephone, attending in-person meetings, typing, and working with paper/files, etc.
Consistent timeliness and regular attendance.
Vision requirements: Ability to see information in print and/or electronically.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Benefits Manager
Benefits Supervisor
Sr. Benefits Analyst

DISCLAIMER:

This job description is a summary of the primary duties and responsibilities of the job and position. It is not intended to be a comprehensive or all-inclusive listing of duties and responsibilities. Contents are subject to change at management’s discretion.

Ross is an equal employment opportunity employer. We consider individuals for employment or promotion according to their skills, abilities and experience. We believe that it is an essential part of the Company’s overall commitment to attract, hire and develop a strong, talented and diverse workforce. Ross is committed to complying with all applicable laws prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, religious creed, age, national origin, ancestry, physical, mental or developmental disability, sex (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding), veteran status, military status, marital or registered domestic partnership status, medical condition (including cancer or genetic characteristics), genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, as well as any other category protected by federal, state or local laws.
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