This position is a unique opportunity for an energetic, proactive employee benefits attorney with relevant prior experience working on a variety of matters to join Discover’s award winning
law department and contribute to the successes of Discover’s employee benefits initiatives. The Counsel, Senior Manager role will be responsible for providing advice, counsel and training on all aspects of Discover’s employee benefit
plans, including drafting plan documents, ensuring compliance with IRC, ERISA, HIPAA, COBRA, ACA and other applicable laws and handling complex legal matters and related projects. This position is responsible for promoting a risk-aware culture and
ensuring efficient and effective risk and compliance management practices by adhering to required standards and processes.
International employee benefits, including Puerto Rican 401(k), Canadian RRSP, UK Pension and welfare benefits and expanding benefits in China
negotiating service agreements for plan vendors, including insurers, custodians, trustees, investment managers and administrators
ERISA fiduciary matters, including advising five internal ERISA fiduciaries; attending meetings and serving as
secretary of same; overseeing legal matters related to external ERISA fiduciaries
Internal ERISA claims and appeals, document requests, powers of attorney, etc.
Internal and external audits of employee benefit plans
compliance audits and risk reviews of employee benefit plans and controls
Employee benefit plan compliance with regulatory requirements, and correction of administrative errors
Supporting the HR function in drafting employee benefit plan
Employee benefit matters in corporate transactions, debt offerings, RIFs, etc.; and
Employee benefit plan litigation.
Receive vision from leadership and translate vision into short-term strategic and
operational direction and oversight.
Responsible for working closely with clients to understand objectives, in order to provide comprehensive, proactive and timely advice on legal and regulatory requirements applicable to employee benefit
Identify, communicate and assess legal and regulatory requirements embodied in proposed or enacted laws, regulations, regulatory guidance, and industry best practices impacting Discover and its employee benefit plans.
on legislative and regulatory developments applicable to employee benefit plans in a variety of ways, including: participation in relevant industry groups, maintaining subscriptions to industry periodicals or similar publications via electronic delivery,
white papers and alerts from outside counsel, and attending seminars / training.
Regularly advise business clients on questions of legal requirements applicable to new plans, policies, and procedures.
Work closely with business to
identify legal risks in order to prevent and limit legal liability and mitigate risk.
Manage outside counsel and other experts as necessary.
Assist with managing resources and budget items.
Promote a risk-aware culture, ensure
efficient and effective risk and compliance management practices by adhering to required standards and processes.
Other duties as assigned.
Skills / Experience Required
Minimum of 3 years of experience as a
practicing attorney in a position of responsibility with the government or a national law firm and / or corporate law department handing both routine and complex employee benefit matters.
Strong working knowledge of the Internal Revenue Code and
ERISA as it pertains to employee benefit plans and programs.
Working knowledge of U.S. labor and employment laws and benefit plan litigation.
Ability to work as a productive and influential member of a multidisciplinary team in a
fast-paced, dynamic environment
Strong project management skills and an ability to prioritize multiple projects.
Strong oral and written analytic and communication skills with an ability to clearly and concisely articulate complex legal
concepts to a lay audience.
Strong interpersonal skills, with an ability to inspire trust and confidence with stakeholders at all levels.