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Benefits Manager

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

in Golden CO

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), located in beautiful Golden, Colorado, is a leader in the U.S. Department of Energy’s effort to secure an energy future for the nation that is environmentally and economically sustainable. 

Benefits Manager
Job Req R3366

Job Summary

This position is responsible for benefit administration, design and communication of the benefit programs in coordination with the NREL total rewards programs management.  The position is accountable to ensure cost-effective and efficient use of resources to drive the highest level or program value and impact.  The position manages approximately 4 employees within relocation, benefits and health management.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Consults with Total Rewards Manager to set the operational and strategic direction in the design, development, implementation, administration and communication of our health and welfare programs, including health, wellness, retirement, relocation and health management. This includes the monitoring and evaluation of all policies and procedures to deliver cost impactful return on investments.
  • Teams within the HR organization to ensure benefit programs meet organization objectives within the Department of Energy guidelines and maintain and monitor all legal and compliance requirements for the programs and all reporting requirements as needed.
  • Analyzes current benefit programs to ensure they provide maximum available options to attract and retain top talent within our market space.
  • Manages the accountability for team member’s performance, staff engagement and relevant services while creating bench strength for succession planning.
  • Directs the development, execution and implementation of management processes in each functional area to support the laboratory staff, vendors, budgets, contracts and consultant management.
  • Influences the configuration and implementation of benefit policies, procedures or applications utilized by leaders, managers and employees and their communication.

JOB SPECIFICATIONS

Knowledge and Experience: (education, training, certifications and experience)

  • MBA or advanced degree and/or 6 or more years of experience in the administration and management of health benefit programs, pension administration for defined benefits, defined contribution plans compensation plans, and or other related disciplines. A Bachelor’s degree with 10 Years of comparable experience is required.
  • PHR, SPHR or comparable designation is a plus.
  • Previous management, budget development and/or significant leadership in an individual contributor role required.
  • Broad and in-depth knowledge of the issues and best practices in the applicable field of expertise.
  • Demonstrated experience in the design, implementation and operation of benefits systems to achieve compliance requirement and implementation of benefit strategies.
  • Experience working in a compliance-based HR organization is helpful. National Lab experience is a definite plus.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience working closely across all areas of HR disciplines.
  • Demonstrated experience in the design, implementation and operation health and pension plans to achieve desired goals preferred.
  • Broad and in-depth knowledge of the issues and best practices in the applicable field of expertise required.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated skill in dealing with legal and ethical management issues and practices. Excellent organization, project management, budgeting, interpersonal and communication skills. Proven problem-solving and negotiation skills. Ability to collaborate with individuals at all levels of the organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively lead and direct personnel with diverse skills, work styles and values, both directly and through subordinate management required.
  • Organized and detail oriented with strong communication and presentation skills, both written and verbal at both the employee and leadership level.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to effectively build relationships and influence across a matrixed environment.
  • Strong understanding of Workday and or similar HR systems and web-based tools and demonstrated ability to stay up-to-date on Benefit trends and technology developments.
  • Strong and inspirational leadership skills with a track record of attracting, retaining, and developing high performing teams.
  • Ability to work closely with and effectively manage external consultants.

Required Education, Experience, and Skills

Previous management, budget development and/or significant leadership in an individual contributor role required. Degree in appropriate field is required. Demonstrated skill in dealing with legal and ethical management issues and practices. Broad and in-depth knowledge of the issues and best practices in the applicable field of expertise. Excellent organization, project management, budgeting, interpersonal and communication skills. Proven problem-solving and negotiation skills. Ability to collaborate with individuals at all levels of the organization. Demonstrated ability to effectively lead and direct personnel with diverse skills, work styles and values, both directly and through subordinate management.

EEO Policy / E-Verify                          

NREL's policy is to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified persons without regard to race, age, color, sex, religion, national origin, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status.

NREL validates right to work using E-Verify. NREL will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. For additional information, please click here https://www.nrel.gov/careers/employment-policies.html

Pre-employment drug testing required.

How to Apply

Submit Your Resume

Please apply online at: https://nrel.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/NREL/job/Golden-CO/Benefits-Manager_R3366

Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any position at NREL you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.


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