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Defined Benefit Coding Analyst

Principal Financial Group

in Telecommute / Des Moines IA / Atlanta GA / Pittsburgh PA


Do you have strong Defined Benefit knowledge? Experience working with Defined Benefit software and systems?

If so, check out this great opportunity to join our Defined Benefit Plan Coding team!

As a Defined Benefit Coding Analyst, you will be responsible for programming, maintaining and testing software that provides participants access to their retirement benefits on the web. Utilize your technical skills to independently research and complete pension calculations, analyze results and make necessary recommendations.

We are looking for someone who thrives on solving unique problems using advanced analytical skills and enjoys working with various internal partners and tools pending the business need.  Serving as an expert for internal and external contacts.

Additional responsibilities may include: 

  • Program and test administrative software and systems for defined benefit calculations, utilizing plan documents, sample calculations and calculation policies.
  • Perform benefit calculations to validate, troubleshoot and debug administrative systems to confirm accuracy per client plan specifications.
  • Maintain programming for software enhancements, plan amendments, compliance and regulatory changes.
  • Assist in the onboarding of new clients, providing guidance on data and plan provisions to implement the client onto our software ensuring a seamless transition for the client
  • Provide technical support and resolution to business partners to ensure accurate functionality of system calculations, including research, analysis and calculation consulting
  • Utilize defined benefit expertise to clearly communicate complex calculations in simplified terms for internal and external parties. 
  • Lead and assist in the completion of assigned projects, including but not limited to research, analysis and testing.
  • Coordinate activities with other departments to ensure a seamless implementation for new clients.
  • Identify, analyze and resolve administrative system concerns


Skills required:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent of 8 years’ experience. (Degree in Math, Actuarial Science, Statistics, or major in an analytical field is preferred.)
  • 3+ years of work-related experience in defined benefit pension field is required.
  • Previous experience using defined benefit systems such as Lynchval/LVAdmin, ProVal/ProAdmin or another pension software is highly preferred.
  • High level of proficiency with Microsoft Office applications with advanced knowledge of Excel logical functions
  • Knowledge of SQL, XML or other programming languages is highly preferred.

What will make a successful candidate: 

  • Excellent mathematical and analytical skills
  • Ability to interpret complex defined benefit plan provisions
  • Must have strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively and manage projects
  • Passion for solving problems and sharing solutions 
  • Strong decision making and organizational skills
  • Must be able manage a large workload and prioritize accordingly with willingness and flexibility to work overtime, as needed  
  • High integrity and discretion to ensure the confidentiality of client information.
  • A good understanding of all regulatory items impacting participant benefits is vital to ensure administrative system calculations are correct

Additional Information

Job Level:

Willing to consider applicants at a higher level if skills and experience aligns.


This position can be based out of any of the following location:

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Remote

Work Authorization/Sponsorship

At this time, we're not considering candidates that need any type of immigration sponsorship now or in the future or those needing work authorization for this role. (This includes, but is not limited to students on F1-OPT, F1-CPT, J-1, etc.)

Investment Code of Ethics

For Principal Global Investors positions, you’ll need to follow an Investment Code of Ethics related to personal and business conduct as well as personal trading activities for you and members of your household. These same requirements may also apply to other positions across the organization.

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While our expertise spans the globe, we're bound by one common purpose: to foster a world where financial security is accessible to all. And our success depends on the unique experiences, backgrounds, and talents of our employees – individually and all of us together. Explore our core valuesbenefits and why we’re an exceptional place to grow your career.

Principal is an Equal Opportunity Employer

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

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