Manager, Benefits & Leave

White Plains, NY or Dublin, CA

Step out of your comfort zone, excel and redefine the limits of what is possible. That’s just what our employees are doing every single day – in order to set the pace through our innovations and enable outstanding achievements. After all, behind every successful company are many great fascinating people.

We are looking for people who are keen to try something new:

Responsible for administration and communication of all CZI/SMT employee health & welfare plans, 401k plan, worker’s compensation, leave of absence policies and procedures. Assures compliance with all applicable state and federal regulations. Responsibilities include explaining benefits and assisting in the business development and planning processes with service providers. Compiles, analyzes, and reports data including employee, plan financials for strategic benefits planning and evaluation. Serves as an employee contact and advocate for the resolution of benefit questions and issues and provides guidance to the HRIS representatives for plan setup and responsible for completing benefit actions in Workday. Serves as a liaison with service providers in business planning and benefit program interpretation. Compliance and technical interpretive discussions with benefit counsel and enrolled actuary or consultants.

• Responsible for the day to day benefit program administration: communication, enrollment (New Hire and annual Open Enrollment), processing of benefit change activities, and partnering with internal/external business partners to troubleshoot and resolve issues, both system and process related.
• Responsible for the administration of worker’s compensation policies. Processes and maintains all worker’s compensation claims and regularly follows-up on active claims. Ensures compliance with OSHA by maintaining the proper documentation, submitting the necessary documentation to the carriers for processing, and posting the annual OSHA log at each facility.
• Responsible for the Leave of Absence policies, STD/FMLA and LTD policies and practices within federal and state regulations and coordinates with Cigna and Payroll.
• Manage the Benefit meetings and vendor relationships for all benefits including health & welfare, wellness, 401k, Pension and leaves, WC, and the annual benefit open enrollment process.
• Responsible for reconciling monthly billing statements for timely payment and accurate enrollments.
• Monitors eligibility, limitations, and restrictions of plan participations and ensures compliance with both plan provisions and government requirements.
• Provides guidance and counsel to employees, HRIS representatives, and managers on the requirements and provisions of benefit programs and assist with the resolution of potential problems.
• Coordinates the design and communication of annual benefit enrollment materials.
• Develops, conducts, and participates in a variety of presentations to inform and educate management and employees about changes to benefit plans, administrative practices and legislated requirements and programs.
• Responsible for data necessary to complete government compliance activities (5500s, audits, 40l(k) NDT etc.), employee mailings, vendor billings, coordinating data collection and updating numerous reports for management. Assures processes and procedures are in place to capture and maintain consistent and accurate benefit related data. Assists with employee data auditing and reporting.
• Ensures that company procedures and policies are communicated
• Oversees/directs the administration of COBRA compliance.
• Responsible for the handling of all benefit related tasks in Workday (create, complete, process benefit transactions, manage Evidence of Insurability (EOI), collaborates with the HRIS team to review error reports and resolve errors, ensures accurate processing and status in Workday Leave Absence Management System, support annual benefit open enrollment, ACA reporting compliance, and provides assistance to the HRIS team during Workday updates as a functional user for benefits to ensure that the business processes are functioning correctly.

You are:

• Bachelor’s degree in HR, business, or related field.
• Minimum of 7+ years’ experience in a directly related position.
• Maintains current knowledge and understanding of regulations, industry trends, current practices, new developments, and applicable laws regarding human resources.
• Workday experience is required.
• Establishes credibility throughout the organization with management and employees (including interfacing with global colleague) by being an effective listener and problem solver including interfacing with global colleagues.
• Introduces and encourages “best practices” to Company where appropriate.
• Demonstrated effective leadership skills including sound judgment and strong influencing skills.
• MS Office including advance skills with Excel and Word and intermediate skills with PowerPoint and Access.
• Excellent communication and decision-making skills.
• Ability to maintain the highest confidentiality, and work independently and as a team player.
• Ability to prioritize and provide feedback and observations as it relates to departmental performance.
• Ability to research information on various subject types and provide concise reports.
• Must have strong quantitative, analytical, and problem-solving skills.
• Ability to multitask, prioritize and work effectively during periods of high pressure.
• Self-starter that’s able to perform in a fast-paced change environment.
• Proficient knowledge of state and federal employee benefits, leave laws (HIPPA, COBRA, STD/FMLA/LTD, ADA, W/C, OSHA, ERISA) as well as tax rules for FSA and HSA plans
• Project management experience preferred
• Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) certification preferred
• SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) or SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) credential preferred
In a spacious modern setting full of opportunities for further development, ZEISS employees work in a place where expert knowledge and team spirit reign supreme. All of this is supported by a special ownership structure and the long-term goal of the Carl Zeiss Foundation: to bring science and society into the future together.

Join us today. Inspire people tomorrow.

Diversity is a part of ZEISS. We look forward to receiving your application regardless of gender, nationality, ethnic and social origin, religion, philosophy of life, disability, age, sexual orientation or identity.

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Your contact
Debra Rybolt
+1 925-557-4115
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