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Benefits Manager - Winnebago, NE


Posted: 9/20/2019
Job Reference #: 2124
Keywords: benefits

Job Description


Benefits Manager is responsible for administration of employee group benefits in all company operations. As needed, this position provides special guidance and assistance to all locations on various employee benefit plans. The Benefits manager surveys industry and/or community to determine company's competitive position in employee benefit plans. This position develops, recommends and installs approved, new or modified plans and employee group benefits policies and supervises administration of existing plans. This position develops cost control procedures to assure maximum coverage at the least possible cost to company and employee.


Essential Functions

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Administer employee group benefits programs such as retirement plans; medical, dental, vision plans; life insurance plans; temporary disability plans; and flex spending plans.

  • Evaluate and compare existing company benefits with those of other employers by analyzing other plans, surveys and other sources of information.  Plan, develop and or participate in area and industry surveys. Analyze results of surveys and develop specific recommendations for review by management.

  • Develop specifications for new plans or modify existing plans to:

    • Maintain company's competitive position in labor market, and

    • Obtain uniform benefits package for all company locations, where possible.

  • Recommend classes of eligible employees for new or modified plans. Develop census data and solicit insurance companies for quotations. Evaluates quotation and make recommendations to management. Develop company cost information for new plans and make premium cost share recommendations to management.

  • Install approved new plans or changes to existing plans by preparing announcement materials, plan summary documents and other media for communicating plans to employees. Conduct employee meetings and arrange for enrollment.  Advise and counsel management and employees on existing benefits.

  • Prepare and execute, with legal consultation, benefits documentation, such as original and amended plan texts, benefit agreements and insurance policies. Instruct insurance carriers, trustees and other administrative agencies outside the company to effect changes in benefits program. Ensure prompt and accurate compliance.

  • Assist in the development of company bargaining proposals for employee benefits and analyze union benefits demands. Obtain and prepare cost data for company and union proposals and final settlements.

  • Assure company compliance with provisions of Employee Retirement Income Security Act and the Affordable Care Act. Supervise preparation of reports and applications -required by law to be filed with federal and state agencies, such as Internal Revenue Service, Department of Labor, insurance commissioners, and other regulatory agencies. Review and analyze changes to state and federal laws pertaining to benefits, and report necessary or suggested changes to management. Coordinate company benefits with government-sponsored programs.

  • Develop benefits information and statistical and census data for actuaries, insurance carriers and management.

  • Handle benefits inquiries and complaints to ensure quick, equitable, courteous resolution. Maintain contact in person, and by phone or mail, with hospitals, physicians, insurance companies, employees, and beneficiaries to facilitate proper and complete utilization of benefits for all employees.

  • Supervise maintenance of enrollment and claims records for all benefits plans.

  • Oversee HRIS system functions, processes, upgrades and implementations for group benefits and plan vendor exchanges.

  • Develop, maintain and implement employee group benefits procedures manual.

  • Other duties as assigned



1.      Business Acumen.

2.      Communication.

3.      Consultation.

4.      Critical Evaluation.

5.      Global & Cultural Awareness.

6.      HR Expertise.

7.      Leadership & Navigation.

8.      Relationship Management.

9.      Ethical Practice.


Supervisory Responsibility

This position has supervisory responsibilities.

Work Environment

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.


Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.



Travel is primarily local during the business day, although some out-of-area and overnight travel may be expected.


Required Experience

  •  Five-year minimum experience in group benefits, also including management and direct supervisory experience
  • Must have the ability to lead the team and handle daily operations of the department
  • Excellent communication skills, mature interpersonal style, ability to interact with a diverse range of people, and strong teamwork skills

  • Strong organizational and time management skills and the ability to work under pressure

  • Consistently calm, courteous, enthusiastic customer service to internal and external customers

  • Work well independently; work collaboratively within HR and Payroll teams, and as member of cross functional teams

  • Self-starter with experience managing projects from inception to completion

  • Safeguard sensitive information and maintain high level of confidentiality

  • Cultivate and sustain constructive, respectful working relationships with staff at all levels of the organization

  • High degree of accuracy and attention to detail

  • Commitment to continual improvement and learning to ensure Benefit programs and processes are responsive and nimble in support of organizational needs

  • Strong bias for action and keen sense of urgency with limited guidance

  • Effectively organize, prioritize and manage multiple priorities and overlapping projects and deadlines

  • Effectively exercise independent judgment within broadly defined practices and policies

  • Excellent problem solving, critical thinking and decision making skills

  • High skill level in office programs, spreadsheets, databases and HRIS management tools.

  • Maintain a valid driver’s license and be insurable under company insurance program.

Required Education

1.      A bachelor's degree and five (5) years of experience in benefits administration, OR

2.      A master's degree in human resource management and four (4) years of experience in benefits administration, OR

3.      Any appropriate combination of education and experience


Additional Eligibility Qualifications

None required for this position.


Work Authorization/Security Clearance

None required for this position.


AAP/EEO Statement

Ho-Chunk, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants are considered without regard to age, sex, race, national origin, religion, marital status or physical disability. However, preference may be extended to persons of Indian descent in accordance with applicable laws.


Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

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