Human Resources Benefits Specialist

Rockville, MD
Apr 10, 2017
Apr 11, 2017
Human Resources
Full Time
The EMMES Corporation, organized in 1977, is a privately owned Contract Research Organization (CRO) located in Rockville, Maryland. EMMES is dedicated to providing statistical and epidemiological expertise, computer systems development, data management, study monitoring, regulatory guidance, and overall operational support to clients engaged in clinical and biomedical research. EMMES is seeking a Human Resources Benefits Specialist.


The Benefits Specialist position is responsible for directing and planning the day-to-day operations of group benefits programs (group health, dental, vision, short-term and long-term disability, worker's compensation, life insurance and accident plan, flexible spending plan. The benefits administrator also provides excellent customer service and quality benefits plans, investigates new benefits programs, improves existing programs, and supervises monitors benefits administration, as well as assists in the design of employee benefits plans and provides analytical and technical support in the delivery of the benefit programs.


    Serve as primary contact for plan vendors and third-party administrators Coordinate transfer of data to external contacts for services, premiums and plan administration Document and maintain administrative procedures for assigned benefits processes Ensure compliance with applicable government regulations, as well as ensure timeliness and accuracy of required reporting and fees Coordinate daily benefits processing. Handle enrollments, COBRA, terminations, changes, beneficiaries, disability, accident and death claims, loans and compliance testing, worker compensation and accommodations Oversee maintenance of employee benefits files, maintain group benefits database and update employee payroll records Gather employee data and oversee the processing of monthly billings and the preparation of vouchers for payment of administrative fees for all group plans Review both short- and long-range cost estimates/projections and relevant statistical analyses regarding modifications in benefits programs and implementation of new programs Monitor administrative costs of benefits programs and recommend cost containment strategies, including alternative methods for administration and funding Prepare budgetary recommendations and assist in the monitoring, verifying and reconciling of budgeted funds Provide customer service support to internal and external customers Develop communication tools to enhance understanding of the company's benefits package Design and distribute materials for benefits orientations, open enrollment and summary plan descriptions Provide training and support to group benefits associates, home office associates and the field staff


    Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience and 3-5 years of related benefits or employee benefits administration experience required

    Computer proficiency and technical aptitude with the ability to use Microsoft products, including PPT, experience with HRIS and benefits databases

    Project and team management/leadership skills and experience

    Proven ability to work effectively in a team environment with associates

    Capability of effective planning and priority setting

    Ability to manage several complex projects simultaneously while working under pressure to meet deadlines

    Strong analytical skills and a thorough knowledge of plan designs

    Ability to understand, evaluate and make judgment on the proposals (RFPs)

    Knowledge of benefits contract language

    Knowledge of all pertinent federal and state regulations, filing and compliance requirements, both adopted and pending, affecting employee benefits programs, including ERISA, COBRA, FMLA, ADA, Section 125, workers' compensation, Medicare, OBRA, and Social Security and DOL requirements

    Excellent communication and organization skills


    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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