Manager of Benefits
Company: Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
Location: Prior Lake
Posted on: April 11, 2021
Job Summary: The Manager Benefits is responsible for managing
the benefits function for the SMSC and its Enterprises. The Manager
Benefits owns the overall strategy, execution and communication &
engagement plan for benefits function. Plans, develops and
implements new and revised short-term and long-term benefit and
retirement programs, policies and procedures to align with the
enterprise strategic initiatives and competitive practices. This
leader is responsible for researching and recommending best
practices in benefit plan design, analyzing the right benefit and
retirement plans that align with the SMSC culture. The position
partners with leadership across the enterprise to execute all
aspects of benefits and retirement programs and executing
efficiencies across vendor relationships. This position will
partner with SMSC Wellness Administrator and SMSC benefit brokers
on benefit and retirement plans and program development and the
preparation of documents for business council and board of
directors approval. This position is also responsible for ensuring
that company benefit and retirement programs are consistently
administered in compliance with internal policies and processes.
This position has a strong focus on internal communications and
engagement with our employees and team members. Providing
compelling and educational information so our team members and
employees fully understand and utilize the programs and
opportunities available to them through our benefit and wellness
plans. Budget/Asset Responsibilities: Provides input to the
Director of HR Services for budget planning. Manages areas of
assigned responsibility within budgeting and business plan
guidelines. In conjunction with the Director of HR Services,
possibly an outside broker, researches and recommends
cost-effective benefit programs that meet the needs of the
enterprise, team members and employees. Job Duties:
- Lead the benefit center of excellence (COE) and serve as a
benefit subject matter expert (SME) in all areas of benefits for
the HR team and leaders.
- Collaborates in the design, implementation, and administration
of company health and welfare programs in partnership with external
vendors and third-party administrators. Lead the development,
implementation and administration of benefit programs, policies,
procedures, and training materials.
- Manage the annual benefits open enrollment process and serve as
the point of contact for up-to-date compliance calendar and
required compliance filings.
- Assists and may lead in the development, recommendation and
implementation of new or revised health, welfare, and retirement
benefit programs and leave of absence programs and policies.
- Assists in the development of the overall market-competitive
benefit strategy and philosophy to help drive employee engagement.
Ensure benefit programs remain competitive and conform to the
benefit philosophy and strategy. Partner with benefit broker to
analyze benefit offerings to ensure their competitiveness with
similar organizations and relevancy for team members and
- Participate in various benefits-related projects which involve
revision, development and/or re-design of existing benefit
programs. Takes a leadership role in benefit projects and develops
project plans which includes required deliverables, timelines and
involvement of team members. High-level project management,
partnering with appropriate internal and external resources, and
ensuring that projects are on-time and on-budget, while achieving
desired goals and objectives.
- Build relationships and partner with SMSC Wellness
Administrator and SMSC benefit brokers on benefit and retirement
plans and program development and the preparation of documents for
business council and board approval.
- Coordinate with broker and vendors on renewals, RFPs,
benchmarking and survey participation.
- Manage the annual discrimination tests of 401(k) and health
benefits as well as form 5500 preparations.
- Collaborates in the design and implementation of new hire
education and open enrollment materials related to all benefits
programs and is responsible for team member and employee benefit
communications. Develops internal training programs that promote
education and compliance. Resolves team member and employee
questions and problems by interpreting benefit policies and
- Identify emerging benefits best practices and offerings that
would increase the competitiveness of our benefits package to meet
the needs of our growing workforce. Gather and analyze benefit
benchmarking data and make recommendations based on trends.
- Partners with the HRIS team to ensure the accurate and timely
set up of benefit deductions and other benefit information within
the HRIS and Payroll system. Works to ensure timely and meaningful
analysis occurs, and results are reported to management for use in
making decisions related to the benefits programs.
- Ensures benefit programs are administered in compliance with
established SMSC guidelines, processes, procedures and controls and
all applicable state and federal laws and regulations. Performs
regular internal audits. Oversee and administer federal and state
requirements and compliance reporting, keeping up to date on
changing laws and reporting requirements related to benefits.
- Own the assessment, implementation and ongoing use of benefits
software and data. Support the implementation of new benefit
modules within HRIS platform.
- Collaborates with cross-functional teams including Human
Resources, Finance and IT on any benefit program design, program
set-up and configuration, financial budgeting, or system
- Develop, coach and mentor direct reports and continually look
for and implement process improvements, efficiencies, and ways to
- Assist in the development of benefit materials for CEO and
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