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Benefits Analyst - Total Rewards (Benefits) - 2473 in Houston, TX at Westlake Chemical

Date Posted: 9/18/2017

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
    Full-Time
  • Location:
    Houston, TX
  • Job Type:
    Other
  • Experience:
    Not Specified
  • Date Posted:
    9/18/2017

Job Description

Administration and coordination of the daily activities, maintenance, and ongoing project work related to the various benefit plans for employees of the subsidiary companies of Westlake Chemical Corporation (“the Company”) in the US and Canada.  Serves as a contact person for benefits related issues, including employee queries and support of local HR business partners.  Uses independent judgment and decision making to evaluate and make recommendations about benefit plan administration.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

May include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Maintains specific knowledge of the Company’s health and welfare benefit plans and the processes necessary to administer the plans, and develops deep subject matter expertise for the benefit plans for which he/she is responsible
  • Responsible for the daily administration of the various union and non-union health and welfare benefit  programs including, but not limited to:
    • Medical, Dental and Vision plans
    • Employee Assistance Programs
    • Health Care and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts
    • Health Savings Accounts
    • Employee Recognition / Service Award program
    • Relocation Assistance policy
  • Serves as a contact for claims questions/resolution
  • Prepares and/or analyzes cost and utilization reports
  • Responsible for the review and audit of enrollment and eligibility data
  • Works with vendors, carriers and consultants regarding the daily administration processes of each plan
  • Works directly with providers to develop and/or update communication materials.
  • Coordinate the drafting and preparation of certain compliance materials as required, including, but not limited to: 5500 filings, Summary Annual Reports, Summary Plan Descriptions and Master Plan Documents
  • Responsible for review/update of benefits related website content
  • Coordinates immigration work for sponsored employees
  • Maintains general knowledge of the processes related to the daily administration of the Defined Benefit Plans and Defined Contribution Plans
  • Provides training and assistance to field personnel
  • Supports other benefits programs, as requested
  • Develops and/or maintains administrative procedures for the duties of this position
  • Promotes a positive Company image at every opportunity
  • Conducts an annual review of this job description and updates it as required
  • Performs the primary thinking encompassed by this job description
  • Comply with all Company policies and procedures
  • Supports Company goals of continuous improvement and operational excellence at strategic and tactical levels including reviewing area of responsibility for improvement opportunities to initiate projects or communicate ideas to management as well as active participation on project teams
  • Performs any additional responsibilities or tasks as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS

  • General knowledge of laws/regulations pertaining to benefit administration in the U.S. and Canada
  • Experience managing benefit programs in a chemical manufacturing or general manufacturing environment helpful
  • Experience using Workday preferred
  • French and/or Spanish speaker preferred
  • Ability to research/resolve problems or issues in a timely manner
  • Ability to work independently to resolve issues or problems on a day-to-day basis
  • Strong communication skills (verbal and written) in a corporate environment
  • CEBS or similar certification preferred
  • Proficiency with Windows based software (specifically Excel, Word and PowerPoint)

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
  

  • Bachelors Degree with a minimum of three years of professional experience and a general knowledge of employee benefit principles, practices and procedures

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

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

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate as normally based in an office.  Some of the work may be required in the operating units which can require usage of required PPE including safety glasses, hearing protection, etc.  May also result in exposure to outside elements and may require usage of stairs and elevators.  Travel including air travel or auto travel may occasionally be required.