Global Benefits Manager in Mechanicsville, VA at Owens & Minor, Inc.

Date Posted: 10/18/2018

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Job Description



Plans, designs and administers equitable and market competitive benefit programs, both on a national and international level, including health/dental insurance, group life, pension plan, 401(k), short-term/long-term disability benefits, wellness programs and communications, and other related programs that support the Owens & Minor Compensation and Benefits strategy.  Provides guidance and assistance to teammates in all locations on various teammate benefit issues.  Develops cost control procedures to assure maximum benefit coverage/value at the least possible cost to company and teammate.     


1.      Develops, designs and implements benefits programs that meet the diverse needs of Owens & Minor teammates while ensuring internal/external equity and cost effectiveness.  Reviews and incorporates the best practices of other companies.

2.      Contributes to strategic planning of all benefits and wellness programs.  Presents recommendations to local, in-country management for discussion and approval.  Participates in tactical, administrative and/or operational support when required and provides informal coaching and mentoring to lower level staff promoting the sharing of best practices and global perspective.

3.      Ensures compliance with legal requirements (IRS, ERISA, FMLA, ADA, HIPAA etc.); Manages the preparation and timely filing of required Governmental reporting.

4.      Communicates benefit programs to internal and external parties.  Manages the preparation/distribution of materials describing Benefits programs.  Maintains and communicates plan documentation including Summary Annual Reports, Statements of Material Modification, Summary Plan Descriptions and the like.  Ensures internal and external websites provide current and relevant information.  Effectively communicates benefits materials during teammate orientation.

5.      Manages the activities of the benefits team in the administration and maintenance of Benefit programs and systems involving response to teammate inquiries, timely payment of invoices, system conversions/ updates, confidentiality, due diligence studies for acquisitions and asset purchases and support for collective bargaining and the timely resolution of all exceptions to Benefit policy and issues associated with the administration of Benefit programs.

6.      Responsible for direct coaching, supervision and development of Benefits teammates.  Coaches and educates field HR Coordinators, Field and Home Office Management as well as other HR teammates on benefits-related issues.

7.      Measures and reports on the effectiveness of benefits programs in areas such as teammate utilization, cost management and teammate perception of program value.  Recommends changes in benefit procedures to improve administrative efficiencies.  Tracks vendor performance against performance guarantees.

8.      Reviews broker-provided market analyses involving local, regional, national and international benefit trends.  Provides accurate and timely census plan data to brokers as appropriate.  Coordinates with brokers on the Annual Renewal/Open Enrollment process.

9.      Provides management with annual benefit budget recommendations.  Tracks and reports on adherence to budget.  Partners with external brokers to project high-dollar claims and budget impact.  Reviews and approves bills and invoices associated with benefit programs.  Ensures proper billing by national and local insurance carriers. Coordinates the timely and accurate flow of information to the Accounting department.


1.      Performs additional duties as directed.



1.      Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Human Resources or a related field, required.

2.      Minimum, five (5) years of experience managing benefits functions, required.

3.      CEBS, CCBM, CCP designation, preferred.


1.      Knowledgeable of local, national and international tax implications and legal issues associated with health and welfare and retirement programs.

2.      Demonstrated understanding of health, welfare and wellness program plan designs and best practices.

3.      Knowledge of HRIS systems as they pertain to benefits administration.

4.      Excellent verbal and written communication skills, ability to tailor messages to meet the needs of diverse audiences (internally and externally); Strong persuasion/negotiation skills.

5.      Strong planning, decision-making and organizational skills including the ability to manage multiple, simultaneous projects.

6.      Demonstrated leadership skills, including coaching, supervising and team development, necessary for effective management.

7.      Financial management skills including the ability to create and interpret spreadsheets as well as review, analyze and interpret contracts.

8.      Strong PC Skills (spreadsheet and word processing).

Work Environment



1.      General Office equipment


1.      Inside working conditions.

2.      There are no environmental hazards identified for this job.

3.      Occasional travel to distribution centers may be required



1.      Fingering:   Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with whole hand or arm as in handling.

2.      Repetitive motions: Making substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.

3.      Sedentary work:  Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

4.      Visual Acuity:  Closely viewing in order to perform activities such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; inspection involving small defects, small parts and/or operation of machines (including inspection); using measurement devices; and/or assembly or fabrication of parts at distances close to the eyes.

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