Reporting to the Deputy Director, Total Rewards, the Sr. Benefits Manager leads and manages the foundation’s world-class global benefits programs (health, welfare, retirement, leaves) which includes: the development of innovative global benefit plans, effective management and compliance of the foundation’s global benefits programs, budget development and tracking with a focus on cost stewardship, supplier management including new supplier identification, implementation, and contracting. This role is also responsible for developing and managing innovative employee well being and health management programs that are aligned to the foundation’s mission to provide every person with the opportunity the live a healthy and productive life.
Leads the development of world-class global benefit plan design recommendations, using available data to identify trends, working with and managing global consultants, and understanding the global employee benefits landscape for new innovative ideas. This includes the development of executive-level presentation materials and documents to support any recommendations.
Responsible for leading well being and health management program development with a focus on improving employee health. This includes the integration of medical programs (including on-site health clinic), health management, wellness, and leave and disability programs.
In partnership with Finance, leads the work effort for determining annual global benefits budget, for tracking monthly benefits spend, and identifying areas for effective cost stewardship.
Work closely with internal and external legal counsel to ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.
Lead the management of the Retirement Plans Committee, including working with external legal counsel and investment consultants.
Lead, manage and direct global consultants to ensure the effective delivery of global benefits.
Lead the development, maintenance, and dissemination of global benefits data dashboards, working with the Sr. Benefits Analyst.
Responsible for leading supplier management efforts to ensure a value-driven delivery of global benefits, with a focus on cost stewardship, quality member service. This includes the maintenance of supplier management scorecards, regular review and monitoring of supplier performance, and the coordination of regular business reviews (quarterly or annually depending on the supplier) with a focus on innovation and cost stewardship.
Working with internal partners, ensure that existing contracts are renewed as appropriate and where needed develop performance guarantees and service level agreements to ensure quality member service and superior supplier performance.
Lead the work effort to identify new suppliers to support new innovative global benefit offerings, drive the completion and negotiation of contracts and work orders, and work with internal partners for implementation efforts.
Lead the development of executive level presentations.
Core Knowledge and Skills
Strong business acumen and understanding of the global benefits function.
In-depth knowledge of global benefit trends, best practices, and regulatory issues.
Understanding of and ability to integrate benefits into a total compensation offering to employees. Strong oral/written communication and presentation skills.
Knowledge of global benefit compliance requirements.
Ability to build strong relationships and credibility with clients and key decision makers
Ability to work independently with limited direction.
Solutions oriented, proactive and identifies new ways of working.
Has strong influencing skills, and the ability to articulate a point of view with tact and confidence.
Demonstrated proficiency using Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
Excellent oral and written communication skills with ability to develop and gain support for ideas.
Education and Experience
Bachelor’s or other advanced degree with 7+ years of experience, or equivalent experience.
Reports to: Deputy Director, Global Compensation and Benefits
For this recruitment we will only consider candidates with current work authorization in the USA. We are unable to offer visa sponsorship for applicants to this role.
Leadership and Culture
We believe that energized people, working well together, fueled by great leadership in an inclusive environment in which they thrive, will do phenomenal things.
As part of our standard hiring process for new employees, employment with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will be contingent upon successful completion of a background check.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is dedicated to the belief that all lives have equal value. We’re committed to creating a workplace where employees thrive both personally and professionally. We also believe our employees should reflect the rich diversity of the global populations we aim to serve—in race, gender, age, cultures and beliefs—and we support this diversity through all of our employment practices.
All applicants and employees who are drawn to serve the mission of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will enjoy equality of opportunity and fair treatment without regard to:
From poverty to health, to education, the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation focuses on improving the lives of billions of people worldwide. There are four problem areas the organization focuses on; the Global Development Division, Global Health Division, United States Division, and Global Policy & Advocacy Division. In developing countries the foundation focuses on improving the health and wellness of people as well as helping children and families escape from extreme hunger and poverty. In the United States, the foundation focuses on low-income families and makes sure that everyone has opportunities to receive an education that will help them succeed. The foundation works with numerous organizations around the world to tackle critical problems and addresses challenging inequalities. The headquarters of this organization is based in Seattle, Washington, one of the most proactive global health and non-profit cities in the world.