Employee benefits specialists are responsible for ensuring that all qualified employees receive the benefits that they request. Their position is also of consultation, as they consult with employees to ensure that they receive the most suitable benefits packages. They also conduct negotiations with insurance companies to ensure this.
These specialists deal with various aspects of employee benefits packages, so they must be highly knowledgeable in the areas of insurance and financial investments, as most companies offer investments as part of employee packages. They must also conduct research, so it's important to stay up-to-date on all changes within these fields.
Employee benefit specialists should have strong oral and written communication skills, as they communicate constantly with both insurance companies and employees regarding benefits and must be able to explain themselves in a proficient and professional manner. A bachelor's degree in the field of human resources is generally required for this position, and many employers prefer candidates who have exceptional field-related experience.
Employee Benefits Specialist Tasks
Participate in preparation and communication to employees about benefit programs, procedures, claims and any other government mandated disclosures.
Administer and provide specialized support for employee benefits programs.
Maintain records and procedures for the administration process.
Analyze employee benefits data to ensure accuracy, including service from third party vendors.