Human Resource Specialist
Dalton, GA 30721
*This position has two openings. The applicant may specialize in either payroll or benefits. SUMMARY The Payroll/Benefits Specialist position is responsible for directing and planning the day-to-day operations of group benefit programs (group health, ancillaries, etc), processing of invoices for group benefit payments and processing both salaried and hourly payroll. Working in conjunction with the HR manager, the Specialist will investigate new benefit programs, improve existing programs, oversee and monitor benefit administration as well as participate in designing employee benefit plans for annual renewal and provide analytical and technical support in the delivery of the benefit programs. The specialist will process all hourly and salaried payrolls in efficient and timely manner and maintain the payroll and timekeeping system to accurately track hours worked and payroll history. This position will report to the HR Manager and is located in Dalton, Georgia. RESPONSIBILITIES* Partnering with brokers, research employee benefit plans and potential vendors to identify those that present the best value. Examine possible plan design or benefit cost changes and bring recommendations to HR Manager for consideration. * Assist in designing, recommending and implementing benefit programs. * Assist in the management of the benefit plan renewal process. * Participate in negotiations with vendor or Broker for renewal. * Collect experience/census data from available resources (as needed). * Serve as primary contact for plan vendors and third-party administrators. Work effectively to make sure the plans run smoothly. Investigate discrepancies and provide information in non-routine situations. * Evaluate and revise internal processes to reduce costs and increase efficiency. * Ensure compliance with applicable government regulations. * Coordinate daily benefit processing * Enrollments, COBRA, terminations, changes, beneficiaries, disability, accident and death claims. * Oversee maintenance of employee benefit files and updating of employee payroll records. * Gather employee data and oversee the processing of monthly billings and the preparation of vouchers for payment of administrative fees for all group plans. * Perform plan audits as needed/required. * Survey industry trends. Complete benefit surveys and review information obtained from the results. Analyze complex benefit information. Forecast trends and assist with future benefit designs. Develop specific recommendations for review by management. * Compile payroll data such as garnishments, vacation time, insurance and 401(k) deductions. * Poll electronic time clocks (E-time software) and review the downloaded information for completeness and accuracy. * Contact various department supervisors for any missed times. * Process scheduled transfer of payroll data to ADP. * Pull internal management reports from relevant HR software. * Adhere to the policies and procedures of the company. * Perform other duties and special projects, as assigned by management.* Able to maintain confidential information. * Excellent written and verbal communication skills. * Excellent attention to detail.* Assertive, able to cope with pressure, a team player. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS * Experience in a high tech manufacturing industry. * Strong analytical skills and a thorough knowledge of plan designs. Ability to understand, evaluate and make a judgment on the proposals (RFP's). * Knowledge of all pertinent federal and state regulations, filing, and compliance requirements both adopted and pending affecting employee benefit programs, including ERISA, COBRA, FMLA, ADA, SECTION 125, Workers Compensation, Medicare, and Social Security and DOL requirements.
Minimum Education: High school diploma or equivalent
Minimum Experience: 12 Months