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Benefits Lead

Buffalo Grove, Illinois
Job Type
30 Jul 2022

Job Description

Hybrid Work Schedule (3 In HQ Office / 2 Remote)
The Benefits Lead is responsible for the vision, analysis, research, communication and administration of strategic employee benefit programs and the processes associated with supporting these programs. The role partners with the business, brokers and carriers to ensure the programs meet employee needs, comply with legal requirements and are cost effective. The Benefits Lead develops benefits communications and counsel's employees on benefits related issues. Additionally, the Benefits Lead evaluates the existing benefits programs against peer organizations to determine competitiveness, trends and developments.

    Manage the administration of all health and welfare programs including but not limited to Medical (self-funded), Dental, Vision and Ancillary group benefits.
    Own Stepan's benefits renewal, new hire and open enrollment and life event processes.
    Oversee the organization's vendor/carrier relationships for delivery of benefits. Including the brokerage of benefits, 401k and insurance carriers.
    Manage the third-party administration of the Leave of Absence process for all employee groups.
    Provide strategic recommendations and own the RFP process for changes to benefits, evaluate new programs, carriers, vendors or partners.
    Benchmark Stepan's employee benefit offerings against external market offerings and conduct internal research to ensure the appropriate rewards mix is in place for talent attraction and retention.
    Lead the 5500-reporting process for health and welfare and 401k.
    Ensure leave of absence administration is managed in accordance with organizational policies and applicable laws such as FMLA and the ADA.
    Administer the year end process for Affordable Care Act (ACA) reporting requirements.

Benefits Lead will manage experienced professionals who exercise latitude and independence in assignments.


    At least 5 years' experience administering and managing employee benefits programs such as health, dental and vision insurance and 401k programs.
    Knowledge governing law in compensation and benefits such as the ACA, HIPAA, COBRA, ERISA and FLSA.
    Ability to apply systems thinking to total rewards and human resources, spotting trends or issues in data, offerings and audits.
    Proven ability to partner with other functions of Human Resources or business stakeholders at all levels to design employee benefits solutions or policies that enhance the employment experience.



 Completion of a four-year degree program in Human Resources, Business, or a related field.



Established in 1932, Stepan Company is a major manufacturer of basic and intermediate chemicals including surfactants, polymers, as well as specialty ingredients that go into consumer, household, and institutional products such as laundry detergents, shampoos, and surface cleaners. Stepan Company currently has 20 global manufacturing locations and over 2,000 employees. We have a strong record of growth. Our growth allows us to provide meaningful career opportunities and stability to our team members. We have big goals at Stepan and know every team member will be crucial to achieving our objectives. Regardless of function, we are looking for team members who bring with them a growth mindset, an entrepreneurial spirit, and the ability to thrive in an evolving environment.


We celebrate diversity at Stepan and are committed to creating a diverse, inclusive environment. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, disability, age, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.


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  • Job Reference: 671812437-2
  • Date Posted: 30 July 2022
  • Recruiter: Stepan Company
  • Location: Buffalo Grove, Illinois
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Call Centre / Customer Service
  • Job Type: Permanent