Benefits Specialist

Job Locations US-AL-Anniston
Human Resources
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
M&H Valve




The Benefits Specialist requires a high level of organization and attention to detail, ability to problem solve, maintain confidentiality, and the ability to execute on human resource processes quickly and accurately. Provides prompt customer service to team members with frequent interaction in person, by phone and by electronic communications. Primary areas of responsibility include pension, 401(k), and insurance programs administration, HRIS system, and records management. Administers the discipline, credit, attendance, and vacation systems. Assists in other functional Human Resources areas.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.


  • Uses discretion in communication and maintains confidentiality of information.
  • Provides outstanding customer service experience to employees on all levels throughout the institution.
  • Maintains current knowledge company processes, policies and procedures.
  • Stays abreast of human resources laws and regulations, and updates job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; reading professional publications; maintaining personal networks; and participating in professional organizations.
  • Serves as Pension Administrator for the Company Salaried and Hourly pension plans.
  • Improves employee understanding of benefit programs and relevant policies through communication, training, and individual counseling.
  • Performs benefits orientation for New Hires and during Open Enrollment.
  • Trains team members on self-service use of UltiPro to include access to pay records, changes of taxes, direct deposit, addresses, etc., and electronic new hire and open enrollment.
  • Provides regular training to salaried and hourly team members about benefit programs and self-service UltiPro access.
  • Ensures accuracy in reporting and monthly reconciliation of insurance enrollments, invoices, deductions, and reports.
  • Coordinates the FMLA, STD, and LTD usage through the third-party carrier.
  • Maintains hourly time and attendance records, vacations, and credits.
  • Issues attendance occurrences in the disciplinary process, (as appropriate).
  • Administers hourly and salaried team members’ vacation, sick leave, and leaves of absence.
  • Keeps abreast of HRIS functionality and uses skills to accurately extract information for reports.
  • Orders, issues, and tracks employee uniforms, reconciles invoices, and authorizes payroll deductions.
  • Maintains personnel files and records in accordance with state and federal requirements and corporate guidelines, and corporate records retention policy.
  • Proactively promotes The McWane Way principals, values, and behaviors and lives the Compass Culture.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required; or equivalent combination of education and experience required.
  • Two years’ experience administering benefits, retirement, or pension programs required.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite required.
  • Certification through SHRM or HRCI preferred.

Language Skills

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.  Ability to write reports and correspondence.  Ability to speak effectively before groups of employees or suppliers and vendors.


Mathematical Skills

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.  Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.


Reasoning Ability

Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.  Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.


Computer Skills

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Human Resource systems, and proficiency ins Microsoft Office Suite.


Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.


Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

This a traditional office position with an expectation of periodic work in facility with exposure to a wide range of temperatures, humid conditions, moving machinery, dust, fumes, odors, vibrations and varying noise levels. 


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