Retirement & Financial Benefits Program Manager - #9835069

Veolia Environnement SA

Date: 3 days ago
City: Milwaukee, WI
Contract type: Full time

About Veolia North America

A subsidiary of Veolia Group, Veolia North America (VNA) offers a full spectrum of water, waste and energy management services, including water and wastewater treatment, commercial and hazardous waste collection and disposal, energy consulting and resource recovery. VNA helps commercial, industrial, healthcare, higher education and municipality customers throughout North America. Headquartered in Boston, Mass., Veolia North America has approximately 10,000 employees working at more than 350 locations across the continent. Please visit our website


Veolia's comprehensive benefits package includes paid time off policies, as well as health, dental and vision insurance. In addition, employees are also entitled to participate in an employer sponsored 401(k) plan, to save for retirement.  Pay and benefits for employees represented by a union are outlined in their collective bargaining agreement. 

Position Purpose: 

You contribute to Veolia’s success by overseeing implementation, compliance, legislative changes, analysis, plan management, administration support, vendor management, RFP & integration, relevant projects and communication of all retirement & financial benefit plans including, but not limited to, 401(k), pension, nonqualified programs, life insurance and retiree medical. Provide leadership on merger and acquisition (M&A) initiatives by assessing potential acquisitions due diligence and leading the integration of retirement & financial benefit strategies and programs for newly acquired entities. Individual contributor role.

Primary Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Manage, develop and deliver employee qualified and nonqualified retirement programs and other financial benefits and education.
  • Lead project management for planning of acquired companies &/or M&A, oversee the project and implementation of competitive harmonized retirement benefits.
  • Partner with ERISA counsel and vendors to ensure compliance requirements meet or exceed for all retirement plans including providing guidance regarding new or existing DOL and IRS regulations relating to plan audits, financial reporting, government form filings (e.g., Form 5500), funding notices (SAR/AFN) and reporting, SPD/plan amendments etc.
  • Maintain awareness of current retirement benefits programs, market trends, legislative, tax, and social changes. Assess impact to the Company’s programs and design, advise senior leadership on recommended improvements and necessary updates, and manage implementation of changes as needed.
  • Lead the communication/marketing of benefits programs to ensure that the financial investment is optimized through employee understanding, attraction and retention.
  • Develop fiscal year budget for all program costs. Accountable for tracking plan costs on monthly, quarterly and/or annual basis.
  • Serve as liaison and manage relationships with investment advisors with regard to investment management, quarterly fiduciary meetings, etc.
  • Coordinate fiduciary meetings, non-discrimination testing, audits and/or any other matters related to retirement & financial benefit plans to ensure compliant plan management.
  • Design, develop, monitor, and analyze benchmarking data and other metrics relevant to retirement and financial benefits.
  • Partner with People (HR) Services & HRIS to provide guidance and support timely day to day matters &/or corrections.
  • Evaluate, recommend and select retirement and/or financial benefit providers. Make recommendations and act as a key facilitator for decisions in negotiations with benefit providers, auditors and consultants for services.
  • Provide leadership for projects and initiatives with cross functional areas, such as internal shared services, other members of the benefits’ team, and/or outside vendors.
  • Collaborate with HR partners to ensure a good understanding of programs and policies and to ensure coordination across groups.
  • Serve as an internal consultant and expert on benefit practices and processes.
  • Ensure programs and processes are documented, appropriately administered and that the highest standards of service and compliance are regularly met.
  • Serve in a consultative role for Canadian benefits team.


  • BA or BS in a related area or equivalent experience required; graduate degree preferred.
  • 8+ plus years of experience with a strong background in design, development, and delivery of retirement benefit programs for large companies. Combination corporate & consulting experience preferred. Combined with 2+ years of M&A activities.
  • Experience merging & managing complex qualified and non-qualified defined benefits (DB) and defined contribution (DC) plans for acquired companies is required. Experience working with multiple unions/plan designs preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience with HRIS & pension administration software experience required.
  • Experience in working in an environment with HR Shared Services or outsourced HR Operations.
  • Experience in administration of both pension & 401k Defined Benefits (DB) & Defined Contribution (DC) retirement plans.


  • Comprehensive knowledge of retirement benefit plan principles and practices, as well as state and federal government regulations, compliance & operations.
  • Strong analytical skills and understanding of retirement actuarial concepts and problem-solving skills, to assess, identify problems and escalate when necessary.
  • A track record of building strong relationships and people partnership skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills to participants, vendor partners and broad level of internal stakeholders.
  • High level of attention to detail.
  • Proven ability to develop and monitor processes to ensure plan management is of the highest quality.
  • Proven project management skills.
  • Excellent capability to utilize Google Suite products such as Google Doc, Google Sheets & Google Slides.
  • Strong ability to present information in an objective and logical manner for effective decision making as well as strong negotiation and influencing ability.
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, team-oriented, "hands-on" environment.
  • Ability to maintain confidential information.
  • Knowledge of Canadian benefit plans an asset.

Required Certification/Licenses/Training:

  • Specialty retirement, compensation and/or benefits certification preferred.

Physical Requirements:

  • Office environment.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer! All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Disclaimer: The salary, other compensation, and benefits information is accurate as of the date of this posting. The Company reserves the right to modify this information at any time, subject to applicable law.

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