Benefits Specialist I

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Description/Job Summary

AgFirst Farm Credit Bank provides financing, as well as a range of technology and other services, to a network of agricultural lenders in the United States and Puerto Rico. Located in a high-tech high-rise on a revitalized Main Street in Columbia, S.C., AgFirst is committed to providing a comfortable, inclusive work environment. We believe in investing in our employees so they can help lead our $30 billion company into the future. AgFirst is seeking a Benefits Specialist I.

The Benefits Specialist, under direct supervision of the Benefits Supervisor, completes assigned benefits administration responsibilities. Researches and responds to questions on all benefit plans and provides guidance and assistance to employees, retirees, and continuees relative to policies, practices and procedures applicable to benefit programs. Prepares and/or verifies retirement calculations to include estimates and other calculations of pension benefits as assigned. Presents benefits information to small groups of new Bank employees. Responsible for coordination of various benefit meetings. Determines and maintains accurate benefit eligibility data and processes benefit changes in the Infor Lawson System. Maintains accurate files and records for all benefit plans. Assists/performs Sarbanes-Oxley/ICFR controls and testing requirements as assigned.

The responsibility of this position is managing specialized work efficiently, with confidence and competence. The position requires above average attention to details, concern for the exact correctness of work, and strong commitment to tasks completed on time. The person will take work seriously, has a strong sense of duty, and is disciplined. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Handles benefit program enrollments in flex, health care, HAS, life, LTD and voluntary employee benefits
  • Responds to questions from HR Representatives, employees, retirees and beneficiaries and resolves issues relating to benefits eligibility and coverage.
  • Verifies benefits information in the Infor Lawson System
  • Using Actuary’s system, prepares and/or verifies individual retirement calculations including estimates, severances, deaths, disability and special calculations as assigned for retirement plans.
  • Plans quarterly benefits committee meetings, annual retiree luncheon, and annual retirement planning seminar.
  • Prepares claims and agency forms such as Workers Compensation claims and CMS forms.  Handles sympathy and illness expressions for the bank. 
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business or HR Management
  • Minimum of 2 years of professional work experience in the administration of employee benefits with emphasis in retirement and health and welfare plans
  • Thorough knowledge and understand of employee benefits laws and regulations including HIPAA, FMLA, ADA and the Affordable Care Act
  • Ability to understand and to effectively communication plan provisions, policies, procedures, etc. to a diverse group of people
  • Ability to plan, organize, prioritize and to work independently on routine matters with minimal direction and complete multiple assignments within assigned timeframes
  • Experience with an HRIS and knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Professional certification (PHR/SPHR, CBP, etc)
  • Knowledge of Crystal Reports


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