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Benefits Specialist

Date: Dec 3, 2021

Location: Columbia, MD, US, 21044

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.

Requisition ID: 19524 

Built on talent, technology, and trust, Grace is a leading global supplier of catalysts and engineered materials. The company’s two industry-leading business segments—Catalysts Technologies and Materials Technologies—provide innovative products, technologies, and services that enhance the products and processes of our customers around the world. Grace employs approximately 4,300 people in over 30 countries.

Job Description

The Benefits Specialist will be based out of Columbia, MD and will provide support for US employees for Retirement Plan and HSA funding, Leave of Absence and other benefit administration needs. This position will report directly to the Director, Global Benefits.

  • Ensures retirement plans are administered in accordance with company, state, and federal guidelines and regulations
  • Conducts retirement and benefits-related calculations and reconciliations following plan documents for qualified and non-qualified DC plans and HSA plans.  Ensures timely and funding for all plans.
  • Serves as a liaison between beneficiaries and participants and the plan administrator, handling or facilitating service requests, and other administrative changes
  • Coordinates with actuaries, plan administrators, finance, to provide verified and compiled data for administration of retirement plans
  • Maintains knowledge of legal and regulatory changes, trends, and other developments affecting retirement benefits
  • Communicates with employees, HR Managers, supervisors regarding leave of absence including but not limited to Family Medical Leave, Short Term Disability and Long Term Disability. Ensures that employees, HR and supervisors are clear of their responsibilities related to leave of absence
  • Coordinates with leave of absence vendor from the employees initial notice for leave through return to work
  • Advises supervisors, HR and employees on applicable legislation and HR policies concerning leave of absence, which includes FML, short-term and long-term disability benefits
  • Oversees the return-to-work process for employees returning from extended FMLA, STD, or other leave(s)
  • Acts as point of contact for GOC AP and all benefits vendors for all billing questions and provide appropriate GL accounts to GOC AP
  • Maintains complete and accurate records of all benefits contracts and SPDs on the Sharepoint sites
  • Tracks and reconciles benefits billings on monthly basis

Required Skills

  • Extensive knowledge of employee benefits and applicable laws
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Detail-oriented and able to multi-tasking
  • Good team member and ability to collaborate internally with other functions such as Finance, HR, and Payroll
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or similar software

Required Experience

  • Bachelors degree in human resources or related field of study
  • 3+ years experience in benefits administration of which 1-2 years working with outside vendors and 1-2 years experience in 401(k) administration

Preferred Qualifications

  • 1-2 years of experience with leave of absence administration


Grace is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity. Please, no phone calls or emails. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at Grace via email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of Grace. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Grace as a result of the referral or through other means.

Nearest Major Market: Baltimore