Senior HR Specialist, Pension and Benefits (4923)

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Senior HR Specialist, Pension and Benefits
Organization:  Federated Co-op
Province:  Saskatchewan
Location:  Saskatoon or Regina

Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) is a diverse business operating in the agriculture, food, energy and home and building sectors. Based in Saskatoon, Sask., FCL is owned by independent retail co-operatives from across Western Canada that are committed to local investment, community mindedness and lifetime membership benefits. FCL is involved in wholesaling and manufacturing, including refined fuels and lubricants. It also provides administrative and marketing support to its member-owners. For more information, visit  

The Co-operative Retailing System is a network composed of Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) and over 180 independent retail co-operatives that help build, feed and fuel individuals and communities in Western Canada. From Vancouver Island to northwestern Ontario and into the Arctic, retail co-ops serve 1.8 million active members and many more customers at 2,500 locations. FCL centrally supplies and supports these retail co-ops. By working together under the CO-OP® brand, we are all committed to local investment, community mindedness and lifetime membership benefits. For more information, visit   

FCL invites applications for the position of Senior HR Specialist, Pension and Benefits in the Total Reward department with position located either in Saskatoon or Regina.

Under the direction of the Pension Manager, the Senior HR Specialist, Pension and Benefits acts as a subject matter expert and key liaison for pension and benefits programs.  This position works with relevant vendors and consultants, guides the administration of the pension, and benefits plans.  The Senior HR Specialist, Pension & Benefits provides support to stakeholders in the form of complex analysis and problem solving.   They lead and assists with strategy development, tactical plans, and leads and collaborates with the Pension Manager on communication efforts relating to pension and benefits. The Senior HR Specialist, Pension & Benefits is responsible for supporting the plans to implementation, education and sustainment of pension and benefits projects and programs.


Reporting to the Pension Manager, responsibilities for this position include the following: 

  • Leads benefits administration of Defined Contribution (DC) and Defined Benefit (DB) pension plans.  Performs audits and verifications to ensure administrative policies and practices meet regulatory compliance, including the Canadian Association of Pension Supervisory Authorities (CAPSA) guidelines, and the Pension Benefits Act & Regulations. Oversees the administration of benefit programs, the Defined Benefit and Defined Contribution pension plans and assists in managing the contract administration.
  • Guides the HR Specialist, Pension and Benefits in the administration of benefits and pension plans and ensures compliance to policies, contracts and collective bargaining agreement.
  • Assist Pension Manager and Director with strategic planning, implementation of amendments, collective bargaining support and enhancements to Total Rewards programs.  Make changes for improvements to processes, forms, and supporting documentation. Oversees data integrity and ensures information requirements are met.  
  • Provide support to Pension Manager through detailed analysis for projects and requests, such as benefit and pension reviews and research.  Assist the Pension Manager in preparing for pension committee meetings by gathering data and statistics, and preparing reports. 
  • Create and lead pension and benefits information sessions, retirement planning, and integration workshops. Provide education to stakeholders such as HR relating to the various programs.
  • Lead the development of an annual administration cycle process, which outlines recurring administrative events such as cyclical government reports and annual pension statements.
  • Audit data that is provided to external vendors and government agencies which have a significant impact on annual reports. Implement and follow best practices in relation to audit process and ensure the data that is being maintained is accurate.
  • Other duties as assigned. 

The successful candidate will have a Degree with a preference for Commerce or Business Administration and 5+ years of pension and/or benefits experience, including the administration and analysis of pension and benefits programs. Preference for Pension and/or benefits experience in Human Resources. Completion or enrolment in one of the following is required: CEBS, RPA, PPAC. Certified Financial Planner is considered an asset.

A combination of relevant education and experience may be considered.