Consultant, Group Benefits (5081)

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Consultant, Group Benefits
Organization:  Dehoney Financial Group
Province:  British Columbia
Location:  Vancouver
 
 
Description:

Dehoney Financial Group (DFG) is an established Vancouver-based full-service consulting firm offering group benefits and retirement consulting, third-party administration (TPA) services, corporate and personal life insurance as well as individual retirement and financial planning in BC and nationally.  As a client centric team, we understand that change is constant and a well-designed solution adapts to meet a client’s needs.

The Group Benefits Consulting team works alongside our clients’ human resources and executive teams to identify objectives in all aspects of benefit plan design and delivery.  We manage national, regional and multi-insurer benefit programs.  There has never been a better time to consider a career at Dehoney Financial Group.  We are growing and looking for some great new people to join our team.  Check out this and other postings at dehoney.com

About You

Like us, you love the group benefits industry. As the key consultant to assigned group benefits clients, you will provide consulting expertise on plan design, pricing, funding, benchmarking, and vendor management. You will maintain and grow client relationships, while identifying opportunities for adding other lines of coverage, products or services.  You are relationship and customer focused, and an excellent communicator. Through your professional experiences, you have come to value and appreciate collaboration in the delivery of proactive and strategic solutions and high-quality client experiences.

Candidates with ideally 5 years related industry experience, especially those holding their Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS) designation and with proven success in group benefits are encouraged to apply. Candidates at various levels of experience are encouraged to apply such as experienced Benefits Managers and Client Relationship Managers. 

About the Opportunity

The Consultant, Group Benefits manages and oversees the complete employee benefits cycle by serving as the strategic partner and advisor to primarily large, complex clients in the design and management of their health and benefits programs. This includes:

Benefit plan analysis, design, cost savings and funding strategies.
Vendor procurement, negotiation and optimization.
Recommend absence and disability management processes.
Perform pharmacy and data analytics and recommend cost containment and future-oriented strategies.
Benchmark our client’s programs by researching prevailing practices among similar organizations. Make recommendations according to findings.
Prepare delivery of annual renewal reports, market surveys and carrier transitions as necessary.
Consistently monitor client relationships and strengthen those relationships by identifying needs through adding lines of coverage, products or services.

Oversee the management of a block of group benefit accounts to ensure quality standards are met. Ensure deliverables, objectives, budget and timelines are met.

Demonstrate leadership by directly managing and/or mentoring account managers, consultants, analysts and benefit coordinators. Provide advice to resolve escalated administrative, contractual, financial or claim issues. Ensure group benefit team members understand DFG client needs and priorities.
Design and deliver presentations to clients, lead client meetings as well as key employee presentations.
Maintain close working relationships with insurance partners. Initiate problem solving and negotiate when necessary.
Effectively track and communicate the progress of monthly/quarterly metrics to internal stakeholders and the leadership team.

How to Apply

This position will remain open until the right hire is made, so please send your resume & cover letter with your “last name – Consultant, Group Benefits” in the subject line to careers@dehoney.com. We thank all interested candidates; however only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. No employment agency calls please.

Why DFG?

We offer a competitive compensation and benefit plan; Group RRSP; Employee Assistance Program; personal development and tuition reimbursement; volunteer day to give back to your community; regular social events because we believe it makes our team stronger; convenient location (close to transit, restaurants, etc.); bike-commuter friendly (showers, bike lock-up, etc.). Most of all we are a thoughtful and respectful team that values collaboration so we can learn and grow together!

Requirements:

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s Degree, and preferably a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS) designation (or willingness to work towards designation)
Minimum 5 years related industry experience with a strong knowledge of group benefit products as well as applicable legislation
Proven experience and success in the design & management of group benefits programs gained in a consulting, brokerage or carrier environment
LLQP/Life Licensed in the Province of BC (or willingness to become licensed within the first 90 days is required)

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain strong relationships (clients, internal, insurance carriers and business community)
Ability to positively influence and negotiate with others to achieve results balancing the interests of the client and DFG
Ability to develop client-centered solutions and understand “big picture”
Self-motivated and works well independently as well as within a collaborative team
Excellent attention to detail with strong analytical and problem-solving skills
Excellent communication (written and oral), and presentation facilitation skills
Strong time management and project management skills
Leadership skills to oversee, coach and mentor people to create a positive collaborative team environment
Advanced working knowledge in MS Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint), specifically in transferring data to meaningful client exhibits
A valid drivers’ license and access to a vehicle for occasional client meetings