Pension and Benefits Manager (Temporary, up to 16 months) (4694)

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Pension and Benefits Manager (Temporary, up to 16 months)
Organization:  Federated Co-operatives Limited
Province:  Saskatchewan
Location:  Saskatoon

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 200 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 Pension and Benefits Manager in our home office located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

The Pension and Benefits Manager manages and assists in the development of key components of the organization’s overall Total Rewards strategy including defined benefit and defined contribution pension programs, benefits programs and other programs to meet the strategic needs of Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL), its subsidiaries, and the Co-operative Retailing System (CRS). Works collaboratively with other HR team leaders to ensure alignment of HR strategies within FCL and for retail co-ops. Responsible for leading and/or participating in various pension and benefits initiatives. Responsible for the development of policies to support the key activities and programs of the department.

Reporting to the Director, Total Rewards, responsibilities for this position include the following: 

  • Manage and assist in the development, implementation and updating of the organization’s annual group benefits, pension and other programs to align with the business plan, overall strategic directive and total rewards strategy including support in evolving governance initiatives for defined benefit pension programming.
  • Liaise and collaborate with key stakeholders throughout FCL and the CRS on a regular basis to determine the needs of the organization regarding pension, benefits and other total rewards program strategies.
  • Identify metrics to assess the progress in meeting strategic business objectives, inform decision making and ensure department accountability to the organization.
  • Prepare project plans and present for approval ensuring resources are implemented and utilized to complete projects, either within HR or cross-functional committees.
  • Act as subject matter expert on key projects requiring pension, benefits or other program analysis or information.  Oversee and research trends and initiatives in the field of pension, benefits and other program areas. 
  • Provide leadership, coaching and development for the benefit team; this will be accomplished by providing direction, guidance and coaching on decision making, thinking strategically, and sharing organizational and business unit vision.
  • Provide management oversight to external vendors and service providers, in areas such as selection, negotiation of pricing and contract terms, oversight of audit and cost analysis processes, conflict resolution, and approval of change orders.
  • Other duties as assigned.

The successful candidate will have a Degree with preference for Commerce of Business Administration and 8 years of progressive human resources experience including a minimum of 5 years of experience in the areas of pension and benefits, and direct managerial experience in the areas of pension and benefits.

A combination of relevant education and experience may be considered.