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Associate Consultant, EMEA Benefits (Dublin or Limerick)

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Human Resources
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About Northern Trust:

Northern Trust provides innovative financial services and guidance to corporations, institutions and affluent families and individuals globally. With 130 years of financial experience and nearly 20,000 partners, we serve the world’s most sophisticated clients using leading technology and exceptional service.

As a Northern Trust employee (Partner), you will be part of a flexible and collaborative work culture, which has a strong history of financial strength and stability. Movement within the organization is encouraged, senior leaders are accessible, and you can take pride in working for a company that is committed to strengthening the communities we serve.

Northern Trust is committed to working with and providing adjustments to individuals with health conditions and disabilities. If you would benefit from adjustments for any part of the employment process, please inform the recruiter to discuss your individual requirements.

We recognize the value of inclusion and diversity in culture, in thought, and in experience, which is why Forbes ranked us the top employer for Diversity in 2018. 

Role/ Department
The Benefits Associate Consultant role for EMEA is based in Ireland and reports to the EMEA Benefits Team Leader.

Working closely with local HR partners and the Compensation and Benefits team in the EMEA Region and at Head Office, Chicago, the Benefits Associate Consultant is responsible for supporting the EMEA Benefits team in managing the operation and day to day activities for the pension and benefit programmes in the region in addition to supporting the team when undertaking key projects linked to business activity (i.e. M&A, TUPE) or HR initiatives (system integration/implementations).

The key responsibilities of the role include: 
•    Undertake analysis of benefit programme for integration and harmonisation, produce costing and reports.
•    Supporting the team in managing and developing internal wellbeing programs.
•    Manage the 3rd party vendor relationships, in accordance with the Corporate Vendor management Policy including monitoring performance against SLAs and partnering with procurement/legal, and undertake vendor set up in accordance with corporate requirements.
•    Support the team in managing the relationships with internal and external stakeholders including HR Partners, Finance, Procurement insurance companies, third party administrators, consultants and employees to provide quality service, compliance with contract terms and conditions and timely issue resolution.
•    Work closely with the Employees Relations team to ensure the benefit implications of policies and procedures are correctly taken into account.
•    Work closely with the HR Services, payroll and HR systems teams to establish appropriate procedures for the day to day management and processing of benefits administration for new office sets ups, benefit changes and ongoing / regular procedures. 
•    Research policies and mandatory requirements for pension and benefit plans for new locations and generally in the region, taking account of market practice.
•    Research and review competitiveness of pension and benefit programmes taking account of market practice and trends. Provide recommendations, solve problems, and recommend changes to policies, procedures and practices, to management, as appropriate.
•    Ensure compliance of all pensions and benefit programmes with legislative and regulatory requirements. Ensure the establishment of new programmes are compliant.
•    Support the EMEA Benefits team in the management of all arrangements across the region, and on any project or development work.
•    Provide management information in accordance with regional and corporate requirements.
•    Undertake monthly budget reviews for the region and ensure all benefit costs are correctly allocated and reported. 
•    Support in managing the day to day operation of EMEA benefit programmes. Serve as an expert “go to” resource.  Address elevated participant issues.
•    Create and manage communication programs including written and website communication, summary plan descriptions, plan documents and other plan related materials.

Skills/Qualifications 
•    Good knowledge and experience of pension and benefits programs, ideally knowledge of international pension and benefit arrangements
•    Understanding of regulatory requirements and reporting
•    Experience of  managing 3rd party suppliers/vendors
•    Advanced PC/ systems skills including excel
•    Experience of budgeting
•    Excellent consulting & client servicing skills at all levels within an organisation
•    Working knowledge of HRIS systems (e.g. Workday, Peoplesoft)
•    Working knowledge of flexible benefits & platforms
•    Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
•    Strong verbal and written communication skills
•    Exceptional organizational skills
•    Exposure to M&A activities and Due Diligence is beneficial
•    Experience of working across multi countries
•    Basic understanding of Pensions is desirable

Working with Us:

We’d love to learn more about how your interests and experience could be a fit with one of the world’s most admired and ethical companies. In return, we will support you with your personal and career goals in a number of ways:

Financial – Life Assurance, Disability Plan, Pension/ Gratuity, Annual Pay Review

Work Life Balance – Flexible Work Options, Incremental Annual Leave, Community Volunteer Days

Health & Wellbeing – Private Medical Insurance, Active Sports & Social clubs (lunchtime and after-work groups), Employee Assistance Program

Professional Development – Clear Career Path, Education Assistance, Recognition Programme, NT University (wide range of online, virtual & in-house training options) and employee-led Business Resource Councils dedicated to diversity and inclusion initiatives.

And Finally 

We hope you’re excited about the role and the opportunity to work with us.
We value an inclusive workplace and understand flexibility means different things to different people.
Apply today and talk to us about your flexible working requirements and together we can achieve greater.


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Reasonable Accommodation
Northern Trust is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please email our HR Service Center or call 1-800-807-0302 (North America), +630-276-5353 (Asia Pacific), 1800-425-0333 (India), +44(0)207 982 4357 (Europe, Middle East and Africa) and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statements
  • APAC/India EEO Statement
    • APAC/INDIA EEO STATEMENT

      It is the policy and practice of Northern Trust to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants. Northern Trust does not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, religion or belief, nationality, ethnic or national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, disability or age. All employment decisions will be made in a non-discriminatory manner in accordance with our obligations under the law and codes of practice. This includes human resources’ decisions relating to recruitment, terms and conditions of employment, transfers, promotions and access to learning and development.

  • Canada EEO Statement
    • Canada EEO STATEMENT

      Northern Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Hiring and other employment decisions at Northern Trust are made without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, ancestry, national origin, ethnic origin, age, disability, citizenship, veteran status, sexual orientation, record of offences, marital status, family status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, provincial, or local law, regulation, or ordinance.

  • EMEA EEO Statement
    • EMEA EEO STATEMENT

      It is the policy and practice of Northern Trust to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants. Northern Trust does not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, religion or belief, nationality, ethnic or national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, disability or age. All employment decisions will be made in a non-discriminatory manner in accordance with our obligations under the law and codes of practice. This includes human resources’ decisions relating to recruitment, terms and conditions of employment, transfers, promotions and access to learning and development.

  • USA EEO Statement
    • USA EEO STATEMENT

      It is the policy of The Northern Trust Company to afford equal opportunity in all phases of employment without regard to an individual's age, race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, citizenship status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic tests and information, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status. EEO poster (U.S.)EEO is Law Poster Supplement