Sr. Benefits Manager

Chicago, IL, US, 60601

James Hardie Building Products Inc. is the North American leader in fiber cement home siding and exterior design solutions. Hardie® products offer long lasting beauty and endless design possibilities with trusted protection and low maintenance. The company pioneered modern fiber cement building products and continues to invest in innovation to transform the industry. James Hardie is a high-performance organization, with an unwavering commitment to Zero Harm. The company proudly employs a diverse workforce of over 3,000 employees across operations in North America.


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As the Sr. Benefits Manager and head of the benefits function at James Hardie, you will play a key role in shaping total rewards strategy, administering programs, and providing guidance to leadership on benefits and compliance matters in US and Canada. You will direct and manage the overall design and administration of health, welfare and retirement programs. You will be responsible for ensuring benefit programs are competitive, sustainable, compliant and have an impact on the short and long-term performance of the company.

What You’ll Do:

  • Collaborate with leadership to review, recommend and implement benefit changes annually by participating in vendor review, plan design discussion and budgeting processes.
  • Administer employee benefits and manage vendor relationships, reviewing vendor services and addressing performance as needed.
  • Manage and ensure the company’s annual benefit open enrollment process is completed accurately and timely.
  • Support the organization’s strategic objectives and keep senior management apprised of internal and external issues.
  • Supervise benefit department employees by overseeing all benefit projects and escalated employee benefit issues from vendors, employees, and beneficiaries in a quick, equitable and courteous manner.
  • Ensure plans meet current and future requirements of the Affordable Care Act regulations and legislation, and ensures statutory compliance with FMLA, ADA, COBRA, ERISA and HIPAA legislation.


The position responsibilities outlined above are in no way to be construed as all encompassing.  Other duties, responsibilities, and qualifications may be required and/or assigned as necessary.


What You’ll Bring:  

  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources or related field required (must be from an accredited institution)
  • Minimum of eight (8) years of benefits (health, welfare & retirement) design, administration and management experience
  • Experience as a leader in the benefits function
  • Vendor and people management experience
  • Ability to work collaboratively with multiple stakeholders


What You’ll Receive:

At James Hardie, we recognize that our success depends on our people. We've worked hard to build a generous and competitive benefits program that demonstrates our commitment to our employees.

  • Comprehensive low-cost co-pay Health Insurance; medical, dental, prescription, and vision insurance benefits for every 30+ hour full-time employee. Insurance starts on day one!
  • 401(k) Retirement plan that will match 100% of employees saved dollars up to the first 6% of your salary
  • Paid holidays, paid vacation including Jury Duty and bereavement leave
  • Wellness Program
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Parental Leave
  • Community Involvement & Sustainable Solutions - Fire Resistant Siding to Help Rebuild the Grizzly Flats Community | James Hardie
  • And more


Apply now and come “home” to Hardie!




James Hardie Building Products Inc. is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, genetic information, veteran's status, marital status, pregnancy, disability, or any other basis protected by law.

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