Sr. Benefits Administrator in Mobile, AL at Austal

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Mobile, AL

Job Description

Any qualified individual with a disability who is having difficulty in completing an application because of incompatible technology or other disability-related application issues may contact us at the following phone number for assistance: 251-445-1932.
Austal shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR §§ 60-1.4(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin. Moreover, these regulations require that covered prime contractors and subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status or disability.  Austal’s commitment to equal employment opportunity applies at all levels of employment, in all job titles, including the executive level, and to all employment actions, including but not limited to decisions concerning recruitment, hiring, training, and promotion. 


  • Knowledgeable of each benefit plan and makes decisions within the scope of the benefit program/ plan documents as to eligibility and coverage.
  • Investigates and resolves benefit plan discrepancies and provides information in non-routine situations to ensure quick, equitable, courteous resolution to employees.
  • Coordinates benefits fair; manages Annual Open Enrollment activities including vendor relations, scheduling, and communication.
  • Maintains group benefits databases and employee benefit records.
  • Processes monthly billings and prepares vouchers for submission to Accounts Payable timely for payment.
  • Advises individuals regarding eligibility and coverage for such programs as health, dental, vision, group life, long- and short-term disability, retirement savings, and other such plans.
  • Provides day-to-day benefits administration of Company provided benefits such as health, dental, disability, critical illness, flexible spending accounts, 401K and life insurance per Company policies and Summary Plan Descriptions.
  • Initiates COBRA eligibility communicate and ensures enrollments are processed timely and accurately. Troubleshoots COBRA issues with former employees and dependents and interacts with external vendor to ensure compliance with COBRA processing guidelines.
  • Writes benefits communication pieces for Austal Newsletter and ensures that newsletter is published timely.
  • Writes benefits education material and conducts seminars and informational events, inclusive of orientation, lunch and learn sessions;
  • Conducts new hire benefits orientation and ensures accuracy and completeness of benefit materials.
  • Point of contact between Workday and vendor systems to ensure data files are interfacing correctly.
  • Supports MLOA Leaves of absences and serves as back-up to Leave of Absence (LOA) Coordinator when needed.
  • Point of contact for employees on Military Leave (MLOA); processes MLOA paid / unpaid time off requests.
  • Monitors LOA cases and coordinates catch up payment of outstanding premiums via system and interface with Payroll.
  • Performs audits annual open enrollment processes to ensure accuracy.
  • Performs special Benefits projects as needed.


  • High School Diploma or equivalent; and 4 years’ experience in Human Resources

with primary responsibility in area of Benefits

Updated 8/19/2020

  • Bachelors’ degree in Human Resources preferred with minimum of 2 years’ related experience with degree
  • High level of computer proficiency and technical aptitude to utilize MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and HRIS database applications.
  • Strong proficiency with HRIS data management and possess systems aptitude.
  • Strong troubleshooting skills; Ability to analyze issues and suggest solutions
  • Strong organizational skills; Ability to collect, organize, and analyze data for various projects

TOOLS: Not applicable

DIRECTION EXERCISED: Works within established guidelines.

DISCRETION EXERCISED: A degree of creativity and latitude is expected. Relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.


Employees, Managers, and Customer Service Representatives for all Benefit Plans,


  • Candidates must meet the following employment eligibility guidelines to be considered for employment with Austal USA:
    • 18 years of age or older at time of application.
    • Able to provide proof of US Person Status
    • No felony convictions of Theft/Deception or Violent crimes within seven years from disposition date
    • No felony convictions of Drug crimes within three years from disposition date
    • Willing to submit to a drug screen
    • Willing to submit to a background check