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Benefits Manager

Date: Sep 4, 2021

Location: Chicago, IL, US, 60606

Company: Glanbia

Benefits Manager



Reports To:        VP Human Resources

Department:       Human Resources

Location:            Chicago/Downers Grove

Exempt Status:  Exempt


At Glanbia, our portfolio centers around dairy and non-dairy nutritional ingredients. We co-innovate and deliver ingredient solutions and precision premixes for use in the mainstream food and beverage, infant and clinical, and functional nutrition markets. We are the number one provider of whey-based nutritional ingredients globally and the number one producer of American-style cheddar cheese. Our protein systems have transformed the bar and beverage categories — bringing increased levels of protein, cleaner labels and greater product functionality to market. We have a direct presence in 21 countries, with manufacturing facilities in the US, Germany, China, Ireland, Germany (and more), and international sales and technical offices around the world.  Our mission is to inspire people everywhere to achieve their performance and healthy lifestyle goals. We’re an agile business, led by brands and inspired by consumers.  They demand new product formats and have a growing appetite for healthy snacking and plant-based protein. Increasingly, they shop online for their health and fitness needs.




The Benefits Manager will be tasked with assisting with the progression of the strategic direction of the Glanbia USA benefits offering, while leading the successful administration of various plans (H&W, Qualified/Non-Qualified retirement, Wellness, Leave of Absence).  This role will be based in our Chicago, Illinois headquarters office and will occasionally visit local sites on an as-needed basis.   This role will work in close partnership with multiple divisions under the larger Glanbia PLC, and the ability to collaborate will be critical to the success of this role.




  • Leads the benefits integrations of recently acquired companies to ensure a smooth transition for new employees, considering the change impacts to both employees and the company, and leads the communication and change management initiatives, in partnership with the leadership team and the HR community.
  • In conjunction with HR leaders, evaluates and compares existing company benefits.
  • Ability to develop and recommend benefit programs, policies and procedures for review and implementation.
  • Assists in managing the benefit offering mix, in partnership with our benefits broker, to deliver benefit programs that attract and retain employees, while adhering to approved budget.
  • Participate in annual renewal planning sessions; providing recommendations and set the strategic direction of future offerings to remain competitive yet contain costs.
  • Maintains day to day accountability of vendor management, ensuring Service Level Agreements and key performance metrics are meeting the needs of Glanbia and our employees.
  • Working with various external vendors in the continuous administration and resolution of benefit programs.
  • Empowering the broader HR team to effectively communicate our benefits offering and deepen the knowledge and understanding of Glanbia’s benefits programs
  • Assist in the Open Enrollment communication strategy and execution, to include the oversight of on-site and webinar based information sessions.
  • Manage the coordination of leave of absence processing (through benefits team and site HR), with a view towards HR and Manager transparency and continuous process improvement in order to align the business accordingly
  • Oversee wellness offerings and reimbursements and health screening programs
  • Drive efficiencies in benefits administration, leveraging vendors and various IT platforms to streamline legacy processes.
  • Complies with federal, state, and local legal requirements by studying existing and new legislation; obtaining qualified opinions; enforcing adherence to requirements.
  • Leverage metrics and analysis to identify opportunities for efficiencies or program enhancements.
  • Lead various benefit plan audits for accuracy in HRIS and Payroll systems.




Education, Training:      


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Professional Certification in HR (CEBS, PHR/SPHR) preferred


Experience Required:   

  • 5+ years of benefits related experience required, prior leadership experience preferred
  • Proven success working with remote teams
  • Experience working with various HRIS platforms required, with strong preference given to SAP and SuccessFactors.


Competencies Required:            

  • Business Insight – Maintains advanced knowledge of Glanbia Nutritionals business structure and operating model.  Demonstrated fluency in financial, business and market-related technical language
  • Communication – Communicates effectively to a wide variety of audiences at all organizational levels.  Creates venues for constructive dialogue within the team; demonstrates candor and openness when discussing major organizational initiatives.
  • Critical Thinking – Synthesized information from many sources to arrive at a broad and deep understanding of multiple issues.  Creates compelling data stories to drive business change and effectiveness.  Supports all proposals with empirical ROI analysis.
  • Organizational Savvy - Builds rapport and relationships with a variety of people.  Manages challenging interpersonal situations and group dynamics within the organization in a transparent, sensitive, and fair manner.  Exhibits high levels of respect and emotional intelligence when faced with challenging behaviors or situations.
  • Influence and Consultation – Advanced.  Takes a holistic approach to consulting and problem solving by not only obtaining resources and establishing organization processes that enable effective information gathering, but also by anticipating complex challenges the organization may face in the future.
  • Agility – Effective at analyzing when there is a need to shift style/approach in response to a broad range of different situations and challenges.  Acquires new knowledge and skills at a face pace.  Models the value of exploration and learning by creating an environment where experimenting to find new solutions is valued and supported.
  • Strategic Mindset – Leads and directs a team to effectively identify and prioritize strategic issues and opportunities, whilst also leveraging the organization’s key differentiators in order to develop a viable long-term strategy.  Collaborates with fellow leaders to integrate organizations strategies to achieve and sustain our competitive advantage.  Proposes appropriate actions to mitigate associated risks.




  • Occasional travel required
  • Work required in Downtown Chicago and Downers Grove locations
  • Travel to company locations on an as needed basis




Must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation efficiently and accurately without causing significant safety threat to self or others.  The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required of all personnel so classified.


Are you someone who likes to make it happen, make it better and make it fun? If so, our company offers you an excellent opportunity to do really interesting work and develop a career in a dynamic and innovative environment that is all about making you and our business successful.

Nearest Major Market: Chicago