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Senior Benefits and Leave Specialist


Position Summary:

Reporting to the Senior Director, Global Benefits, the Benefits and Leave Specialist will be responsible for the day-to-day administration of various employee benefit programs including: leave of absences, group medical, dental, disability and life insurance, flexible spending accounts, health savings accounts, COBRA, 401k Savings Plan, and plan reconciliations and audits. This role will also support the annual benefits open enrollment process and new hire orientation.



Serve as the lead person in the delivery of Elanco’s leave and disability administration to include:

  • Subject matter expert for leave processes, administers, and tracks all employee FMLA, and/or other similar leaves or absence while ensuring compliance with applicable law and Company policy.
  • Serve as point of contact for escalated employee questions related to leaves and disability.
  • Facilitate other leave requests, which may include accommodation requests under the ADA.
  • Partner with HR Business Partner and Occupational Health teams on problem resolution


Additional Responsibilities:

  • Support the administration of the 401(K) plans, including but not limited to employee communications, vendor management, annual audit, discrimination testing, and compliance mailings.
  • Work with external brokers and vendors as well as internal legal teams to maintain compliance with all federal and state regulations, updating policies and procedures in support of any changes.
  • Support change management process when policies or procedures are updated to include training and communication.
  • Assist in the management of open enrollment including benefit guidebooks, open enrollment meetings and employee communications, including new hire orientation.
  • Serve as Benefit SME for Elanco Service Center by resolving escalated employee inquiries/cases and maintaining excellent knowledge of benefit plans.
  • Provide tactical administration of all benefit programs to include activities such as, but not limited to, new hire enrollments, life event changes, eligibility, deductions, plan options, policy features, claim adjudication, etc.
  • Interact with internal business units, consultants, and third-party service providers on daily administration of benefit programs. May include coordinating meetings and facilitating changes to benefit programs with outside service providers.
  • Generate monthly reporting on various benefits components and audit for accuracy.


Basic Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in HR, Finance, or similar business discipline or equivalent work experience.
  • Minimum of 3 years of benefits and/or human resources operations experience.
  • Solid foundation in US leave administration.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong customer service orientation with ability to work across all levels of the organization.
  • Motivated, self-starter, able to function with minimal supervision.
  • Strong attention to detail with high level of accuracy.
  • Ability to efficiently identify and solve moderately complex issues.
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Excel and data analysis and working knowledge of HRIS databases.
  • Ability to function well in a fast-paced environment


Additional Skills & Preferences:

  • SHRM or World at Work certification
  • Familiarity with Workday
  • Experience developing open enrollment communications


Additional Information:

  • Primary location for this position is Greenfield, IN at the Elanco Global Headquarters; hybrid work arrangement


Elanco Benefits and Perks:

We offer a comprehensive benefits package focusing on financial, physical, and mental well-being while encouraging our employees to pursue our purpose! Some highlights include:

  • Multiple relocation packages
  • Two weeklong shutdowns (mid-summer and year-end) in the US (in addition to PTO)
  • 8-week parental leave
  • 9 Employee Resource Groups
  • Annual bonus offering
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Up to 6% 401K matching


Elanco is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status