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Payroll and Benefits Specialist

Job Number:  49111
Group:  Cosma International
Division:  Magna Electric Vehicle Structures
Job Type:  Permanent/Regular


Group Description

Cosma provides a comprehensive range of body, chassis and engineering solutions to global customers. Through our robust product engineering, outstanding tooling capabilities and diverse process expertise, we continue to bring lightweight and innovative products to market.


Role Summary

Coordinates and administers employee benefit plans including medical, dental, vision, prescription, life, wellness, FMLA, STD/LTD, and 401K plans. Works closely with MAGNA Corporate office in the administration of all Benefit Programs and makes recommendations for updates and improvements. Payroll Processing of all employees. Monitor application of Company policy, as it relates to payroll, for consistency.

The Payroll and Benefits Specialist is responsible to ensure that the Customer, People, and Investor goals are balanced and met.

Key Responsibilities

  • Conduct new hire benefits orientation.
  • Enroll new employees in benefit plans by the company set timeline for submitting benefits paperwork. Enroll new employees that do not submit paperwork into default employee only coverage.
  • Ensure all new employees on benefits and terminations receive COBRA notices according to legal standards.
  • Lead the annual open enrollment process, conduct open enrollment meetings, print documentation needed, and coordinate the distribution and collection of documents required.
  • Provide employee benefits counseling as needed: new hires, status changes, terminations, disability/death claims, retirements, etc.
  • Process benefits changes for “life events” and communicate changes to payroll for update of benefits costs.
  • Lead the coordination of an annual wellness fair with the benefits vendors. Support and promote wellness programs.
  • Assist employees with benefits claims issues by validating our internal system is correct and directing employees to the appropriate contacts for the benefits vendors. Escalating major issues to our Corporate Benefits Administrators.
  • Conduct monthly audits of benefits to ensure all new hires and terminations are entered into the HRIS system and validate against payroll’s report of entered deductions.
  • Maintain employee benefits systems and ensure benefits changes are entered appropriately in payroll system.
  • Working with the COBRA administration, ensure all paperwork is processed appropriately.
  • Administer all leave programs including FMLA and STD/LTD in accordance with legal requirements and company policies.
  • Maintain tracking of leave status and leave hours and provide reports for KPIs accordingly.
  • Participate in benefits training and updates provided by corporate or outside vendors as needed or required. Maintain knowledge of industry standards and legal requirements in Benefits Administration.
  • Review payroll records for input into payroll. Includes names, rates of pay, occupations of newly hired workers, and changes in wages and departments.
  • Review payroll to ensure accuracy.
  • Perform other duties as required.

Key Qualifications/Requirements

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Problem solving skills, ability to gather and analyze information.
  • Teamwork, willing and eager to help other and share knowledge and skills. 
  • Ability to define problems, collects data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Edit weekly billings for temporary help and prepares for payment.
  • Set up procedures to improve efficiency of payroll.
  • Ensure management reports are provided as needed (eg. weekly OT reports, monthly payroll journal).
  • Ensure timely preparation and submission of external reports/payments (ie. Insurance, 401K, garnishments etc.).
  • Enter data and submit claims for EZA (to include EZA training credits) and EZA2.
  • Enter payroll deductions for company store/safety shoe purchases.
  • Profit sharing file creation and submit to Corporate.
  • Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form.
  • Communication Skills
  • Read, analyzes, and interprets general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.
  • Write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.
  • Effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
  • The main language proficiency shall be in the English language with a Grade Level greater than 12.

Additional Information

  • ​​​​Associate degree (A.A.) or equivalent from two-year college or technical school, plus 2+ years of Benefits Administration experience required; or 4+ years Benefits Administration experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 2-4 years’ benefits administration experience  
  • Must have experience with FMLA, STD/LTD, benefits costs analysis, and benefits administration.
  • Must have experience with ADP payroll administration for approximately 300+ employees.
  • Automotive and/or manufacturing plant experience preferred.

Awareness. Unity. Empowerment.

At Magna, we believe that a diverse workforce is critical to our success. That’s why we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We hire on the basis of experience and qualifications, and in consideration of job requirements, regardless of, in particular, color, ancestry, religion, gender, origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability or gender identity. Magna takes the privacy of your personal information seriously. We discourage you from sending applications via email to comply with GDPR requirements and your local Data Privacy Law.

Nearest Major Market: Port Huron
Nearest Secondary Market: Detroit

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