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Group Benefits Manager

October and the months preceding are full of activity for the Group Benefits Manager, who not only organizes the administration of Publix's benefits plans, but also leads the annual open enrollment period hosted each fall by the Group Benefits department.

To Apply


The Group Benefits Manager coordinates the activities of the Group Benefits department and the administration of the following plans:

  • Group Health Benefits Plan
  • Group Life Insurance Plan
  • Supplemental Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) Plan
  • Elective Compensation Plan
  • Group Long Term Disability (LTD) Plan

The Group Benefits Manager also supports the administration of the Group Dental Plan, Group Vision Plan, Supplemental Life Insurance Plan and the Discount Program. Day-to-day activities of the Group Benefits Manager involve managing relationships with 3rd party benefits providers and administrators. The Manager also coordinates the development of all associate communication materials, and ensures legal compliance with relevant laws and regulations. When called upon, the Group Benefits Manager provides subject matter expertise to the Welfare Benefits Technical Manager on regulations and benefit programs and vendor contractual compliance.

Additional contributions include:

  • Assisting with annual Health, Group Life Insurance and LTD (Long Term Disability) plan evaluation and renewal function
  • Designing, implementing and managing department business processes for plan eligibility, enrollment and customer service administration
  • Leading or participating on various special projects and
  • Managing two supervisors and more than 20 department associates in the Group Benefits Department

Qualifications we look for

  • Bachelor's Degree in a field applicable to the primary responsibilities of this position (i.e., health care administration or business administration)
  • Management-level experience working with health and welfare benefit plans
  • Certification in a field applicable to this position (e.g., Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS) or Group Benefits Associate (GBA) certification)
  • Knowledge and understanding of welfare benefit plans including compliance with Internal Revenue Code Sections 125 and 79, Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act (WHCRA), Newborns' and Mothers' Health Protection Act (NMHPA), Medicare Secondary Payer and Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA)
  • Experience working with plan administration and design for a private company similar in size to Publix or working directly with a benefits consulting firm
  • Experience with SAP Human Resources Information System (SAP HRIS)
  • Experience managing a business unit with high phone call and plan administration volume
  • Ability to interpret and apply legal regulations
  • Knowledge and understanding of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Access), dBase III and QMF/SQL
  • Knowledge of quality improvement and project management principles
  • Knowledge of basic financial principles
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Ability to retain/absorb information readily
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Ability to work independently and productively
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • High level of maturity, discretion, tact and judgment
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills required
  • Ability to be detail-oriented
  • Ability to be flexible in dealing with a variety of situations
  • Ability to prioritize among multiple tasks
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills required (including grammar and spelling)
  • Ability to work well with others and to be an effective team member
  • Obvious enthusiasm, initiative and pride in work

How To Apply

Please go to to see our current openings. Click "YES" or "NO" to the question, "Are you an active Publix associate?" Then narrow your search by choosing Benefits Administration within the Functional Area selection box.

When you apply, your information will be sent directly to the appropriate hiring manager. If your skills and experience seem to match the qualifications of the position that interests you, you will be contacted for an interview and possibly for testing customized to that position.

If you have any questions about our application process, please call our Employment Office in Lakeland (863-688-7407, ext. 32504) or Atlanta (770-995-0073, ext. 2153).