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Benefits Administrator

Date: Mar 26, 2023

Location: Irvine, California, US, 92606

Company: Kia America, Inc.

At Kia, we’re creating award-winning products and redefining what value means in the automotive industry. It takes a special group of individuals to do what we do, and we do it together. Our culture is fast-paced, collaborative, and innovative. Our people thrive on thinking differently and challenging the status quo. We are creating something special here, a culture of learning and opportunity, where you can help Kia achieve big things and most importantly, feel passionate and connected to your work every day.

Kia provides team members with competitive benefits including premium paid medical, dental and vision coverage for you and your dependents, 401(k) plan matching of 100% up to 6% of the salary deferral, and time off starting at 14 days per year. Kia also offers company lease and purchase programs, company-wide holiday shutdown, paid volunteer hours, and premium lifestyle amenities at our corporate campus in Irvine, California.




The Benefits Administrator applies knowledge of benefit regulations, concepts, practices and procedures as well as knowledge of company policies in the administration of the company sponsored benefit program.  This position is responsible for supporting the administration of team member benefit programs, including but not limited to the group health plans, life/disability insurance, 401(k) plan, workers’ compensation and ADA/leaves of absence.  The benefits administrator partners with the benefits consultant and benefit program vendors to ensure successful benefit program management.

Major Responsibilities

1st Priority - 45%    

Support the Kia benefit program operations by assisting team members with enrollment, program questions and further the health & wellness program initiatives. 

  • Benefits Administration system oversight
  • 401(k) Plan Administration
  • ACA Reporting
  • Annual Open Enrollment Support

2nd Priority - 30%   

 Monitor and track monthly HR Operations expenses

  • Create and track department Purchase Requisitions/Purchase Orders
  • Submit Monthly/Quarterly Invoices to Accounts Payable (all expenses under the health & welfare program, workers’ compensation premiums, broker fees, and tuition/gym/travel reimbursements)
  • Prepare Affiliate Billing

3rd Priority - 15%

Coordinate and support the efficient administration of the company leave programs, including: FMLA, PDL, CFRA, PFL, ADA, Workers’ Compensation, Work/Travel Accommodations and Ergonomic evaluations

4th Priority - 10%

Administer Workers’ Compensation program, including:

  • Submitting injury claims to the carrier
  • Participating in the Quarterly Carrier Claims Review
  • Updating the OSHA tracking log and completing the annual required reporting


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience required.
  • SHRM Certification is a plus.

Overall Experience

Minimum 4+ years of years of benefits administration experience required.

Other Requirements:

  • May need to work additional hours outside of normal business hours as required by the job, including weekends or holidays
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Directly Related Experience

Minimum 4+ years of years of benefits administration experience required.


Intermediate knowledge of laws and regulations that govern benefits administration (e.g. FLMA, CFRA, ADA, §125, DOL, IRS guidelines and requirements, and workers’ compensation.)
Strong background working with various leaves of absences and work accommodations.
Effective communicator with all levels including executives/senior management.
Proactive approach and collaborative attitude with HR department team members and management.
Ability to read, analyze and interpret benefits and financial reports and other legal documents.
Ability to effectively present information to team members and other related groups in an individual or group setting.
Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite – Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint
Ability to work with different cultures to effectively deliver results.


CHALLENGE - Solving Complex Problems
COLLABORATION - Building and Supporting Teams
CUSTOMER - Serving Customers
GLOBALITY - Showing Community and Social Responsibility
PEOPLE - Interacting with People at Different Levels
Adapting to Change
Championing Customer Needs
Communicating Effectively
Delivering High Quality Work
Entrepreneurial Thinking
Managing Resources

Pay Range

$55,800.00 - $72,600.00 


Equal Employment Opportunities

KUS provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, including pregnancy and childbirth and related medical conditions, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, legally protected physical disability or mental disability, legally protected medical condition, marital status, sexual orientation, family care or medical leave status, protected veteran or military status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.  KUS complies with applicable law governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which KUS has offices.  The KUS EEO policy applies to all areas of employment, including recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, compensation, benefits, discipline, termination and all other privileges, terms and conditions of employment.


Disclaimer:  The above information on this job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification and for this position.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

Nearest Major Market: Irvine California
Nearest Secondary Market: Los Angeles

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