Benefits Specialist

Date: Nov 9, 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 Specialist 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 Specialist partners with the benefits consultant and benefit program vendors to ensure successful benefit program management.

Major Responsibilities

1st Priority - 50%

Administration of the company benefit programs.

  • Work with the Compensation & Benefits Manager to administer various employee benefits programs, such as group health, dental, vision, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, voluntary plans, retirement plans and wellness benefits.
  • Assist with ACA compliance and 1095-C’s.
  • Assist with Open Enrollment tasks, review benefits guides, schedule meetings, send out email communications, update rates and eligibility rules.
  • Review and approve employee enrollments including qualified life events, audit employee benefits eligibility, process COBRA.
  • Utilize tools to enhance employee understanding of the company’s benefits plans.

2nd Priority - 20%

Administration of the company leave programs.

  • Ensure the efficient administration of the company leave programs (FMLA, PDL, CFRA, PFL, ADA, Worker’s Compensation).
  • Administer the company ergonomics program.
  • Ensure proper work/travel accommodations are supported.
  • Participate in quarterly carrier claims review for Worker’s Compensation.
  • Update OSHA tracking logs and complete the annual required reporting.

3rd Priority - 20%

Ensure accurate and timely responses to employees and vendors.

  • Monitor and resolve carrier file feeds, error reports and enrollment issues in a timely manner.
  • Respond to benefits inquiries from managers and employees on plan provisions, benefits enrollments, status changes and other general inquiries within compliance requirements to include required documentation.

4th Priority - 10%

Other responsibilities.

  • Analyze, audit, reconcile and process monthly insurance invoices.  
  • Prepare affiliate billing.
  • Conduct new hire benefit orientations.


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

Overall Experience

  • Minimum 5+ years of years of human resources experience required. 

Directly Related Experience

  • 3+ of direct experience with benefits administration 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.


Ability to effectively present information to team members and management.
Ability to read, analyze and interpret benefits and financial reports and other legal documents.
Ability to work with different cultures to effectively deliver results.
Computer Skills – Proficient with Microsoft Office programs, including excel, word and PowerPoint.
Effective communicator with all levels including executives/senior management.
Previous experience and knowledge of laws and regulations that govern benefits administration (e.g., FLMA, CFRA, ADA, §125, DOL, IRS guidelines and requirements, and workers’ compensation.)
Proactive approach and collaborative attitude with HR department team members and management.
Strong attention to detail is crucial when managing benefit records, claims and compliance.
Strong background working with various leaves of absences and work accommodations.


Care for People
Chase excellence, every day
Dare to push boundaries
Empower people to act
Move further, together

Pay Range

$63,106.00 - $84,678 

Pay will be based on several variables that are unique to each candidate, including but not limited to, job-related skills, experience, relevant education or training, etc.


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.

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