Director - Benefits


Sempra Energy


San Diego, CA

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Primary Purpose:

Provide management and oversight of Sempra Energy and affiliates benefit plans, programs, and policies. Develop and maintain a portfolio of strategic, competitive, and cost-effective benefits, both domestic and international. Ensure compliance with all applicable statutes, regulations and pronouncements from state and federal governmental entities. Support major corporate initiatives that include benefits-related impacts such as mergers, acquisitions, sales, labor negotiations, and regulatory proceedings. Provide oversight to benefits-related budgets and cost analysis; and negotiate and manage major third-party contracts related to benefits administration.

Duties and Responsibilities:

-Directs the development and implementation of employee benefit plans, programs and processes in support of corporate vision and strategy; develops benefits and total reward policies and procedures to ensure compliance with legal and regulatory requirements and alignment with key stakeholders; provides corporate oversight and governance to business units and corporate center on related issues.
-Directs administration of benefit plans, programs and policies, including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, disability, accidental death, employee assistance, retirement savings, pension, and postretirement health and welfare benefits.
-Leads the company’s overall wellness strategy and monitors programs to ensure positive, quantifiable impacts on employee and covered dependent health.
-Prepares materials for periodic meetings of the Pension and Benefits Committee, Benefits Committee and business segment boards of directors. Supports the Sr. Director Compensation and Benefits in leading or supporting the presentation and discussion of various major benefits-related initiatives.
-Leads change control and employee communication strategy related to employee benefits.
-Monitors the impact of changes, or proposed changes, in state and federal laws and regulations that impact employee benefits and other human resources initiatives.
-Supports all company merger and acquisition activity as it relates to benefits.
-Serves as a primary contact with benefits consultants, actuaries, insurers, and third-party administrators.
-Supports regulatory proceedings, such as general rate cases, that involve benefit matters including the preparation of testimony. May be called on to testify before regulatory bodies.


-Bachelor’s degree in a core business-related discipline (i.e., accounting, finance, economics, human resources, etc.)
Professional benefits-related certifications preferred.
-MBA or advanced degree preferred.
-Typically requires 10 or more years of benefits, finance, legal or related experience and 5 or more years of supervisory experience.
-Must be able to communicate with all levels of management, including senior executives, regarding subjects that can be very complex with significant financial impacts.
-Must have a solid foundation in benefits including experience in health, welfare and retirement benefit plan design and administration.
-Must have strong interpersonal skills that facilitate understanding, influence and decision-making.
-Must have strong analytical skills including some experience working with actuaries and external legal counsel.
-Must be able to prioritize multiple recurring and nonrecurring projects in a very fast-paced and dynamic business environment.
-Must be able to develop effective written communications and presentations for the target audience (e.g., executives, key management employees, employees, regulators, etc.); summarize complex issues; and present recommendations in a clear, concise and organized manner.

Other: Please apply to position #18-2143 on our website.

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