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Health and Welfare Benefit Programs Consultant Job

Date: Aug 7, 2019

Location: MN - Minneapolis, US, 55401

Company: Xcel Energy

Location(s): CO - Denver; MN - Minneapolis


Are you ready to take your leadership potential to the next level with a growing Fortune 500 company?  Xcel Energy is at the leading edge of an industry that is changing quickly. We’re seeking dynamic, proven leaders to help guide us into this exciting energy future. If you’re looking to lead at a company that is committed to excellence, safety and environmental stewardship, with plenty of room to grow, consider a position at Xcel Energy.



Position Summary
Designs, develops, implements, monitors, communicates, and analyzes Xcel Energy's health and welfare programs including but not limited to: group medical, dental, vision, life insurance, paid time off, disability plans, spending accounts and work-life programs. Ensures Xcel Energy's competitive position in the marketplace. Supports efforts for improving and/or securing new policies and programs in order to provide the most favorable coverage, cost terms and claim settlements for all types of health and welfare benefits. Ensures compliance with applicable legal and regulatory requirements, including reporting, analysis and administration of health and welfare programs. Provides consultative services to all business areas on any health and welfare benefit related area. Relies on experience and judgment to plan and execute department goals.

Essential Responsibilities



  • Health and welfare benefit programs: Designs, develops, implements, communicates and analyzes all health and welfare benefits programs for active employees and retirees. Researches industry and company data, analyzes results, and makes recommendations to management. Actively participates in benefit-related initiatives representing the interests of Xcel Energy.
  • Vendor selection and management: Negotiates with vendors, including benefits provided; costs; performance guarantees and expectations; identification of systems requirements; etc. Works with vendors to define working relationships, makes sure appropriate systems are established, guarantees Xcel Energy's objectives are met, and ensures that monitoring and reporting processes are in place.
  • Compliance: Ensures all health and welfare plans are in regulatory and legal compliance. Maintains and provides oversight of health and welfare benefit rules, regulations, policies, and conducts financial analysis and actuarial validation for government-required reporting to guarantee program compliance. 
  • Consultative services: Provides in depth and complex problem resolution for employees, human resource staff, and managers by utilizing specific knowledge of health and welfare programs, products, benefit costs and technology. Makes training and benefit subject matter expertise available to human resource staff. Offers support in divestiture/acquisition processes.
  • Communication: Develop and maintain communication strategy to drive behavior change within Xcel Energy. Provides oversight of vendor communications. Communicates health and welfare benefit rules, regulations, policies, documents to ensure program compliance.

Minimum Requirements



  • Bachelor's degree in a business-related field is preferred, or an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience..
  • Minimum of 5 years of progressively-responsible benefits or compliance reporting experience.
  • Preferred experience includes knowledge of benefit issues, trends and practices or ability to report health and welfare activities into regulatory compliance.
  • Competencies and skills which will be expected for this role include strong leadership, planning and organizational skills, ability to make good business judgments and provide guidance on priorities and technical implementation, as well as proven interpersonal and communication skills to effectively interface with individuals and groups at all levels of the organization.



  • Professional benefits certification from a recognized professional or educational organization is preferred
  • Experience to presenting and communicating to stakeholders effectively





As a leading combination electricity and natural gas energy company, Xcel Energy offers a comprehensive portfolio of energy-related products and services to 3.4 million electricity and 1.9 million natural gas customers across eight Western and Midwestern states. At Xcel Energy, we strive to be the preferred and trusted provider of the energy our customers need. If you’re ready to be a part of something big, we invite you to join our team.


Posting Notes:  MN - Minneapolis || CO - Denver; MN - Minneapolis || United States (US) || Human Resources & Employee Svc || 85030:Employee Care || Full-Time || Non-Bargaining ||

Requisition Number: 18939

Equal Opportunity Employer: Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran

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Nearest Major Market: Minneapolis

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