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Willis Towers Watson Absence, Disability Management and Life Associate in Portland, Oregon

As an Absence, Disability Management and Life (ADML) Associate you will contribute to a wide variety of complex projects involving the design, financing and ongoing management of group life, disability and broader absence management/ time off programs. You will serve as the lead project manager on select projects, interface with vendors and key clients internally and externally, create client deliverables, and ensure quality standards are met. You will have the opportunity to significantly grow your ADML and broader health and benefits business acumen as well as your project management and client relationship skills by working on cutting edge projects alongside leaders in the industry.

The Role

• Materially contribute to large, sophisticated ADML projects involving short and long term disability benefits, leave of absence programs, vacation/paid time-off, sick leave, life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance and related programs; sample projects include:

• ADML benefit plan analysis, design and cost savings strategies

• Vendor procurement, negotiation and optimization

• Audits of vendor performance (financial and operational)

• Family and medical leave program development

• Perform financial analyses including developing pricing and employee contributions strategies, modelling plan design, evaluating funding alternatives and calculating reserves

• Conduct benchmarking studies and other research; provide value added analyses and summaries

• Design, distribute and evaluate responses to surveys and RFPs

• Analyze and compare vendor products, services and contracts conduct onsite audits

• Partner with Consultants to deliver superior project management on select clients

• Build relationships internally and collaborate effectively on cross-functional teams

• Review analytical work, mentor and develop junior level staff

• Contribute to the development of new intellectual capital

The Requirements

• 3+ years’ experience dealing with the financials of group disability plans gained in a benefit consulting/brokerage firm alternatively large group disability underwriting or claims management experience gained at a carrier

• Serve as project manager and day to day contact for clients; materially contribute to project plan creation and delivery to ensure progress against established objectives, budgets, timelines, deliverables and quality standards

• Proven ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and produce quality deliverables on time and within budget

• Flexibility and proven ability to identify and resolve issues

• Strong client service orientation and ability to respond to all communications effectively and in a timely manner

• Strong written and verbal communication skills

• Self-starter attitude and ability to work individually and as part of a team

• Strong analytical, creative and integrative skills

• Desire to mentor/develop more junior staff

• Excellent Microsoft Office skills, particularly in Excel and PowerPoint

• Availability to travel at least 25% (post-COVID)

• Bachelor’s degree required, preferably with significant quantitative coursework

• State Life and Health license required within 90 days of joining

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