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Benefits Manager

Employment Experience | Hybrid-Santa Monica | Full Time

Job Description

Edmunds offers flexibility to work fully remote, from our Edquarters, or a combination of both

At Edmunds we’re driven to make car buying easier.  Ever since we began publishing printed car guides in the 60’s, the company has been in the business of trust, innovating ways to empower and support car shoppers.  When Edmunds launched the car industry’s first Internet site in 1994, we established a leadership position online and have never looked back.  Now, as one of the most trusted review sites on the Internet, millions of visitors use our research, shopping and buying tools every month to make an easy and informed decision on their next car.  For consumers, we bring peace of mind. For dealers, we make tools to help them solve their problems and sell more cars.  How do we do it,  you ask? The key ingredients are our enthusiastic employees, progressive company culture and cutting-edge technology.  Want to join the team?  Read on to find out how!


What You’re Applying For:

Edmunds is looking for a Benefits Manager to provide strategic and operational support for our full suite of health and retirement benefits, wellness programs and other employee benefits and perks. This is a hands-on role focused on researching, analyzing, designing, implementing and administering programs designed to attract, motivate and engage the talent essential to supporting Edmunds' growth. 

We're looking for a Benefits Manager who enjoys the opportunity to think creatively and innovatively about all the amazing ways we can offer and highlight benefits and perks that help employees be their best selves. In this role you will have the opportunity to develop and deliver well-being support and programs to our dynamic workforce that can work from home or the office.


What You’ll Do:

Benefits Strategy:

  • Proactively partner with leadership and our benefits consultant on the development of our benefits strategy
  • Participate in benefits surveys and other professional activities to determine benefit trends and to monitor the competitiveness of the company's programs 

Program Administration:

  • Manage the daily functions of various benefit plans, medical, dental, vision, disability, life, retirement and workers' compensation
  • Apply in depth and current knowledge of leaves of absence and manage the day to day administration of parental leaves, medical leaves and accommodation requests to ensure compliance with FMLA, CFRA, ADA and any other applicable federal and state mandated laws
  • Partner with leadership on benefits plan design, premium cost sharing strategies, new benefit offerings and annual budgets
  • Lead the annual benefits renewal process, open enrollment, wellness and other benefits related events, such as walking and well-being challenges, in-office chair massages and more. Provide project management and expertise on new benefit implementations
  • Manage the accuracy of group benefit program information, ensuring timely and accurate transfer of information to and from third party administrators and Edmunds internal systems
  • Serve as internal consultant/benefits subject matter expert to Employee Experience Business Partners, senior leadership, and all levels of management
  • Provide exceptional customer service to internal and external customers while building strong business relationships  


  • Manage all aspects of employee benefits and wellness communication such as preparing announcements, conducting enrollment and updating plan documents
  • Create and present new hire benefits orientation
  • Create communication plans to highlight the outstanding features of Edmunds benefits package to employees 
  • As requested, provide support and education to other members of the Employee Experience team including Employee Experience Business Partners to provide greater clarity and understanding of benefit programs in place to support the growth of Edmunds.


  • Partner with in-house legal team to review contracts and agreements to ensure company and employee compliance with federal and state laws, HIPAA, ERISA and other relevant statutes
  • Ensure compliance with federal, state and local benefit regulations (like ERISA, HIPAA, COBRA ACA requirements) and manage government reporting for these regulations.
  • Complete internal audits of benefit programs to ensure compliance to plan documents and relevant legislature. This includes the annual 401(k) Plan audit.
  • Work with third parties vendors to complete and file compliance documents and forms.
  • Knowledge of ACA and ability to oversee reporting requirements

Vendor Management:

  • Review vendor, consultant, and carrier invoices and ensure accuracy of invoices and timely payment
  • Develop a strong relationship and manage the performance of carriers, vendors and consultants for service and plan administration
  • Maintain vendor service agreements, recommending revisions/updates as required 


  • In partnership with consultants compile and report on employee demographics, plan metrics, performance and trends to assist with making decisions regarding benefit offering. vendors and plan designs
  • Oversee annual non-discrimination testing, communicate results of testing and implement changes with payroll
  • Research and resolve complex benefits related issues

What You Need:

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Bachelor's degree and 5-8 years of experience in an equivalent role
  • Experience administering health and welfare and retirement plans
  • In depth experience managing leaves of absence, such as medical leaves, family leaves,military leaves and parental leaves.
  • Knowledge of relevant government rules and regulations, including ERISA, ACA, FLSA, FMLA, CFRA, ADA, COBRA, OSHA, workers' compensation, and other applicable labor and/or tax laws and regulations
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and Google products and exposure to a variety of human resource information systems. Experience with Oracle Cloud HCM, Mercer Marketplace and ADP Workforce Now is a plus


  • Demonstrated solid written and oral communication skills to clearly, concisely and articulately communicate with employees at multiple levels of the organization
  • Displays outstanding interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence using diplomacy, sensitivity and empathy
  • Positive, team player and highly service oriented
  • Highly organized, able to coordinate multiple tasks, with attention to detail and ability to meet established deadlines
  • Possess strong problem solving skills with the ability to provide analytical support and draw appropriate insights
  • Ability to respond quickly to problems and work in a fast paced, hybrid work environment
  • Ability to make recommendations and act in situations where ambiguity may exist or where there is no established plan, protocol or benchmark practice available for guidance


Edmunds Perks:

  • Flexible time off

  • 13 Paid Holidays

  • Comprehensive Health Benefits (medical, dental, vision, life and disability)

  • Flexible Spending Accounts (Employees) and Health Savings Accounts (Employee and Employer Contributions)

  • 401K Plan with Company Matching at 50%, up to 6% of employee eligible contribution and vesting after 1 year

  • Up to 4 months Paid Parental Leave

  • HeartCash matches employee donations to the causes that are important to them 

  • 2 Days of Paid Time Off for time to dedicate to social impact causes

  • FitCash covers a portion of gym or fitness activity fees 

  • Well being sessions and events such as yoga, meditation and walking challenges 

  • On-going career development sessions and an annual learning event

  • Pet insurance

  • Sabbatical leave

  • Education Reimbursement

  • Pre-tax spending accounts for qualified transportation expenses

  • Plus a coffee bar, frozen yogurt and more!

Working @

Employees think it’s a pretty great place to work and some pretty impressive publications think it is too: we have been recognized as one of the best places to work by the Fortune Magazine and Great Places to Work, LA Business Journal (for the last 6 years!), Computerworld, Built in LA and Inc. Magazine.  We've also been identified as one of the best workplaces specifically in Technology and also for Diversity and Asian Americans.  If you’re interested in learning more and joining our mission, we’d love to hear from you!


Edmunds will consider for employment qualified candidates with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of all applicable laws.