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Benefits/Payroll, Specialist – Retirement

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP (including its associated entities) is an elite global law firm with world-class practices across the board. Clients know they can rely on us for their most challenging legal and business matters. From offices in the world’s key financial centers and political capitals, our more than 1,000 lawyers collaborate seamlessly to deliver exceptional service, sophisticated advice and creative, practical solutions.
Job title
Benefits/Payroll, Specialist – Retirement
New York
Reports to

Manager, Benefits & Retirement

Work Schedule

Monday through Friday, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm (additional hours as required)

Position Summary

The Specialist, Retirement is a member of the firm’s Benefits team within the Human Resources department.  The Specialist, Retirement plays a key role in assisting with the day-to-day administration of the firm’s retirement plans in the United States.

Essentials Duties and Responsibilities

Typical responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Serves as the primary point of contact for employees, partners and retirees regarding questions about their retirement benefits
  • Assists with preparing the annual retirement budget
  • Prepares employee and partner communications regarding plan administration matters
  • Reviews monthly plan reporting
  • Assists with quality control procedures
  • Supports the Manager, Benefits & Retirement with annual audits, preparation of financial statements, and Form 5500s and other filings
  • Reviews and updates plan administration manuals
  • Assists with preparation of minutes from Benefits Committee meetings
  • Assists with special projects and performs other responsibilities relating to retirement administration as assigned by management
  • Enhances the overall brand of the Human Resources department through positive and effective interactions with personnel and outside vendors and consultants
Qualifications / Position Requirements
  • Commitment to quality in work and to excellent client service
  • Ability to multitask and work on multiple projects simultaneously with limited direction
  • Commitment to handling information with appropriate confidentiality and sensitivity
  • Well-developed analytical, research and problem-solving skills
  • Strong excel skills and proficiency in other Microsoft suite applications
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills with careful attention to detail and timely follow-through
  • Ability to adapt to a fast paced, changing work environment
  • Willingness to work outside normal business hours when required
Education and/or Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree; degree or coursework in human resources, accounting, and/or another quantitative field preferred
  • 5 years’ experience in benefits or accounting, with at least 2 years’ experience that included retirement-related responsibilities
  • Robust experience in Excel, including with formulas, pivot tables, and troubleshooting

The expected base salary for this position ranges from $95,000 - $115,000. Salary offers are based on a wide range of factors including relevant skills, training, experience, education, anticipated assignment, and, where applicable, licensure or certifications obtained. Market and organizational factors are also considered. Davis Polk offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.

To apply, please email a resume and cover letter.
This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change or new ones may be assigned at any time with or without notice.