Dow Chemical North America Benefits Specialist in Midland, Michigan

The Dow Chemical Company has an exciting opportunity for a North America Benefits Specialist , within Human Resources (HR) located in Midland, MI. Our HR organization is in the process of transforming to a leading-edge operating model. This role would be located within the “HR Solutions” arm of this operating model. The HR Solutions organization will be responsible for the design and delivery of innovative solutions to all employees and leaders. HR Solutions roles will contain deep subject-matter expertise in order to consult on programs, processes and people. The top priority of HR Solutions is to deliver the best/Employee Experience/through exceptional delivery of a portfolio of solutions. HR solutions contains the following types of roles: Discipline-aligned roles (ex. compensation, benefits, payroll, employee development & training, etc.), Operational Excellence (focused on driving optimal performance across HR), HR technology (the systems and tools to enable simple and easy access to solutions) and Talent & Labor Consultants (professionals dedicated to the execution of the people agenda and consulting on talent).

We are looking for people who:

  • Have a passion for learning

  • Are never satisfied with the status quo

  • Build successful relationships and thrive in diverse networks and working teams

  • Are willing to try “new ways” of doing things

  • Desire to understand the business and external customers

  • Enjoy using data to tell a story or make a case for change

Job Overview

The North America Benefits Specialist will enable a best in class employee experience by providing technical expertise and leadership in managing the Company’s qualified and non-qualified U.S. Defined Benefit Pension Plans. This area has high complexity due to the many different grandfathered pension formulas and eligibility rules. These pension plans hold assets totaling over $16 billion. This role supports all businesses and functions.


  • Acting as Plan Fiduciary on U.S. Defined Benefit Pension Plans.

  • Vendor management.

  • Resolving complex pension plan, legal or participant benefit issues.

  • Providing consulting to leadership and participants on Defined Benefit retirement program policies and process interpretations.

  • Ensuring compliance and governance for these U.S. pension plans.

  • Providing plan design and implementation strategies.

  • Rendering opinions on benefit claims and appeals.

  • Providing technical expertise on pension issues associated with mergers, acquisitions and divestitures.

  • Reviewing and approving valuation data.

  • Providing expertise and support to internal/external auditors; and developing content for communications to plan participants, including those communications required by government agencies.

  • Address escalated HR inquiries and review and/or approve transaction activities, as applicable.

  • Provide information and insights to Team Leaders to continuously improve Knowledge Base and Case Management content for their assigned discipline(s).

Skills Needed:

  • Financial and business acumen.

  • Solid analytical skills to develop and interpret alternative solutions and convey best alternatives to a wide variety of stakeholders.

  • Strong problem solving skills.

  • Ability to make effective decisions after careful consideration of courses of action and impact on various employee/retiree groups and the company.

  • Excellent interpersonal effectiveness and communication skills so able to discuss complex issues with a broad spectrum of audiences.

Required Qualifications:

  • A minimum of a Bachelor's degree in Human Resources, Finance, Business, or other relevant discipline is required.

  • A minimum of 3 years of work experience in Human Resources or relevant area of discipline is required.

  • Excellent communication skills, fluent in English (both written and spoken)

  • Able to use appropriate judgment in escalation or when to involve other resources in decision making or processing.

  • A minimum requirement for this U.S. based position is the ability to work legally in the United States. No visa sponsorship/support is available for this position, including for any type of U.S. permanent residency (green card) process.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A Master's degree in Human Resources, Finance, Business, or other relevant discipline is preferred.

  • Experience with WorkDay, PeopleSoft, Dow Benefits system, or other HRIS system is preferred.

  • Experience with Excel is an asset.

  • U.S. Pension experience is a plus

  • Previous experience with ERISA based plans is preferred.

Domestic relocation benefits are available with this position

About DowDuPont

DowDuPont (NYSE: DWDP) is a holding company comprised of The Dow Chemical Company and DuPont with the intent to form strong, independent, publicly traded companies in agriculture, materials science and specialty products sectors that will lead their respective industries through productive, science-based innovation to meet the needs of customers and help solve global challenges. For more information, please visit us at .

The positions represented by this job posting are aligned to one of the three divisions, Agriculture, Materials Science or Specialty Products, which are expected to separate from DowDuPont into stand-alone public companies. Information on the division alignment will be provided during the recruitment process.

Dow Offers:

  • Competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits

  • An annual variable pay program that rewards team and individual performance while sharing success across the company

  • Employee stock ownership - and the commitment to long-term success that it brings

  • On-going learning opportunities within a diverse, inclusive and rewarding work environment

  • Career experiences that can span different Dow businesses and functions with opportunities for personal and professional growth

  • The chance to work within a global company and interact with colleagues from around the world

  • Opportunities that spark your imagination and ignite your passion to help others

  • Dow is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

As part of our dedication to the diversity of our workforce, Dow is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity without regard for race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religion. We are also committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at , you may call us at 1 800-523-3945 and select Option 1, or send a facsimile request to 1 989-636-3674.


North America Benefits Specialist



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