Willis Towers Watson

Sr. Associate- Health & Benefits

Posted on Jun 2 Houston, TX 10 views

As a Lead Associate, Health and Benefits you will contribute to a wide variety of complex projects involving the design, financing and ongoing management of the full spectrum of health and benefit 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 health and benefits business acumen as well as your financial, project management and client relationship skills by working on cutting edge projects alongside leaders in the industry.

The Role


  • Materially contribute to core health and benefits projects involving the design and management of group medical, dental, life, disability and time off benefits for large, complex clients, including:


    • Benefit plan analysis, design, cost savings and funding strategies

    • Vendor procurement, negotiation and optimization

    • Incorporation of specialized health management, absence and disability management, pharmacy, data analytics and compliance strategies



  • Partner with Consultants to deliver effective project management

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

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

  • Analyze and compare vendor products, services and contracts

  • Design, distribute and evaluate responses to surveys and RFPs

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

  • Review analytical work, mentor and support development of junior level staff

  • Contribute to the development of new intellectual capital




The Requirements


  • 5+ years’ experience dealing with the financials of health and welfare plans, preferably gained in a benefit consulting/brokerage firm or health underwriting / actuarial function of an insurance company

  • 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

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

  • Effective written and verbal communication skills

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

  • Effective analytical, creative and integrative skills

  • Desire to mentor and support the development of more junior staff

  • Excellent Microsoft Office skills, particularly in Excel and PowerPoint

  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably with quantitative coursework

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

  • Pursuit of CEBS designation, or health and welfare actuarial / underwriting training desired



EOE, including disability/vets

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