Job Locations:
Los Angeles, CA, US
Oakland, CA, US

At Gensler, we design for people. We leverage our global perspective and local presence to innovate at every scale. We’re not just designers. We’re tinkerers, craftspeople, visionaries, innovators, and thought leaders. Fueled by passion and entrepreneurial spirit, our people bring new ideas to solve the world’s most challenging problems, like designing a more resilient, inclusive, and equitable future for our communities and cities.

Our people-centered, “People First” culture and “One Firm-Firm” motto promotes integrated teams that unite to shape the future of cities.  Gensler’s vision is to “Create a Better World through the Power of Design,” and we do that by our deep commitment to our clients and by fostering a collaborative, diverse, and inclusive environment that enables our people to create impactful solutions together.

­­­Your Role

Gensler is seeking a highly experienced Retirement Plans Manager to lead our complex and diverse global retirement programs (ESOP, Profit Sharing, 401k, etc.) and our Principal stock program.  The Retirement Plans Manager is responsible for the successful and compliant operations of our current programs as well as the research and establishment of new programs, especially outside of the US as Gensler grows globally. A successful candidate will need to show collaborative leadership, a strong client-service mindset, and have the ability to manage complexity.  This role requires close cooperation with many internal disciplines including HR, Finance, Legal and Compliance and expert vendor management.

 What You Will Do

  • Manage the firm’s global retirement plans and team, and all retirement vendor relationships.

  • Manage the administration of the Principal Stock program.

  • Research and make recommendations regarding retirement plan options as Gensler expands into new countries and support set up of new retirement programs.

  • Direct benefits compliance, including non-discrimination testing, Audits, and 5500s.

  • Work with retirement partners to evaluate existing retirement programs globally and identify new opportunities and enhancements.

  • Facilitate Retirement Committee Meetings and provide guidance to the Committees.

  • Coordinate with Finance team in developing retirement contribution projections.

  • Execute annual ESOP liability studies.

  • Manage retirement projects through the entire life cycle, coordinating the efforts of vendors, internal team members and other business units.

  • Perform GL reconciliations and prepare reports.

 Your Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Finance or related area required.

  • 10+ years’ experience working in an HR department focused on retirement administration; strongly prefer experience working in a large, global organization; minimum 2 years evaluating and establishing benefits programs outside the U.S.

  • Comprehensive knowledge of ERISA, and other benefits-related legislation with ability to learn and understand emerging state/federal/global regulations.

  • ESOP experience preferred.

  • Experience with managing large projects through the entire life cycle, including coordinating the efforts of vendors, internal team members and other business units.

  • Experience with managing the implementation of a new vendor, including determining the necessary steps, rallying resources (HRIS, payroll, finance, other), and managing change management communications.

  • Working knowledge of employment law and compliance regulations at federal, state and local levels.

  • Experience working in a global Professional Services firm preferred.

  • Excellent organizational skills; attention to detail.

  • Advanced MS Office proficiency required, particularly Excel.

  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to manipulate large amounts of data using technology.

  • Experience with Workday preferred.

  • Understanding of Financial reporting preferred.

  • Ability to produce timely deliverables and manage multiple and shifting priorities in a dynamic environment.

  • Ability to work independently, navigate and maintain productivity in a matrix environment.

  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) required.

  • Strong customer service orientation, a team player with the ability to establish and maintain collaborative working relationships.

  • Prefer experience working in a large, global organization.

Life at Gensler

Gensler is committed to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Through our Five Strategies to Fight Racism, we continue to create a just and equitable future for our colleagues and our communities with our clients. We are a solid voice for social change as we impact people’s lives and fight racism. At Gensler, we celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive workplace environment.

At Gensler, we are as committed to enjoying life as we are to delivering best-in-class design. From curated art exhibits to internal design competitions to “Well-being Week,” our offices reflect our people’s diverse interests.

We encourage every person at Gensler to lead a healthy and balanced life. Our comprehensive benefits include medical, dental, vision, disability, wellness programs, flex spending, paid holidays, and paid time off. We also offer a 401k, profit sharing, employee stock ownership, and twice annual bonus opportunities.