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Senior Pension Administration Analyst (5297)

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Senior Pension Administration Analyst
Organization:  Mercer
Province:  Nova Scotia
Location:  Halifax

We are Mercer - a global consulting leader in health, wealth and career.  Mercer has more than 25,000 colleagues based in 44 countries.  We help clients worldwide from small businesses to Fortune 1000 companies advance the health, wealth and performance of their most vital asset – their people.

At Mercer, we promote a culture where you can bring your authentic self to work.  When you join us, you bring your inclusive energy and enthusiasm to a team that values you personally and professionally – regardless of who you are, what you look like, where you were raised or born, who you love or what your religious beliefs are.  You are welcome here.

What can you expect?

  • The Pension Administration Analyst works in a team environment as part of Mercer’s pension administration support. The successful candidate will be part of a team of consultants, analysts and administrators within the local Halifax office to provide high quality administration service to a portfolio of clients, demonstrating outstanding and timely customer service in all dealings with client contacts.
  • You will be provided with general, as well as client specific, training in order to be successful in your everyday work.
  • You will work in a fast paced environment with supportive colleagues and will be the direct contact to many clients as well as individual pension plan members.

What is in it for you?

  • The opportunity to work with some of the smartest and most energetic people in the industry, who will nurture, challenge and enable you.
  • A dynamic, collaborative and inclusive culture, where diversity is embraced – and you are celebrated and appreciated for who you are.
  • The opportunity to network, share views, and learn from others by getting involved with our Business Resource Groups: PRIDE, [email protected], Racial & Ethnic Diversity and Rising Professionals Network.
  • The chance to make a positive difference in your local community by using your paid time off to volunteer through events organized by Mercer Cares, our community outreach and volunteerism BRG.
  • A huge variety of virtual learning and development resources to support your personal and professional growth.

We will count on you to:

  • Calculate pension benefits and prepare statements resulting from various events (termination of employment, retirement, death, divorce, transfer, etc.);
  • Update client's database (data request and validation, use of various systems/databases, data processing and accrual of benefits and other pertinent information, reconciliation of membership, etc.);
  • Prepare annual statements for plan members;
  • Calculate pension adjustments (PA), pension adjustment reversals (PAR), and past service pension adjustments (PSPA);
  • Prepare annual information returns;
  • Understand the provisions of the plans and the various applicable laws;
  • Create or modify calculation programs in order to respect the provisions of the relevant plans, laws, and administrative procedures;
  • Support in the improvements of systems and procedures in order to enhance the work methods’ efficiency;
  • Act as a resource person for clients on benefit calculations and other administration processes;
  • Be prepared to administer plans that may contain complex features (flexible plans, executive plans, hybrid plans, etc.);
  • May be involved in various special projects, including plan termination, pensioner data audits, pension indexation, implementation of new plan provisions, etc.;
  • Manage workload and priorities, and coordinate certain projects.

In accordance with applicable legislation, Mercer will provide a reasonable accommodation to employees and prospective employees to the point of undue hardship upon request and as required in respect of the individual’s particular restrictions and limitations. If you require a specific accommodation because of a disability or medical need please contact [email protected]


What you need to have: 

  • Bachelor's degree in a related field: commerce /  business administration, actuarial sciences, or mathematics
  • Experience with Defined Benefit pension plans – calculations, plan provisions and various applicable laws
  • Demonstrate the following competencies: strong analytical and organization skills, thoroughness, attention to detail, ability to work in teams, self-reliance, resourcefulness
  • Working knowledge of Excel and other MS-Office software programs
  • Intellectual curiosity: seeking opportunities to develop new skills
  • Flexibility to work under tight deadlines and changing client needs
  • Highly organized and detail oriented with excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Able to work collaboratively and independently as needed

What makes you stand out:

  • A positive attitude and eagerness to be a team player
  • The desire to continually expand your knowledge and willingness to help out where needed
  • Familiarity with actuarial work would be an asset
  • CEBS designation (or working towards it) is a strong asset
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