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International Benefits Specialist

Houlihan Lokey
London, United Kingdom
Closing date
Mar 2, 2024

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Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
Business Unit:
Human Capital Group
CORP - Corporate


Houlihan Lokey, Inc. (NYSE:HLI) is a global investment bank with expertise in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, financial restructuring, and financial and valuation advisory. Houlihan Lokey serves corporations, institutions, and governments worldwide with offices in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, and the Asia-Pacific region. Independent advice and intellectual rigor are hallmarks of the firm's commitment to client success across its advisory services. The firm is the No. 1 investment bank for global M&A transactions under $1 billion, the No. 1 M&A advisor for the past eight consecutive years in the U.S., the No. 1 global restructuring advisor for the past nine consecutive years, and the No. 1 global M&A fairness opinion advisor over the past 25 years, all based on number of transactions and according to data provided by Refinitiv.


The Benefits Specialist effectively coordinates the administration of benefits and leaves of absence programs across EMEA and APAC. This includes general administration and program compliance with applicable statutory requirements.

This is a highly visible role within our Human Capital Group (HCG), working with and providing exceptional customer service to many stakeholders including (but not limited to) employees, line managers, office managers, payroll, HR Operations, Business Partners, and external vendors.

  • Employee lifecycle: Responds to benefits and leaves queries from employees on plans, benefits enrollments, status changes and other general questions.
    • Works closely with employees to ensure that all required documentation is submitted and processed.
    • Partners with and seeks input from key partners across HCG and the firm to ensure successful execution of programs.
  • Accurate employee coverage: Ensures the maintenance and accuracy of benefits and leaves enrollments:
    • Reviews employee leave requests to determine eligibility and certification in compliance with company policies and country specific regulations.
    • Works closely with payroll, office managers and HCG team members to ensure pay is accurate and correct for benefits and periods of leave.
    • Communicates absence, accommodation and return to work information as appropriate to employees and relevant supervisors/manager.
    • Completes audits to ensure correct coverage is in place with payroll and vendors
    • Oversees the data management and administrative tasks necessary for benefit renewals such as risk benefits, health, and pension programs.
  • Compliance: Provides benefits and leaves required in accordance with local benefits and leaves laws and regulations, with support from HCG Leadership
    • Uses benchmarking tools to research in country requirements and competitive analysis
    • Provides support in the development, design and management of benefits and leave programs across EMEA and APAC.
    • Stays up to date on current country legislation including benchmarking and market developments.
  • Communications: Administers, maintains and creates effective employee communications including at benefits / leaves launches or changes.
  • Documentation: Ensures new and existing processes are correct and easy to follow
Basic Qualifications
  • 3 + years' experience in benefits and / or leaves of absence
  • Knowledge of statutory requirement and applicable leave laws in the EMEA and APAC regions
  • Experience working in a global team.
  • Exceptional customer service, strong attention to detail with excellent communication and time management skills.
  • Must be diligent and persistent in follow-up and effectively manage tasks with minimal supervision.
  • Capable of multi-tasking and meeting tight deadlines.
  • Ability to build partnerships across departments, work well in a team but also independently.
  • Willingness to roll up the sleeves" and do what it takes to get the job done.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office, including excel formula knowledge of vlookups
  • Bachelor's Degree or CIPD level 5.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Previous experience in Financial Services firm preferred.
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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