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Retirement Benefits Program Manager

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Company Overview

Calling the adventurers ready to join a company that's pushing the limits of nanotechnology to keep the digital revolution rolling. At KLA, we're making technology advancements that are bigger—and tinier—than the world has ever seen.

Who are we?  We research, develop, and manufacture the world's most advanced inspection and measurement equipment for the semiconductor and nanoelectronics industries. We enable the digital age by pushing the boundaries of technology, creating tools capable of finding defects smaller than a wavelength of visible light. We create smarter processes so that technology leaders can manufacture high-performance chips—the kind in that phone in your pocket, the tablet on your desk and nearly every electronic device you own—faster and better. We're passionate about creating solutions that drive progress and help people do what wouldn't be possible without us.  The future is calling. Will you answer?


The vision of KLA’s global human resources organization is to become a leader and partner to operating leadership in support of the company’s efforts to achieve its strategic growth, customer and operating objectives through strategic talent management. Our mission is to enable the business, and leverage human resources to achieve short and long-term business objectives. Our primary areas of strategic focus include talent acquisition, individual and organizational assessment and development, performance management, inclusion and engagement, and rewards.

The global HR organization includes HR business partners, learning and development, talent acquisition, compensation and benefits, employee communications, and HR system operations.


Are you an extraordinary Program Manager? If so, we are looking for someone with your skills to join the KLA Global HR organization. We are a diverse, dynamic and persevering team that aims to be better every day, in an environment that is customer-focused, and with an approach that is transparent and forthright. As a Retirement Plans Program Manager, you will be responsible for working with and collaborating cross-functionally with Global Total Rewards, Global Talent Acquisition, HR Systems, Operations & Analytics, Learning & OD, Internal Communications, Diversity & Inclusion, and HR Business Partner teams to think strategically about global people issues impacting scale, process and company growth. Although this position requires involvement with all aspects of benefits, the primary focus will be on Retirement and Savings plans.

 Program Manager responsibilities:

  • Manages the design and administration for the 401(k) retirement plan as well as the administration for a non-qualified deferred compensation plan (EDSP).  This includes overseeing procedures for transmitting demographic and contribution files to the vendor from multiple payroll sources, as applicable.  Primary contact for benefits escalations and case resolution
  • In addition to the above, oversees the annual EDSP enrollment process and scheduled distributions
  • Develops the communication and education strategy for retirement plans and financial well-being; prepares and delivers presentations to all employee levels, including executives
  • Coordinates and attends quarterly fiduciary meetings with a benefits oversight committee
  • Manages consultants and vendors to optimize their productivity and performance
  • Manages all total rewards related due diligence matters and integration. This role functions as the total rewards M&A lead and is closely involved in pre and post-acquisition project planning. Evaluates and implements best practices for domestic as well as international deal execution and integration processes
  • Partners with other business units to identify employee benefit needs, support programs, and process improvement opportunities
  • Compliance management, including but not limited to overseeing: SOX, SSAE16, 401(k) 5500 filings, annual legal notice distribution and/or posting, Non-Discrimination testing, and regular plan audits as they related to our benefit programs
  • Develops metrics and reporting to ensure program effectiveness and plan design
  • Other duties as required


The successful Program Manager must have:

  • Strong project management skills; be detailed-oriented and be able to multi-task and solve complex problems
  • Previous experience conducting RFPs, plan implementations, negotiating, contracting and managing vendors
  • Demonstrated expertise administering large retirement and non-qualified deferred compensation plans
  • Direct experience with the M&A process
  • Excellent customer service and strong interpersonal skills with the ability to develop relationships and partnerships at all organizational levels
  • Strong oral and written communication skills; ability to translate complex benefits-related issues into easily-understood terms
  • Be able to travel during key benefits periods of the year, including Open Enrollment; accommodate company and employee needs in differing time zones
  • Extensive knowledge of HRIS, benefits administration and payroll systems
  • Participate in external professional organizations to keep informed of trends, best practices and compliance requirements
  • Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS) or Certified Benefits Professional (CBP) designation is a plus
  • Other functional HR experience is a plus

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelors degree and minimum 7 years directly related experience

Equal Employment Opportunity

KLA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants will be considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristics protected by applicable law.

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