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Portland General Electric Principal Benefits Analyst in Portland, Oregon

At PGE, our work involves dreaming about, planning for, and realizing a smarter, cleaner, more enduring Oregon neighborhood. Its core to our DNA and we haven’t stopped since we started in 1888. We energize lives, strengthen communities and drive advancements in energy that promote social, economic and environmental progress. We’re always on the lookout for people passionate about leading and being a part of teams that are advancing innovative clean energy solutions that are also affordable and accessible to all.

This position manages the Financial Wellbeing strategy, design and benefit offerings including managing vendor partners. This includes the pension, 401K,

and management deferred compensation plan. Successful candidate 5-10+ years of experience in the benefit administration area, specifically with pensions and 401k management.

Job Function

Benefits Designs, administers and manages employee compensation plans and benefit plans.

Key Job Information

Specialist Professional Requires specialized depth and/or breadth of expertise. Interprets internal or external business issues and recommends best practices. Solves complex problems; takes a broad perspective to identify innovative solutions. Works independently, with guidance in only the most complex situations. May lead functional teams or projects.

Key Responsibilities

Benefit Strategy and Plan Design Develops and implements overall benefit program strategy aligned to corporate and HR strategy. Designs or modifies benefit plans across multiple disciplines and programs to align to HR and corporate strategy and to industry best practices. Oversees vendor and product selection process. Serves as a resource for other employees. Enrollment Designs, plans and organizes enrollment for multiple plans and programs. In collaboration with Corporate Communications, plans, develops and implements holistic benefit communication strategy and develops integrated educational materials. Counsels participants conducts presentations and provides information to managers. Ensures documentation goes to vendors.

Benefit Plan Administration Serves as a subject matter expert and resource on benefit plans. Develops, implements and refines processes to enhance benefit administration. Manages vendor relationships and resolves challenging or complex inquiries. Recommends and implements plan changes.

Reporting and Compliance Oversees reports and data interfaces. Reviews, analyzes and makes recommendations to benefit strategy and plan design changes. Monitors vendor performance to service levels. Leads efforts to troubleshoot and resolve complex reporting issues with vendors and subject matter experts. Analyzes impacts of new laws and regulations and leads changes to plan design and plan documents.


Education Typically a bachelor’s degree in business, psychology, sociology, finance, human resources or other related field or equivalent experience.

Experience Typically eight or more years in human resources with at least two years in the area of discipline or equivalent.

Certifications, Licenses and Training Benefits and/or HR certifications a plus (PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP, CEBS, CBP).

Competencies (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities)

Functional Competencies

Advanced knowledge of employment laws related to area of discipline

Advanced knowledge of PGE’s policies, procedures, collective bargaining agreements and benefit plans

Advanced knowledge of industry best practices related to area of discipline

Advanced skills in project management

Advanced skills in facilitation and presentations

Advanced skills in systems and programs used in functional area, including data retrieval

General Competencies

Advanced customer focus skills

Advanced safety leadership skills

Advanced skills in analytical thinking

Expert skills in problem solving

Advanced oral and written communication skills

Expert interpersonal skills

Advanced decision-making skills

Advanced organization and prioritization skills

Advanced knowledge of business process interrelationships

Advanced business acumen skills

Advanced skills in change leadership

Advanced risk management skills

Physical and Cognitive Demands

Cognitive Level

Substantial: Consistent use of logic or scientific thinking to define problems, collect information, establish facts and draw valid conclusions (for example, engineer, HR director, plant manager, etc.).


Ability to adhere to set response times, deadlines and time-sensitive tasks

Ability to follow accuracy standards

Ability to follow through on decision-making tasks

Ability to interact effectively and collaboratively within a team environment

Ability to communicate and problem solve when under stress

Ability to respond and adapt to frequent change

Ability to accept and demonstrate self-awareness when provided constructive feedback

Ability to discern feedback and acknowledge ownership of areas of improvement

Ability to avoid future mistakes by applying reasonable skills to new but similar work situations or tasks

Ability to successfully collaborate with peers, managers and others within the organization

Demonstrates sound memory

Ability to process new information to be applied consistently to work tasks


Ability to occasionally work long hours

Ability to occasionally work a variable schedule

Ability to report to work and perform work during periods of severe inclement weather

Ability to consistently meet attendance standards for regular, reliable, predictable, full-time attendance

Physical Capabilities

  • Driving/travel/commute: Daily within service territory - Frequently (at least once a week or more)

  • Daily computer use


  • Office 

Compensation Range:

$101,925.00 - $169,875.00

In addition, this position is eligible for a performance-based incentive bonus. Actual total compensation is commensurate with experience, skills, and education

PGE believes in rewarding dedicated performance. We provide a total rewards package that is designed to reward your contributions to the company, and, at the same time, support your well-being and professional development, both now and into the future. To find out more, click here ( .

Join us today and power your potential!

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PGE is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer. PGE will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, protected veteran status, or other characteristics protected by law.

PGE does not discriminate on the basis of disability. We recognize individuals have a variety of abilities to offer and we believe there is much to value and celebrate by incorporating different abilities into the work we do. One very important way we live this out is in our application and interview process. We work hard to support individuals who may need an accommodation to fully participate in these processes. If you feel you may need an accommodation, or would like to request one, please notify the Talent Acquisition Specialist (Recruiter) associated with the job posting. You may also make this request by contacting or by calling 503-464-7250. The Recruiter will provide information and next steps for the accommodation process. Our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) team is also available for support. You can contact them at .

To be considered for this position, please complete the following employment application by the posting close date. Posting closes at midnight (Pacific Time) on the closing date below. If no date is listed, job is open until filled.

At Portland General Electric, we’re innovators, builders, and achievers. We’re committed to powering our customers’ potential and making a difference for our community and the planet. Today, that commitment includes developing an intelligent and resilient electric grid, electrifying transportation and de-carbonizing the energy sector.

We’re proud to deliver an exceptional experience to help our customers thrive. Our mission is to make clean, reliable and affordable energy services available to all. We obsess over serving customers and are committed to growing employee career paths with purpose. Equity and inclusion are core business values; we celebrate our differences and are committed to developing teams that reflect the communities we serve.