Benefits and Leave Specialist

Job ID
Employment Type
Regular Full-Time
Human Resources
Travel Required
Up to 25%
Position Location(s)
US-SD-Sioux Falls
FLSA Status



At POET, it is our mission to be good stewards of the Earth by converting renewable resources to energy and other valuable goods as effectively as humanly possible. For over thirty years our drive and passion to change the world has enabled us to become the largest producer and marketer of bioethanol and leader in biobased products in the world. Beyond our world-class culture, POET team members enjoy competitive pay and benefits including;

  • Health, dental, & vision insurance
  • 401K with company match
  • Premium pay for qualifying positions
  • Quarterly profit sharing
  • Paid time off and paid holidays
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Onsite fitness centers or fitness reimbursements
  • Safety and cold weather gear, and more!


The Benefits and Leave Specialist supports the benefits strategy, leave administration and initiatives associated with POET’s overarching people strategy.  This person understands/assists in areas of Human Resource Information Systems (HRIS), benefits administration, team member onboarding, leave administration, workers compensation and employment policies. This person is a valued team member with unquestionable character and integrity.   The Benefits and Leave Specialist reports to the Senior Benefits Specialist and assists in driving the importance of a comprehensive Total Rewards program that focuses on people at POET.



  • Work with the Senior Benefits Specialist, to perform benefits administration including enrollment, claims resolution, change reporting, billing, reconciliation, and communicating benefit information to team members.
  • Coordinate the processing of team member life events and benefit catch-ups.
  • Responsible for the review of the Human Resources functions within the company in regards to required new hire paperwork including I9’s and new hire training.
  • Coordinate the development and presentation of new hire orientation along with all aspects of new hire Onboarding.
  • Provide team member and leader support in regards to benefits and onboarding.
  • Create and post new team member and promotion announcements.
  • Assist team members with claims regarding Leaves of Absence/FMLA/Short and Long-Term Disability/Workers Compensation/ADA.
  • Advise team members/leaders/ Administrative Coordinators at our Bioprocessing locations regarding the interaction of leave laws/POET paid time off policies, workers compensation, and short and long-term disability benefits.
  • Responsible for submitting First Report of Injuries to POET’s workers compensation carrier and providing support to the business on workers compensation policies and practices.
  • Complete assigned audits, reviews, and other location/department requirements.
  • Support Senior Benefits Specialist with open enrollment preparation and execution.
  • Participate in developing department goals, objectives, and systems.
  • Partner with Payroll in regards to benefit updates and system changes as needed.
  • Create and distribute monthly benefit newsletters.
  • Protect the interest of team members and the company in accordance with company Human Resources policies, governmental laws and regulations.
  • Identify areas of process improvement and recommend remedies for continuous process improvement.
  • Promote POET’s company culture.
  • Lead by example in upholding the highest level of integrity and confidentiality in the organization.
  • Foster a culture of safe behavior and environmental compliance at all times.
  • Maintain a team environment at all times and champion POET in the community.
  • Since we’re all about teamwork and getting the job done, your skill may be put to a lot of other uses!



  • Associate’s Degree or equivalent in Business, Human Resources, or related field is required.
  • Comprehensive understanding of benefits and leave administration along with compensation programs.
  • Knowledge in Microsoft Office Suite and the ability and willingness to learn new software applications.
  • Professional written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to present facts and recommendations effectively in oral and/or written form.
  • Attention to detail and high level of accuracy.
  • Commitment to best-in-class customer service.
  • Demonstrated practice of a high level of confidentiality.
  • Initiative in researching, gathering, and analyzing data for various projects.
  • Highly organized with superb time management skills. Demonstrated ability to manage and complete projects within expected time frame.
  • Ability to independently make decisions and/or recommendations to resolve challenges.



At POET we believe in developing our team members to their highest potential and recognizing contributions that add value to the organization. Each new team member’s position and compensation are carefully determined by considering their unique qualifications and skillset.



  • Culture is king at POET. We’re all on the same team. We always communicate. And we park our egos at the door. These aren’t just slogans on our walls. It’s our code.
  • This position operates in office environment working at a personal computer where you may sit or stand.
  • This position may require up to 10% travel.


POET is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status.


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