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Principal Retirement Benefits Consultant - SF

Concord, CA, US, 94520

Requisition ID # 29239 

Job Category : Human Resources 

Job Level : Manager/Principal

Business Unit: HR, SC & CRESS

Job Location : San Francisco

Department Overview

The Human Resources department is committed to providing PG&E employees with the tools, information and services to help deliver safe and reliable gas and electric service to our customers.  The Total Rewards team plans, designs, and implements PG&E’s employee and executive compensation and benefits programs that add competitive value and drive alignment to key business objectives. The Total Rewards team is also responsible for the administration of all plans, proposing changes, ensuring regulatory compliance and effective HR integration.  The team is comprised of three Rewards components:  Compensation team, Benefits team, and Executive Compensation, led by the Sr. Director – Total Rewards.


This position is based in San Francisco at our General Office.


Position Summary

The position reports to the Director of Benefits.  This role will be the subject matter expert on company sponsored retirement plans (pension, 401K, retiree medical and life insurance) for Pacific Gas & Electric Company.  The successful candidate will help determine discovery and actions based on internal needs, external benchmarks and market conditions.  Have strong written and verbal communication skills and be able to communicate with a wide variety of audiences from Senior Leaders to benefit plan participants. Builds partnerships internally to allow for strategic alignment of Human Resources goals.  Builds external partnerships to leverage industry knowledge and trends.




  • Bachelor’s Degree in HR-Human Resources or job-related discipline or equivalent experience.
  • 10 years of work experience.



  • Certified Employee Benefits (CEBS) and/or Certified Benefits (CBP) certifications.
  • 5 years of relevant work experience in HR- Benefits.
  • Experience in a large corporation (>10,000 employees).
  • Experience with a Utility Industry, regulated.
  • Experience in strategy development.


Job Responsibilities

  • SUBJECT MATTER EXPERT IN RETIREMENT PLANS: Represent Company interests and obtain agreements/approvals in technical proceedings involving benefits including labor negotiations, regulatory proceedings, and litigation.  Act as a technical resource to Senior Management (including the Employee Benefits Committee), Law, Finance (including Investment & Benefit Finance and Accounting groups), Regulatory Relations and other areas of Human Resources.
  • BENEFITS PLAN STRATEGY: Develop short and long term benefit strategy considering and balancing, regulatory, competitive, economic, financial, business, best practice and labor related factors.  Work with Human Resources, Labor Relations, Finance, Legal and Senior Management to secure agreement on benefits administration strategy including whether to do build in house or to outsource.
  • BENEFITS PLAN DESIGN & IMPLEMENTATION: Determine and create benefit plan design modifications and changes in support of benefits plan strategy.  Work with Law, Accounting, external actuaries and consultants on current or proposed benefit design.
  • VENDOR SELECTION & CONTRACTING: Evaluate and select third-party administrators and vendors.  Develop administrator/vendor contracts and work with Law, Finance, Sourcing and Benefits Administration to ensure contracts are complete, and to evaluate vendor performance in light of contract provisions.
  • PLAN DOCUMENTATION & COMMUNICATION: Ensure plan documentation is accurate and compliant. Develop employee, retiree and dependent benefits tools, communications and training to ensure highest level of understand and satisfaction with PG&E benefit plans to ensure ease of participant selection transactions.
  • LEGAL & REGULATORY COMPLIANCE: Maintain understanding of legal and regulatory requirements, determine impact of requirements on PG&E benefit plans and determine actions required for compliance.   Ensure compliance related analysis and reporting are conducted regularly, or as required by law, and follow through on any resulting actions required.
  • LABOR RELATIONS: Develop benefit strategy and proposals for negotiations.  Provide technical support throughout the negotiation process.

Our Mission

To safely and reliably deliver affordable and clean energy to our customers and communities every single day, while building the energy network of tomorrow.

Our Vision

With a sustainable energy future as our North Star, we will meet the challenge of climage change while providing affordable energy for all customers.

Our Culture

We put safety first.
We are accountable. We act with integrity, transparency and humility.
We are here to serve our customers.
We embrace change, innovation and continuous improvement.
We value diversity and inclusion. We speak up, listen up and follow up.
We succeed through collaboration and partnership. We are one team.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric companies in the United States. Based in San Francisco, our 24,000 employees deliver safe, reliable, affordable and clean energy to nearly 16 million people throughout our Northern and Central California service area, stretching from Eureka to Bakersfield and from the Pacific Ocean to the Sierra Nevada.

More About Our Company

Pacific Gas and Electric Company is an Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity employer that actively pursues and hires a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability status, medical condition, protected veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the job.

Nearest Major Market: San Francisco
Nearest Secondary Market: Oakland