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The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organizations, recognized internationally for its authority, integrity, and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news, and services for the global business community.

We have offices in more than 35 cities, including London, New York, Hong Kong, Beijing, Manila, Sofia, San Francisco, and Tokyo. 

 

Join us and find an inclusive and fast-paced environment with unique opportunities to support every step of your career.  Learn more about the FT, including announcements and career opportunities, at aboutus.ft.com.

 

The Role / Position Overview

A member of the Financial Times’ Global Human Resources team, the HR & Benefits Assistant will provide HR and benefits oversight and administration for the US arm of the Financial Times. This position will be responsible for administrative support for local and global HR projects and services. This is an exciting opportunity for someone interested in growing their HR career by gaining exposure to all aspects of the HR function as part of a first class, global media company. Given the nature of our ever-evolving business, we require someone who is easily adaptable and comfortable in a changing environment. 

 

We are seeking an ambitious candidate that is early on in their HR career for a junior level role.

 

Key Responsibilities

 

HR Benefits:

  • Administer and process all benefit changes including new hires, life events, terminations and COBRA enrollments

  • Act as primary point person to address employee inquiries regarding all FT benefit offerings

  • Intake, check and process benefit invoices from each of our benefit vendors

  • Liaise and partner with vendors and brokers to swiftly troubleshoot and repair issues as they arise, including but not limited to automated file feeds and employee inquiries 

  • Assist in processing requests for all types of medical leave

  • Oversee and process financial benefits including but not limited to the FT’s 401k retirement program

 

HR Administration:

  • Manage and conduct the on-boarding and off-boarding processes, including preparation of offer letters and orienting new employees to the organization, I-9 processing, company benefits and organizational structure

  • Support coordination and organization of global and local learning and development initiatives such as facilitated training sessions, lunch & learns, and other internal events

  • Maintain and update all employee records, and action changes within our HRIS system

  • Partner with the Global Mobility team to facilitate smooth on-boarding and off-boarding of expat employees, international transfers, immigration documents and Workday system updates

  • Provide general advice to employees regarding US HR policies and procedures

  • Perform other duties and special projects as assigned or as responsibilities dictate

 

Required Skills / Experience 

  • Structured, regimented, proactive, process orientated

  • High attention to detail and ability to follow instructions

  • Excellent interpersonal, problem solving and customer service skills

  • Ability to maintain a high level of trust, discretion and integrity to handle sensitive and confidential situations and documentation

  • Comfortable working autonomously without direction; ability to effectively prioritize workload

  • Ability to work across multiple tasks simultaneously in a swiftly changing environment

  • Ability to liaise with employees at all levels of the organization

  • Proficient in MS Excel and the Google Drive systems

  • Flexibility with working within a Global Organization across multiple time zones

  • Strong comfort with technology including the ability to navigate and operate multiple HR Systems

 

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE

  • Proficiency in Workday HRIS

  • Experience working as part of a global, matrixed organization

  • Experience working in the media industry

 

Culture & Benefits

 Our benefits vary depending on location, but we are committed to providing best in class perks across all our offices as well as an inclusive environment to develop your career. Examples of our benefits include; generous paid time off, comprehensive medical, dental and vision insurance for employees and their families, paid parental leave, competitive 401k and company match, Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and commuter benefits. 

 

At the FT, we know our most valuable resources are our people and we embrace our employees’ unique skills, experiences, and perspectives. We welcome all members of the community to apply regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. 

 

Benefits
Our benefits vary depending on location, but we are committed to providing best in class perks across all our offices as well as an inclusive environment to develop your career. Full details of our benefits can be found here.

Further information
Candidates should be aware that new employees will be required to be vaccinated by their start date, meaning they have received all of the recommended doses for either a one dose or two dose COVID-19 vaccine, and provide proof of vaccination status (e.g. CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card) , which will be kept confidential. We are an equal opportunity employer, and will provide a reasonable accommodation to those who are unable to be vaccinated due to a sincerely-held religious belief or a medical disability where it does not pose an undue hardship on the Company.


At the FT, we know our most valuable resources are our people and we embrace our employees’ unique skills, experiences, and perspectives. We are committed to providing an inclusive working environment for all. We are an equal opportunities employer that seeks to recruit and appoint the best talent regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We also promote flexible working and will consider specific requests around flexibility for all roles where it can be accommodated. We aim to treat all employees in a fair and consistent manner, promote good working relationships to encourage high standards of conduct and performance within a work environment free from harassment, bullying, and discrimination. Please let us know if you require any adjustments as part of the application process or to enable you to attend an interview. If you would like to discuss your requirements or have any questions, please contact a member of our HR team who will be happy to help.

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