Pacific Gas & Electric Company Principal Benefits Consultant in San Francisco, California

Requisition ID # 13702

Job Category : Human Resources

Job Level : Manager/Principal

Business Unit: Human Resources

Job Location : San Francisco


Based in San Francisco, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States.And we deliver some of the nation's cleanest energy to our customers in Northern and Central California. For PG&E, Together, Building a Better California is not just a slogan.It's the very core of our mission and the scale by which we measure our success. We know that the nearly 16 million people who do business with our company count on our more than 24,000 employees for far more than the delivery of utility services.They, along with every citizen of the state we call home, also expect PG&E to help improve their quality of life, the economic vitality of their communities, and the prospect for a better future fueled by clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy.

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 informationor any other factor that is not related to the job.

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.

Position Summary

Develops benefits strategy that aligns with and supports enterprise business needs and objectives. Designs, develops, communicates and implements of benefits plans and policies. Ensures benefits plans meet legal and regulatory compliance requirements. Coordinates the evaluation, selection and contracting of third-party administrators and/or program vendors.

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.



  • 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.

  • Experience with Union environment