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Ascensus: Defined Benefit Plan Consultant – Remote


This is a Full-time position in Newark, NJ posted October 9, 2021.

FuturePlan is the nation’s largest third-party administrator (TPA) of retirement plans, partnering with advisors in all 50 states.

FuturePlan delivers the best of both worlds: high-touch personalized service from local TPAs backed by the strength and security of a large national firm, Ascensus.

Our roots go back decades, with nearly 30 outstanding legacy firms now joined together to deliver unmatched levels of service, innovation and expertise to a fast-growing client base from coast to coast.

The FuturePlan team includes more than 500 credentialed plan professionals, 60 actuaries, and one of the industry’s largest in-house ERISA teams.

Learn more at FuturePlan.Com.

***This position can be remote from any state*** Position SummaryServe as a resource to plan sponsors and financial advisors for matters related to defined benefit and defined contribution ERISA compliance, plan design and governmental reporting.

Use experience and knowledge to serve as a resource to internal associates.

This position serves as the retirement plan expert on DC and DB plans on combined-plan testing, 5500, loans and distributions and understands plan design and can assist on plan operation and document updates.

Job Functions, Essential Duties and ResponsibilitiesProvide superior customer service, including problem solving with minimal inconvenience to clientsProvide effective and timely verbal and written communications in a clear, concise and informative written mannerAssist the client with all initial and ongoing plan design and document supportAssist the client in meeting all IRS and Department of Labor deadlines necessary for qualified retirement planMaintain up-to date knowledge of present legislation and proposed legislative changes with regard to ERISA law through self study and company-sponsored training sessionsResponsible for most all aspects of actuarial valuation reports, participant statements, Annual Funding Notice, and AFTAP preparationReview or perform, as needed, the annual combined-plan testing for combo clientsReview benefit calculations and distribution paperworkReview or prepare Form 5500, draft Schedule SB for actuary, and coordinate with plan sponsor to help ensure timely filingReview or prepare annual PBGC premium filingsAssist in preparation of PBGC termination filingsAssist auditors if a plan is subject to an annual auditUnder the direction of leadership, assist IRS, DOL and PBGC auditors, if the plan is subject to an IRS, DOL or PBGC auditCoordinate with all applicable parties, both internal and external, to ensure accurate takeover process for new clients including set up to match prior valuationAs applicable, work with Actuarial Analysts, Enrolled Actuaries, or independently to coordinate and oversee activities that will ensure timely and accurate completion of a large book of businessResponsible for protecting, securing, and proper handling of all confidential data held by Ascensus to ensure against unauthorized access, improper transmission, and/or unapproved disclosure of information that could result in harm to Ascensus or our clients.Our I-Client service philosophy and our Core Values of People Matter, Quality First and Integrity Always® should be visible in your actions on a day to day basis showing your support of our organizational culture.Assist with other tasks and projects as assigned Experience, Skills, Knowledge RequirementsMinimum 5 years of ERISA defined benefit and defined contribution experience in the retirement industryExperience in analysis of financial data requiredTraditional Defined Benefit and Cash Balance Plan experience highly preferred.Experience in ASC software desirable, but not requiredStrong Word, Excel, and Outlook skillsStrong written and oral communication skillsStrong analytical and problem solving skillsStrong attention to detail and the ability to prioritize, manage tasks and meet in connection with business operations, including related ERISA compliance mattersAt Ascensus, we aspire to make a difference for others.

We are a technology-enabled services company that helps people save for retirement, education, and healthcare through our network of institutional, financial advisor, and state partners.

Our culture is guided by sound principles, is committed to high standards, operates with transparency, and welcomes diversity—housed within our Core Values: People Matter.

Quality First.

Integrity Always.®As a leading independent recordkeeping services partner, retirement plan third-party administrator, and government savings facilitator, we aim to hire associates who find pride in going to work every day knowing that they help more than 12 million people save for what matters.

Ascensus provides equal employment opportunities to all associates and applicants for employment without regard to ancestry, race, color, religion, sex, (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and/or related medical conditions), gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, medical condition (including cancer and genetic characteristics), marital status, military or veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, criminal conviction record or any other protected category in accordance with applicable federal, state, or local laws (“Protected Status”).

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