RECENT OR POTENTIAL GRADS: Compensation and Benefits Specialist

  • Location: North Sydney, NS
  • Deadline: April 4, 2022 at 4:00 pm

Compensation and Benefits Specialist

At Marine Atlantic, we do so much more than get people from point A to point B. Whether it’s reunions, long-awaited trips home, or the start of a new adventure, we bring people together. We couldn’t bring people together every day without our own dedicated employees. Our employees embody our core values; they are a diverse, safety-oriented team-players who exhibit integrity and commitment, and always strive for excellence.Their understanding and commitment to our values make our employees an invaluable part of our organization.

Marine Atlantic is currently looking for a Compensation and Benefits Specialist to work with our Human Resources department located in North Sydney, NS. This is a term position with an end date of July 31, 2024.

The Human Resources Department is responsible for developing and implementing strategies that foster strong employee engagement with Marine Atlantic’s vision, in the areas of leadership, planning, labour relations, and employee development. The Human Resources Department develops, implements and ensures compliance with Corporate policies and processes, including, but not limited to, recruitment and selection, performance management, compensation and benefits, pension plan administration and all other policies related to overall employee impact and engagement.

Reporting directly to the Senior Pension and Benefits Lead, this challenging and multifaceted role is responsible for the administration of the Company’s benefits plans, covering Health and Dental, Short and Long-Term Disability and Life Insurance benefits.  The Compensation and Benefits Specialist is also responsible for the administration of Marine Atlantic’s Defined Benefit Pension Plan as  well as maintenance of Marine Atlantic’s ERP system.

The Compensation and Benefits Specialist will demonstrate a strong commitment to safety and will work diligently to promote a safe working environment.

Additional Key Areas of Responsibility

  • Primary liaison between employees and benefit carriers
  • Process new employee benefits enrolments, renewals and terminations
  • Process weekly indemnity, insurance waivers, long-term disability and life insurance claims
  • Process monthly retirements
  • Process electronic employee leave requests
  • Prepare monthly billings and forward to respective benefits carriers
  • Maintain and update Marine Atlantic’s ERP system
  • Monitor and audit benefit data on a regular basis
  • Maintain the computerized travel pass system and create travel cards
  • Provide assistance to payroll in the calculation of taxable benefits
  • Organize the Annual Employee Service Awards Program and lead the organizing committee
  • Conduct employee benefits education sessions
  • Participate in Pension Board meetings and prepare meeting minutes
  • Maintain personnel files and assist with mail-outs
  • Assist in the accomplishment of company objectives by performing other related duties as required

What qualifications do I need to be considered for this opportunity?


A degree in Business with a Major in Human Resources or related field


A combination of equivalent education, job-related training, and work experience in a related position.

Additional Qualifications

  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience in the Human Resources or Benefits field
  • Experience with employee group benefits, pension plans, insurance contracts, and policies

Experience in the use of computer-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems

  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong analytical and time management skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications

Asset Qualifications

  • Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS) or Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designations
  • Knowledge of report writer computer software

Salary: $62,633.52 to $69,592.80

Why work for the Marine Atlantic team?

As part of the Marine Atlantic team, you will participate in a variety of ongoing training programs and development opportunities to navigate your career and chart your course for success. We provide a positive and inclusive work culture that is dedicated to creating an environment which promotes diversity, employee growth, career development, and job satisfaction.  Some benefits of working with Marine Atlantic include competitive salaries, defined benefit pension plan, comprehensive health benefit packages, and professional development opportunities.  Come experience the pride of working with an organization with newly constructed and revitalized infrastructure that has positioned itself for the future.

How do I become a part of the team?

If you meet the listed qualifications, are interested in this opportunity and exemplify our core values, please apply online before 4 pm (Atlantic Time) on 04 April 2022.

All applicants must apply online:



  • Marine Atlantic recognizes the importance of vaccination to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 while continuing to provide an essential service to the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. All employees are required to follow Marine Atlantic Covid-19 protocols. As mandated by the Government of Canada, all employees, including new hires, are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless a reasonable accommodation is requested and authorized based on one of the prohibited grounds of discrimination as defined by the Canadian Human Rights Act. As part of the recruitment process, proof of vaccination for COVID-19 will be  required or the necessary documentation to provide an  approved accommodation.

Additional Information

Marine Atlantic is a Federal Crown Corporation that provides a vital ferry service link between Newfoundland and Labrador and mainland Canada.

At Marine Atlantic, we are dedicated to building and fostering an inclusive and diverse environment, where all employees and customers feel welcomed, valued, and respected.

Marine Atlantic invites applications from all qualified candidates and hires on the basis of merit. We are committed to the principles of equitable employment for all and strongly encourage applications from women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, visible minorities and 2SLGBTQIA+ community members. If you are a member of one or more of these groups, please state to which group(s) you identify in your cover letter, resume or application.

To receive this job poster in an alternative format or to discuss alternate ways of completing the online application, please contact the Marine Atlantic Human Resources Department, in confidence, at

We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the recruitment process. If you need to be accommodated during any phase of the evaluation process, contact the Marine Atlantic Human Resources  Department, in confidence, at