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Employee Benefits Manager

  • Sky
  • Osterley, Isleworth TW7, UK
  • 21/11/2023
Full time

Job Description

Want to do the best work of your life? Make your mark at Europe’s leading media and entertainment brand. A workplace where you can proudly be yourself; our people make Sky a truly exciting and inclusive place to work.

“Sky is recognised for the quality of our pensions and benefits and how we communicate to our people. We always strive to optimise every aspect of our benefits platforms and supplier relationships to make sure we remain competitive and innovate. This role will be located within the Sky Group Reward Centre of Excellence and is a great opportunity for an experienced employee benefits professional to oversee our core benefits plans, build our Sky Benefits strategy across the Group and collaborate closely with colleagues in our parent company Comcast to provide a brilliant benefits experience for our people wherever they are.” Tom Gardner, Head of Group Benefits

What You'll Do:

  • Support the Head of Group Benefits to shape the strategy for employee benefits across our European markets by continually reviewing the market, proposing and implementing new ideas and engaging Sky’s people.
  • Handle the governance of our Group health and risk plans including our Trust-based Healthcare Plan in the UK, one of the largest of its kind, and core risk benefits including Income Protection, creating data insights to support holistic wellbeing strategy.
  • Be the key Company representative to our Comcast benefits governance oversight committees.
  • Ensure that Risk insurances, all-employee savings plans (including International Sharesave) and financial education programmes are effectively designed and delivered to enhance the financial wellbeing of our members and to protect Sky from risk.
  • Ensure that our Healthcare Plans and voluntary benefits are effectively designed and delivered to meet the needs of Group Total Health strategy.
  • Become a trusted expert to the business in the benefits field and partner effectively with a range of internal stakeholders including DEI, Policy, Tax and Communications.
  • Take a commercial approach to handling external brokers and benefits providers ensuring the best value for money and adherence to budget.
  • Work closely with Group People Services to develop the model for delivery of the pensions and benefits strategy via our external supplier platforms, provide technical expertise for urgent issues, critical cyclical compliance and employee experience as well as continuous process and control improvement.
  • Be accountable for ensuring benefits annual cycle, communications and change programmes are effectively delivered in partnership with Group People Services.
  • Be passionate about doing the right thing for our people and investing Sky’s resources impactfully.
  • Have strong project management skills and workload prioritisation to lead change programmes (eg risk benefits reviews and change, changes to legislation impacting benefits.)

What You'll Bring:

  • Ability to confidently communicate Sky Benefits to Sky people and a range of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Extensive experience of Employee benefits Plans covering physical, emotional and financial wellbeing with background in an in-house role at a large organisation or consulting firm.
  • An analytical and strategic approach having developed, implemented and operated employee benefits plans across multiple territories.
  • The ability to process a lot of detail, get to the right answer quickly and ensure processes are robust.
  • Excellent IT skills including benefits and HRIS platforms (eg Darwin and Workday), Excel and Powepoint.
  • Sound working knowledge of the legal framework of employee benefits in the UK, Ireland and our European markets and the ability to critically evaluate external advice.
  • An enquiring mind and a flexible approach to adapt to a fast-paced environment, create clarity where there is a ambiguity and balance pace with getting the right answer.
  • Experience of all-employee share plans and relevant reward qualifications desirable.

Team Overview:

Human Resources

Our HR team is all about making Sky a great place to work that’s both fair and inclusive for our people. We do OUR best to help everyone be at THEIR best! From hiring fantastic people to offering great benefits, from supporting learning and careers to making sure everyone gets paid on time – it all makes a difference. We want our people to have everything they need to design incredible products, build outstanding TV, deliver the best customer service and much, much, more.

The Rewards:

There's a reason people can't stop talking about #LifeAtSky. Our great range of rewards really are something special, here are just a few:

  • Sky Q, for the TV you love all in one place
  • A generous pension package
  • Private healthcare
  • Discounted mobile and broadband
  • Access a wide range of exclusive Sky VIP rewards and experiences

How You'll Work:

We know the world has changed, and we want to offer our employees the chance to collaborate at our outstanding office spaces, whilst enjoying the convenience of working from home.

We've adopted a hybrid working approach to give more flexibility on where and how we work. You'll find out more about what this means for this role during the recruitment process.

Your Office Base:


Our Osterley Campus is a 10-minute walk from Syon Lane train station. Or you can hop on one of our free shuttle buses that run to and from Osterley, Gunnersbury, Ealing Broadway and South Ealing tube stations. There’s also plenty of bike shelters and showers.

On campus, you’ll find 13 subsidised restaurants, cafes, and a Waitrose. You can keep in shape at our subsidised gym, catch the latest shows and movies at our cinema, get your car washed and even get pampered at our beauty salon!


At Sky we don’t just look at your CV. We’re more passionate about who you are and your potential. We also know that everyone has a life outside work, so we're happy to discuss flexible working.

We are a Disability Confident Accredited Employer, and welcome and encourage applications from all candidates. We will look to ensure a fair and consistent experience for all, and will make reasonable adjustments to support you where appropriate. Please flag any adjustments you need to your recruiter as early as you can.

Why Wait?

Apply now to build an amazing career and be part of a brilliant team. We can’t wait to hear from you.

To find out more about working with us, search #LifeAtSky on social media.

Just so you know: if your application is successful, we’ll ask you to complete a criminal record check. And depending on the role you have applied for and the nature of any convictions you may have, we might have to withdraw the offer.