Lincoln Financial Group Sr. Implementation Partner, Retirement Plan New Business in Rolling Meadows, Illinois

Alternate Locations: Fort Wayne, IN (Indiana); Rolling Meadows, IL (Illinois); Work from Home

Relocation assistance is not available for this opportunity.

Requisition #53245

About the Company

Lincoln Financial Group, a Fortune 250 company with over 10,000 employees, provides advice and solutions that help empower Americans to take charge of their financial lives with confidence. Our core business areas — Life Insurance, Annuities, Retirement Plan Services and Group Protection — focus on supporting, preserving and enhancing over 17 million customer’s lifestyles and retirement outcomes.

Headquartered in Radnor, Pennsylvania, Lincoln Financial Group is the marketing name for Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE: LNC) and its affiliates. The company had $253 billion in assets under management as of December 31, 2017.

Ranked one of the Best Large Employers in America by Forbes magazine, Lincoln Financial Group makes a serious investment in our employees’ futures through a broad range of wealth accumulation and protection plans, health and wellness programs, and career development resources designed to help each individual reach their personal and professional goals.

The Role

As the Large Market Sr. Implementation Partner, you will provide a world class client experience for retirement plans transitioning to Lincoln. Your ability to successfully partner across Lincoln sales teams, advisors, and third-party administrators, along with all Lincoln internal teams will ensure positive results for new and existing business partners. As a result, you will consult/analyze all aspects of our retirement plans and deliver on complex assignments/projects. You will be responsible for developing and strengthening relationships with internal and external customers, analyzing various aspects of our service offering and being an advocate on behalf of the customer for driving positive change.

Responsibilities

Business Acumen

  • Maintains knowledge on current and emerging developments/trends, assess the impact, and collaborates with senior management to incorporate new trends and developments in current and future solutions

  • Directs and enhances organizational initiatives by positively influencing and supporting change management and/or departmental/enterprise initiatives

  • Identifies and directs the implementation of process improvements that significantly improve quality across the team, department and/or business unit

  • Provides subject matter expertise to team members and applicable internal/external stakeholders on complex assignments/projects

  • Provides direction on complex assignments, projects, and/or initiatives to build and enhance the capability of assigned area

  • Remains current in profession and industry trends.

  • Makes a positive contribution as demonstrated by: - Making suggestions for improvement- Learning new skills, procedures and processes

Project Management

  • Develops, maintains, and executes complex implementation plans which ensure that the clients' overall service needs are satisfied and achieve the business, profitability and retention objectives

  • Develop and maintain a high-quality concierge service that focuses on complex implementation clients/customers and high-volume wholesalers

Relationship Management

  • Builds, maintains, and proactively maximizes positive business relationships with new and existing internal/external clients and effectively utilizes these relationships in specialized matters requiring cooperation and persuasion

  • Assures customer satisfaction through the management of quality review audits of financial and non-financial transactions, analysis of error trends, and customer service issues

  • Serves as a subject matter expert and point of escalation while providing guidance to internal stakeholders on complex implementation solutions which optimize client satisfaction, retention, and achieve desired business results

  • Develops, executes and/or collaborates with internal partners to develop proactive, creative, & ongoing complex client contact initiatives.

  • Builds, enhances, and maintains relationships with contacts at client organizations, ensuring clients’ overall service requirements are satisfied

  • Identifies and resolves complex client issues/concerns in a timely & collaborative manner

  • Identifies clients with risk of retention and notifies management

  • Provides information, education, training, and consults on complex processes, procedures, products, and/or services to assigned clients.

  • May collaborate with internal stakeholders on processes/procedures, proposals, and/or promotional materials for assigned area of responsibility

Requirements

Education

  • 4 Year/Bachelors Degree or equivalent work experience (4 years of experience in lieu of Bachelors)

  • FINRA S6 within 90 days

Experience

  • 5 – 7+ Years of experience in relationship management and retirement plans that directly aligns with the specific responsibilities for this position

  • Proven experience with large/jumbo retirement plans preferred

  • Proven experience with M&A activity

  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret both internal and external documents such as general media/publications, professional journals, technical

  • procedures, governmental regulations, policies, proposals, and standard operating procedures.

  • Confident, comfortable communicator with strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Strong presentation skills with demonstrated ability to influence at all levels of management through clear, informed and logical discussions/presentations

  • Apply concepts such as probability, statistics, modeling, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical solutions

  • Works with mathematical concepts such as averages and/or variances

  • Ability to analyze complex information and to evaluate the implications of a course of action or solution.

  • Ability to interpret and apply common sense understanding to carry out a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form

  • Ability to solve problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists

  • Define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.

  • Evaluate trends in data or information

  • Ability to perform under stress in cases of emergency, critical or hazardous situations.

  • Ability to work with others in a team environment

  • Demonstrated ability to identify and recommend processes improvements.

  • Demonstrated strong relationship management skills with internal clients (e.g. senior management, peers and colleagues); proven ability to develop creative and collaborative approaches

  • Demonstrates strong interpersonal skills with a collaborative style

  • Demonstrates strong project management leadership skills including, critical ability to coordinate and balance multiple projects in a time-sensitive environment, under pressure, and meeting deadlines.

  • Finds common ground and can gain collaboration among senior/executive management, colleagues and peers; can influence outcomes without directing or commanding.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)

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This position may be subject to Lincoln’s Political Contribution Policy. An offer of employment may be contingent upon disclosing to Lincoln the details of certain political contributions. Lincoln may decline to extend an offer or terminate employment for this role if it determines political contributions made could have an adverse impact on Lincoln’s current or future business interests, misrepresentations were made, or for failure to fully disclose applicable political contributions and or fundraising activities.

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Lincoln Financial Group (“LFG”) is an Equal Opportunity employer and, as such, is committed in policy and practice to recruit, hire, compensate, train and promote, in all job classifications, without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, veterans status, or genetic information. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of job qualifications. If you are a person with a disability that impedes your ability to express your interest for a position through our online application process, or require TTY/TDD assistance, contact us by calling 260-455-2558.

Lincoln Financial Group ("LFG") is an Equal Opportunity employer and, as such, is committed in policy and practice to recruit, hire, compensate, train and promote, in all job classifications, without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, veterans status, or genetic information. Opportunities throughout LFG are available to employees and applicants and are evaluated on the basis of job qualifications. We have a drug free work environment and we perform pre-employment substance abuse testing.