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AVP, Data Science Delivery

Date Posted: Nov 5, 2018

Location: Cary, NC, US, 27513

Company: MetLife

Job Location:  Cary, NC


Role Value Proposition:


Driven by passion and purpose, we are looking for you to be part of our global data science research and delivery team to further develop our advanced analytics capabilities while overseeing the design and implementation of state of the art data approaches which are both scalable and innovative.   This is a critical position with strategic impact on our businesses and a key leadership role in the data and analytics organization. Advanced analytics and data science are part of the digital line of business in Global Technology and Operations.   Digital is fundamentally changing the insurance landscape in both how we go to market and how we service our customers, positioning GTO to leverage its capabilities across MetLife's value chain.


This role will champion the importance of accelerating analytics at MetLife. You must be an entrepreneurial leader able to gain stakeholder trust and adept at influencing others. You are able to secure resources needed for delivery, escalate issues and anticipate project specific risks to ensure timely and on-budget implementations. You’re excellent at communicating to all levels and are comfortable explaining your team’s analyses and recommendations to executives as you are discussing trade-offs or dependencies with Business partners.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Take active part in the global analytics leadership team focused on accelerating analytics
  • Own and build the data science project portfolio within core business functions
  • Responsible for monitoring business value of analytical initiatives by partnering with business stakeholders
  • Lead and motivate efforts of formalizing business partnerships across business functions
  • Expand and lead the technical capability to perform leading edge analytical studies
  • Lead efforts of opportunity mapping and business case development for data science
  • Lead and work with a team of highly skilled data scientists
  • Focus on execution and prioritization of multiple analytical initiatives
  • Developing and promoting best practices for advanced analytics
  • Ability to travel (30%)


Essential Business Experience and Technical Skills:

  • 10-15+ years of experience, preferably within global financial services firm or a Big Four management consulting firm
  • 5+ years of relevant business experience in the field of advanced analytics
  • Master’s Degree/PhD in quantitative discipline such as statistics, mathematics, physics, advanced computer science
  • Strong data analytics experience
  • Profound knowledge and experience with machine learning and AI 
  • Experience leading and delivering advanced analytics projects
  • Proven ability to partner and influence key business stakeholders at all levels across a global organization
  • Proven record of strategic planning and execution focus
  • Strong communication skills; effective in messaging the goals and objectives of advanced analytics and the impacts and benefits
  • Results Driven – focuses on and tracks the key elements that drive the business.
  • Knowledge and ability to understand and code in analytical software like Python, R, SAS and similar.
  • Other Competencies: interpersonal skills, self-starter, verbal and written communication skills, presentation skills, sound business judgment, ability to lead, organizational skills.


Leadership Competencies:

  • Motivates People – Gains people commitment to achieve business objectives through clear communication of the company’s vision and flexing leadership styles to inspire high performance.
  • Creates Partnerships – Authentically builds trusted relationships and collaborates across global, diverse and multi-functional teams to successfully drive business objectives.
  • Seizes Opportunity – Seeks new opportunities and ways to create balanced business growth while improving operational capabilities.
  • Grows Talent – Inclusively and pro-actively develops talent, empowers individuals and manages diverse teams to drive engagement and performance.
  • Drives Results – Sets aggressive goals and is accountable for continuously driving improved performance, leading change and ensuring high standards.

Key Relationships:

  • Reports to: Vice President, Data Science
  • Direct reports/team: 2-3 directs; 15-20 total
  • Key Stakeholders: Chief Analytics Officer and other senior leaders across GTO and business functions




MetLife, through its subsidiaries and affiliates, is one of the world’s leading financial services companies, providing insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management to help its individual and institutional customers navigate their changing world. Founded in 1868, MetLife has operations in more than 40 countries and holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.


We are one of the largest institutional investors in the U.S. with more than $584 billion in managed assets as of March 31, 2018. We are ranked #43 on the Fortune 500 list for 2018. In 2018, we were named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for the third year in a row. DJSI is a global index to track the leading sustainability-driven companies.


Our goal in everything we do is to offer customers truly differentiated value propositions that allow us to establish clear competitive advantages. We pride ourselves on being a trusted partner to our customers as they navigate life’s twists and turns. Visit us at to learn more about our brand, history, and values.





MetLife is a proud equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to attracting, retaining, and maximizing the performance of a diverse and inclusive workforce. It is MetLife's policy to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, national origin, marital or domestic/civil partnership status, genetic information, citizenship status, uniformed service member or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

MetLife maintains a drug-free workplace.

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