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Assistant Vice President, Internal Audit - Group Benefits

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Date Posted: Jun 14, 2022

Location(s): Cary, NC, US, 27513

Company: MetLife

At MetLife, we seek to make a meaningful impact in the lives of our customers and our communities.  This role is part of U.S. Business (USB) within MetLife’s Internal Audit Department. 

Internal Audit (IA) is an independent global organization that plays an important role in partnering with the business to ensure that management anticipates, recognizes, and appropriately manages risks. We devote our highly skilled staff to those activities of the highest risk, while considering the concerns of management and independent boards. We protect MetLife and our stakeholders through meaningful independent and objective assurance and advice, while advocating for risk management and internal controls.


The Role:

The Assistant Vice President, Internal Audit - Group Benefits (GB) creates the audit plan and drives risk-based audit coverage for GB.  This role is responsible for maintaining an ongoing collaborative relationship with the GB Executive Vice President (EVP) and Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and assumes accountability for client engagement during audit-related work to ensure timeliness and transparency of audit-related results.  This role also engages in discussions regarding critical and high GB risks across the three lines of defense and advises the line of business management and Risk Management on potential strategies to mitigate these risks. The position supports transparency in communication and reporting on key GB risks and issues facing the organization to both Risk Management and the Audit Committee, while providing oversight of risk-based GB audit engagements.


Key Relationships:

  • Reports to: Vice President (VP), Head of Audit – USB
  • Key Stakeholders: GB EVP and SLT (including functional teams such as Finance & Operations and risk partners such as Legal, Risk Management & Compliance).  


Key Responsibilities:

  • Support the Head of Audit - USB in providing leadership and management of the Internal Audit team responsible for audit coverage of GB, consistent with IA strategic objectives.
  • Lead the risk assessment, audit planning, audit execution, issues management, and development of consolidated audit results for GB, Internal Audit leadership, and Audit Committee.
  • Manage relationships with key functional stakeholders including legal, risk and compliance throughout the enterprise.
  • Maintain an ongoing collaborative relationship with management and assume accountability for client engagement during audit-related work to ensure timeliness and transparency of audit-related results (avoid surprises).
  • Actively manage the balanced scorecard metrics and ensure they meet expectations, and, if lagging, demonstrate urgency to resolve.
  • Present audit metrics and relevant audit themes to GB EVP, GB SLT, and risk partners.
  • Lead teams through the entire life cycle of audit-related projects, including day-to-day supervision of staff to deliver on commitments.
  • Oversee the quality and timely delivery of audit-related engagements and issue remediation testing, including performance of overall reviews per methodology. Issue audit reports in compliance with quality standards.
  • Lead and model MetLife Success Principles.
  • Provide coaching and mentoring of IA staff with an emphasis on talent management and succession planning in accordance with corporate strategic direction.


Essential Business Experience and Technical Skills:

  • 12+ year(s) of experience in public accounting and/or internal audit, including management experience.
  • Proven track record of driving results as an audit leader, advising management on current and emerging risks, and leading/coaching associates on methodology, stakeholder management, and the more technical aspects of audit engagements.
  • Ability to effectively interact and communicate with all levels of external and/or internal stakeholders.
  • CPA, CIA or CISA designation.
  • Proficient capabilities in the areas of critical thinking, root cause analysis, and written/verbal communications.
  • Proactive, intellectually curious, operate with a sense of urgency.
  • Ability to develop strong business relationships, partner and coordinate in a cross-functional environment.



  • Group Benefits product knowledge
  • Experience with agile audit principles


MetLife Success Principles

  • Experiment with Confidence – Courageously learn and test new ideas without fear of failure
  • Act with Urgency – Demonstrate speed to action with agility and determination
  • Seek Diverse Perspectives – Source ideas and feedback to expand thinking and make informed decisions
  • Seize Opportunity – Drive responsible growth and identify areas for continuous improvement
  • Champion Inclusion – Foster an environment where everyone is valued, heard, and can speak up
  • Create Alignment – Partner with others across the organization with candor and transparency
  • Take Responsibility – Be accountable and act in pursuit of the right outcomes
  • Enable Solutions – Anticipate and address obstacles while managing risk
  • Deliver What Matters – Execute meaningful priorities and follow through on commitments


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