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VP, Platform Engineering

Date Posted: Jan 7, 2019

Location: Cary, NC, US, 27513

Company: MetLife

Position: Vice President, Platform Engineering  


Job Location: Cary, NC



World-class companies are progressive and operate in a way to create greater leverage of scale and capabilities. We have an opportunity within Global Infrastructure Technology & Operation’s Engineering team to make a meaningful difference toward this end. This position requires broad technical skillsets of the Engineering functions and has the largest team to manage. Our priorities will be to:


  • Provide options that support and enable our businesses to meet their strategic and transformational objectives
  • Deliver high-quality technology solutions and services in market-driven timeframes
  • Continuously optimize our technology infrastructure investment and lower unit rates annually
  • Transform and innovate our operating model
  • Ensure risk safety and soundness through effective, proactive management of risk and security practices
  • Enable and develop talent as our differentiator



The Role:

The Vice President, Platform Engineering has overall responsibility for driving the integrated engineering model for the Platform Engineering teams: Data and Analytics, Middleware, Enterprise Portal & Content Management, and Application Platforms. This role provides strategic direction and leadership in the research, evaluation, design, engineering and delivery of advanced distributed computing or enterprise computing infrastructures while fully supporting the needs of the enterprise.  This position leads the teams accountable for creating platform roadmaps, global strategies, operating policies and secure, efficient controls.  In addition, this role aids in major project planning and execution, and represents the Platform Engineering team at Senior Leadership and Management forums.


Key Responsibilities:

The VP of Platform Engineering will be directly responsible for realizing and enabling the vision of the Platform Engineering teams: Data and Analytics, Middleware, Enterprise Portal & Content Management, and Application Platforms.


  • Create and drive the vision, mission and functional oversight of the Platform Engineering team (Databases, Big Data/NoSQL services, BI/Reporting platforms, SDLC tools & processes and distribution/automation platforms)
  • Set clear objectives to produce measurable results
  • Support the Platform Engineering roadmap and ensure its implementation throughout the development life cycle
  • Ensure the stability of the production computing environment
  • Provide actionable metrics and insights into the performance and operational health of the platforms
  • Work with other team members to investigate best design approaches, prototype new technology, and evaluate technical feasibility
  • Influence and support the culture, values and standards of the IT organization
  • Direct, motivate and develop staff, maximizing their individual contribution and professional growth
  • Partnership with key leaders within Engineering, Service Operations, Application Development, Enterprise Architecture and ITRS organizations
  • Collaborate with product teams to understand and translate requirements, ensuring specifications and architecture design meet broader technical strategic goals
  • Create and pursue process and efficiency improvement opportunities


Travel requirements: 15-20%




Key Relationships:

  • Reports to: Senior Vice President, Engineering
  • Direct reports/team: 6 directs/60+ total team
  • Key Stakeholders: Senior leaders across Service Operations, Application Development, Digital Office, Application Maintenance & Support, Global Infrastructure, and Engineering organizations


Candidate Qualifications:

   Essential Business Experience and Technical Skills:

  • 15+ years of progressive experience in an IT function, with a dedicated focus on Platform Engineering:  Data and Analytics, Middleware, Enterprise Portal & Content Management, and Application Platforms.
  • 10+ years of progressive experience working within large, global financial institutions.
  • Demonstrated success implementing large global Platform Engineering functions (Databases, Big Data/NoSQL services, BI/Reporting platforms, SDLC tools & processes and distribution/automation platforms) across a Fortune 100 Company.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the regulatory, security, privacy and risk safeguards required of a global financial institution.
  • Demonstrated experience and working knowledge of LSS, Agile and ITIL processes and frameworks.
  • Ability to foster and drive organizational change, within a highly matrixed environment, through process optimization, change leadership and the development of a strong network of partners.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with driving optimal results through data-driven decision making.
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge leading IT functions like incident/change/problem management, vulnerability management, internal technology audits, risk management, project delivery, resource/capacity management.
  • Effective organizational and cultural skills to drive and implement major engineering efforts.
  • Strong relationship management and strategic communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal, leadership and communication skills.
  • Bachelor’s degree and/or related field experience required; Advanced degree preferred.


   Leadership Competencies:

  • Thinks Strategically – Sets direction aligned to the company’s strategy, applying external and global perspective to meet local and global needs.
  • Creates Partnerships – Authentically builds trusted relationships and collaborates across global, diverse and multi-functional teams to successfully drive business objectives.
  • Grows Talent – Inclusively and pro-actively develops talent, empowers individuals and manages diverse teams to drive engagement and performance.
  • Models our Values – Creates a culture that promotes the company’s values and standards through role modeling, accountability and ownership of decisions.
  • Drives Results – Sets aggressive goals and is accountable for continuously driving improved performance, leading change and ensuring high standards.



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 $500 billion in managed assets as of December 31, 2016. We are ranked #42 on the Fortune 500 list for 2017. In 2017, we were named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for the second 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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