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Associate Director - Agricultural Investments

Date Posted: Nov 20, 2020

Location: Fresno, CA, US, 93720

Company: MetLife

Job Location: United States : California : Fresno  

 

This position can be based out of Fresno, Merced, Stanislaus or San Joaquin Counties.

 

Role Value Proposition: 

MetLife Investments is one of the largest institutional investors and asset managers in the United States, with nearly half a trillion dollars in general account and third-party portfolio assets invested primarily in investment grade corporate bonds, structured finance securities, commercial and agricultural mortgage loans, U.S. Treasury and agency securities and real estate and corporate equity.  A significant contributor to MetLife’s financial performance, Investments maximizes the company’s long-term economic value by investing in assets globally that support the company’s liabilities and produce a consistent stream of operating earnings.

 

Global Function: MetLife Investments’ Real Estate and Agricultural Investments Units manage a $62 billion portfolio of commercial and agricultural loans, and real estate equity investments. In addition to sourcing and managing these investments, the group is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with key industry contacts, including mortgage and leasing brokers, developers and property managers.  The Mortgage Portfolio and Equity Portfolio Units actively manage MetLife’s portfolio of mortgage loans and equity investments in office, apartment, retail, industrial, and hotel properties. The Portfolio Units are responsible for overall portfolio strategy, pricing, transaction approval and credit approval on new loans and the active management of the overall mortgage and equity portfolios. 

 

We are proud of the important role that MetLife has played in the financing of agriculture since 1917. The associates working in Agricultural Investments today are dedicated to continuing that tradition by providing flexible and competitive loan products backed by the resources of MetLife, a leading provider of insurance and other financial services. That’s why we are one of North America's largest private lenders to agriculture.

 

MetLife’s Agricultural Investments is seeking an exceptional and experienced Agricultural Real Estate Loan Officer to originate loans and service an existing loan portfolio primarily in Merced, Stanislaus, and San Joaquin Counties of California.  This Agricultural Real Estate Loan Officer position will be part of a team responsible for the origination and servicing of agricultural real estate loans in California.  

 

Key Responsibilities:  

  • Loan origination
  • Credit analysis & underwriting
  • Real estate appraisal & property inspections
  • Loan servicing/reporting/portfolio management
  • Relationship management/marketing.

 

Essential Business Experience and Technical Skills:

Required:

  • 10+ years of experience with credit analysis and credit decision.
  • 10+ years relevant experience with a proven track record of underwriting successful agricultural debt deals.
  • Strong credit and analytical skills, superior knowledge of lending principles, credit procedures, collateral and credit. 
  • Proficiency in Word and Excel-based applications.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong relationship management skill set.
  • Strong financial, accounting and credit analysis skills.

 

Preferred:

  • Bachelor's degree in Agriculture, Business Administration, Finance, Economics, or Banking as well as any other related field of expertise; MBA or master’s degree.
  • Extensive agricultural lending experience, ideally including experience in core regional crops (e.g., nut crops, row & vegetable crops, dairy, livestock, wine & table grapes, citrus, and various other specialty crops).
  • Farm real estate appraisal knowledge.

 

Travel

15% Domestic

 

Business Category

Investments

 

Number of Openings

1

 

At MetLife, we’re leading the global transformation of an industry we’ve long defined. United in purpose, diverse in perspective, we’re dedicated to making a difference in the lives of our customers.

MetLife:

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 $600 billion of total assets under management as of December 31, 2019. We are ranked #44 on the Fortune 500 list for 2019. In 2019, we were named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for the fourth year in a row. DJSI is a global index to track the leading sustainability-driven companies.

 

MetLife is committed to building a purpose-driven and inclusive culture that energizes our people. Our employees work every day to help build a more confident future for people around the world.

 

We want to make it simple for all interested and qualified candidates to apply for employment opportunities with MetLife.  For further information about how to request a reasonable accommodation, please click on the Disability Accommodations link below.

 

MetLife is a proud Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer dedicated to attracting, retaining, and developing a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment at MetLife without regards to 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.

 

Requisition #: 115358

 


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