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Director, Private Equity

Date Posted: Jul 13, 2019

Location: London, BNH, GB, E14 5AA

Company: MetLife


Director, Private Equity


Canary Wharf, London, UK




MetLife seeks a Director to join our private equity unit (PEU) managing more than $10 billion of assets on behalf of our general account and affiliated entities. The Director position is a unique opportunity to work directly with senior management in a small, flat investment organization that has generated strong long-term returns for its constituents. MetLife’s portfolio is invested globally across a broad range of private equity sub sectors, including buyouts, venture capital, growth equity, energy, distressed debt, and secondary funds. The Director will focus primarily on the Asia Private Equity market, and as such Mandarin is essential, but may also be involved in European Private Equity and Global Buyout fund investments.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Source and track new opportunities with external investment managers; lead the fund due diligence including review of data room, detailed portfolio review and analysis, and fundamental research of portfolio holdings as well working with the legal department on the Limited Partnership Agreement legal review.
  • Lead the preparation of investment memos and presentations for investment committee.
  • Meet with existing General Partners to receive updates to evaluate investment progress, team/organizational changes, strategy, and to receive updates on the state of the markets and potential investment opportunities.
  • Lead the completion of sector reviews for our Asia Buyout investment program and assist in the completion of other sector reviews for our Distressed, Buyouts, Venture Capital and Energy portfolio segments.
  • Analyze and monitor existing portfolio relationships through annual meeting attendance and monitoring of quarterly reports.
  • Train and mentor junior staff members.


Key Relationships:

  • Reports to: VP Private Equity EMEA, Private Equity & Hedge Funds
  • Direct reports/team: TBD
  • Key Stakeholders: Private Equity team, business lines, Legal, General Partners



Candidate Qualifications:


Essential Business Experience and Technical Skills:


  • Minimum of 10 - 15 years of overall experience in the industry
  • Minimum of 6 years of experience in Fund to Fund Private Equity 
  • Strong experience in due diligence, selection, monitoring and management of private equity fund investments.
  • Strong analytical, quantitative and interpersonal skills with ability to work independently and in a team.
  • Detail-oriented individual with keen focus on performance and results.
  • Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills.
  • Travel: 20 - 25%
  • Mandarin language



  • Bachelor's Degree in Finance, Accounting, Economics, Engineering or similar analytical/quantitative field
  • MBA or Masters and/or CFA are highly desirable.
  • Co-investment experience 


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.
  • 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.




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 $589 billion in managed assets as of December 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.



Due to holiday, applications will not be reviewed until after the 5th August 2019. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience cause.


For immediate consideration, click the Apply Now button. You will be directed to complete an on-line profile. Upon completion, you will receive an automated confirmation email verifying you have successfully applied to the job.


MetLife is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  We are committed to attracting, retaining and maximizing the performance of a diverse and inclusive workforce.  It is the policy of MetLife to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination on any basis protected by law.

For immediate consideration, click the Apply Now button. You will be directed to complete an on-line profile. Upon completion, you will receive an automated confirmation email verifying you have successfully applied to the job.

Requisition #: 109383 

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