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AVP Global Workplace Design

Date Posted: Oct 20, 2021

Location: New York, NY, US, 10166

Company: MetLife

PositionAVP Global Workplace Design


Job Location: New York, NY


The Role:

The AVP of Global Workplace Design will develop, design, and articulate the design vision, values, and strategy for the company’s workplace environments.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the company’s evolving workplace strategy, working with the Workplace Experience lead, workplace technology and other industry experts to design and implement new workplaces
  • Provide thought leadership in design for the company with an emphasis on exceptional workplaces and workplace experiences
  • Work closely with technology partners to identify workplace technology / tool requirements that meet (or exceed) the needs of our hybrid workforce
  • Craft and communicate the workplace design vision to internal and external audiences
  • Bring forward industry-leading ideas and insightful data to guide design-related decisions and offer innovative solutions
  • Develop an understanding of and staying current on changes and innovations to the workplace before and beyond the pandemic
  • Gain a deep understanding of customer (employee) problems in how we work and defining how our workplace could be design to their benefit
  • Lead a team of external designers and architects

Key Relationships:

  • Reports to: VP of RE&CS Global Strategy & Operations
  • Direct reports/team: None
  • Key Stakeholders: SVP Global Real Estate & Corporate Services, VP Global Strategy Operations, VP Global Facilities Management


Essential Business Experience and Technical Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Design or Architecture
  • Minimum 15 years of experience in corporate real estate design and architecture
  • Experience as a principal, studio director, or director of design for a corporate real estate organization
  • Large corporate environment experience where coordination, collaboration and communication across multiple organizations is required for alignment, approvals, decision-making, and governance
  • Expert influence skills to manage enterprise stakeholders, business partners, and teams of diverse composition (e.g. varying skill sets; in-house and outsourced; across locations and regions) who are not direct reports
  • Proven vision, leadership, and strategic thinking skills through each stage of program execution. Ability to lead evolving initiatives from start to finish in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and solid negotiation skills, including the ability to foster organizational change through program execution and act as a change agent
  • Strong organizational skills and detail orientation


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



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 $666.7 billion of total assets under management as of June 30, 2021. We are ranked #46 on the Fortune 500 list for 2021. In 2020, we were named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for the fifth year in a row. DJSI is a global index to track the leading sustainability-driven companies. We are proud to have been named to Fortune magazine’s 2021 list of the “World’s Most Admired 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.  Visit us at to learn more about our brand, history, and values.  


We want to make it simple for all interested and qualified candidates to apply for employment opportunities with MetLife.  If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request to or call our Employee Relations Department at 1-877-843-3711.


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.






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