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Anti-Financial Crimes Compliance Specialist

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Date Posted: May 28, 2022

Location(s): New York, NY, US, 10166

Company: MetLife

Job Location: United States: New York: New York  


Role Value Proposition: 

MetLife’s Global Risk Management organization serves as a strategic enterprise partner to enable responsible growth in our role as a leading and innovative provider of global protection planning and retirement and savings solutions to tens of millions of customers worldwide.  The department is committed to building a best-in-class second line of defense for risk identification, measurement, and mitigation. 


Within Global Risk, Corporate Ethics and Compliance (CEC) provides for shared ownership of risk management and better coordination of risk prioritization across the company.  CEC is responsible for designing and delivering a framework to help MetLife embed compliance and ethical behavior standards in business processes while enabling performance and growth.  In its role as a strategic advisor, CEC focuses on existing and emerging risks, partnering constructively with the businesses and functions to implement strong processes, establish effective controls, and foster a culture of compliance.  CEC monitors regulatory and industry trends and changes in order to develop and implement appropriate global and regional policies and procedures.


The Global Financial Crimes Unit (GFCU) within CEC is responsible for the effective implementation, maintenance and continuous improvement of global compliance programs for MetLife businesses relating to Anti-Money Laundering (AML), Economic & Trade Sanctions and Anti-Corruption (AB&C) compliance risks. This individual contributor position is responsible for carrying out global obligations with respect to the function of the GFCU and relevant company policies and compliance with applicable international and local laws/regulations with anti-money laundering, sanctions and anti-bribery and corruption. The role entails supporting compliance teams globally with anti-money laundering, sanctions, and anti-bribery & corruption risk mitigation, remediation and compliance risk management efforts.


Key Responsibilities:  

  • Drive success within the Anti-Money Laundering (AML), Sanctions Compliance (SC) and Anti-Bribery & Corruption (AB&C) compliance programs by reviewing program elements, including but not limited to, providing challenge and strategic advice, and contributing to the management of monitoring and testing activities for MetLife branches, subsidiaries and corporate function operations.
  • Evaluate escalations of AML, Sanctions and ABC compliance activities made by internal partners including sanctions and Politically Exposed Person (PEP) watchlist alerts and provide advice based on MetLife’s policies, procedures, law and regulations for appropriate and timely resolution as necessary.
  • Contribute to the management of compliance risk by performing, coordinating or supporting the identification and analysis of compliance risk exposure in connection with non-financial risk assessments and review of processes to identify non-adherence (actual or potential). Provide sound advice on required process changes to mitigate the risk of non-adherence.
  • Assess and contribute to the development, implementation and continuous refinement of business and corporate function processes to compliance risks including processes to identify and ensure internal partners comply with legal and regulatory obligations for AML, SC and AB&C compliance.
  • Provide advice and guidance on the design of 1st line controls to adequately mitigate financial crimes risks in MetLife’s global operating model, and conduct, coordinate or guide risk-prioritized testing, monitoring and surveillance activities to assess the adequacy of controls.
  • Sanctions Compliance (SC): Act as a global subject matter resource (SMR) for day-to-day support to internal partners in the administration of the enterprise’s sanctions and PEP watchlist screening program and provide advice and guidance to help ensure compliance with applicable laws, regulations, internal policies and procedures.
  • Collaborate alongside internal teams such as Global Technology & Operations to lead the development, testing, implementation, and continuously improvement of watchlist screening and PEP filters, rules and thresholds to ensure the SC screening systems operate effectively to meet internal and external (e.g. OFAC Sanctions Compliance) expectations or requirements.
  • Lead or coordinate the analysis of sanction alerts escalated to the GFCU and prepare appropriate reports (e.g. Blocked or Rejected Transaction reports and Specific License Applications) with applicable regulatory or government agencies.
  • Keep abreast of US OFAC and local regulatory developments impacting MetLife operations and anticipate issues or interpret expectations derived from OFAC enforcement and other sources of regulatory expectations to manage compliance risk.
  • Identify financial crimes compliance training needs and support development of content for business and corporate function units. As appropriate, deliver ad-hoc Sanctions compliance training for various groups.
  • Manage all aspects of assigned financial crimes compliance assignments (e.g. compliance initiatives) including providing status reporting regarding deliverables, dependencies, risks and issues, and communicating across compliance leadership including preparing reports and presentations for senior or executive level leadership.
  • Additional duties as they arise based on CEC priorities or regulatory developments in the financial crimes compliance landscape.


Essential Business Experience and Technical Skills:


  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience.
  • Strong compliance risk management initiative experience including ability to effectively coordinate and balance multiple projects and competing priorities in a time-sensitive environment, under pressure, and meeting deadlines.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to summarize and digest content quickly and clearly.
  • Detail oriented mindset with strong analytical and problem-solving skills, including the ability to identify and resolve issues with minimal supervision.
  • Work independently as well as collaboratively across CEC and other business and corporate function lines to enable proper alignment for the execution of the financial crimes’ compliance programs.
  • Experience with implementing and supporting vendor-based solutions (e.g. Actimize, Oracle Mantas, Fiserv) including sanctions watchlist screening systems.
  • Perform change impact analysis to assess the potential implications of modifications to the AML and Sanctions screening monitoring strategy for the global operation.



  • 5 years of relevant work experience in AML, Sanctions and AB&C Compliance and with a medium to large size global financial or insurance services institution preferred.
  • Strong AML, Sanctions and AB&C compliance risk management experience including Watchlist screening analysis and experience with the development of rules, filters and thresholds preferred.





Business Category

Global Risk Management – Corporate Ethics and Compliance


Number of Openings



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, 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 $642.4 billion of total assets under management as of March 31, 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.



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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.



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Requisition #: 118801


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