Director - Annuities Contracts - Retirement & Income Solutions

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Date Posted: Sep 15, 2023

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

Company: MetLife

Job Location: United States : New York : New York

Alternate Job Location: Not Applicable : Not Applicable

Work Arrangement: Hybrid


Role Value Proposition: 

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 individual and institutional customers. We’re united by our purpose to help our customers and each other create a confident future; we’re guided by empathy; and we’re inspired by each other to make a difference in the lives of our coworkers, customers, communities, and the world at large. At MetLife, it’s #AllTogetherPossible. Join us!  


This role sits within the Retirement and Income Solutions business (RIS). A part of MetLife’s U.S. Business, RIS is a leading provider of stable value products, structured settlements, annuities for employer sponsored plans and life insurance funding products. As part of the RIS Contracts leadership team, the successful candidate will oversee the Annuities Contracts team and partner closely with the product, sales, pricing, operations, and legal teams to deliver impact.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead and set the strategic direction of a newly consolidated Annuities Contracts team (6 direct reports), which is responsible for ensuring Annuities contracts accurately capture MetLife’s promises to its customers, reflect business and operational capabilities and intentions, and comply with relevant regulatory requirements, enabling MetLife’s purpose, “Always With You, Building a More Confident Future”. 
  • Oversee the drafting, negotiating, obtaining regulatory approval for and issuance of contracts for the Pensions, Institutional Income Annuities and Structured Settlements businesses (including complex proposals, commitment agreements, contracts, amendments, certs and separate account documentation) in fast paced, deadline driven environment.
  • Provide (and oversee provision of) technical expertise and advice to the Annuities business on research and queries related to enforce contracts and related filings.
  • Champion a continuous improvement culture through identification and execution of process enhancements to drive efficiency, including the adoption and utilization of Icertis as RIS’ contracts lifecycle management platform.
  • Provide technical guidance and analysis of critical new product ventures and due diligence, communicating implications to stakeholders.
  • Maintain strong relationships with Annuities business leadership and key stakeholders such as the sales, product, legal, pricing and implementation teams.
  • Maintain strong relationship with state insurance regulator personnel to secure timely approvals, address product and compliance needs.


Essential Business Experience and Technical Skills:

  • Motivational leadership, ability to unite a team under common objectives and execute with sense of urgency.
  • Strong strategic and critical thinking, ability to foresee micro and macro impacts of both an issue and potential solutions, weigh risks and benefits and act decisively.
  • Strong written communication and presentation skills; ability to communicate complex concepts with brevity and poise / aplomb.
  • Ability to organize and delegate work across the team based on skills, capability and capacity and drive / oversee execution. Prioritize tasks and resources as required.
  • Demonstrated history of exercising sound judgement.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in the pension risk transfer market and familiarity with these contracts and other annuities products.
  • 10+ years of Legal, contracts or financial services experience
  • Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe, and Word proficient. 


  • Bachelor’s degree. MBA Preferred.


Assignment Category

Full Time




Business Category
US Business


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.


The wage range for applicants for this position is  $121,400 to $161,800. This role is also eligible for annual short-term incentive compensation. MetLife offers a comprehensive benefits program, including healthcare benefits, life insurance, retirement benefits, parental leave, legal plan services and paid time off. All incentives and benefits are subject to the applicable plan terms.


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.


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