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Senior Anti-Financial Crime Compliance Specialist

Date Posted: Apr 16, 2021

Location: New York, NY, US, 10166

Company: MetLife

Job Location: United States: New York: New York


Role Value Proposition: 

Corporate Ethics and Compliance (“CEC”) delivers a compliance risk framework that enables the businesses and functions to comply with applicable internal and external rules and regulations and maintain risk levels within MetLife’s risk appetite. CEC provides constructive challenge to the businesses and functions, partnering closely with them to implement strong processes and effective controls, as well as to foster and embed a culture of compliance.


The AFC Compliance Specialist will support in the execution of the enterprise AFC programs, providing guidance, effective challenge, and oversight to local country CEC teams and MetLife’s businesses and functions. This individual contributor position will be responsible for handling issue escalations to AFC Compliance and providing guidance based on MetLife’s policies and procedures and applicable laws and regulations for appropriate and timely resolution. This role will support the enhancements of AFC policies, standards, and procedures as well as global remediation activities to enhance AFC compliance across the firm. A successful candidate will be a thought leader who embraces changes, collaborates across the globe on best practices, and methodically works to strengthen anti-financial crime compliance risk management at MetLife.



Key Responsibilities:

  • Support the implementation of risk-based anti-financial crime compliance policies, procedures and best practices and provide strategic guidance on the identification, collection, analysis and actionable insights into key anti-financial crime compliance risk metrics.
  • Challenge and update elements within the AFC compliance programs and policies, serve as a thought leader, and drive continuous improvement.
  • Assess and respond to internal and external escalations for AML, Sanctions and ABC compliance activities and serve as a global subject matter expert for day-to-day support for internal partners.
  • Strengthen financial crime compliance controls over risk in business and corporate functions, including but not limited to; overseeing the management of self identification of audit issues and remediation plans for audit issues in partnership with relevant stakeholders.
  • Provide support to internal partners with the execution of non-financial risk assessments to address financial crime risks identified for MetLife’s corporate functions, products and services globally.
  • Coordinate and perform substantive testing of anti-financial crime compliance programs in local, regional and corporate function operations to ensure compliance with global policy requirements, including a review of local compliance policies. Track all action items requiring remediation to a close and prepare comprehensive reports on findings for senior leadership.
  • Provide advice and guidance on the design and implementation of compliance controls to mitigate 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.
  • Identify, analyze and communicate regulatory requirements for anti-financial crime compliance and review/update policies, procedures, and controls to ensure MetLife is fully compliant with all applicable regulations and best practices. Coordinate with Legal Affairs and other cross-functional teams such as IT and Risk Management to ensure a holistic approach to these requirements.
  • Support internal stakeholder engagements in relation to various projects, internal audits and regulatory examinations, by preparing, coordinating and reviewing deliverables.
  • Collaborate with senior-level internal and external professionals and industry regulators on financial crime compliance related matters including regulatory examinations.
  • Coordinate the timely and accurate completion of critical reports to keep CEC management, and relevant partners informed of the current status of AML, Sanctions and ABC activities.
  • Mitigate risk by following established procedures, spotting key errors and demonstrating strong ethical behavior.
  • Perform additional duties as they arise based on CEC priorities or regulatory developments in the anti-financial crime compliance landscape.



Essential Business Experience and Technical Skills:


  • Bachelor’s degree or relevant experience.
  • 7+ years of relevant work experience in AML, Sanctions, and ABC Compliance and with a medium to large size insurance services institution, banking or securities industry preferred.
  • Experience in creating business relationships to help embed detection and prevention controls intended to mitigate financial crime risks.  
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to digest, summarize and present content quickly and clearly to senior leadership.
  • Detailed oriented with strong analytical and problem-solving skills, including the ability to identify and resolve issues.
  • Work independently as well as collaboratively across Compliance and other business lines and enterprise functions.
  • Be proactive and influential to deal with rapid changes, and capable of handling multiple and competing priorities simultaneously.
  • Ability to build relationships with key risk partners and interface with the business and corporate functions in order to facilitate the successful implementation of the Enterprise AML/ABC programs globally.





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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 $651 billion of total assets under management as of September 30, 2020. We are ranked #48 on the Fortune 500 list for 2020. 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.


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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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