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Senior Counsel - International Privacy

Date Posted: Jun 3, 2021

Location: New York, NY, US, 10166

Company: MetLife

Role Value Proposition: 

The International Privacy Law Team is MetLife’s subject matter expert on international privacy law, covering the more than 40 jurisdictions where MetLife operates.  The International Privacy Team  focuses its time and effort in making the Enterprise aware of legal developments, advising MetLife companies on the non-US privacy restrictions and requirements with which they need to comply, and helping to ensure that MetLife’s use of customer and employee data is consistent with the law, best practices, and the expectations of our customers and employees.  The team is in the unique position to help provide consistency, where possible and desirable, across regions and the Enterprise. 


Key Responsibilities:  

  • Provide advice on privacy law aspects of projects and initiatives involving personal information of non-US individuals;
  • With the in-country legal teams, identify the legal privacy requirements;
  • Work closely with the Employment Law Unit as issues arise at the intersection of employment and privacy law;
  • Draft consents and privacy notices;
  • Support the drafting and execution of Data Transfer Agreements and other documents to permit the transmission of data from one country to another;
  • Heavy negotiation of privacy and confidentiality provisions in vendor agreements;
  • Advise whether security incidents need to be reported to regulators and/or data subjects; and
  • Advise businesses with respect to new initiatives to use “Big Data” to better serve MetLife’s customers and employees. Provide advice and counsel on legal and regulatory matters having a potential global impact and requiring coordination across regions and businesses.
  • Identify and resolve legal issues through research, analysis, creativity and teamwork.
  • Craft solutions that contribute to global business goals while ensuring appropriate management of legal risks.
  • Stay current on developments affecting privacy law around the world.
  • Work closely and proactively in partnership with internal business partners and outside counsel to identify issues and develop practical solutions.
  • Act as a trusted advisor and partner to Privacy Compliance, Global Government Relations, Global Technology & Operations, and other business areas in developing and advocating positions to advance MetLife’s interests.
  • Keep business partners and colleagues apprised of relevant issues, developments and preventative law measures in data privacy and related areas.
  • Collaborate with colleagues on a global basis to provide advice on the same or other matters in a collegial and coordinated fashion.
  • Communicate frequently with Law Department management on issues and progress of matters in order to maintain effectiveness and to coordinate with those working on other matters.
  • Work with, guide, and manage outside counsel for MetLife on matters, to the extent they are engaged on those matters.
  • Represent MetLife in dealings with international regulators and policymakers.
  • Demonstrate skills as a creative problem-solver, self-starter and hard worker, with the desire to grow with the position. 
  • Demonstrate strong service orientation and collaboration skills.
  • Exhibit detail-orientation, with very good organizational skills and experience in advising business partners.
  • Perform other duties appropriate to the role, or as required or necessary.


Essential Business Experience and Technical Skills:

  • At least five years privacy experience at a major law firm and/or in-house legal department, reflecting a record of accomplishment. 
  • Juris doctor degree from a top law school.
  • Appropriate bar admission required.
  • Excellent academic credentials.
  • Exhibit good business acumen.
  • Demonstrate persuasion and leadership skills, especially in the context of the ability to relate to different stakeholders, business partners and colleagues.
  • Possess strong drafting, negotiating and analytical skills.
  • Communicate crisply and clearly, particularly when translating legal issues into straightforward practical analysis and advice.
  • Balance competing demands, multiple deadline-sensitive matters, assessing business priorities.
  • Follow through to ensure advice is acted upon, and that ethical, legal and business issues are raised to appropriate levels.
  • Build collaborative partnerships and alliances, internally and externally.
  • Enjoy challenging assignments; willing to become familiar with new areas of the law.
  • Open to receive coaching and mentoring from management and/or more experienced team members.
  • Willing to build knowledge of the company’s structure, operations, products and services, strategic business values, objectives, policies, culture, and regulatory requirements.
  • Willing and able to improve operations, implement effective policies and procedures. 





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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 $659.6 billion of total assets under management as of December 31, 2020. We are ranked #48 on the Fortune 500 list for 2020. 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.   


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. 


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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.


MetLife maintains a drug-free workplace.



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