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Senior Counsel

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Date Posted: Jul 27, 2022

Location(s): New York, NY, US, 10166 Cary, NC, US, 27513

Company: MetLife

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.




This role sits within the Section of the Law Department focused on Global Technology and Operations, Employment, Benefits, and Information (GEBI).  GEBI provides strategic legal advice across the enterprise on a wide variety of issues, including for Global Procurement and Corporate Real Estate.  Its members strive to provide actionable advice that considers commercial implications and to become trusted advisors to their business partners around the globe.


Role Value Proposition: 


MetLife is seeking a dynamic attorney with procurement contract negotiation expertise to take a leadership role in advising senior leaders and others at the enterprise in purchasing goods and services worldwide, leasing facilities for operations, and enhancing the MetLife brand.  This attorney will collaborate across Legal Affairs, Compliance, and Third-Party Risk Management to negotiate and advise on complex, high-value global and regional commercial contracts for products and services. The position also supports our corporate real estate, global security, corporate events, and marketing teams, negotiating commercial leases, construction and facilities contracts, marketing/hospitality, and corporate events agreements, and advising on company operations policies.


Key Responsibilities:


  • Lead and coordinate the negotiation of outsourcing, technology-related services, consulting, call center, marketing, e-commerce, privacy and other complex commercial contracts.  Agreements include master services, hosted services, SaaS, licenses and support enterprise operations, growth initiatives, and our drive for greater efficiency.
  • Provide strategic legal advice for Global Procurement’s vendor sourcing team, corporate services and corporate real estate and facilities management business units worldwide.
  • Advise on international and cross border procurement and other commercial contracts for businesses in Latin America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.
  • Negotiate and advise on special events, real estate/facilities, and marketing sponsorship contracts.
  • Partner with the business and Legal and functional colleagues in areas such as Privacy Law, Employment Law, Third-Party Risk Management, and IT Risk & Security to mitigate potential liabilities, to develop practical risk-adjusted solutions to legal and business issues, and to comply with regulatory and corporate governance policies and requirements.  Keep business partners, colleagues and management apprised of relevant issues and developments.
  • Collaborate with our Audit and Litigation teams to resolve disputes associated with global procurement, corporate real estate, sponsorship, and corporate events contracts and to negotiate terms governing audit rights, dispute resolution, choice of law and forum.
  • Develop, enhance, and implement contract templates, policies, procedures, playbooks and additional negotiation guidance documents.
  • Provide Global Procurement support on transition services and contract assignment during M&A.
  • Proactively supply thought leadership on legal and regulatory change impacting this GEBI team’s practice areas.
  • Contribute to Legal Affairs, enterprise and GEBI Section initiatives, including Sustainability, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.


Essential Business Experience and Technical Skills:



  • 7+ years of experience at a major law firm and/or in-house legal department with a substantial portion including Procurement contract negotiation.
  • Holds a Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school and be admitted to the New York State (or other appropriate) bar.
  • Has extensive experience leading the negotiation of complex, global, high-value commercial outsourcing, consulting, call center, marketing, e-commerce, and other supplier contracts, as well as familiarity with technology issues in commercial contracts and/or negotiating technology agreements.
  • Exhibits crisp, clear oral and written communication skills; demonstrates command of contract drafting and negotiation and the ability to analyze and reduce legal issues to straightforward, practical advice to be provided to senior leadership.
  • Able to manage complex, multi-faceted transactions with multiple, inter-related work streams.
  • Demonstrates persuasion and leadership skills, especially in the context of the ability to relate to different stakeholders, business partners, and colleagues.



  • Some knowledge of international privacy and personal information protections laws/regulations.
  • Experience in commercial real estate, corporate facility management and marketing/sponsorship law a plus.
  • Background in any of the following areas: insurance and/or other regulated financial services, navigating multinational organizations and international laws and regulations.


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.



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.



Requisition #: 127367


Nearest Major Market: New York City