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VP & Associate General Counsel, Employment Law

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Date Posted: May 5, 2022

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

Company: MetLife

Position: VP & Associate General Counsel, Employment Law


Job Location: 200 Park Ave



The Legal Affairs line of business is comprised of the Law Department and Legal Affairs Operations, and provides legal services and oversight to the Company, globally. Within the Law Department, the Global Technology & Operations, Employment, Benefits & Information (GEBI) section oversees matters affecting the MetLife group of companies, handles thousands of matters internally and closely supervises outside counsel, as appropriate. The GEBI section strives to provide the highest quality support to MetLife, in a variety of matters, pre-litigation and preventative litigation service, contract/vendor negotiation, benefits counseling, cybersecurity and information lifecycle management support in an efficient, cost-effective and timely manner, and is comprised of five practice areas, or units: (1) Global Technology & Operations; (2) Employment; (3) Employment Benefits, Compensation & Tax; (4) Contract Management and Procurement; and (5) Information Lifecycle Management.


The Role:

The Unit Manager for Employment Law will report directly to the Chief Counsel of GEBI.  This senior level officer attorney will be responsible for leading the oversight and management of the Employment Law Unit.  The position is responsible for providing employment law counseling for the domestic and international operations of the company, as well as managing and providing pre-litigation and litigation support for employee-related disputes and overseeing outside counsel in connection with all employment law related matters.  The position also supervises immigration support, and global mobility generally, as well as cross border movements.  The Unit Manager advances the enterprise’s goal of managing teams, demonstrating strong leadership competencies and technical acumen.  The position will spend approximately 50% of the time leading, developing and motivating associates, and building a robust talent pipeline.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Counsel senior executives and Human Resources on all employment law matters, including global immigration and mobility matters, acquisitions, divestitures, outsourcing, compensation-related matters (including severance and termination arrangements), employee-related complaints, and the implementation of policies and practices
  • Oversee and manage outside counsel and expenses for major employment litigations
  • Monitor changes in employment law, effectively communicate such changes to business partners and associates
  • Provide strategic and tactical thought leadership on how best to manage all types of employment-related disputes in a cost-effective and efficient manner
  • Oversee and provide training to managers and associates to explain employment related risk and reduce exposure to legal claims
  • Manage the resolution and completion of employment law related work through a team of lawyers 
  • Coordinate with other Unit Managers and Practice Group Leads across the Law Department to develop and leverage talent to support all of the Law Department’s business partners
  • Motivate, develop and lead a team of attorneys, including performance management and associate career development leveraging the Performance and Development Process / Cycle
  • Empower team members to drive engagement and high performance
  • Manages the resource planning and workflow for respective Unit
  • In partnership with GEBI’s Chief Counsel and other leaders, participate in setting and achieving departmental objectives and initiatives, developing talent, and managing resources
  • Provide thought leadership on Legal Affairs strategy priorities, especially talent strategy, customer-centric service delivery and efficient operation
  • Inspires the trust and respect of the team and business partner at all levels, motivating them to achieve Enterprise / Department goals


Key Relationships:

  • Reports to: Chief Counsel, Global Technology & Operations, Employment, Benefits & Information (GEBI)
  • Direct reports/team: Eight direct reports, five to six matrix reports
  • Key Stakeholders: Human Resources, Employee Relations, other Lines of Business


Essential Business Experience and Technical Skills:

  • JD and state bar admission required in New York
  • 15 years “in-house” or equivalent experience in employment law as both counselor and litigator
  • In depth knowledge of federal and state employment laws and regulations; working knowledge of global labor and employment laws and regulations
  • Broad knowledge of the company’s businesses and functions
  • Proven record of leading, managing and developing high performing talent while driving successful results
  • Demonstrated strategic planning, analytical, problem-solving and organizational skills, with a proven record of proactively managing litigation risks and outcomes
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with a track record of building relationships and effective partnerships across constituencies and with outside counsel, regulators, and stakeholders
  • Ability to present and communicate clearly and crisply to a variety of audiences, including the most senior level of the company
  • Self-directed, creative and strategic thinker who is collaborative and decisive, uses sound judgment, exhibits a high degree of professionalism, establishes priorities, adheres to deadlines, works independently, and motivates others


      MetLife Success Principles

  • Experiment with Confidence – Courageously learn and test new ideas without fear of failure
  • Act with Urgency – Demonstrate speed to action with agility and determination
  • Seek Diverse Perspectives – Source ideas and feedback to expand thinking and make informed decisions
  • Seize Opportunity – Drive responsible growth and identify areas for continuous improvement
  • Champion Inclusion – Foster an environment where everyone is valued, heard, and can speak up
  • Create Alignment – Partner with others across the organization with candor and transparency
  • Take Responsibility – Be accountable and act in pursuit of the right outcomes
  • Enable Solutions – Anticipate and address obstacles while managing risk
  • Deliver What Matters – Execute meaningful priorities and follow through on commitments



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 $664.7 billion of total assets under management as of September 30, 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.  Visit us at to learn more about our brand, history, and values.


We want to make it simple for all interested and qualified candidates to apply for employment opportunities with MetLife.  If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request to or call our Employee Relations Department at 1-877-843-3711.


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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