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VP & Associate General Counsel, Retirement & Income Solutions

Date Posted: Dec 31, 2018

Location: New York, NY, US, 10166

Company: MetLife

Position:  VP & Associate General Counsel, Retirement & Income Solutions


Job Location: New York, NY


Department: The Legal Affairs line of business is comprised of the Law Department, Corporate Ethics and Compliance, and Legal Affairs Operations, and provides legal services and compliance oversight to the Company, globally.  Within the Law Department, the U.S. Insurance Law organization provides legal support for the company's domestic insurance business, broker dealer, funds and variable product units, as well as retirement products and pension risk transfers, and structured settlements. Among the services provided are legal guidance relating to product development and administration, marketing and advertising materials, business development, legislative interpretation, ERISA, and compliance.


The Role: The Unit Head for the Retirement & Income Solutions (RIS) Unit is responsible for oversight and management of a team of attorneys supporting the RIS business, while also serving as the lead lawyer to the Executive Vice President for RIS and other members of the RIS senior leadership team. RIS primarily issues Group Annuity Contracts issued in conjunction with a large plan pension risk transfer, structured settlement products, and stable value contracts. These products are regulated by both state insurance regulators as well as various federal regulatory agencies and related SROs, such as the SEC, IRS, DOL, and FINRA. The RIS Unit Head plays a significant role in the development of the RIS objectives. The focus of the RIS Unit Head is ensure that the associates in the Unit are working together with our business partners are providing strategic legal advice on regulatory and counseling matters to help the RIS business meet or exceed their business objectives. The legal advice relates to all aspects of product development, product management, compensation, distribution, marketing, underwriting, and administration. The RIS Unit provides legal support to all RIS products and services.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide strong and focused leadership and management to a team of lawyers who are responsible for working together with our business partners and providing strategic level advice on regulatory and legal matters.
  • Provide thought leadership to business partners while accurately assessing legal risk and assisting in meeting RIS business goals and objectives.
  • Educate business partner(s) on legal developments affecting the business and highlight innovative strategies to address developments.
  • Manage the completion of business partners’ legal work through a team of lawyers. Accountable for ensuring a consistently strong work product and leadership performance consistent with MetLife’s Values.
  • Advocate and effectively represent legal advice that can resolve virtually all issues and be used to guide future business conduct, as well as to help achieve the Company’s objectives.
  • Manage a diverse team of attorneys at varying levels including assignment of day-to-day matters and projects as well as performance and career development; leverage the HR Performance and Development Process.
  • 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.
  • Empower team members to drive engagement and high performance.
  • Maintain strong relationships with senior business partners.
  • Manage the resource planning and workflow for the unit.
  • In partnership with U.S. Insurance Law Chief Counsel and other leaders, participate in setting and achieving departmental objectives and initiatives, developing talent, and managing resources.
  • Inspire trust and respect of the team and business partners at all levels, motivating them to achieve Enterprise and Department goals.


Key Relationships:

  • Reports to: Chief Counsel – U.S. Insurance Law
  • Direct reports/team: Four direct reports
  • Key Stakeholders: Head of Retirement & Income Solutions and direct reports


Candidate Qualifications:


Essential Business Experience and Technical Skills:


Required Technical Skills:

  • JD and state bar admission required
  • 10+ years “in-house” specific business and legal experience, preferably in the Retirement & Income Solutions related areas; should reflect a strong record of success and accomplishment.
  • Knowledge of state and federal laws impacting area of expertise.
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in market practices and legal issues impacting the Retirement & Income Solutions business and its products including:
  • Pension Risk Transfer Transactions,
  • Stable Value and Institutional Income Annuities (group annuities provided as investment options to participants under defined contribution or defined Benefit plans),
  • Structured Settlements (annuities purchased to satisfy periodic payment obligations in connection with a settlement or judgement),
  • Post-retirements Benefits (life insurance and funding agreements),
  • Company Owned and Bank Owned Life Insurance (COLI/BOLI).
  • Subject matter expertise in:
  • Securities Act of 1933; The Investment Company Act of 1940; the Securities Exchange Act of 1934; and FINRA rules and regulations as they relate to insurance products.
  • Understanding of the Investment Advisors Act of 1940; ERISA and tax issues that impact qualified plans and institutional investors.
  • Experience dealing with state and federal regulators and working with institutional investors, qualified plans, and accredited investors.
  • Familiarity with the rules and regulations promulgated by Commodity Futures Trading Commission and its SRO, the National Futures Association.
  • Ability to handle complex legal matters without oversight while being able to evaluate/assess and escalate significant issues in a timely manner.

    Preferred Technical Skills:

  • Experience with investment advisory agreements; working with mutual funds, exchange traded funds, hedge funds, unregistered investment options, and closed end funds preferred.
  • Understanding of various regulatory reporting requirements including those required by the 34 ACT, U.S. GAAP and statutory reporting preferred.
  • Experience working with accountants and actuaries on regulatory reporting including reserving and surplus requirements preferred.

    Management/Leadership Skills:

  • Proven record of leading, managing, and developing high performing talent while driving successful results.
  • Demonstrated record of excellence in counseling and advising management and business leaders on sophisticated insurance product, retirement, and regulatory related legal matters.
  • Demonstrated strategic planning, analytical problem solving, and organizational skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills with a track record of building relationships and effective partnerships across constituencies and stakeholders.
  • Ability to present and communicate clearly and crisply to a variety of audiences and mediums.


Leadership Competencies:


  • Thinks Strategically – Sets direction aligned to the company’s strategy, applying external and global perspective to meet local and global needs.
  • Creates Partnerships – Authentically builds trusted relationships and collaborates across global, diverse and multi-functional teams to successfully drive business objectives.
  • Models our Values – Creates a culture that promotes the company’s values and standards through role modeling, accountability and ownership of decisions.





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 more than $584 billion in managed assets as of March 31, 2018. We are ranked #43 on the Fortune 500 list for 2018. In 2018, we were named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for the third year in a row. DJSI is a global index to track the leading sustainability-driven companies.


Our goal in everything we do is to offer customers truly differentiated value propositions that allow us to establish clear competitive advantages. We pride ourselves on being a trusted partner to our customers as they navigate life’s twists and turns. Visit us at to learn more about our brand, history, and values.



MetLife is a proud equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to attracting, retaining, and maximizing the performance of a diverse and inclusive workforce. It is MetLife's policy to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment based on 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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