Short Term Disability Unit Leader

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Date Posted: Sep 8, 2023

Location(s): Remote, US, 0

Company: MetLife

Job Location: United States : Florida : Tampa

Alternate Job Location: United States : Florida : Tampa || United States : Connecticut : Bloomfield || United States : Illinois : Aurora || United States : New York : Oriskany || United States : North Carolina : Cary

Work Arrangement: Virtual

Role Value Proposition

At MetLife, we seek to make a meaningful impact in the lives of our customers and our communities. The STD Unit Leader is responsible for the overall management of a team of STD claims professionals including all activities and outcomes.  In this role, the STD Unit Leader will manage risk and performance of the assigned team and ensure the team is meeting all defined performance indicators.  The STD Unit Leader is responsible for ensuring decisional accuracy and timeliness of all claim determinations, development of the team, customer implementations, and other related duties.   

Key Responsibilities 

  • Effectively manage a team of STD Claim Specialists in a fast-paced environment to ensure individual and team performance are meeting all key performance indicators and delivering on customer commitments through quality and timely claim determinations including compliance with ERISA and other state and regulatory requirements, accurate application of STD contract provisions and customer variances
  • Effectively anticipate, resolve and respond to any claim or productivity issues
  • Responsible for the development of all team members including providing timely, detailed feedback on performance, coaching to address areas of opportunity and performance management as needed
  • Conducts EA, quality and other block reviews of the team inventory to ensure financial and decisional accuracy, identify training opportunities and provide timely, appropriate feedback to team members to drive continuous improvement
  • Participate in customer presentations, new account implementations and special related projects to ensure all service and process expectations are outlined and adhered to in order to meet customer needs and to drive persistency
  • Effectively manage customer accounts by responding to inquiries, negotiate, arbitrate and resolve issues and ensure the team is meeting all performance guarantees
  • Develop effective partnerships with peers, account team partners and other internal and external resources
  • Responsible for all aspects of people management including interviewing/hiring, promotions, performance and compensation management, training and development
  • Responsible for working effectively with Unit Leader peers and leadership to ensure that the team and the site meet performance goals related to claim management, customer service, staff development and any other business critical goals.  To quickly identify and solution for team, customer or site

Essential Business Experience and Technical Skills 


  • 2+ years of supervisory experience demonstrating strong leadership and coaching skills
  • Extensive knowledge of STD, group disability, Workers Compensation, ERISA, Social Security and state laws
  • Strong analytical and decision-making skills with a focus on producing results
  • Creative problem-solving abilities and the ability to think outside the box
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills in both verbal and written form
  • Excellent customer service skills proven through internal and external customer interactions
  • Demonstrated conceptual thinking, risk management, ability to handle complex situations effectively
  • Organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple systems and technology resources



  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 7+ years of STD Insurance Claims experience




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 $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.


The wage range for applicants for this position is  $54,200-$91,300. This role is also eligible for annual short-term incentive compensation. MetLife offers a comprehensive benefits program, including healthcare benefits, life insurance, retirement benefits, parental leave, legal plan services and paid time off. All incentives and benefits are subject to the applicable plan terms.


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.