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Associate - Agricultural Research & Strategy

Date Posted: Jan 14, 2022

Location: Whippany, NJ, US, 7981

Company: MetLife

Role Value Proposition: 

MetLife Investment Management (MIM) is one of the largest institutional investors and asset managers in the world, with over $651 billion in combined managed assets, and has consistently generated superior returns for both policyholders and shareholders. The enterprise has more than 900 dedicated professionals with extensive experience and expertise across public and private fixed income and private assets, including real estate.  Visit us at to learn more.


The Real Estate & Agricultural Finance team within MIM maintains a portfolio invested in commercial real estate and agricultural mortgages, as well as real estate equities. Agricultural investments under management totaled $22.2 billion as of 12/31/2020. 


The Associate, Agricultural Research & Strategy role will be a high profile and integrated position supporting an agricultural mortgage portfolio owned by MetLife’s general account and other institutional investors. The Associate will support the Head of Agricultural Research & Strategy and the Associate Director, Agricultural Research & Strategy in developing and communicating the house view on agricultural, timber, and debt capital markets to senior management and MIM clients. The Associate will contribute to production of tools and analyses in support of effective and efficient origination and management of agricultural mortgage investments.  The Associate will also assist in high profile special projects related to portfolio management and strategy and will coauthor quarterly research publications.  The portfolios directly influenced by this role currently total $22.2 Billion in assets under management, with annual transaction activity of over $4 Billion. Around 100 associates in the Agricultural Finance business regularly leverage the guidance produced by this function in the origination and management of agricultural investments. 


Key Responsibilities:  

  • Analysis of agricultural mortgage portfolio to ensure portfolio management objectives of mitigating risk and maximizing returns are met
  • Support formulation of actionable investment strategies for the agricultural portfolio and communicate these strategies to senior management
  • Produce studies on agricultural trends that can be distributed to borrowers, potential clients, and the media, in an effort to position MIM’s agricultural research as industry-leading
  • Assist in process of updating market benchmarks and internal portfolio guidelines
  • Produce specific market research reports to support underwriting of agricultural mortgage loans
  • Develop market views via data collection and market analysis by key sectors of interest, ranging from production agriculture to agribusiness and the timberland investment space
  • Assist in special projects in conjunction with Regional Operations and the Agricultural Strategies Group
  • Update periodic market research reports produced for the regional offices and management
  • Develop/maintain relationships with key Agricultural and Agricultural Finance data vendors/agencies
  • Collect, analyze, and interpret economic/market data relevant to the agricultural sector


Essential Business Experience and Technical Skills:


  • 3+ years of relevant work experience in agricultural investment industry preferable
  • Candidate should have excellent analytical, project management and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing with all levels of management
  • Ability to prioritize and multi-task in fast-paced work environment
  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Excel 



  • Bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics, agricultural finance or related fields preferable
  • Experience with econometrics and statistical programming tools such as SAS, R or STATA is strongly preferred





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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 $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.  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.


Requisition #: 117963