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Associate Director - Pension Asset Management

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Date Posted: May 11, 2022

Location(s): 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 Pension Asset Management Associate Director is responsible for all investment activities related to the fixed income, equity, real estate, and alternatives mandates of MetLife’s benefit plans.  The position resides within MetLife’s Pension Investment Unit (“PIU”), which provides oversight, analysis and investment processes related to the ongoing portfolio management of MetLife’s approximately $20 billion of Qualified and Non-Qualified employee benefit assets. 


Key Responsibilities: 

  • Oversees all investment activities related to the hiring, monitoring and termination of third-party investment managers, with the objective of maximizing returns within specified risk parameters while ensuring fulfillment of all fiduciary responsibilities.  
  • Lead new manager searches including conducting due diligence of prospective candidates, preparing comprehensive analysis and detailed investment memos, and developing recommendations for the MetLife Pension Committee for review and approval.
  • Monitors all activities related to investments of third-party investment managers for the benefit plans.  This includes investment performance, attribution analysis, portfolio holdings, organization, personnel, investment process and peer analysis.  Ensures that results are meeting the expectations as defined for the given mandates and that investment guidelines comply. 
  • When expectations of investment managers are not met, objectively determines the underlying deficiencies.  For terminations, oversees the process for transitioning assets to the new respective mandates, ensuring minimal disruption to the plans. 
  • Conducts ongoing fundamental investment research to evaluate and recommend relative value trades.  When appropriate, develops analysis and recommendations for the periodic asset rebalancing of the plans.
  • Assists in periodic asset/liability studies, ensuring adoption of the industries’ latest trends in risk management. 
  • Participates in and represents MetLife in pension industry conferences and symposiums.


Essential Business Experience and Technical Skills:


  • Pension/endowment/foundation experience, ideally with third-party fixed income manager oversight and ALM concepts.
  • Action oriented and highly motivated in pursuing challenging projects.  Strong interest in financial markets and asset management.
  • Ability to find common ground and solve problems, working within a team-oriented structure
  • Strong analytical skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, and PowerPoint).
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, able to present to internal and external clients.



  • Undergraduate degree required (MBA and/or Chartered Financial Analyst (“CFA”) designation preferred).
  • Experience in VBA programming and/or Bloomberg is a plus.





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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.



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 #: 125518