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Product Development and Management Associate

Date Posted: Aug 13, 2019

Location: Whippany, NJ, US, 07981

Company: MetLife



Job Location: United States : New Jersey : Whippany  


Role Value Proposition: 

The Business Planning and Development (BPD) team is responsible for the development and implementation of MetLife Investment Management’s (MIM's) business plan and growth objectives. It provides product platform oversight; strategic leadership for M&A and post-acquisition operating models; and enhanced frameworks for business partnership cultivation. BPD also serves as a critical connector for MIM’s business groups to ensure their alignment with business priorities. The team reports directly to MIM’s President and CEO.


Role Overview:

The role will support the broad activities of BPD, with a specialization in product development and management. Core to the role is an ability to implement strategic plans relating to MIM’s global product agenda, with a mandate to deliver products that support both clients’ needs and business growth objectives. Key responsibilities include execution of product research, competitive analysis and innovation initiatives; facilitation of product approvals and launch processes; and product data management. This role will also help drive consensus and conclusions in relation to product strategy across multiple functions, geographies and stakeholders.


Key Responsibilities:  

  1. Product Research and Competitive Analysis
    • Support research initiatives that enhance new product development, existing product positioning and business strategy decision making
      • Conduct analysis to assess product viability, including demand, profitability, and scalability dimensions
      • Partner with investment and distribution teams to help build new product business cases; combine internal and external data sources to optimize insights
      • Help create due diligence reports that analyze competitors’ product ranges
      • Produce generic and ad hoc studies focused on the industry landscape and product trends
    • Help maintain team’s research resource inventory


  1. Product Launch and Governance
    • Help manage a transparent and disciplined new product approval process, including facilitation of MIM New Product Committee meetings; creation of due diligence materials for Committee review; and maintenance of Committee records
    • Support the product implementation process, coordinating launch activities across multiple stakeholders
      • Analyze and document activities required for product launch; ensure deadlines for related deliverables are met
    • Partner with multiple functions to establish product sales strategy, financial projections and operational readiness
    • Maintain key reference documents related to new product pipeline and the existing product suite
    • Maintain product data stored in MIM’s system of record
    • Support international regions’ product approval processes, as needed


Essential Business Experience and Technical Skills:

    • Bachelor’s degree or higher
    • 1-4 years of relevant experience in financial services, preferably at investment management firms
    • Progress towards CFA designation or comparable qualification a plus
    • Strong organization and analytical skills with an affinity for data analysis
    • Firm understanding of statistics and performance analytics
    • Ability to define and implement initiatives that have multiple stakeholders
    • Excellent communication skills with the ability to build relationships across business units and at all levels of management
    • Self-motivated with a lateral-thinking, creative and inquisitive mind
    • Advanced skills in Excel and PowerPoint, Bloomberg experience 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.” 



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