AVP, Strategy & Business Development

  • Company: MetLife
  • Location: New York, New York
  • Posted: May 01, 2017
  • Reference ID: 56441-en_US

PositionAVP, Strategy & Business Development


Job Location: New York, NY


: Take part in defining the future of MetLife’s US Business. Drive strategic analyses in support of senior leadership team decision making. Interact with top leaders in the organization. Create opportunities for MetLife and your own career.


Reporting to the Head of Strategy and Business development for the US Business, the AVP Strategy & Business Development will be part of an internal team responsible for driving the creation, communication, and continuous development of the MetLife US Business strategy, aligned to the Corporate Strategy. The AVP will play an important role in MetLife’s continued evolution as a world-class global institution.


  • Contribute to the deployment and continuous advancement of US Business Strategy which includes the identification, prioritization, and implementation of large-scale organic and inorganic (M&A or strategic partnership) initiatives that will accelerate the growth of the US Business
  • Help identify, analyze and prioritize potential new business opportunities (adjacencies, white spaces) and support their progress through our governance processes. Develop analyses and formal business cases, as needed of the opportunities
  • Monitor and communicate external developments and their potential implications to MetLife US Business strategy including analysis of macro environmental, economic, customer, industry and competitor trends that will shape the global insurance and financial services marketplace. Help incorporate those insights into our competitive strategy.
  • Conduct research on strategic business issues affecting the company and lead regular, strategic discussions with the US strategy community to promote the transfer of strategic ideas to operational decisions. 
  • Take an active role as a team member in select strategic initiatives that cut across US Business lines and present significant opportunity or risk to the organization


  • The successful candidate for the AVP position will have a minimum of 3-4 years of post-graduate degree or 5-6 years of total business experience, including experience in business development and M&A roles.
  • A broad and deep understanding of the financial services industry, ideally with some exposure to insurance and/or retirement services either through work in those industries or management consulting projects for the industry. Work for insurtech startups or insurtech VC funds will count as exposure to the industry.
  • Strong analytical background a must. Developed consulting toolkit or related experience preferred – i.e. ability to structure and break down problems, organize and lead problem solving sessions, create compelling and pithy communications materials, etc.
  • Some degree of familiarity with corporate finance concepts will be needed.
  • A critical thinker, with the ability to make fact-based recommendations and synthesize multiple inputs to glean business implications for the broader picture.
  • Possessing humility, with the ability to “check the ego at the door” and highly collaborative and engaging. Willingness to “roll up the sleeves” and conduct the work rather than only manage others is a must.
  • The ability to interface with employees at all levels of the organization



  • 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.
  • Seizes Opportunity – Seeks new opportunities and ways to create balanced business growth while improving operational capabilities.


  • Reports to: VP, Head of Strategy and Business Development – U.S.
  • Direct reports/team: TBD
  • Key Stakeholders: US Senior Leadership Team, including both business and functional leaders. Leaders of Strategy in each of the US businesses.



MetLife, through our subsidiaries and affiliates, is one of the largest life insurance companies in the world. Founded in 1868, we are a global provider of life insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management. Our employees serve approximately 100 million customers, individuals and businesses, including over 90 of the FORTUNE 100®. 


We are ranked #40 on the Fortune 500 list and #48 on the Forbes Global 500 list. We have operations in nearly 50 countries, and hold leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. We are also one of the largest institutional investors in the U.S. with an over $500 billion general account portfolio as of December 31, 2015. 


In 2015, FORTUNE Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Company survey named us #1 in the Life and Health Insurance industry. In 2016, we were named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for the first time. DJSI is a global index to track the leading sustainability-driven companies.


While we have tremendous respect for the past, we are a company firmly focused on the future. To adapt to a changing world, we are undergoing one of the most dramatic transformations in our history to reinvent how we do business so we can thrive in any environment. We are moving away from a traditional product-development model to one driven by customer insights. We are challenging historical norms by humanizing our industry and designing every customer experience to reflect the modern company we’re becoming. 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.


At the center of our business strategy is a commitment to One MetLife – collaborating, sharing best practices, and recruiting, developing and retaining the best talent in the industry. We live by our values:  Put Customers First, Be the Best, Make Things Easier, and Succeed Together. They guide how we operate every day. 


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, martial 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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