Head of Thought Leadership

Position: Head of Thought Leadership

Location: Whippany, NJ. Currently we are in a work from home situation due to the COVID 19 pandemic. Once the Whippany, NJ office is open and employees are back to working there full time, we will look for this position to work from the Whippany office.

MetLife Investment Management Marketing
The MetLife Investment Management Marketing (MIM Marketing) team is tasked with collaborating with the Institutional Client Group to grow MIM's third-party asset management business. MIM Marketing is a strategic, client-focused marketing practice that is dedicated to driving business impact in all regions where MIM is offering investment management services. With a focus on client led value propositions, relevant client engagement and fostering a purpose driven brand, the team is committed to enhancing MIM's relationship with its clients and showing clients that MIM is institutional, but far from typical.

MetLife Investment Management focuses on managing public fixed income, private credit and real estate. We have been managing assets for over 150 years and currently have over $650 billion in assets under management as of September 30, 2020.

Role Value Proposition
The MetLife Investment Management (MIM) Head of Thought Leadership plays a critical role in helping the business drive MIM's growth by developing and managing our thought leadership content agenda and setting the standards for our thought leadership pieces. This role is responsible for providing relevant, differentiated investment insights for clients, prospects and investment consultants highlighting the depth and breadth of MIM's investment capabilities across asset classes. The position will work closely with investment management to provide value-added, differentiated and relevant insights for institutional investors. The role will both research and write pieces as well as advise on other pieces written by the investment teams.

To ensure a comprehensive library of distinctive and compelling thought leadership for our clients, this position will work with our investment teams, institutional client group and marketing to set our content agenda and ensure it aligns to MIM's investment strengths while being of interest to institutional investors. While the position will work with all of our investment teams (traditional fixed income, private capital and real estate), we expect the role to provide most support to the our private capital team with a focus on researching and producing thought leadership content to highlight the teams' expertise and market views. In addition, the position will involve creating general thematic content (e.g., sustainable investing, retirement) relevant to the investment management industry. This position involves the creation of widely distributed content in written and presentation formats.

Key Responsibilities
  • Develop MIM's image as a thought leader in public and private fixed income and real estate.
  • Work closely with investment teams to create a diverse array of thought leadership content across multiple formats (white papers, articles, blogs, webinars, videos, conference presentations, etc.)
  • Work with investment teams and the institutional client group to set the content agenda identifying thought leadership pieces to create ensuring a comprehensive offering for institutional clients and prospects.
  • Lead the Editorial Committee ensuring identified thought leadership pieces are the best to demonstrate our thought leadership capabilities and that they meet our commercial needs.
  • Research, write and edit thought leadership pieces for institutional investors to support MIM's sales and relationship needs.
  • Advise investment teams on pieces they are writing to ensure they are compelling, engaging and well researched.
  • Present thought leadership pieces on webinars, at conferences and in one-on-one meetings.
  • Develop and maintain knowledge of public fixed income, private fixed income and real estate asset classes to be knowledgeable of latest trends and identify potential new research.
  • Work with marketing and institutional client group to promote broad awareness, understanding and usage of thought leadership content.


Key Relationships :
  • Reports to: Vice President, CMO of MIM
  • Direct reports/team: none. Over time will look to hire resources as required.
  • Key Stakeholders: Investment teams, Institutional Client Group, MIM Marketing


Essential Business Experience and Personal Attributes:
  • Five to seven years of prior work experience in an investment research and writing role.
  • 10+ years of investment related experience.
  • Ability to lead and influence investment personnel regarding themes to write about and prioritize.
  • Experience writing both public fixed income and private fixed income thought pieces.
  • Demonstrated experience conducting complex analysis and presenting resulting data in a meaningful way through substantial written work product (research reports, white papers, articles, etc.)
  • Ability to manage multiple pieces at a time ranging from deep research pieces to short blog pieces and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to cover thematic subjects in addition to asset class-specific topics
  • Prior experience working with Bloomberg and/or other research databases, etc. desirable
  • Superior written communication skills, particularly the ability to convey complex concepts in an easy to understand manner.
  • Strong presentation skills to verbally communicate our thought leadership insights.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with others, build strong relationships and create buy-in across investment and client relationship teams.
  • Strong project management skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to work across all levels of the firm.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint
  • CFA and/or advanced degree in finance desirable, but not required.
  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • Writing sample(s) required

Competencies:
  • 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.
  • Uses Data to Develop Insights - Demonstrated ability to use data systematically to develop relevant insights and influence decision making
  • Drives Results - Sets aggressive goals and is accountable for continuously driving improved performance, leading change and ensuring high standards.


MetLife:

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 $659.6 billion of total assets under management as of December 31, 2020. We are ranked #48 on the Fortune 500 list for 2020. 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.

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 www.metlife.com 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 accommodations@metlife.com 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.

MetLife:

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 $651 billion of total assets under management as of September 30, 2020. We are ranked #48 on the Fortune 500 list for 2020. In 2019, we were named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for the fourth year in a row. DJSI is a global index to track the leading sustainability-driven 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 #: 116329