MetLife Senior Counsel - Real Estate in New York, New York

At MetLife, we seek to make a meaningful impact in the lives of our customers and our communities. In Legal Affairs, we strive to attract, develop and retain diverse talent with the potential to be future leaders of our department and of MetLife as a whole. We seek legal and compliance professionals who demonstrate high intellectual capacity to understand complex matters facing our company, combined with strong leadership competencies to motivate and inspire higher performance by all our professionals. We take an active role in developing the skills of our talent and guiding their professional growth. By promoting skill development and career advancement for our professionals, we are better positioned to serve our internal business partners and to help achieve MetLife’s vision of becoming a world-class leader in the insurance, retirement savings and employee benefits industries.

Job Location: United States : New York : New York

Role Value Proposition:

This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced commercial real estate attorney to expand his or her skill set in a dynamic corporate setting. This attorney will provide effective, responsive, and strategic legal advice to MetLife’s global corporate real estate, facilities, sustainability, procurement, corporate events, global brand & marketing professionals. The successful candidate will provide strategic, proactive counsel on (i) complex commercial leasing, construction and facilities management matters to support the company’s corporate real estate strategy, (ii) sponsorship agreements to promote the company’s business, (iii)supplier and outsourcing contracts to drive cost saving and support the company’s growth initiatives including the development and deployment of new digital products and platforms, and (iv) other responsibilities as assigned, as one of a team of Global Corporate Services Unit attorneys.

Key Responsibilities:

The top specific responsibilities that are core to success in this role include:

  • Provide strategic legal advice, structure transactions and negotiate complex commercial office leases, real estate acquisitions, sale/leasebacks, construction contracts for headquarters and corporate locations around the world to support the company’s corporate real estate strategy. Serve as primary point of contact for routine leasing and facilities-related matters.

  • Negotiate agreements and provide strategic legal advice and support to vendor sourcing, IT, advertising, global branding & marketing, corporate services, corporate events, corporate real estate business units worldwide.

  • Provide support for corporate M&A activity.

  • Monitor laws and trends in an evolving legal and regulatory environment, determine their impact, and develop compliant solutions and preventative law measures to mitigate risk; proactively developing and advancing positions that appropriately further MetLife’s priorities.

  • Familiarizing oneself with Law Department and business line operations with an eye toward identifying potential efficiencies and opportunities for the company or its customers, to manage risk or improve operations.

Essential Business Experience and Technical Skills:

  • JD and 7+ years of relevant commercial real estate experience in-house or with major law firm. Admitted to New York bar.

  • Deep and broad understanding of commercial real estate law and strong research, analytic and problem-solving skills related to these areas. Ability to lead and manage others in small to intermediate projects without supervision and complex projects with minimal supervision.

  • Legal experience in vendor contracting not required but considered a plus; including in the areas such as cloud computing, software licensing, open source, offshoring, outsourcing, consulting, telecommunications, market data, sponsorships, advertising and marketing.

  • Experience in insurance legal issues, and experience practicing in a global environment, is also a plus.

  • Crisp, clear client communication skills; in particular, the ability to reduce legal issues to straightforward practical analysis and advice.

  • Strong good business acumen and familiarity with the market and regulatory landscape.

  • Exercises strong influence and leadership skills, especially in the context of the ability to relate to different stakeholders, business partners and colleagues.

  • Dedication to excellence and working in a spirit of partnership and collegiality with colleagues, business partners, and others.

  • Flexible and able to work independently; exercises good judgment in determining when and how to consult management, colleagues, and business partners.

Business Category

Legal Affairs

Number of Openings

1

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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Requisition #: 57723