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MetLife AVP, Applications Integrations Systems in New York, New York

This is an integral leadership role within MetLife’s Corporate Systems Technology organization supporting the Employee Experience organization which touches every employee of MetLife. This is an exciting time to join the Corporate Systems Technology organization as we collaborate with business leaders and continue to transform MetLife’s Employees Experience.

The Employee Experience team consists of several technology focused teams. The selected candidate will lead the Data Integration team. This team is responsible for several hundred internal and external interfaces and the underlying data platforms.

The Role:

In this role, the selected candidate will lead the product teams delivering Data and API/microservice based solutions. Candidate must have Microsoft Azure expertise to build a data lake for ‘employee experience’ data needs. The candidate will leverage their experience and knowledge of enterprise data and integration technologies, patterns, cloud architectures, software engineering, cyber security and organizational leadership.

The selected candidate will work hand in hand with our technology teams to build a strategy for a common data lake for employee experience technologies e.g. HR applications, ServiceNow, Yammer Analytics etc. The candidate will provide direction on how to build integrations in a secure and consistent manner. Beyond integration, the strategy should include how to leverage data from employee experience platforms for better insights and decision making.

Candidate must have led teams and demonstrated organizational leadership in previous roles. The candidate will work closely with senior leaders, business, and internal technology partners, establishing a portfolio and solution roadmap for the products and ensuring successful delivery through an agile delivery model. In addition, this people leadership role will be responsible for building effective teams, driving engagement, and developing our talent. Ideal candidate should be visionary in terms of building an enterprise level data architecture for future, while delivering operational excellence in all existing data related projects. This is a key role for the organization to enhance integration capabilities and further build business intelligence.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Understand Employee experience application strategy, data needs and structure Azure data lake architecture, with the ability to meet the needs of integrations and data analytics.

  • Demonstrate strong expertise in API and microservices framework in Azure data lake environment.

  • Full people management responsibility for direct product team including hiring, promotions, performance, career, training & development and engagement.

  • Partners and influences the business with emerging technology trends and capabilities that align to the Product portfolio.

  • Deep understanding of the business' way of working to solve challenges by leveraging technology.

  • Partners with Audit, Application Security and Architecture to plan through potential risks associated with product and/or processes.

  • Responsible for translating platform vision into work generated by multiple Agile teams in order to ensure the platform meets the defined goals and vision.

  • Leads and organizes demos of up-and-coming technologies that can deliver values to the business.

  • Lead product software delivery through continuous focus on software development and maintenance metrics and KPIs.

  • Manage the team budget including maintenance, infrastructure, and annual discretionary portfolio of projects with product owners. Also responsible for IT Vendor relationships and contracts.

  • Matrix management responsibility for cross functional team members aligned to product team.

    Key Relationships:

  • Reports To: VP, Employee Experience

  • Direct Reports/Team: Direct Span: 6; Total Employee Org: 20

  • Key Stakeholders: HRIS, People Analytics, HRIT, Microsoft Azure team, Data & Analytics Teams

    Essential Business Experience and Technical Skills:

  • Undergraduate degree required, MBA or other advanced degree preferred.

  • 15+ years of Software Architecture and/or Engineering experience delivering complex enterprise solutions in web, mobile, integration and/or data domains.

  • Strong working knowledge of Application and Data Architecture.

  • Expertise in API and Microservices architecture in Microsoft azure environment.

  • Strong understanding of data governance, data risk in global setting including knowledge of international data privacy laws (GDPR).

  • Working knowledge of enterprise integration technologies and patterns such as APIS, SOA, Service Bus, Publish/Subscribe, Event based architectures and/or SFTP/FTPS.

  • Experience designing and engineering data solutions, including big data, data warehousing, transactional processing, and data analytics.

  • Experience delivering solutions using Microservice based architecture, leveraging docker containers and orchestration platforms such as Kubernetes or Docker Swarm.

  • Experience in data Analytics and ability to drive insights from data is a plus.

  • Working knowledge of Oracle HCM / ERP is a plus.

    Preferred Experience and Technical Skills:

  • Experience working in and/or certification in SAFE Agile model.

  • Azure cloud experience and/or certification(s).

  • Experience delivering complex IT solutions in a large, matrixed corporate environment.

  • 10-15 years of experience within a large complex Data architecture domain.

  • Accomplished change management leader, able to operate effectively in a highly matrix environment.

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