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Director; Compensation and Benefits EMEA

Dublin, Ireland or Warsaw, Poland

Working arrangements: Hybrid


MetLife culture 


We are building a purpose-driven and inclusive culture that energizes employees to make a difference. MetLife's diversity of people commitment ensures our employees are empowered, thriving, and feel like they belong. These efforts begin with our purpose — Always with you, building a more confident future. As a purpose-driven company, we are strengthening our resolve to help build a workforce and society that protects all people, values all voices, and creates economic growth and opportunity for all. We believe in possibilities, making progress together starting with our people.




Depending on where you are in the world, you will enjoy excellent localized benefits. Please ask for further details when you speak with your talent acquisition specialist.  You’ll be joining a business that is expanding, cares about the community and the environment. 


Role Value Proposition:  


The Director will be responsible for reward management across the EMEA region (protection planning and retirement and savings solutions in 24 countries) which requires close partnership with key stakeholders. The Compensation and Benefits Lead will develop, implement, and evaluate compensation and benefit strategies and structures to ensure MetLife attracts, retains, and motivates top talent.


The role has 3 main areas; 1) daily operations which includes job evaluation and offer/salary change proposals for Assistant Vice President and above positions and provide guidance to country HRs on other compensation proposals to ensure alignment with MetLife goals, objectives and compensation philosophy 2) projects and initiatives which includes market review, cash compensation and benefits provisions design and annual pay for performance compensation planning and 3) support the implementation of the global Compensation & Benefits initiatives in the region. 



Key Responsibilities: 

  • Provide guidance and partnership to the HRBPs and senior business stakeholder on reward related matters;
    1. Be a source of expert information and advice in compensation for the region.
    2. Understand business needs and provide appropriate compensation and benefits solutions to key stakeholders.
    3. Partner with Country HRs to recommend viable solution to address ad hoc challenging situation. 
  • Review and develop competitive reward policies;
    1. Keep abreast of external pay trend, interpret and evaluate market trends to ensure competitive compensation packages and salary structure reviews to ensure the right balance between human capital budget and talent attraction/motivation/retention.
    2. Provide consultancy advice on sales incentive program to ensure competitiveness and in compliance with risk assessment
    3. Conduct benefits provisions review as needed for all EMEA countries.
    4. Partner with Global and Regional HRBPs and Global Compensation & Benefits on job grades review to ensure internal equity and appropriate grading structure
  • Lead Pay for Performance annual compensation review process;  
    1. Ensure readiness including accrual reports, data accuracy, system testing and HRBPs and line managers education and demonstration of pay-for-performance philosophy  
    2. Annual compensation process: supporting and partnering with HRBPs and seniors throughout the process, always advocating our pay for performance philosophy and fulfil global compensation guideline on base, short-term and long-term Incentives.
  • Regulatory Compliance;
    1. Understand the regulatory environment and remain informed of relevant retirement/social security/provident fund contribution and pay practices/act in different markets across EMEA as they impact on compensation and benefit policies and strategies and propose appropriate actions. Partner with country HR to ensure all compensation and benefits programs comply with legal requirements and organizational policies.
  • Program Implementation and Efficiency Mindset;
    1. Support the implementation of various HR programs and initiatives including process and operational efficiency review, etc.
    2. Support in driving future process and system enhancements for the EMEA region


Essential Business & Technical Experience  


(MetLife will consider all applicants, including those that are not a 100% match to the required, please apply) 



  • Degree holder in Human Resources Management or related disciplines
  • Suitable and relevant Compensation and Benefits (reward) experience partnering with international client groups across Europe Middle East Africa region
  • Strong compensation experience including job evaluation and salary benchmarking
  • Ability to partner and consult effectively, evaluate, recommend and implement solutions, new processes and programs 
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications, advanced excel skills
  • Ability to work with details, resolve issues, think critically and make effective choices
  • Good interpersonal, communication and presentation skills



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. 



At MetLife, we’re leading the global transformation of an industry we’ve long defined. Founded in 1868, 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. We have operations in more than 40 countries and hold leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. 


We are one of the largest global institutional investors with $568 billion of total assets under management as of September 30, 2023, ranked #54 on the Fortune 500 list, and honored to have been named to Fortune magazine's list of the "World's Most Admired Companies" for four consecutive years. 


MetLife employees are united by purpose, guided by empathy and inspired by one another’s unique backgrounds and perspective to make a difference in the lives of our customers, communities, and the world at large.



At MetLife, a diverse workforce and culture of inclusion are integral to how we do business and how we serve our customers. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. If you believe you need a reasonable accommodation in order to search for a job opening or to complete an employment application, please send an email to Please note, resumes and other inquiries unrelated to the need for a reasonable accommodation submitted here will not be acknowledged.







Benefits We Offer

Our benefits are designed to care for your holistic well-being with programs for physical and mental health, financial wellness, and support for families. We offer health care coverage for you and your family, insurance discounts for home, car, and pet protection, as well as parental leave. We also provide premium gym membership for you and your direct relatives, volunteer time off, discounts with specific universities, flexible Fridays, connectivity reimbursement, and much more!
About MetLife

Recognized on Fortune magazine's list of the 2023 "World's Most Admired Companies", 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 individual and institutional customers. With operations in more than 40 markets, we hold leading positions in the United States, Latin America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

Our purpose is simple - to help our colleagues, customers, communities, and the world at large create a more confident future. United by purpose and guided by empathy, we’re inspired to transform the next century in financial services. At MetLife, it’s #AllTogetherPossible. Join us!