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SOX Process Oversight Internal Communications - Brighthouse Financial
MetLife | Charlotte, Michigan
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Job Description

At MetLife, we seek to make a meaningful impact in the lives of our customers and our communities.  In January 2016, MetLife announced a plan to pursue separation of a substantial portion of its U.S. Retail segment. The new company would represent, as of September 30, 2015, approximately 20% of the operating earnings of MetLife and 50% of the operating earnings of MetLife’s U.S. Retail Segment. The new company would have approximately $240 billion of total assets.

The new company will be focused on securing clients’ financial futures by providing the best value, advice based solutions. Building upon the current U.S. Retail culture, the new company will be guided and operated by a common set of values that will focus on accountability, external and customer focus, collaboration and a strong focus and discipline on cost management.




Job Location

United States : North Carolina : Charlotte


Alternate Job Location

Not Applicable : Not Applicable


Job Description

As a publicly-held company, Brighthouse management must assess the company’s internal controls over financial reporting (ICFR) in order to comply with various regulatory regimes:  Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX), SEC regulations and the Model Audit Rule (MAR) requirements.  This position will be responsible for initiatives supporting the assessment of internal controls, according to COSO (Committee of Sponsoring Organization) framework.

This position will support the enterprise in activities related to ICFR compliance.  In addition, this position will also be responsible for activities performed within the Internal Control Department (ICD) in relation to enterprise compliance efforts and internal control initiatives.  Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Assist in the development of policies and procedures for the ICD, including charters of the SOX Executive Steering Committee and the Disclosure Committee.
  • Ensure the quarterly SOX and MAR processes are executed as designed through the use of timelines and checklists.
  • Draft quarterly memos supporting disclosure controls pursuant to Section 302.
  • Author SOX and MAR planning memo including scoping and coverage determination, scoping of review of external service providers, and risk assessment exercises for SOX and MAR processes.
  • Oversee SOX issue tracking, resolutions, and testing status.
  • Evaluate results of control testing. Monitor quarterly Process Owner attestations for issues that arise and analyze results for program impact.
  • Coordinate agenda and materials for the SOX Executive Steering Committee.
  • Coordinate both internal and external representation letters.
  • Detailed review and coordination of Audit Committee materials involving SOX deficiencies, significant issues, and accounting errors.
  • Perform quarterly deficiency analysis; prepare monthly issues report
  • Perform monthly scorecard analytics of changes in SOX processes, controls, issues and action plans; monitoring of open issues and action plans with Internal Audit partners
  • Prepare summarized ledger financial data to support coverage analysis.
  • Partner effectively with management, internal audit, external audit and other risk partners.
  • Oversight over the SOX database to ensure process documentation and risk assessments are updated timely.



    Required Qualifications

  • Minimum 8-12 years with progressive experience in auditing, internal controls, or financial operations/reporting
  • Strong financial operations business knowledge or experience.
  • Working knowledge of PCAOB (Public Company Accounting Oversight Board), SOX, MAR.
  • Strong analytical ability.
  • Ability to deal effectively with individuals of all levels of the corporate structure.
  • Ability to obtain support from various teams and Lines of Business without direct authority
  • Demonstrated experience leading critical initiatives, including project development, identifying needed resources and key milestones, and effectively monitoring progress to conclusion
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve results by working independently
  • Demonstrated ability to lead work teams and coordinate activities with risk management partners
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Proficient use of all Microsoft Office programs, as well as Outlook
  • Graduate or undergraduate degree/major in accounting or related financial field

    Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with GRC (Governance Risk Compliance) or other monitoring tool a plus
  • CPA or equivalent with 6+ years’ experience in public accounting preferred.



    Required Education

    Bachelor’s degree in Accounting,  Finance or other related.



    Possible travel up to 25%


    Business Category

    Financial Ops & Reporting



    Number of Openings




About MetLife

MetLife, Inc. is a leading global provider of insurance, annuities and employee benefit programs. Through its subsidiaries and affiliates, MetLife holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

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