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Since 1851, MassMutual’s commitment has always been to help people protect their families, support their communities, and help one another. This is why we want to inspire people to Live Mutual. We’re people helping people.
A career with us means you will work alongside exceptional people and be empowered to reach your professional and personal goals. Our employees are the foundation of what makes MassMutual a strong, stable and ethical business. We invite you to bring your bright, innovative ideas to MassMutual as we continue to help millions of Americans rely on each other.
Together, we’re stronger.
Ranked No. 77 in the annual FORTUNE ® 500 Ranking (FORTUNE ® Magazine, June 2017), MassMutual has been recognized as a World’s Most Ethical Company by Ethisphere. We are guided by a single purpose: We help people secure their future and protect the ones they love. As a company owned by our policy owners, we are defined by mutuality and our vision to put customers first. It’s more than our company structure – it’s our way of life. We are a company of people protecting people. Our company exists because people are willing to share risk and resources, and rely on each other when it counts.
As a member of MassMutual’s Law Department, the Lead Counsel is responsible for providing legal advice and counsel to help minimize the domestic and global tax burden of the parent organization and its subsidiaries. This attorney will be an integral part of MassMutual’s corporate law team, which is responsible for supporting the legal needs of MassMutual’s corporate units, including the investment management, venture capital and corporate finance areas. The successful candidate is expected to be proficient in, and to engage in the practice of, all areas of federal income tax law. The successful candidate will join an engaged team of tax professionals who work to reduce the Company’s exposure to tax risk, ensure ongoing Company compliance with applicable state and federal tax laws, consult regularly with the Company’s business teams and other members of the Law Department to maintain a cohesive Company tax strategy, and ensure adequate programs are developed and implemented with MassMutual to mitigate potential tax issues that may negatively impact the Company. He/she will promote an environment that fosters and supports diversity and inclusion and reflects MassMutual’s mission and goals.
Support MassMutual’s business strategy, goals and objectives by providing high quality legal advice with particular focus on the Company’s federal (corporate) tax matters
Provide MassMutual’s Corporate Tax Department with research, planning and legal advice to develop a comprehensive company tax strategy and to minimize MassMutual’s tax exposure, and help develop sound tax return positions
Advise on federal tax controversies, including IDR responses, appeals process, tax litigation and audit procedures
Provide legal support for all aspects of the Company’s federal tax compliance
Consult on the MassMutual Foundation’s tax matters
Manage various operational tax inquiries and issues as they develop within MassMutual’s business operations
Provide technical support to the MassMutual Federal Government Relations team to evaluate the potential impact of proposed federal tax legislation and Treasury regulations on MassMutual and its subsidiaries’ business interests
Actively participate in life insurance industry forums and committees, such as the American Council of Life Insurers; present and advocate MassMutual’s views on pending legislation and regulatory activity
Provide senior management with advice, legal opinions, memorandums and recommendations pertaining to tax issues relevant to the Company
Collaborate effectively and build trust with legal and business professionals across all divisions of the company
Develop a network of national tax advisors, including representatives of tax law firms and accounting firms, who will assist in providing excellent and efficient tax advice and who will support MassMutual’s inclusion and diversity goals
Ideal candidate has experience with subchapter L issues, including reserves, deferred acquisition costs (DAC) and reinsurance. Other areas of practice include taxation of partnerships and joint ventures; domestic and international business and fund structuring; domestic and international tax withholding and reporting matters; M&A support; worker classification and payroll reporting/withholding compliance; employment tax, FICA and tax issues related to agency compensation; FIN 48 and schedule UTP issues; and executive compensation matters
Must have significant tax law experience (prior experience with subchapter L a plus, but not required)
JD degree from an accredited U.S. law school
Admitted to a state bar; must be admitted to Massachusetts bar or registered as in-house counsel within 6 months of start date
7+ years in a respected law firm(s), government and/or corporate tax law department (or similar experience)
Experience advising high level corporate executives or clients
Excellent judgment and legal and business acumen; ability to think like a business person, to integrate legal and business issues and to partner with business leaders
Intelligent, mentally agile and self-confident
Strong ability to develop professional relationships with clients, legal colleagues and business leaders across the organization
Commercially minded, but with a keen attention to risk and ethics
Demonstrated leadership, integrity, professionalism and collegiality
Self-directed and proactive (sees around corners)
Strategic, creative and innovative
Capable of inspiring confidence in others
Sets high standards for self and others
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Team orientation; works well with others and is someone who fosters and encourages teamwork across organizations and functions
Responsive to client and team member needs
Ability to travel (less than 15%)
Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship now or in the future
Focus on the Customer: We understand our customers well and look for every opportunity to deliver an experience that is clear, easy, personal, human, empowering and trustworthy.
Act with Integrity: We deliver on our promises by being open, honest and humble and by adhering to the letter and spirit of applicable laws, rules, regulations and company policies.
Value People: We respect and learn from each other’s diverse backgrounds, experiences and ideas. We engage and develop people to their greatest potential.
Work Collaboratively: We work together to achieve results by actively listening, seeking, understanding and creating solutions as a unified team driving toward one company, one culture, and one brand.
Achieve Results: We focus on winning by exceeding expectations and getting better – everyone, every day.
We pay competitive base salaries and we reward performance. Our salary structure is commensurate with experience. In addition, you will be eligible to participate in our comprehensive benefits program including medical insurance and 401(K).
MassMutual Financial Group is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer Minority/Female/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Individual with Disability/Protected Veteran. We welcome all persons to apply
MassMutual was founded on May 15, 1851. And from the beginning, we’ve had a single purpose: to help people secure their future and protect the ones they love. More than 160 years later, that commitment remains our guiding principle. It’s behind everything we do and every decision we make. It’s how we continue to deliver products and services to help our policyowners and customers achieve their financial goals, and protect those who matter most.Ranked No. 93 in the annual FORTUNE ® 500 Ranking (FORTUNE ® Magazine, June 2018) and recognized as a World’s Most Ethical Company by Ethisphere, MassMutual is guided by a single purpose: We help people secure their future and protect the ones they love. As a company owned by our policyowners, we are defined by mutuality and our vision to put customers first. It’s more than our company structure – it’s our way of life. We are a company of people protecting people. Our company exists because people are willing to share risk and resources, and rely on each other when it counts. At MassMutual, we Live Mutual.