General Inspection

40 new recruits each year, 21 nationalities and 40% of time is spent abroad

  • Become part of a young and intellectually-stimulating environment that is recognised for the excellence of its teams and its highly-challenging missions
  • Discover the wide scope of the Group’s banking activities, as well as its geographical and cultural diversity
  • Set out on an ambitious and demanding path towards a managerial role

Your role

A broad variety of missions, both in France and abroad, covering the Bank’s various business lines:

  • Analysis of the business line and the actions of its main managers (risk control, efficiency, governance and strategy, etc.)
  • Fraud Detection (big data approaches, investigation)

Recommendations to top managment

  • From your mission, highlight the main observations, recommendations and strategic orientations, detailing them in written and oral presentations.

Strategic projects for the Group

  • Examination of (or contribution to) projects at the heart of the Group’s newsflow (assessment of acquisition targets, etc.)

Your career path within the general inspection in 3 steps

Deputy Inspector
  • You contribute to missions (audit work, statistical analysis, etc.) and present your conclusions in a written report.
  • You may be called upon to be a head of mission from your third year with us..
  • In 2016, basic starting pay was €46k per year (excluding bonuses and travel allowances); it then increases at a significant rate of approximately 10% a year.

inspector
  • You head high-stake missions and have enhanced managerial responsibilities.
  • You are more exposed to the Bank’s top management, presenting your conclusions as high up as the General Management (CEO and Deputy CEO).

And then ?
  • This fast-track career in the General Inspection leads to high-responsibility jobs within the various activities available in the Group..
  • Currently, over a quarter of Management Committee members have previously worked within the Inspection.

Join the general inspection team

Your Profile
Young graduate (with or without initial work experience) with a degree or masters from an engineering, business or political studies school or university in France or elsewhere.

Do you enjoy ?
Being mobile, working in a team within diverse and stimulating environments, in a job where your interpersonal skills, rigour and autonomy will be key factors for success.

How to join us ?

  • Étape 1: Inscription - Before 4/12/17 Registration for the entrance exam
  • Step 2: Online tests - Mid-December – mid-January - Logic and personality test
  • Step 3: Assesment center - End-January – mid-February - HR interview, case study, written synopsis exam
  • Step 4: Final oral exam - March - Oral presentation to members of the Management and Executive Committees
  • Step 5: Job offer - End-March - Successful applicants meet the General Management over a cocktail reception
  • Step 6: Induction - September or January - Induction within the department

Mission undertaken around the world

United States

Regulatory Risks


United Kingdom

Credit derivative


The Inspection undertook a 5-month mission in 2013 to analyse the entire Societe Generale market activity set-up regarding credit derivatives in Europe and look at its consistency with the strategies implemented by other sites. Based in London with occasional trips across the Atlantic and to Asia, this mission covered:


  • the commercial challenges: Societe Generale’s commercial positioning, peer benchmarks, quality of the sales set-up vis-à-vis stated expectations, ability to serve investors across every market location;
  • the trading quality : analysis of trading desks’ performances, detailed review of trading strategies;
  • market risk control : quality of the follow-up by risk-monitoring teams, compliance with each business line’s stated limits, risk culture of front-office staff;
  • the control of credit risks and compliance risks associated with the entity’s activities;
  • the quality of operational (middle and back office) and accounting processes: accounting P&L calculation, compliance with norms and standards.

France

Retail banking, Boursorama, Trading in structured products


Suisse

Trade commodity finance


Italy

Consumer cretdit and equipment financing


Montenegro

Retail banking


Albania

Retail banking


Roumanie

Retail banking


Macedonia

Retail banking


Czech Republic

Risk line


Maroc

Retail banking


The Inspection undertook a 6-month mission in a 2013 in Casablanca within Societe Generale Morocco, our international retail banking network’s 4th largest subsidiary. Through an analysis of the set-up, the aims of this mission were to assess:


  • the Group’s development strategy in that country: analysis of the regions chosen to expand the network of bank branches, review of planned partnerships with other players, profitability and competitive positioning of the various activities ;
  • the entity’s marketing approach : overhaul of the segmentation of its client base so that sales teams can spend more time focusing on high-potential clients;
  • he degree of risk control: credit risk (review of client files), operational risks and legal risks;
  • organisation and management of human resources and management of talented staff, as well as a review of the bank’s major IT projects.

Algeria

Retail banking


The Inspection carried out a 5-month mission in 2014 to review the Group’s Algerian subsidiary (Societe Generale Algeria is the country’s 2nd largest privately-owned bank). Based in Algiers, the assignment focused on answering the following three major questions:


  • Is the entity’s commercial strategy pertinent and in line with the Group’s strategic orientations? In order to define, in collaboration with local management, the subsidiary’s commercial priorities, the team analysed its performances, carried out an analysis of the local banking market taking whilst into account Algeria’s economic outlook for the next 5 to 10 years..
  • Does the subsidiary have the necessary resources to meet its objectives and cope with the medium-term challenges that await it? The mission paid particular attention to the quality of the local teams and the HR management. Whilst there, the team also assessed the progress made by the most pivotal projects.
  • Does the local risk management setup (credit risk and operational risk) meet the Group’s standards and, more generally, is it able to secure the subsidiary’s key processes? ? To assess the set-up, the team undertook an analysis of the credit chain (from granting to provisioning) and a detailed review of the main administrative and accounting processes.

Burkina faso

Retail banking


Côte d'ivoire

Retail banking


DR Congo

Setting up of a subsidiary


Madagascar

Retail banking


Japon

Market activities


New Caledonia

Retail banking


Polynesia

Retail banking


Brazil

Investment Banking


The Inspection spent 4 months working in Sao Paulo within Societe Generale Brazil’s Corporate and Investment Banking activities. Within a particularly difficult local economic and competitive context (fragile economy, political and financial corruption scandal), the aim of this mission was to review the following:


  • pertinence of our presence in that country and the Group’s legitimate ambitions within the local context, on the commercial and risk front:
    • understanding of the local market and clients’ requirements, analysis of the distinguishing factors of our franchise,
    • review of the credit quality of our counterparties and definition of a risk appetite,
    • analysis of the impact of the 2011 liquidity crisis and the Lava Jato corruption scandal on our client franchise,
    • study of the impact of US and European regulations on our onshore market activities and construction of a business plan;
  • leverage to activate in order to adapt this strategy operationally : target set-up do we want commercially, operationally and in terms of credit and compliance risk monitoring? What adjustments are required? How can we create synergies between the local platform and our Group franchises devoted to our major European clients (given that the level of foreign investments in Brazil remains very high)?">

Contact

For further information, please contact


Aurélien Pennerat, Managing Director, via the following address: recrutement.inspection@socgen.com


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