Advisory & Financing Group Apprentice

Fixed term contract|London|Corporate and Investment Banking

Advisory & Financing Group Apprentice

London, United Kingdom Fixed term contract Corporate and Investment Banking

Responsibilities

Description of the Business Line or Department

The Advisory & Financing Group (AFG) is part of the Investment Banking division and is responsible for the delivery of rating and acquisition finance-related services.

Financing activities for strategic acquisitions (excluding financing activities for acquisitions on the Technologies-Media-Telecom sector) for "investment grade" and "non-investment grade” clients:

 Financing of strategic acquisitions for Global Banking & Advisory corporate clients, as well as certain major French groups covered by the Retail Banking Network in France, which are identified by name

 Strategic analysis in terms of financing and optimisation of the client’s capital structure, with the other Global Banking & Advisory Business Lines

 Strategic analysis in terms of financing of any requirement relating to a merger, demerger or any significant change to the client's scope of consolidation

Providing guidance to the Bank’s corporate clients on external ratings and on questions related to rating agencies’ methodologies, agency credit views and debt capacity benchmarking


Summary of the key purposes of the role

 To be involved in the origination and execution of acquisition finance and/or rating advisory mandates.

 To actively participate in the provision of integrated debt structuring/capital structure/rating advisory/acquisition finance solution to key clients of the bank and in the promotion of SG’s offer in loan and capital markets, in close connection with coverage and corporate finance.

Ethics and regulatory requirements

 Is pro-active in respect of conduct, behavioral and compliance culture matters; to contribute to the positive compliance culture within team

 To respect rules to protect the bank’s interests

 To pay utmost attention to risk of breach of professional and business ethics

 To act to protect the bank’s and clients’ reputation

 To be knowledgeable about the Code of Conduct, and the risk and compliance rules of her/his activity

 To be aware and compliant with the bank’s regulatory policies, including inter alia insider information management, Chinese walls, clear desk policies, personal investment policy, email classification, contact with investment research, gift and entertainment policy, use of disclaimers in pitches or documents.


Summary of responsibilities 

 In conjunction with Coverage and other Global Banking & Investor Solutions business lines and under the supervision of senior members of the team, to assist in the pitching of targeted clients in order to originate acquisition finance/rating advisory mandates, and to provide guidance on debt structuring/capital structure/debt raising/rating matters

 To assist in multi-products pitch and execution

 To deliver solid modeling/financing material

 To contribute to establish close cooperation between AFG and other Global Banking & Investor Solutions business lines to provide clients with innovative financing/rating solutions and best execution

 To be able to identify some opportunities to cross-sell SG’s full product range

Origination and execution

 To produce and/or participate in the production of timely and accurate financial models, marketing material/pitches, credit/rating analyses

 To assist in carrying out due diligence when applicable

 To participate (when relevant) to the assessment of the feasibility of transactions/mandates, including underwriting and capital commitment, in light of available resources and profitability metrics

 To get acquainted with mandates, term sheets, legal documentation in conjunction with external/internal counsel (where applicable) produced and reviewed by senior member of the team

 To assist in mandates/deals execution in a timely manner, in full compliance with SG’s internal procedures (and in close contact with closing/back office managers when applicable)

 To be aware of and ensure continued usage (under the supervision of a more senior member of the team) of the appropriate presentation, credit, rating, underwriting, legal documentation as per prevailing compliance standards, and to act responsibly within agreed credit risk limits

 To contribute to the compliance with all internal and regulatory procedures, including but not limited to compliance with Chinese walls, insider lists, conflict checks, management of confidential/insider information, KYC, MIFID (when relevant) and all related aspects

 To adequately contribute to the reporting to AFG management and COO of information related to ongoing transactions including permanent supervision, exposure management and escalate problems appropriately

Other responsibilities

 To contribute to develop and promote AFG and the acquisition finance/rating advisory franchise/products with clients and within SG

 To keep abreast of new market/sector/methodologies/products developments and leverage them with client and internally in the implementation of origination strategies

 To be aware of operational risks and respect guidelines defined by the bank in order to prevent them, including meeting all internal compliance rules and compliance with SG’s code of conduct

Profile required

Competencies

Strong credit/rating analysis and origination skills

Financial modelling (advantageous)

Strong accounting and finance understanding

Time and project management

Teamwork, initiative, pro-activity

Communication skills

Negotiation/presentation skills

Strong command of English

Microsoft Office skills (including Word, Excel, Powerpoint)

 

Capacity to contribute to the execution with a large degree of autonomy of AFG mandates and deliver marketing pitches, under close supervision of other senior and experienced professionals of the team.


WORK EXPERIENCE

Ideal past experience – Acquisition Finance, Leveraged Finance, High Yield, Credit analyst, Structured Finance, Ratings Advisory


EDUCATION

Minimum UK equivalent of 2:1 BSc Degree (Masters preferable)

Preferable to see professional exams


LANGUAGES

Fluent English

Other European languages (besides French) advantageous

Why join us

People join for the impact they can have on us. They stay for the impact we have on them. A flatter structure offers visibility and exposure beyond that of our competitors, so you know our names, and we know yours. It's personable, human, and inspires success through passion. By encouraging open mindedness and a willingness to share ideas, we have adapted to market changes and thrived through innovation. Bringing words like “hard work” and “dedication” together with “community” and “respect” has enabled us to work collaboratively and build our future together. We call this Team Spirit and it's what makes us different. It's what makes you different.

Business insight

If you feel you have the required experience and qualifications, then please apply to the SG Resourcing Team, and we will manage your application. At Société Générale, we believe our people are our strength and are core to the success of our business. As such, we search for, recruit and appoint the best available person on the basis of aptitude and ability, regardless of sex, marital or civil partnership status, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, pregnancy, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion, belief or gender reassignment.

We are an equal opportunities employer and we are proud to make diversity a strength for our company. Societe Generale is committed to recognizing and promoting all talents, regardless of their beliefs, age, disability, parental status, ethnic origin, nationality, sexual or gender identity, sexual orientation, membership of a political, religious, trade union or minority organisation, or any other characteristic that could be subject to discrimination.

Reference: 20000K3J
Entity: SG CIB
Starting date: immediate
Publication date: 2020/12/01
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