Associate – Real Estate Finance Australia

Permanent contract|Sydney|Corporate and Investment Banking

Associate – Real Estate Finance Australia

Sydney, Australia Permanent contract Corporate and Investment Banking


Major Accountabilities/Principal Responsibilities:

The Real Estate Finance department is part of the Global Finance – Asset Finance business line. The department offers a range of solutions to real estate investors for financing the acquisition of or refinancing office properties, retail/shopping centres, industrial / logistics and, in certain circumstances, hotels. This includes both traditional non-recourse mortgage loans and capital market financings as well as debt advisory services. The department also works closely with the Bank’s Asset Backed Products (ABP) team to provide innovative financing solutions using securitisation structures

The department operates internationally with teams based in Paris, London, Madrid, Milan, Frankfurt, New York and Tokyo. The successful candidate will contribute directly to the Australian arm of the global Real Estate Finance business line by contributing to origination and leading the execution of mandates. The successful candidate will:

  • Assist in the origination of finance transactions in the real estate sector in Australia.  These transactions will typically be non-recourse (secured) or corporate (secured) transactions
  • Structure and assist the regional hub in the execution of finance transactions including market and transaction-specific analysis, execution of the due diligence process, assisting in the preparation of credit applications, performing obligor and transaction rating, term sheet drafting and preparation of offers and agreements
  • Answer questions from the Societe Generale credit department and any other entities involved in the credit approval process
  • Participate in the execution of loan documentation assisted by external and/or internal lawyers
  • Coordinate with and assist internal teams in the primary and/or secondary distribution of loans in accordance with the agreed strategy
  • Monitor and follow-up the client relationship and provide business line input in respect of the monitoring of transactions and their documented terms and conditions throughout the life of transactions (and including the annual review) by the middle office
  • Maintain an awareness of Australia real estate market conditions and trends including ESG
  • Play an active role in the on-the-job training and development of the business line’s junior staff

Profile required

Qualifications, Experience & Knowledge Required:

  • University degree in a relevant discipline (business, commerce, law)
  • 3-5 years structured finance experience, preferably in real estate finance
  • Strong numerical skills with a solid understanding of accounting concepts, financial statements and cashflow
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel - financial modelling skill
  • Strong ability in Microsoft Word and Powerpoint
  • Experience in either real estate finance and/or in another structured finance environment utilising similar tools, processes and procedures.

Behavioural competency required:

  • Ability to work collaboratively in a small team environment and autonomously
  • Display a sense of ownership in the business and pride in the quality and accuracy of work presented internally and transactions executed for client
  • Commitment to the team’s efforts in the development of the Australian real estate finance business in line with the team’s priorities and strategy
  • Experience of working (including remotely) with people with diverse, international backgrounds and act on team priorities
  • Alignment with SG values and code of conduct

Business insight

Serving 31 million customers in 66 countries, Societe Generale is one of Europe's largest financial services organisations. We employ 146,000 people in 67 countries worldwide. Based on a diversified universal banking model, Societe Generale combines financial solidity and a strategy of sustainable growth. Our objective: to be the leading relationship-focused bank, a reference in its markets, close to its clients and chosen for the quality and commitment of its team.

Societe Generale has been present in Australia since 1981. Located in Sydney, it currently provides financing and advisory, as well as global markets solutions. Leveraging the strength of its client coverage and leadership in structured finance including energy, metals & mining, infrastructure finance, together with product and service offerings such as debt capital markets, asset-backed products and commercial real estate finance, Societe Generale supports its Australian wholesale clients in their financing and advisory needs, and to serve its global clients who wish to access the Australian market with global banking services. Societe Generale also provides its global markets solutions by offering futures execution and clearing, equity derivatives sales and structured product distribution

We are currently looking for an Associate - Real Estate Finance, Australia to join us. This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic and growing team within a fast-paced, results focused, global organisation with strong growth ambitions for the Australian business. Real Estate Finance has been active in Australia since June 2019 with a number of deals executed and a strong pipeline for 2021. The successful candidate will the origination and execution of real estate structured finance transactions in the Australian market and will develop a good understanding of the business drivers as well as build close relationships with internal stakeholders within the organisation on a regional and global basis

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: 21000E96
Entity: Société Générale Sydney Branch
Starting date: 2021/06/01
Publication date: 2021/05/03