Business Analyst Trainee

Fixed term contract|London|Corporate and Investment Banking

Business Analyst Trainee

London, United Kingdom Fixed term contract Corporate and Investment Banking


Description of the Business Line or Department

The Global and Integrated Finance Division (‘DFIN’) department’s aim is to add value to the Group and its business lines' development, through a transformation of our organisation and operating modes. DFIN provides a key contribution to the Group value creation, through our activities of strategic advisory, steering, data production and certification. We are engaged in all dimensions of performance evaluation across the Group and provide a transversal and objective vision to support informed decision-making for the management and development of the Group and its business lines.

Some of the many ways we are providing this are in the following:  

  • Support and challenge all business lines, at every level of the organisation;
  • Organise an agile adaptation to strategic and regulatory challenges;
  • Ensure the security and reliability of financial information through operational excellence;
  • General management, pillars, business lines and corporate functions, regulators, auditors, markets and investors;
  • Performance assessed with operational indicators and financial information;
  • From strategic analysis to decision-making and execution monitoring;
  • Transversal vision of the Group, of all business lines and geographic regions;
  • Objectivity and the ability to take the broad view;
  • As trusted advisors, we are an essential partner to the managers;
    International function (paths and career) and diversity;
  • Exemplarity in our management and our daily behaviours;
  • Innovation in our operation models and the implementation of digital levers.

DFIN DTO (Digital Transformation Office) is the entry point and the interlocutor of other Group central divisions for the deployment of instructions, procedures, projects or tools of the Group on the DFIN perimeter in UK. It provides overall coordination and implementation on the perimeter that devolves resulting transformation and reorganisation plans.

DFIN DTO UK supports other departments in their respective missions by:

  • Propose Transformation strategy and build resulting action plan
  • Ensure quality project delivery
  • Support internal and external clients for change the bank initiatives such as IT evolutions, process optimization and reorganizations

Summary of the key purposes of the role

1 – WORK CLOSELY with the Finance teams, especially with the private banking team to understand their objectives and their key challenges


The DFIN Business Analyst is looking for opportunities to improve Finance Processes Improvements and work on their implementation under the supervision of a Transformation Manager.


Eventually, the Business Analyst is:

-identifying the opportunity of improvement

-proposing new way of thinking and promoting innovation

-driving the functional changes such as process improvements or any project not involving IT.

He will report locally to the UK Head of Finance Digital Transformation Office (DFIN/DTO) under a close supervision of a Transformation Manager.

Summary of responsibilities

  • Contribute to the delivery of some digital initiatives on his perimeter according to the objectives agreed with his Manager within timeframe and at the level of quality required 
  • Coordinate the delivery of the business requirements and agreement with stakeholders (production team manager)
  • Review and pro-active challenge solution and project deliverables to ensure adherence to quality standards 
  • Facilitate the testing strategy design, preparation and contribution to the execution 
  • Work closely with the Production team during the User Acceptance Tests, to ensure a successfully outcome of testing 
  • Maintain and regularly communicate a full-scope Project status report with the key stakeholders of his project
  • Organize and Lead projects working groups with different stakeholders imply in the initiatives
  • Ensuring Project governance is in place and communicated effectively
  • Assist in Change Management
    • Elaborate with stakeholders a Change Management strategy
    • Challenge impact analysis and choice of relay for change
    • Monitor actors’ adherence to change
  • Conducting Post-implementation reviews and pro-actively refining the department’s offer and approach in order to satisfy Finance Management and client departments’ requirements. 

Level of Autonomy and Authority

Working under the supervision of reporting manager, autonomy to be defined and refined under that supervision.

Profile required


TECHNICAL SKILLS: Office pack, understanding of new Digital Technologies, Internal IT architecture (FO to Accounting) would be a plus.


  • Good interpersonal skills; to be able to communicate convincingly with the key stakeholders
  • Ability to quickly give a synthetic overview (good oral & written communication) & communicate with top management
  • Coordination skills (across and between the teams in DFIN and other departments)
  • Ability to analyze/handle complex issues (strong analytical sense) & propose effective solutions
  • Team player, enjoy sharing information, adaptable
  • Solution-focused, service-oriented and proactive, ability to drive the change
  • Have a reliable professional conduct

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: 210003MT
Entity: SG CIB
Starting date: 2021/04/05
Publication date: 2021/02/05