Communications Trainee

Fixed term contract|London|Marketing / Communication

Communications Trainee

London, United Kingdom Fixed term contract Marketing / Communication


Description of the Business Line or Department

The Communication team at Societe Generale UK ensures:

  • The definition of the communication strategy in the UK, in line with Group Communication.
  • The promotion of Societe Generale’s brand, culture, values and identity in the UK.
  • The support of its activities, principally in Financing & Advisory, Global Market and Investment Services, Wealth and Asset Management.

The Communication team is organised around two interlinked pillars:

  • Thought Leadership
  • Corporate Engagement

Corporate Engagement includes the Events team and the CSR team as part of the same pillar along with sponsorship, brand and internal and external communications.  The Thought Leadership pillar includes Media Relations, Editorial, and Business Line communication partners.

Summary of the key purposes of the role

The internship offered in the Societe Generale UK communication teams allows a 22 month experience dedicated to contributing to the promotion of Societe Generale to its stakeholders, both internal and external, with specific missions :

  • 30% to provide support for the Media Relations team, across all press activities;

70%, as part of the Corporate Engagement team, to support internal and external communication activities.

Summary of responsibilities 

  • Within the Media Relations team, the main responsibilities will be:
    • To assist the team and working with the UK PR agency:
      • Assist in organisation of media events (press parties, cocktails, roundtables, press briefings)
      • Support distribution of research to media including compiling information, obtaining approval and distribution, under supervision of Media Team
      • Proof reading/editing of communications materials (press releases, Q&A, press statements, talking points, etc) produced by the wider team, under the supervision of head of team
      • General administration such as updating relevant databases and media lists
      • Supporting selected awards submissions
  • Within the Corporate Engagement team, the main responsibilities will be:
    • Production and publication of editorial content on the intranet, internet, other digital channels, and through our social media accounts. 
      • This will include drafting and editing content, arranging signoff by liaising with internal and external stakeholders, adding to branded templates and then publishing using our internal software platforms.  You will also be responsible for ensuring the timely distribution of internal emails to all UK staff using the in-house software.


    • Supporting the communication needs of the corporate functions such as HR, Compliance, Citizenship.
      • You will provide support in managing the communications for the support functions.  This will involve working with external suppliers such as creative agencies and our charity partners to deliver staff engagement campaigns, events and messaging.
    • Support in the organisation and delivery of internal events – from working with stakeholders to define a calendar of events, to sending invitations to hosting online events.
    • Ensuring reporting of activities including attendance to events, newsletters readership, social media coverage.
    • Branding & advertising
      • You will provide support by ensuring our brand guidelines are maintained
      • across everything we do and support on any brand promotion activations.

Level of Autonomy and Authority

The position reports to the Head of Media Relations and to the Corporate Engagement Manager.

Profile required


You will have a strong interest in developing your career in communications with the Financial Services sector.  You want to develop your experience by working in a small team and in a role which offers you the chance to develop your skills further by working across a number of different areas within Corporate Communications.

Technical skills

  • Excellent writing skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Strong understanding of Communication principles
  • Use of digital media is a must; knowledge of CMS is an asset

Personal abilities

  • Team player
  • Service driven, dynamic and open minded
  • Curious and interested to learn
  • Proactive and forward-thinking
  • Trustworthy and transparent


Graduate leaver or someone with 1-2 years’ relevant experience.


  • University degree in Marketing/Communications, Literature or Business Studies preferred


Fluency in English both written and spoken is a must.

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: 210005FD
Entity: SG CIB
Starting date: 2021/04/19
Publication date: 2021/02/22