Compliance Officer (Control Development and Testing)

Permanent contract|Montreal|Compliance

Compliance Officer (Control Development and Testing)

  • Montreal, Canada
  • Permanent contract
  • Compliance


The Compliance Department at Société Générale is responsible for overseeing compliance with laws, regulations, guidelines, and policies that apply to the firm’s banking and financial activities, particularly in the areas of anti-money laundering, anti-terrorism financing, sanctions & embargoes, know-your-customer obligations, client protection, market integrity, anti-bribery & corruption, data protection and client tax transparency.

The Compliance Department enables the firm to operate according to essential compliance standards, ensures that Société Générale’s non-compliance and reputation risks are controlled, while supporting the business with existing activities and in the development of new products or services.

Compliance acts as a second line of defense, developing and implementing policies, procedures, and controls, monitoring activities, advising the business, assessing risks, and providing training to ensure understanding and application of requirements, contributing to spread a culture of compliance within the Group.



Société Générale’s Capital Market Surveillance (“CMS”) is a global team within the Compliance department responsible for the monitoring of security transactions and Firm communications to ensure compliance with applicable policies, industry rules and regulations.


AMER CMS consists of three teams focused on: the monitoring of security transactions, the monitoring of audio and electronic Firm communications, and the design and testing of controls supporting the CMS program.  

The AMER CMS Development and Testing Team ("CDT") is responsible for the design, testing, implementation, and ongoing management of internal and vendor provided surveillance controls across various asset classes and is responsible for its continuous quality assurance.


CDT is seeking an additional resource in the Firm’s Montreal office to support its monitoring of the AMER operations.  This is an exciting opportunity to join the team where you will be working in a key area of Société Générale’s Compliance program interacting with regional and global colleagues within CMS and across various business units to mitigate regulatory and reputational risks.


What will be your DAY-TO-DAY?


The candidate will be involved in regional and global projects aimed at enhancing the AMER CMS program.  As a member of CDT, responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

•                Conducting surveillance controls assessment to ensure their effectiveness, efficiency, and alignment with regulatory expectations

•                Assessing regulatory risks associated with changes to regulations, new business initiatives and requisite surveillance control modifications

•                Documenting and maintaining surveillance control business requirement documents and testing all control enhancements

•                Supporting regional and global surveillance initiatives relating to program governance and control development, testing and deployment

•                Assisting with compliance risk assessments

•                Supporting CMS management with requests and investigations directed by Senior Compliance Management

Profile required

Skills and Qualifications:

Must Have:

·      Bachelor’s Degree or its equivalent

·      3-10 years of experience in a trade surveillance role

·      Strong knowledge of applicable regulations relating to Banking, Broker-Dealer and Futures Commission Merchant activity

·      Strong interpersonal and written/verbal communication skills

·      Strong analytical, problem-solving, and organizational skills

·      Ability to balance multiple, simultaneous priorities in a fast moving and demanding environment

·      Self-starter with the aptitude to work independently and in a team setting

·      Strong attention to detail

·      Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint


Nice to have:

·      Degree specialized in Finance a plus

·      Specialization in surveillance testing a plus

·      Experience with vendor trade surveillance platforms (e.g., SMARTS, Trading Hub, etc) a plus

LANGUAGE: French and English

Ability to communicate in English, both orally and in writing, is a requirement as the person in this position will need to collaborate regularly with colleagues and partners in the United States.

Due to US Federal Securities law applying to this position, candidates who will apply for this position will be required to submit to an enhanced background screening, including the collection of their fingerprints by a third-party vendor selected by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority ("FINRA")

Why join us



Competitive compensation & benefits offering, including but not limited to:

  • Minimum of 20 Vacation days + 4 personal days 
    • Supportive Maternity, paternity, parental and adoption leave policy 
    • Health spending ($2,000/year) and personal spending ($1,000/year) accounts with 75+ eligible reimbursement categories (health, training, electronics etc.)

Fully sponsored virtual healthcare assistance and Employee Assistance Program to you and your immediate family

Various Employee Resource Groups (ERG) to engage with such as Pride and Allies, American Women Network, Black Leadership Network, One planet, etc.

  • A culture of continuous development by encouraging our employees various training programs (online training and coaching platform such as Coursera, GoFluent, Pluralsight, First Finance, and others)

Business insight

At Societe Generale, we live by our 4 core values of commitment, responsibility, team spirit and innovation. We are engaged and demonstrate consideration for others. We act ethically and with courage. We focus our talent and energy on collective success. We experiment and propose new ideas. This way, we maximize our ability to serve client needs and anticipate market changes. Societe Generale is committed to strengthening bonds with colleagues, communities, and the world in which we live, because relationships are at the heart of how we operate.
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Our Diversity & Inclusion Mission: Recruit, develop, advance, and retain a diverse workforce that is united in our efforts to enhance our competitive position and deliver innovative solutions to our clients.

Our Diversity & Inclusion Vision: 
•     Engaged workforce that is demographically diverse in a way that reflects the communities in which we operate
•     Inclusive culture and workplace that recognizes employees' unique needs and utilizes their diverse talents 
•     Engage our community and marketplace, and position the organization to meet the needs of all its clients

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Societe Generale offers a hybrid work arrangement that offers employees the flexibility to work remotely, as well as on-site, in order to promote interaction and collaboration with colleagues while adhering to all SG standard protocols.  Hybrid work arrangements vary based on business area.  The applicable Business lines will determine and communicate the work arrangements that best meet their business needs.

Societe Generale is an equal opportunity employer and we are proud to make diversity a strength for our company. We are committed to recognizing and promoting the talents and achievements of our employees and staff, regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, gender, sexual orientation, and any other characteristic or status protected under applicable law.
We strive to write our postings as inclusively as possible. If, however, one gender is used alone in this display, it designates persons of all gender identities.

Reference: 24000FOH
Starting date: 2024/08/19
Publication date: 2024/06/11