Director, Data Protection Compliance Officer

Permanent contract|Montreal|Compliance

Director, Data Protection Compliance Officer

  • Montreal, Canada
  • Permanent contract
  • Compliance



As a business partner and a second line of defense, the SG Americas Compliance Department supports the Business Units and Support Functions in carrying out banking activities in accordance with regulations and ensuring the sustainable development of our business activities. Société Générale in the Americas is present in the United States, Canada and Brazil where it focuses primarily on corporate and investment banking activities.  SG also operates in several Latin American countries where it offers a range of specialized banking and financial services. In addition to investment banking, SG in the Americas offers global transaction banking, securities services and equipment financing. 

In its role, the Compliance Department contributes fully to the positive impact that Société Générale wishes to have on the transformation of our societies. Therefore, preventing market misconduct, combating money laundering, and thwarting the financing of terrorism and corruption are all tasks that fall within the scope of compliance and contribute to the positive transformation of our economies.

The Compliance Department ensures:

-       Compliance with laws, rules and ethical principles specific to banking activities and investment services undertaken by the firm, as well as compliance with staff members' personal rules of good conduct and ethics; 

-       Awareness-raising and training of all players in preventing non-compliance and reputational risks.

Within a robust governance and risk management framework, the Compliance Department provides expertise in Business Advisory, Financial Crime prevention, Banking, Securities and other applicable regulations, communications and trade surveillance, Second Line testing and monitoring and compliance risk assessment. As part of a global financial institution providing services across jurisdictions, we also cooperate closely on a daily basis with our Head-Office and global affiliates to ensure compliance with the regulations in the countries where we operate and to address cross-border regulatory matters.

What will be your DAY-TO-DAY?

Responsibilities include providing primary SG Americas data protection program oversight from a Compliance Department perspective generally and more specifically (without limitation):

·         Advising and assisting the SG Americas Data Management Office in establishing a regional data privacy strategy and compliance program for SG Americas

·         Advising the First Line of Defense on Data Privacy regulations applicable to Canada entities

·         Advising the First Line of Defense on the NY State DFS 500 Cybersecurity Program, as needed

·         Participating in the US Privacy Working Group and Steering Committee, as well as other governance forums, as Compliance subject matter expert

·         Participating in the review of Cyber Incidents and Data Leakage Incidents as Compliance representative, coordinating with other Compliance teams, as required, and determining client notification obligations

·         Coordinating with the Compliance Regulatory Change team, the Legal and Risk Departments to monitor regulations with an impact on data protection requirements

·         Managing the Compliance AMER Responsible Data Initiatives (“RDI”) risk assessment process, including coordinating RDI reviews with Compliance subject matter experts and drafting associated Compliance Risk Assessment memos

·         Revising relevant data protection related policies and procedures as applicable rules and regulations or firm practices change

·         Conducting training and drafting communications related to AMER regulatory requirements governing data protection, and

·         Participating in special projects in support of the larger Compliance Regulatory Oversight team

Profile required

Skills and Qualifications:


·         Understanding of data management and data protection principles applicable to the financial services sector (knowledge of the U.S. and Canada legal and regulatory environment, and rulemaking processes in these areas being a plus)

·         Ability to understand and communicate with subject matters experts and stakeholders with respect to data protection, and other U.S. and Canada legal and regulatory topics

·         Strong interpersonal and written/verbal communication skills

·         Strong analytical, problem-solving and organizational skills

·         Great attention to detail

·         Capable of handling multiple ad-hoc requests.

·         Demonstrated history of taking initiative

·         Ability to prioritize and work in a dynamic, deadline-focused environment

·         Analytical capability: Able to break down complex problems into simple manageable units, develop solutions for each unit, and integrate them back into the whole.  Can absorb ideas quickly and apply then pragmatically

·         Results oriented: setting goals and priorities that maximize the use of resources available to consistently deliver quality results

·         Strong interpersonal effectiveness: is aware of own behavior and work style, as well as tolerant of different needs and viewpoints. Demonstrates interest in others’ opinions and shows consideration, concern and respect for other people’s feelings

·         Communication Skills: excellent verbal, writing and presentation skills with the ability to interact with stakeholders at all levels within the organization and be able to relay complex technical concept to non-technical audience

·         Leadership: create an inspiring vision, set direction and motivate others to follow that direction and reach that vision

Technical Skills & Knowledge:

·         Advanced experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

·         Experience working with GRC systems

·         Excellent writing skills

·         Securities licenses a plus

Qualifications (Experience, Education, Languages):

·         Bachelors Degree

·         JD or other advanced degree a plus

·         7+ years experience in Financial Services or related industry

Language(s): French, 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.

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

For more information about our D&I initiatives, please visit this link (

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 of the two genders is used alone in this display, it designates persons of all gender identities.

Reference: 23000L40
Starting date: immediate
Publication date: 2023/09/07