Environmental & Social Advisor

 La Defense, France       Permanent contract        Corporate and Investment Banking


Within the « Environmental and Social Advisory for Transactions” team, this position is dedicated to the Environmental and Social (E&S) evaluation of projects as well as supporting the sustainable and positive impact finance initiatives of the group’s global finance division (called GLBA). You will:

• support our commercial teams and, when relevant, our clients, on E&S questions during the appraisal of financing transactions. You will

o identify and assess E&S risks and impacts associated with the transactions (in particular project finance, export credits, advisory mandates), relying on studies carried out and, occasionally, by going on site.

o Propose mitigation or management measures for these E&S issues

o Determine the E&S conditions to be included in the loan legal documentation in order to minimize credit and/or reputational risk for the bank

o Evaluate if the operations qualify as “Positive Impact Finance”

• monitor the deals after signing from an E&S standpoint

• contribute to the coordination and implementation of the E&S evaluation of transaction: database updates, evolution of the assessment methodology, training of staff

• contribute to the bank’s strategy in terms of E&S policies definition, alignment of its financing portfolio with climate commitments, development of Positive Impact Finance, 

• interact with other poles of the Sustainable & Positive Impact Solutions department, as well as business lines, Corporate Social Responsibility, Middle Office, Risks and Compliance departments


Profile Required

• Higher degree (Master's or more, French engineering school or equivalent – Baccalauréat + 5 years) in a relevant subject

• At least 7 years experience in projects’ E&S analysis (impact assessment, due diligence, audit etc.), in particular in high impact sectors such as mining, oil and gas, energy etc.

• Good understanding of international E&S standards such as Equator Principles, World Bank/IFC standards, EIB, OECD etc., and of climate risk

• Experience, ideally “on the ground”, of E&S assessments and alignment with standards in various  geographical areas

• Good knowledge of E&S products and commitments of the financial sector

• Excellent knowledge of English, both written and spoken

• Good knowledge of French preferable

• Analytical skills, ability to synthesis or go into details

• Ability to work independently or in teams

• Good communication skills (verbal and written)

Why Join Us

You would join a dynamic and growing team in a performance-oriented environment, with career opportunities within the Societe Generale Group.

Full-time position based in Paris – La Défense, available immediately

Business Insight

You will join the Sustainable & Positive Impact Solutions department, whose mission is to advise business lines and clients on environmental and social issues, structure Positive Impact financial products and brainstorm with clients on their adaption to new business models arising from the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and their financing. 

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.

Job code: 20000FYV
Business unit: SG CIB
Starting date: 01/10/2020
Date of publication: 20/07/2020
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Environmental & Social Advisor

Permanent contract   |   La Defense   |   Corporate and Investment Banking