Finance Accountant Trainee

Apprenticeship|London|Information Technology

Finance Accountant Trainee

London, United Kingdom Apprenticeship Information Technology


Description of the Business Line or Department

The IT infrastructures department, RESG/GTS (Global Technology Services), is at the centre of the transformation of Société Générale’s operating model. Thanks to RESG/GTS, the Group boasts one of the biggest shared service centres for IT infrastructures in the financial sector.

The position will be part of the GTS Finance team which sits within the GTS IT Risk & Oversight Team. GTS Finance oversees the review of costs, forecast preparation, providing guidance to GTS management, liaising with the DFIN teams in Paris and London, and GBSU London. There will also be extensive liaison with our PMO team on CTB projects.

Summary of the key purposes of the role

The trainee will cover 3 activities for the GTS department:

  1. Month end analysis: Review of month on month cost movement
  2. Local Management reporting: Preparation of GTS flash reports, assist in preparation of bi-monthly forecasts, ad-hoc queries
  3. Paris Management reporting: assist in preparation of annual budget, ad-hoc queries

Summary of responsibilities

Month End Analysis:

  • Ensure accurate cost accounting, including accruals and corrections, by monitoring the monthly CRM process
  • Liaise with DFIN London and Bangalore to obtain latest month end costs
  • Review month on month movement, obtaining explanations for significant variances for flash cost reporting
  • Prepare month end journals, liaising with local DFIN for posting to general ledger

Local Management Reporting:

  • Prepare and present internal CTO flash report providing an in-depth analysis of performance against forecast & budget
  • Prepare and present individual team flash reports providing an in-depth analysis of performance against forecast & budget
  • Assisting senior management accountant in the bi-monthly forecast exercise, liaising with internal managers on future anticipated spend
  • Review of external vendor spend, informing local management of any variance to forecast and budget
  • Assist local management with any ad-hoc finance queries
  • Answering any ad-hoc queries in management accountant’s absence

Paris Management Reporting:

  • Assist senior management accountant in the preparation of the annual budget
  • Attend meetings with local management to ascertain budget vendor cost requirements
  • Preparation and presentation of ‘budget bridge’ reports for CTO review
  • Answering any ad-hoc queries in management accountant’s absence

Profile required


  • Good level in English (liaise with English speaking senior managers)
  • Strong analytical and synthesis skills
  • High degree of Numeracy
  • High proficiency in Excel, PowerPoint & Word
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to communicate complex financial information to managers with a non-financial background
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Great communication skills
  • Team player
  • Problem solver
  • Ability to work in an international environment
  • Highly motivated
  • Focused on delivering results
  • Confident to work with senior management

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: 2100026D
Entity: SG CIB
Starting date: 2021/03/15
Publication date: 2021/01/22