Finance & Accounting Controller

International Volunteer Program|Frankfurt am Main|Finance

Finance & Accounting Controller

Frankfurt am Main, Germany International Volunteer Program Finance


Société Générale is one of the largest European financial services groups. Based on a diversified universal banking model, the Group combines financial solidity with a strategy of sustainable growth, and aims to be the reference for relationship banking, recognized on its markets, close to clients, chosen for the quality and commitment of its teams. More than 133,000 employees, based in 61 countries, accompany 30 million clients throughout the world on a daily basis.
Join for a VIE Société Générale within our Finance Department (DFIN) which covers 2 entities: SG Frankfurt and SG Effekten. The main role of the Finance department is the supervision of the accounting and controlling function performed in our offshore location for the 2 entities, the delivery and supervision of the regulatory reporting, managing German tax related matters and performing required analysis impacting the financial performance and financial risks of the entities.

As VIE in the Finance department you will support the team in various functions, e.g. controlling tasks, regulatory reporting, tax matters, follow up of inter-entity billings and management fees as well as follow up of current account & project management.

During your VIE mission you will be in charge of these responsibilities:

•    Regular controlling updates on our Net Banking Income & costs of the branch.
•    Support the team in regulatory reporting, e.g. by analyzing changes and checking quality of deliverables.
•    Involvement in topics regarding German Tax Law compliance such as controlling of travel expenses and the follow up of accounting flows between fiscal authorities and the branch. 
•    Support the preparation of German Balance sheet 
•    Follow the inter-entity billings and of current accounts as well as reconciliation.
•    Prepare documents for Review meetings (Business/Audit) 
•    Be involved in different other projects.

You will gain a vast experience in working on all aspects in finance with the opportunity to grow in an international team.  
You will learn new skills by working in different projects and with various stakeholders. You will have the chance of working independently and with own responsibilities for your topics. Thereby, you will also have access to all finance related tools and will become an integral part of the team.

Profile required

PLEASE NOTE that since this program is primarily an international development program, candidates cannot apply to a VIE assignment in their own country of citizenship.

To facilitate the examination of your application by our English-speaking managers, we thank you for applying in English.

•    Graduate from a Master degree in a business school or university with a specialization in Finance, Accounting or Controlling.
•    First experience, e.g. gained through internships, in accounting would be desirable. Knowledge in regulatory reporting and corporate taxes is a plus.
•    Proficient with MS Office applications.
•    Fluency in German and English mandatory, any other European language is advantageous.
•    Being reliable and a team player is compulsory.
•    Very good communication skills (written and oral).
•    Agile and motivated.

The VIE assignment in a nutshell :

This VIE in Frankfurt is to begin as soon as possible but you need to plan 3 months between your application date and the beginning of your VIE assignment. It will last 12 months.
The VIE is a specific contract, under Business France’s eligibility criteria, opened to candidates under 28 and from the member states of the European Economic Space. For further information (including your financial indemnities), please see Mon VIE-VIA Business France.

We would like to draw your attention to the fact there that your VIE mission could potentially get postponed, depending on the evolution of the health crisis and subjects to the decision made by the Crisis and Support Centre of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs (MEAE). In addition, the selected candidate will only be paid upon confirmation from Business France and arrival in the country of assignment.

Why join us

As soon as you arrive, you will be integrated into our teams and will learn every day alongside our experts, who will support you in your tasks. Gradually, you will become more independent in your projects, making this experience a real career accelerator. You will also discover all the diversity of our businesses, in a sector that is constantly evolving and innovating.

At the end of your VIE, various opportunities could be offered to you, in France and abroad.

Business insight

At Societe Generale, we are convinced that people are drivers of change, and that the world of tomorrow will be shaped by all their initiatives, from the smallest to the most ambitious. 
Whether you’re joining us for a period of months, years or your entire career, together we can have a positive impact on the future. Creating, daring, innovating and taking action are part of our DNA. 
If you too want to be directly involved, grow in a stimulating and caring environment, feel useful on a daily basis and develop or strengthen your expertise, you will feel right at home with us!

Still hesitating? 
You should know that our employees can dedicate several days per year to solidarity actions during their working hours, including sponsoring people struggling with their orientation or professional integration, participating in the financial education of young apprentices, and sharing their skills with charities. There are many ways to get involved.

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, 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: 22000XVU
Entity: SG CIB
Starting date: 2023/03/01
Publication date: 2022/12/14