Head of Financial Institutions & Sovereign Coverage –Saudi Arabia – M/W

Permanent contract|Riyadh|Corporate & Investment banking

Head of Financial Institutions & Sovereign Coverage –Saudi Arabia – M/W

  • Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Permanent contract
  • Corporate & Investment banking


For nearly two decades, SG CIB has been committed to supporting the Middle East’s governments, corporates, financial institutions, and investors. We deliver worldwide expertise in Investment Banking, Global Finance and Global Markets. At Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking, nearly 12,0001 professionals in more than 37 countries connect entrepreneurs, large corporates, financial institutions, governments and investors with capital markets, and provide financing, investment and risk management solutions. Across Europe, the Middle East & Africa, the Americas, and Asia Pacific, we are using skill, innovation and global reach to tailor high-end solutions for our clients.


Brief responsibility of the role includes implementation of Financial Institutions & Sovereign’s strategy in KSA, through growth of client revenues, client interactions at different levels, management of client relationships, origination and development of SG’s products & services, support in negotiating and executing transactions, and work in close coordination with business lines internally across Société Générale Group.

Tasks and responsibilities:

Lead Global Banking and Advisory (GLBA) Staff for selected Financial Institution & Sovereign clients in KSA such as :

  • gaining client trust and ensure SG provides the best possible services & solutions to clients, within risk policies as well as SG scarce resources parameters
  • managing closely all risks aspects
  • supporting the Business Lines on Credit and Risk related issues by being perfectly capable to handle and articulate complex risk-return assessments of both the overall Client profile and of every specific deal
  • developing transversal businesses and cross-selling activities across the SG group
  • coordinating action around main GLBA FIG & SOV clients with BL colleagues, with a Global Markets (MARK) and Debt Capital Markets (DCM) focus
  • enhancing SG institutional profile by organizing/participating in strategic events
  • maintaining a senior level of dialogue within targeted clients, in a team work effort along with relevant  Senior Bankers who are more closely focusing on Investment Banking (IB mandates), when applicable

In addition, to implement the Société Générale Group policies and procedures locally by containing compliance risk in liaise with the KSA Compliance Officer- and adhering to the CMA Core Principles as detailed in CMA GEN Section 4

Profile required

Studies & experience:

  • At least bachelor’s degree in finance, economics, management, or other relevant qualifications
  • More than 15 years of banking experience
  • Experience in marketing, relationship management and client management in Saudi Arabia
  • Specific knowledge/experience in Islamic finance will be a plus

Language skills:

  • Fluency in English
  • Arabic would be a plus

Technical, operational & Soft skills:

  • Product knowledge and in-depth market know-how of financial markets and well-established network of Financial Institutions relationships covering local FIs, Central Bank, Sovereign & Insurance companies
  • Strong knowledge of the KSA market, and as a plus in GCC countries
  • Extensive banking\ Treasury and financial institutions experience and knowledge of credit \ investments, managing and limiting risks, raising capital to support the firms’ expansion & handling mergers and acquisitions

Why join us

Société Générale Middle East is a multi-category bank offering every employee the possibility to have several careers in a professional career path. Internal mobility and training are two core areas we focus on, in a dynamic, prosperous and evolving context.

Business insight

At Société Générale, 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: 24000GG4
Entity: SG CIB
Starting date: 2024/09/02
Publication date: 2024/06/14