Junior Accountant

Permanent contract|Montreal|Finance

Junior Accountant

  • Montreal, Canada
  • Permanent contract
  • Finance



The department is primarily responsible for legal entity reporting under French, IFRS and US GAAP for Société Générale North America region.  It includes oversight of production from our Bangalore, India primarily on head office (Paris) reporting to ensure the accuracy and completeness of books and records, external reporting where audit opinions are required and serving as legal entity controller for non-Bank subsidiaries (including regulatory reporting where applicable. It also serves the controllers function of ensuring financial statements are presented fairly via reasonable review of usage of accounts, reasonableness of asset classification, correlation to business market highlights and risk-based reporting. 

The role also coordinates with various Finance, Operations and HR departments to provide supports for downstream reporting needs such as: tax reporting, Income Statement reporting, management segment reporting, risk reporting, and Federal Reserve Bank regulatory reporting for Subsidiaries.

What will be your DAY-TO-DAY?

Learn and Perform Monthly close process

·         Perform control review on intercompany reconciliations, French to IFRS GAAP reconciliation, Equity roll forwards and reasonableness of accounts e.g. hedging effectiveness, tax impacts and cost of risk reserves to name a few.

·         Monthly account certification via the review of account balance supports and balance certifications.

·         Monthly GBS control certification to evidence review of key controls e.g. OCI account reconciliation, intercompany reconciliation, manual account review etc.

·         Balance Sheet and Income Statement Analytics

·         Review books and records, record adjustments and facilitate a smooth month end closing process.

·         Complete end to end process for corporate expense accruals and monitoring.

·         Learn and Perform Quarterly and yearly close process.

·         Comply with regulatory reporting requirements for subsidiaries (e.g., offshore regulatory reporting in Mexico, and Brazil as well as FRY-7N and FRY15 reports sent to the Federal Reserve)

·         Review filing requirements and ensure timely filings to regulatory authorities when applicable.

·         Certification of key controls used to prepare and file financial statements.

·         Annual retained earnings roll and clear, retained earnings reconciliation.


•         Provide support and information for other DFIN downstream reporting needs.

•         Provide support to New Product Committee discussions and ensure smooth transition from project to production in terms of the accounting life cycle.

•         Work with ITEC support team for process improvements, and constantly work towards improving past processes. Having an open and innovative mindset is important.

Profile required

Skills and Qualifications:

Technical Skills:

•         MS Office including Word, Excel, and Power Point



•         Solid knowledge of accounting concepts. Knowledge of financial products are an added plus.

•         Solid understanding of accrual concept. Familiarity with financial statement Analysis.

•         Excellent written and verbal communication skills and presentation skills.

•         Excellent teamwork, ability to work with others. Receptive to feedbacks.

•         Demonstrated integrity within a professional environment

•         Experience Needed:

•         0 to 3 years of accounting experience (financial service industry preferred)         



•         Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance is must.  

Nice to Have:

•         Knowledge of Business Objects and/or Figaro

•         Technology skills with Tableau, Alteryx, and Power Bi

•         Knowledge of IFRS and USGAAP (desirable)

•         Spanish is a Plus.


Languages: 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

OUR Benefits:


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 (https://americas.societegenerale.com/en/societe-generale-about/diversity-and-inclusion/)

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: 23000D55
Starting date: immediate
Publication date: 2023/09/12