Performance Steering Trainee – Business Line Dedicated


Performance Steering Trainee – Business Line Dedicated

London, United Kingdom Trainee Others


Description of the Business Line or Department

The Global and Integrated Finance Division (‘DFIN’) department’s aim is to add value to the Group and its business lines' development, through a transformation of our organisation and operating modes.  DFIN provides a key contribution to the Group value creation, through our activities of strategic advisory, steering, data production and certification.  We are engaged in all dimensions of performance evaluation across the Group and provide a transversal and objective vision to support informed decision-making for the management and development of the Group and its business lines.

Some of the many ways we are providing this are in the following:                      

  • Support and challenge all business lines, at every level of the organisation;
  • Organise an agile adaptation to strategic and regulatory challenges;
  • Ensure the security and reliability of financial information through operational excellence;
  • General management, pillars, business lines and corporate functions, regulators, auditors, markets and investors;
  • Performance assessed with operational indicators and financial information;
  • From strategic analysis to decision-making and execution monitoring;
  • Transversal vision of the Group, of all business lines and geographic regions;
  • Objectivity and the ability to take the broad view;
  • As trusted advisors, we are an essential partner to the managers;
    International function (paths and career) and diversity;
  • Exemplarity in our management and our daily behaviours;
  • Innovation in our operation models and the implementation of digital levers.

Summary of the key purposes of the role

DFIN PFS (Performance Financial Steering) is the division in charge of steering the financial performance of GBIS.

It measures and analyses the profitability of activities portfolio and the optimization of the use of all resources. It ensures the necessary support and the right level of expertise to the business partners, the management of GBIS.  Taking a cross-business view of the financial steering processes, PFS streamlines and provides momentum in terms of simplification and standardization.

DFIN PFS in the UK also covers performance steering of Global Market, Global Banking and Advisory performance, as well as Global transaction and payment services and other business lines and support functions in the UK. This role will focus on the Business Lines of the UK

In this role, and to start with, the BU dedicated Performance Steering Apprentice is primarily responsible for supporting the team in charge of the business units at the UK level.

Summary of responsibilities

  • Support senior members on the deliverables related to the strategic and financial performance of the UK Business Units for Senior Management (e.g. expense report, monthly PnL, headcount)
  • Identifies trends and improvement areas in terms of business evolution, as well as providing meaningful commentary on the variances
  • Support the analysis work on regular reports, e.g. expenses reporting to Paris, monthly PnL, creating month end reports for presentation to the BL
  • Assist senior members of the team in coordinating the team in response to ad hoc requests and analysis and other PFS deliverables as required
  • Working with our offshore partners to ensure that all deliverables are achieved on a timely basis and to act as the interlocuter between the team, anticipating problems and working out solutions
  • Assist in digitalisation / efficiency improvement initiatives, set up and promote use of digital dashboard

Profile required



- Analytical and problem-solving capability: Able to break down complex problems into simple manageable units, develops solutions for each unit, and integrates them back into the whole. Can absorb ideas quickly and apply then pragmatically

- Results oriented: setting goals and priorities that maximize the use of resources available to consistently deliver quality results

- Ability to work as part of a team, with excellent communication skills

- Critical mind and high sensitivity to figures: Able to challenge figures provided

- Ability to quickly give a synthetic overview (good oral & written communication)

- Able to present confidently as there is constant interaction with senior management 

- Able to work under pressure and capable of meeting multiple deadlines

- Proactive in learning and adaptive to changes


- Proficient in Microsoft Office tools, including Excel, Word and Powerpoint

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND: Bsc/Ba. Msc/ Ma, MBA would be a plus.

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 identity.

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: 23000241
Entity: SG CIB
Starting date: 2023/03/20
Publication date: 2023/01/24