Senior Business Architect

Permanent contract|London|Innovation / Project / Organization

Senior Business Architect

London, United Kingdom Permanent contract Innovation / Project / Organization


Description of the Business Line or Department

The aim of our Service Unit (GBSU) is to deliver day-to-day services to GBIS Business Units and their clients to accelerate the transformation. GBSU is organised under the following structure:

  • A transversal client group
  • Eight service and product orientated entities
  • A transversal data entity
  • Seven centres of expertise

Within each of these groups are dedicated Information Technology (IT) teams who are aligned with the mandate of the Support Unit groups.

The aim of the IT teams of GBIS is to translate ideas into action by combining the strength of expertise in IT with a deep understanding of investment banking.

IT works to ensure that it delivers the services the businesses need to compete and to serve Société Générale's clients. The objective is to deliver production services in a well-controlled and cost-effective way, and to deliver competitive application systems and infrastructure that allow GBIS to grow its business in existing and new markets, launch new products and take advantage of new opportunities when they arise.

  • Delivering IT services and solutions that enable GBIS to deliver its business objectives.
  • Ensuring a cost effective, high quality, flexible and well controlled production service for business applications systems and IT infrastructure (service delivered by RESG/GTS).

Facilitating entry to new markets, compliance with regulatory rules, growth in needs, adherence to market business volumes, and operational efficiency improvements in our overall front to back processing environment.

Summary of the key purposes of the role

The Business Architect is a functional specialist, working with all stakeholders from all Business units and related parties, to define and document Business needs, software requirements and technical designs.

The BA advises, reports and alerts to optimize and enhance solutions favouring the delivery of value:

1. Ensure business requirement analysis activities

2. Ensure the functional design of the product delivered by the team

3. Ensure functional quality of the product contributes to Production stability

4. Support the members of the team in their functional activities

5. Ensure integration of the product in the IS in sync with the functional architect

Summary of responsibilities


1. Ensure business requirement analysis activities

- Analyse business requirements based on prioritization given by Product Owner (PO)

- Study impacts of business requirements advising on options, risks & costs

- Help the PO and the team in deconstructing requirements into detailed stories

- Translate requirements into cases into Functional Specification documents

2. Ensure the functional design of the product delivered by the team

- Support knowledge of the team on the business process with the help of the PO

- Research to determine if solutions currently exist within or outside the business unit

- Inspire team to search for the optimal functional solution and facilitate related activities

- Understand technical constraints and participate to the product design

- Prepare the design options for PO decision after team consultation

3. Ensure functional quality of the product and Production stability

- Analyse functional change impacts on current production SLA & OLA

- Contribute to the BDD activities by providing users scenarios

- Contribute to the functional testing strategy definition and to functional testing activities

- Contribute to deployment through functional pre-requisites and post-deployment checks

- Contribute to functional support activities of the team

- Contribute to users change management (on-line help, training) led by the PO

4. Support the members of the team in their functional activities

- Train new joiners and team members functionally on the product

- Help team members in solving their functional issues

5. Ensure integration of the product in the IS in sync with the functional architect

- Analyse impact of product design on IS functional architecture

- Understand and take into consideration technical architecture constraints

- Contribute with Functional Architect in the choices of implementation within the IS


Project/Program Management

  • Hands on ownership across one or more projects/business initiatives
  • Responsibility for all aspects of Project/Programme documentation
  • Status tracking and reporting
  • Dependency tracking and project related control documents
  • Project budget management
  • Agile PM methodology


  • Good level of understanding of Business workflows
  • Cross product knowledge but with in-depth knowledge of exchange traded listed derivatives
  • Front-to-back trade flows and supporting technology knowledge
  • Extensive Regulatory Reporting knowledge (particularly around MiFID II)


  • Senior business, compliance and technology face-off
  • Strong communication, organizational skills
  • Experience with external parties including vendors and Exchanges


- Participate to Technical Architecture Leagues of his/her Unit

- Participate to Technical chapter of his/her tribe

If a member of an Architecture League (business or technical)

If they belong to an Architecture League, then they share, with their Business Line Technical Architect (BLTA) and other Business Analysts (BA), the responsibility of the definition and implementation of the IS strategy of their area. They are also in charge of consistency within their IT unit as well as alignment with the overall GBIS IS.

If a member of a chapter:

Ensure the Feature Team is aligned with chapters related guidelines and practices (e.g. if member of Production Support Chapter, he/she ensures other team members follows Production Support processes and best practices given by the chapter).

Ensure proper deployment of technical strategy up to Production within delivery teams:

  • Promotes / communicates it.
  • Ensures proper adoption / usage of all global technical foundations.

Promote and explain value of the IS strategy to other key stakeholders

Conduct Responsibilities

  • Responsibility to adhere to internal Policies that relate to you, your business or other businesses for which you have any level of responsibility.  It is your responsibility to ensure compliance with operational and conduct risk requirements (e.g data leakage, security policies and regulatory requirements). 
  • Adhere to individual and where applicable department conduct rules in accordance with the FCA and PRA Code of Conduct rules
  • Responsibility for managing, controlling, preparing and escalating risk within the scope of your position and in line with existing policies.
  • Responsibility to ensure that you take reasonable steps to be fully aware of, understand and comply with all regulatory requirements from all regulatory and statutory bodies, trading venues, etc  that are applicable to your role and business line.
  •  To assist in the self-identification of all conduct related issues. Ensure escalation to appropriate stakeholder or function whether internal or external.
  • Adhere to business line mandates relevant to the role as directed by your manager


  • This description is intended to outline the main responsibilities for the role and is not an exhaustive list, responsibilities may vary from time to time as directed by your manager.

Profile required

Technical skills: (Section to be reviewed and updated by line manager)

  • Strong understanding about the Business Line being supported
  • Excellent knowledge of the regulatory reporting requirements contained within the MiFID II framework
  • Strong SQL abilities to allow for data analysis tasks to be performed

Behavioural competencies: (Section to be reviewed and updated by line manager)

  • Effective Communication (verbal and written) and Presentation skills
  • Flexible and Adaptable
  • Ability to make and implement strategic decisions
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Sound analytical skills
  • Team player, proactively shares information and collaborates with others
  • Take ownership of responsibilities and if applicable projects
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to interact comfortably with a variety of businesses, management and control functions across the bank.
  • Excellent stakeholder Management Skills
  • Individual contributor to competencies defined by SG Leadership Model
  • Ability to develop relationships based on trust and professionalism

Language requirements if applicable are as defined to support the role purpose and coverage areas. (English is the business language for SG).

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: 21000UWN
Entity: SG CIB
Starting date: 2021/12/13
Publication date: 2021/10/15