Trainee - Advisory & Financing Group


Trainee - Advisory & Financing Group

London, United Kingdom Trainee Others


Description of the Business Line or Department

GLBA/IBD/AFG is responsible for the delivery of rating and acquisition finance-related services.

Financing activities for strategic acquisitions (excluding financing activities for acquisitions on the Technologies-Media-Telecom sector) for "investment grade" and "non-investment grade” clients:

  • Financing of strategic acquisitions for GLBA corporate clients, as well as certain major French groups covered by the Retail Banking Network in France, which are identified by name
  • Strategic analysis in terms of financing and optimisation of the client’s capital structure, with the other GLBA BLs
  • Strategic analysis in terms of financing of any requirement relating to a merger, demerger or any significant change to the client's scope of consolidation

Providing guidance to the Bank’s corporate clients on external ratings and on questions related to rating agencies’ methodologies, agency credit views and debt capacity benchmarking

Summary of the key purposes of the role

  • To be involved in the origination and execution of acquisition finance and/or rating advisory mandates
  • To actively participate in the provision of integrated debt structuring/capital structure/rating advisory/acquisition finance solution to key clients of the bank and in the promotion of SG’s offer in loan and capital markets, in close connection with coverage and corporate finance

Ethics and regulatory requirements

  • Is pro-active in respect of conduct, behavioral and compliance culture matters; to contribute to the positive compliance culture within team
  • To respect rules to protect the bank’s interests
  • To pay utmost attention to risk of breach of professional and business ethics
  • To act to protect the bank’s and clients’ reputation
  • To be knowledgeable about the Code of Conduct, and the risk and compliance rules of her/his activity
  • To be aware and compliant with the bank’s regulatory policies, including inter alia insider information management, Chinese walls, clear desk policies, personal investment policy, email classification, contact with investment research, gift and entertainment policy, use of disclaimers in pitches or documents

Summary of responsibilities

  • In conjunction with CORI and other GLBA B/Ls and under the supervision of senior members of the team, to assist in the pitching of targeted clients in order to originate acquisition finance/rating advisory mandates, and to provide guidance on debt structuring/capital structure/debt raising/rating matters
  • To assist in multi-products pitch and execution
  • To deliver solid modeling/financing material
  • To contribute to establish close cooperation between AFG and other GBIS B/Ls to provide clients with innovative financing/rating solutions and best execution
  • To be able to identify some opportunities to cross-sell SG’s full product range

Origination and execution

  • To produce and/or participate in the production of timely and accurate financial models, marketing material/pitches, credit/rating analyses
  • To assist in carrying out due diligence when applicable
  • To participate (when relevant) to the assessment of the feasibility of transactions/mandates, including underwriting and capital commitment, in light of available resources and profitability metrics
  • To get acquainted with mandates, term sheets, legal documentation in conjunction with external/internal counsel (where applicable) produced and reviewed by senior member of the team
  • To assist in mandates/deals execution in a timely manner, in full compliance with SG’s internal procedures (and in close contact with closing/back office managers when applicable)
  • To be aware of and ensure continued usage (under the supervision of a more senior member of the team) of the appropriate presentation, credit, rating, underwriting, legal documentation as per prevailing compliance standards, and to act responsibly within agreed credit risk limits
  • To contribute to the compliance with all internal and regulatory procedures, including but not limited to compliance with Chinese walls, insider lists, conflict checks, management of confidential/insider information, KYC, MIFID (when relevant) and all related aspects
  • To adequately contribute to the reporting to AFG management and COO of information related to ongoing transactions including permanent supervision, exposure management and escalate problems appropriately

Other responsibilities

  • To contribute to develop and promote AFG and the acquisition finance/rating advisory franchise/products with clients and within SG
  • To keep abreast of new market/sector/methodologies/products developments and leverage them with client and internally in the implementation of origination strategies
  • To be aware of operational risks and respect guidelines defined by the bank in order to prevent them, including meeting all internal compliance rules and compliance with SG’s code of conduct

Profile required


Strong credit/rating analysis and origination skills

Financial modelling

Strong accounting and finance understanding

Time and project management

Teamwork, initiative, pro-activity

Communication skills

Negotiation/presentation skills

Strong command of English

Microsoft Office skills (including Word, Excel, Powerpoint)

Capacity to contribute to the execution with a large degree of autonomy of AFG mandates and deliver marketing pitches, under close supervision of senior and experienced professionals of the team.

Ideal past experience – Investment Banking, Acquisition Finance, Leveraged Finance, High Yield, Credit analyst, Structured Finance, Ratings Advisory.

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: 22000V9G
Entity: SG CIB
Starting date: 2023/02/06
Publication date: 2022/11/03