Trainee - General Accounting Group Reporting

Fixed term contract|London|Corporate and Investment Banking

Trainee - General Accounting Group Reporting

London, United Kingdom Fixed term contract Corporate and Investment Banking


Description of the Business Line or Department

The Finance Division (DFIN) is in charge of:

  • Steering the financial and budgetary strategy of GBIS, and its investment and development policy;
  • Measuring and analysing the profitability of the activities portfolio (clients, businesses, geographies) and the use of all resources (overheads, balance sheet, capital, liquidity, etc.);
  • Certifying GBIS accounts (accounting quality, valuation methods, orders options, etc., regardless of the production centres, vis-à-vis DFIN, external auditors, regulators, etc.;
  • Ensuring the necessary support and the right level of expertise on the subjects of accounting standards, taxation, scarce resources and regulation.

Summary of the key purposes of the role

  • Reporting to the SGIL Head of Reporting and General Accounting, you will be in charge to perform analysis for month-end production and reporting to SGIL Finance Management
  • Ensure Balance Sheet and Off-Balance Sheet are accurately reflected in the General Ledger through controls and analysis in place (Nostro balances, Cash at CCPs, Client balance accounts, etc)
  • Assisting in the oversight of the offshore team in charge of production.
  • Provide support in monthly account closing across all the asset classes in SGIL.
  • Automation through tactical solutions to improve day to day processes
  • Policies and procedures maintenance and controls completion
  • Managing ad hoc requests from SGIL Finance Management and DFIN business partners (Front Office, IT, Operations, Risk) 

Summary of responsibilities

  • Developing analysis and controls over the General Accounting and Group Reporting framework of SGIL.
  • Assist in new business developments and enhancements to industrialize the team production.
  • Participating in projects to Change the Bank with impact in Finance department.
  • Participating to the SGIL (papers and supporting presentation)
  • Review and update of policies and procedures documentation

Level of Autonomy and Authority

A medium degree of autonomy is required for the role as well as the ability to analytically challenge and explain or communicate findings to facilitate decision making.

Profile required


  • General knowledge on accounting knowledge
  • Higher educational background
  • Organizational skills: Time management & ability to deliver
  • Good writing ability in Word & Powerpoint (drafting notes, reports, explanative papers …)
  • Analytical & inquisitive mindset, open minded to change with the initiative to define and propose solutions
  • Ability to work under pressure, meet deadlines but also challenge requests & the approach to them
  • Ability to work with the team members globally based
  • Relationship skills to build a good working relationship with business lines, OPER, ITEC plus other Finance Departments in London, Head Office, offshored teams & other control functions.
  • Ability to think and act proactively displaying an entrepreneurial mindset and common sense
  • Willingness to expand product knowledge base and develop new skillsets


A first experience (internship/placement year) in Finance/Accounting would be desirable


Higher Education is a prerequisite. The candidate needs to have a Degree in Business Studies, Economics or any Science Degree


  • Fluent in English
  • French speaker is a plus but not mandatory for this role

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 reassignment.

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, sexual or 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: 210000BK
Entity: SG CIB
Starting date: 2021/03/08
Publication date: 2021/01/06