Trainee KYC OFFICER (KYC/AML/Embargo/ABC) - M/W


Trainee KYC OFFICER (KYC/AML/Embargo/ABC) - M/W

Zürich, Switzerland Internship Others


SG Zurich Branch (CIB) provides innovative financial solutions, advisory services and capital market products serving the needs of its corporate, institutional and private clients. Present in Switzerland since 1927 SGCIB Zurich Branch offers local and cross-border expertise providing a full range of financial services to its clients with a particular focus on securities, services to foreign funds, trade finance and cash management services.


You will be part of the AML/Compliance-KYC hub based in Zurich, that covers the client Onboarding and Review for all business lines of the Swiss, German, and Austrian branches of Société Générale Paris.

The position requires a natural interest and curiosity to learn about financial markets and banking activities and the ability to reprioritize tasks in order to enhance our service to the client and internal stakeholders.

Be a single point of contact / hinge between the business lines, compliance and management.

Facilitate new clients onboarding / existing clients management: perform due diligence controls, write risk assessments, validate / update client profiles.

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • Facilitate the Onboarding of new clients/the Review of existing clients by adhering to global policies and guidelines, as well as respecting all associated local, tax or other regulatory requirements.
  • Perform due diligence controls in relation to the identification and reputation of prospects (Onboarding)/clients (Review) including associated parties (directors, shareholders, beneficial owners) using internal, public and paid sources.
  • Perform a risk assessment as part of the analysis and document a formalized opinion, by focusing on the presence of potential reputational, PEP and sanction risks, as well as commenting on the purpose of the client relationship, and highlighting any other identified issues (e.g., documentation), to ensure the bank remains vigilant in the fight against money laundering and meets its regulatory obligations.
  • Validate/update the client profile in the referential systems to reflect the KYC assessment.
  • Provide advice and support to the business lines, compliance, and management to ensure a smooth functioning of the KYC processes.
  • Perform other KYC/AML support functions, such as: filtering of individuals and entities against sanctions and assisting in documentary transactions (L/C) approvals.

Profile required

Studies & experience:

  • University or business school (“FH”) graduate, with an under-graduate degree qualifying you to work in the financial sector (for example majoring in finance or economics or law or international relations).

Language skills:

  • Fluent business level English and German;
  • Additional language skills are considered a plus.

Technical, operational & Soft skills:

  • Basic knowledge of the European and Swiss financial regulatory environment (AML, PEP, tax); 
  • Good analytical and writing skills;
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills (sense of service and flexibility that are expected in support functions);
  • Good time management and ability to work autonomously.

Why join us

Société Générale Corporate and Investment Banking Switzerland is a multi-category bank offering every employee the possibility to have several careers in a professional career path. Internal mobility and training are two core areas we focus on, in a dynamic, prosperous, and evolving context.


  • Exposure to a very dynamic and international working environment
  • Great team spirit, one of our core principles
  • The chance to learn about all aspects of corporate and investment banking in a support function dealing with business lines across three countries: trade commodity finance, cash management, structured products and derivatives, bond issuance, securities services, project and real estate finance, mergers and acquisitions, IPOs etc.
  • Work closely with stakeholders in a small branch as well as globally across the bank.

As soon as you arrive, you will be integrated into our teams and will learn every day alongside our experts, who will support you in your tasks. Gradually, you will become more independent in your projects, making this experience a real career accelerator. You will also discover all the diversity of our businesses, in a sector that is constantly evolving and innovating.

At the end of your studies, various opportunities could be offered to you, in Switzerland and abroad.

Business insight

At Societe Generale, we are convinced that people are drivers of change, and that the world of tomorrow will be shaped by all their initiatives, from the smallest to the most ambitious.

Whether you’re joining us for a period of months, years or your entire career, together we can have a positive impact on the future. Creating, daring, innovating and taking action are part of our DNA.

If you too want to be directly involved, grow in a stimulating and caring environment, feel useful on a daily basis and develop or strengthen your expertise, you will feel right at home with us!

Still hesitating? 
You should know that our employees can dedicate several days per year to solidarity actions during their working hours, including sponsoring people struggling with their orientation or professional integration, participating in the financial education of young apprentices, and sharing their skills with charities. There are many ways to get involved.

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: 21000SO6
Entity: SG CIB
Starting date: 2022/01/01
Publication date: 2021/09/27