Vice President - Real Estate Finance Australia

Permanent contract|Sydney|Corporate and Investment Banking

Vice President - Real Estate Finance Australia

Sydney, Australia Permanent contract Corporate and Investment Banking


Major Accountabilities/Principal responsibilities:

The Real Estate Finance department is part of the Global Finance – Asset Finance business line. The department offers a range of solutions to real estate investors for financing the acquisition of or refinancing office properties, retail/shopping centres, industrial / logistics and, in certain circumstances, hotels. This includes both traditional non-recourse mortgage loans and capital market financings as well as debt advisory services. The department also works closely with the Bank’s Asset Backed Products (ABP) team to provide innovative financing solutions using securitisation structures.

The department operates internationally with teams based in Paris, London, Madrid, Milan, Frankfurt, New York and Tokyo. The successful candidate will contribute directly to the Australian arm of the global Real Estate Finance business line by contributing to origination and leading the execution of mandates to facilitate tailor-made finance transactions for clients. The candidate will also introduce other internal departments to clients and transactions via cross-sales.

The candidate will:
  • Contribute to the origination of finance transactions in the commercial real estate sector in Australia. These transactions will typically be non-recourse (secured) or corporate (secured) transactions, secured by a single asset or a portfolio of assets per the guidelines prescribed for the business line.
  • Lead the structuring and execution of finance transactions including determining and negotiating financing terms & conditions, management of the due diligence process, reviewing and providing senior input into credit applications, term sheet drafting and preparation of offers and agreements.
  • Lead negotiations with clients and with SG’s internal credit team or other business units involved in the credit approval process.
  • Negotiate and execute loan documentation with external and/or internal lawyers.
  • Coordinate and working alongside SG’s loan distribution teams in the primary and/or secondary distribution of loans in accordance with the business line strategy.
  • Monitor and follow-up the client relationship and integrate business line input in the monitoring of transactions and their documented terms and conditions throughout the life of the deal (including the annual review).
  • Develop & maintain active awareness of Australia real estate market conditions and trends.
  • Facilitate close dialogue and foster strong relationships with other internal business lines integral to the success of the Real Estate Finance Department within GLBA – specifically COV (Corporate & FIG), ABP, SYN, DCM and within MARK – IFD.
  • Actively contribute to the training and development of the business line’s junior staff.

Profile required

  • Qualifications, Experience & Knowledge Required
  • University degree in a relevant discipline (business, commerce, law)
  • 5-7 years’ structured finance experience within real estate structured finance
  • Deep knowledge of real estate market conditions and trends. A strong desire to become familiar with and follow local real estate market conditions.
  • Strong numerical and modelling skills with a solid understanding of accounting concepts, financial statements and cashflows.
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel.
  • Knowledge of the main players in the real estate industry including clients, other lenders and third-party advisors including legal counsel and appraisers.
  • Strong understanding of managing risks (conduct, reputational, financial, etc.) for the business line and the organisation.
  • Australian real estate market knowledge and/or experience would be an advantage.

Behavioural competency required:

  • Ability to build and maintain trusted client relationships in a lead role.
  • Consistency and rigour in following up on clients’ needs with a focus on the team’s priorities.
  • Display a sense of ownership in the business and pride in the quality and accuracy of work presented internally and transactions executed for clients
  • Commitment to the team’s efforts in the development of the Australian real estate finance business in line with the team’s priorities and strategy.
  • Experience of working (including remotely) with people with diverse, international backgrounds and act on team priorities
  • Ability to work in a small team environment and autonomously.
  • Ability to manage self and juniors in prioritising tasks and managing competing deadlines.
  • Alignment with SG values and Code of Conduct

Business insight

Serving 31 million customers in 66 countries, Societe Generale is one of Europe's largest financial services organisations. We employ 146,000 people in 67 countries worldwide. Based on a diversified universal banking model, Societe Generale combines financial solidity and a strategy of sustainable growth. Our objective: to be the leading relationship-focused bank, a reference in its markets, close to its clients and chosen for the quality and commitment of its teams.

Societe Generale has been present in Australia since 1981. Located in Sydney, it currently provides financing and advisory, as well as global markets solutions. Leveraging the strength of its client coverage and leadership in structured finance including energy, metals & mining, infrastructure finance, together with product and service offerings such as debt capital markets, asset-back products and commercial real estate finance, Societe Generale supports its Australian wholesale clients in their financing and advisory needs, and to serve its global clients who wish to access the Australian market with global banking services. Societe Generale also provides its global markets solutions by offering futures execution and clearing, equity derivatives sales and structured product distribution.
We are currently looking for a Vice President - Real Estate Finance, Australia to join us. This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic and growing team within a fast-paced, results focused, global organisation with strong growth ambitions for the Australian business. The successful candidate will be responsible for originating and executing real estate structured finance transactions in the Australian market and will have the opportunity to build close relationships with the teams onshore and within the organisation more broadly on a regional and global basis.

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: 20000Q6Q
Entity: Société Générale Sydney Branch
Starting date: 2021/02/01
Publication date: 2020/11/24