Middle Office ManagerBe the nerve centre of the team between
back and front office
Are you a natural facilitator? Societe Generale is waiting for you to strengthen its team of middle office managers.
In this key position, your main role will be to manage and configure client accounts as well as various products offered by the Group. You will liaise with many internal contact points such as the General Secretariat, legal and compliance departments and Banking Solutions Engineering. However, you will primarily act as the interface between front and back office and ensure the smooth transition of transactions carried out by the trading desks.
- Model complex derivative transactions
- Manage events related to product life (coupons, maturity, etc.)
- Assist the trading team
- Participate in various middle office projects related to optimising management of the activity
- Coordinate the various stakeholders
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE JOB
A trading team is a bit like a rugby team.
The middle office managers are the scrum-halves.
They liaise between the front and back offices,work out the right tactics...
in short, the brains behind the team.
You guys, you’re not paying attention!
[Experience my job
as a Middle Office Manager]
The middle office manager’s main role is to oversee the day-to-day processing of front-office operations in trading rooms,and ensure a smooth handover to the back office.
To do the job well, you have to be versatile, be familiar with the market and products,understand financial and regulatory issues,and, most importantly,have good interpersonal skills when working with different teams, day to day.
You also have to be comfortable juggling lots of different tasks, which means being organized
...and quick on your feet.
That's enough, guys!
Once the front office has placed its orders, we check that they’re compliant and enter them into our system so that the back office can
confirm the operation to our clients.
We communicate regularly with the back-office teams throughout the product’s lifespan, so we can offer our clients a quality service.
The middle office has a strategic role.
In rugby, you have to adapt to the weather and your opponents.
In the office, a bond deal requires us to adapt to our clients’ needs.
— Don’t take your eyes off the ball!
On the field, we’re short on imagination, we’re short on depth...
— Why are you talking in a southern accent?
— Because I come from the south!
Right, where were we?
Middle office managers use all their expertise to launch innovative products and incorporate them fully into our information system for a smoother transition with the back office.
— Let me show you the reserve pass.
They also automate certain complex financial products and optimize existing processes.
— And we all move forward together, nice and smooth.
A middle office manager also has to have a keen eye and a cool head, as they handle important deals every day.
It’s like having an opposing player watching your every move.
— Are you sure about the pricing for this client’s deal?
— Get this one wrong, you’ll be tackled.
— Yes, yes, I know...
...I get it!
As a central part of the team, you learn about all aspects of the market.
And you can move into operational risk, strategy, or work on compliance.
— Wait, we said "no tackles"!