Founded in 1864 to support the development of trade and industry, Societe Generale is one of the leading financial services groups in Europe. Based on a diversified universal banking model, financial solidity with a strategy of sustainable growth, and aims to be the reference for relationship banking, recognized on its markets, close to clients, chosen for the quality and commitment of its teams.
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If you’re interested in working at Societe Generale, understanding when they have opened up applications for their graduate programs, graduate jobs and internships is helpful knowledge to have so you know when you might need to apply. Use the below information to see when Societe Generale hires graduates, but more importantly what graduate degree’s and other student attributes they target for their jobs.
A solid presence in Asia Pacific
Societe Generale’s first presence in Asia dates from the 19th century. Today, we have offices in 11 countries across Asia Pacific.
With our regional headquarters in Hong Kong – a core hub of the worldwide Societe Generale Group – we employ close to 8,000* employees in the region. Our expertise here ranges from corporate and investment banking to asset management, securities services, global transaction banking and specialised financial services.
*As per 1 January 2017.
We are the Relationship Bank
Hong Kong (Regional Head Office)
Hong Kong is the center of Societe Generale’s operations in the Asia Pacific region. Here, we partner with our clients from across all industry sectors, to tailor solutions for them by capitalising on our worldwide expertise in investment banking, global finance and global markets.
At Societe Generale we build careers together. In a fast-changing, diverse and international workplace full of opportunities we help you to fulfil yourself professionally by providing advanced tools and programmes to support your development, as well as a supportive culture and mind-set to help you to grow and excel.
Our activities in Asia Pacific are centred on Corporate & Investment Banking (Advisory, Financing and Global Markets), Asset Management, Securities Services, Global Transaction Banking and specialised financial services.
For candidates with a non-financial background, we offer career opportunities in a diverse range of roles and positions in expert-areas like IT, Legal & Compliance, Operations and more.
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Looking to develop your career?
Final year students or recent graduates of Bachelor or Master degree from any disciplines with excellent academic results
Our Graduate Program is a two-year elite program with the following aims:
- Provide you with a unique opportunity to kick off your dream career
- Build solid foundations for your future growth and development
- Give you a chance to contribute to the development and success of the bank
During the two-year program, intensive and comprehensive talent management approach will be adopted to develop your skills and professional expertise:
Structured Training Curriculum
Strong emphasis is put on the value of direct education, with a structured curriculum throughout the two years designed to continuously develop your technical, inter-personal and presentation skills. This will come in the form of classroom training, in-house sharing sessions and e-learning modules.
This will include coaching, multi-source feedback, Mentor-mentee Scheme, buddy system, opportunities to interact with members of senior management and a range of valuable networking opportunities. You will have regular access to Human Resources Business Partners and business leaders for coaching and advice, while constructive feedback will enable you to measure your performance.
We believe that learning through doing is a vital step to develop your expertise. As such, through our program you will take on functional attachments (rotations) before moving into the long-term job placement that will the best correspond to your competencies and personality.
After successful completion of the two-year rotational program, Graduates will be on track for increased responsibilities and career growth opportunities. They will be promoted and will integrate one specific team which corresponds the best to their profile within the bank.
There are two streams under the Graduate Program (Global Markets OR Global Finance & Investment Banking).
1. Global Markets
You will be part of the Global Markets group which brings together the Equities, Fixed Income & Currencies capabilities with the objective of providing investors with one integrated multi-asset market solutions team.
You will take on three eight-month rotations amongst the following teams.
For your first rotation, you will join one of the following transversal functions:
- Global Markets Marketing
- COO Group
- Global Research
Depending on your profile, you will follow either a Sales Stream OR a Trading Stream for the second and third rotations.
For the Sales Stream, the second and third rotations will be:
- As a Sales Assistant, you will service different types of clientele (Hedge Funds, Corporates, China Desk) or asset classes (Fixed Income, Credit, FX, Cash Equity, Equity Derivatives, Commodities).
- As a Strategist Assistant, you will contribute to the creation of trade ideas through the production of customized graphs, back-testing and marketing documents.
For the Trading Stream, the second and third rotations will be:
- As a Trading Assistant, you will support the desks covering Flow Products, Exotic Products or Prime Brokerage activities within any of the asset classes covered by our Hong Kong teams (Fixed Income, Credit, FX, Listed and OTC Equities).
- As a Pricing Engineer Assistant, you will price simple structured products for our distribution clientele (Private Banks and HNW retails), enhance existing tools to analyze product suitability and develop bespoke pricing tools in Python and VBA.
2. Global Finance & Investment Banking
Coverage and Investment Banking division offers a global coverage approach focused on strategic dialogue with clients. Building on long-term relationships based on trust, CORI promotes to clients the whole range of services offered by SG CIB and the Group, with a particular focus on investment banking and commercial banking activities. Building on a comprehensive coverage set-up and investment banking platform, the teams collaborate in a complementary manner to accompany their clients with the utmost expertise.
Global Finance provides our issuer clients (corporates, financial institutions, public sector) with capital raising solutions, along with structured financing and commodities, forex and interest rate hedging. Developing tailor-made products and providing strategic advice (capital structure advisory, financing schemes and capital markets) based on our worldwide expertise and in-depth sectorial knowledge, we aim to meet their financing needs. We are a top player across euro debt capital markets and won many international accolades over the years as a worldwide leader in export, project and natural resources & energy finance.
You will take on two twelve-month rotations amongst the following teams:
- Financial Institutions Client Coverage
- Client Relationship Management
- Corporate Finance
- Client & Credit Group
- Export Finance
- Natural Resources and Infrastructure
- Advisory and Financing Group
- Debt Capital Markets
Final year students or recent graduates of Bachelor or Master degree from any disciplines with excellent academic results and the following qualities:
- Strong leadership potential and interpersonal skills
- Good commercial acumen
- Superior analytical, critical-thinking and communications skills
- Self-motivated, mature, and possessing a strong drive for excellence
- Open to different ideas and cultures and enjoy being part of a team
- Ability to solve problems and propose new ideas
- Excellent command of English
Looking to develop your career?
Recent graduates with a Bachelor or Master degree
Trainee opportunities are available throughout the year across all areas. We offer you the opportunity to gain in depth knowledge and exposure within an identified department. Our trainees are part of our GeneratioNext programme. You will have support in the form of an induction, networking events such as monthly drinks for juniors, discovery such as “lunch and learns” and career advisory support.
Discover here all our open Trainee positions in our office in Hong Kong.
Looking to jump start your career?
Students currently studying towards a Bachelor or Master degree.
We offer internship opportunities during which you will gain exposure and discover the Corporate and Investment Banking environment as a start to your career growth. Summer and winter internship opportunities are available in all our business lines and support functions. We look for students who we can invest in for future trainee opportunities once you graduate.
Discover here all our open Intern positions in our office in Hong Kong.
Ready for your career to soar?
Graduates with previous work experience
To join Societe Generale within a permanent opportunity, you would either need to have gained previous work experience or come through our Trainee Programme having displayed a high level of performance and commitment during this time. Should you make a positive impression as a trainee you will have the opportunity to potentially join Societe Generale on a full-time basis.