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Senior Accountant / Financial Analyst

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Team Description:

This team (DFIN/FNA) resides inside the Finance division of SG, with primary responsibilities being accountability and responsibility for the independent production and certification of the accounting quality Profit & Loss (P&L) and Balance Sheet. Balance sheet is reviewed via daily controls, and PnL is flashed daily by this team, but fully reconciled at month-end. The team is responsible for ensuring the accuracy of the information contained on the balance sheet.

The team has both onshore and offshore components. The onshore team is located in NY\Montreal, and performs management and over-site, while the offshore team is located in Bangalore and handles most, but not all, of the production tasks. The on-shore team supervises the output of the off-shore team. The entire team is responsible for the control of accounting feeding and the reconciliation of the accounting data to back office data. A specific focus of the team is the review & reconciliation of the Balance Sheet and Off-Balance Sheet balances held and reported by GBIS. The onshore team will actively engage and resolve issues wherever necessary. The job also entails production and distribution of many schedules reflecting balances, PnL, RWA and “cost of risk” by business line. The schedules are specific to the Financing Business Lines (GLBA) are highly detailed, and accuracy is of the utmost importance.

The DFIN/FNA team is responsible for the control of the daily and monthly accounting feeding to the GL from back office systems, research, and treatment of any error in the feed process in a timely fashion. The team is the owner of the product related Balance Sheet and Off-Balance Sheet accounts and is responsible to certify and support the balances in these accounts. They are also responsible to provide internal and external auditors with adequate support and explanation of the balances, complete monthly certification and reconciliation packages.

Furthermore, the specific role here is a blended role for The Financing business lines, known as GLBA. Also, providing expertise on accounting, prudential and tax norms and ensuring the compliance of these norms.


While production for most of these tasks is off-shore, the NY team is responsible for over-site and management of the off-shore staff, and for the resolution of any issues, and the final product. The primary tasks of this role include but are not limited to the following:

  • Work transversally across the different Finance, Risk and Operations teams to assist in reconciling various control related issues.
  • Review of accounting balances, Risk Weighted Assets (RWA), Net Banking Income (NBI), cost of risk and the distribution of detailed schedules to the Business Line.
  • Working closely with RISK to review\post cost of risk levels. There are a lot of analytics in this area.
  • Identify root causes of different control break issues & partner with ITEC, Operations and other Finance business partners to put remedial solutions in place.
  • Represent the team as a subject matter expert on assorted project teams and initiatives. Working with the New Product Committee (NPC) and Accounting Policy teams.
  • Work closely with internal and external audit teams, furnishing data\answers up request, with follow-up to explain where necessary.
  • Review daily commentary on breaks by the offshore team for accuracy. Ensure that each break has an explanation, and if not, that it is actively being researched.
  • Maintain detailed off-line reconciliations for general ledger activity that is processed manually to the general ledger outside of the upstream product systems. Perform Balance Sheet & Off-Balance Sheet substantiation & sign-off.
  • Diagnose repetitive root causes that create control breaks & partner with technology and operations to implement preventative measures going forward.
  • Work closely with Operations to understand any possible impact to reported financial statements arising from outstanding control breaks around cash.
  • Work as part of various project groups designed to improve controls and efficiency.
  • Manage small to medium scale project initiatives involving individuals from diverse groups.
  • Assist with other tasks as required

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    Technical Skills

  • Strong working knowledge of diverse Capital Markets, with an emphasis on Loan and Bond financing activities. Knowledge of Loan IQ is a plus. Products in scope are commercial loans, letters of credit, derivative swaps, bonds, Foreign Exchange, placements\deposits.
  • Experience with reconciliations within a banking or financial institution.
  • Candidate must have experience working with reconciliation tools, general ledger packages, and back office processing systems.
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint. Power BI is a plus.
  • Understanding and working experience with IFRS, French and US GAAP, and the core differences in the Accounting treatments as they relate to the role.
  • Skills and Experience Needed


  • Ability to pinpoint root cause issues & implement both tactical and strategic solutions.
  • Effective problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Ability to work as a team player.
  • Ability to effectively communicate (verbal and written).
  • Good documentation skills.
  • Ability to manage large amounts of data and turn this date into meaningful analysis to respond to various inquiries.
  • Detail-oriented.
  • Strong organizational, time-management, and multi-tasking skills.
  • Experience working with strict deadlines (i.e. month-end close process).
  • Total adherence to Societe Generale’s commitment to culture and conduct.
  • Experience Needed:

  • 5-7 years of working experience in the Banking industry, specifically Investment Banking.
  • Exposure to Finance, Accounting.
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of Transaction Banking activities, with previous relevant experience.
  • Educational Requirements:

  • Bachelors Degree in Business and/or Finance.
  • Business insight

    At Société Generale, we live by our 4 core values of commitment, responsibility, team spirit and innovation. We are engaged and demonstrate consideration for others. We act ethically and with courage. We focus our talent and energy on collective success. We experiment and propose new ideas. This way, we maximize our ability to serve client needs and anticipate market changes. Société Generale is committed to strengthening bonds with colleagues, communities and the world in which we live, because relationships are at the heart of how we operate.

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