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Name: Ryan Rogowski Position: Head of Asset Manager Solutions Group - Global Markets Start Date: Sept 2009
1. Where and what did you study? Graduated from McGill University, Canada, 2000
2. Have you always wanted to work in Banking? Yes but I thought I would end up doing M&A and not in Markets!
3. Can you give one piece of advice to a woman considering a career in Banking? Same advice that I give anyone. Work hard in school and get as many internships as you can.
4. What then led you to apply for Societe Generale? SG's leadership in derivatives
5. What does your position entail? Working closely with our client base in understanding their needs, investment views and fears. Then, alongside our financial engineering group, developing solutions to meet those needs.
6. What kind of opportunities have you had within Societe Generale to get where you are now? I've had a great platform to leverage from combined with a superb team of colleagues to learn from and work with.
7. What is the working environment like at Societe Generale? Hard working, focused, but well balanced.
8. What has been your main achievement since joining Societe Generale? Apart from being part of a Team that has been recognized externally and won multiple awards for being a strong structured products House, one of the great achievements of working here, is the ability to shape careers of those coming into the business. Around 3 years ago I identified a keen Graduate from UCL, who started in my Team and has since gone on to progress successfully within our business.
9. What advice would you give to someone looking to apply to Societe Generale? Be succinct, positive and ensure that your energy, ambition and rigor are all conveyed in any CV or interview that you may have.
Name: Annie Le Foll Position: Vice President - Business Analyst Manager, Execution Services. Start Date: September 2001
1. Where and what did you study? I studied in France at University. My studies were not linked to IT/Banking, but I had the opportunity to do a 1 year training programme in Paris to be fluent in IT basics.
2. Have you always wanted to work in Technology / Banking? On leaving university, I did not know what I wanted to do for a living, but my training opportunity allowed me to try out this role and find a job in that area (analysis, development and support of applications).
3. Can you give one piece of advice to a woman considering a career in Tech / Banking? Nothing in particular, it's a suitable job for women, as it is for men. Not specific to women but it's good to know SG London is an advocate of flexible working. This really helps those who need to manage both their career and family life.
4. What then led you to apply for Societe Generale? I worked for a company that placed me at SG Paris as a contractor to develop and support applications for Traders and middle office. SG offered to hire me after one year. The main motivation for me was the mobility (functional and geographical).
5. What does your position entail? I'm responsible for a team of 10+ business analysts (permanent and contractors), in charge of understanding business needs. I write functional specifications and coordinate implementation of development and testers. I need to ensure this pool of resources is correctly assigned to our projects and priority enhancements and that we produce high quality deliverables. I also pay particular attention to training and career evolution for permanent staff.
6. What kind of opportunities have you had within Societe Generale to get where you are now? The first opportunity was to convert from a contractor to a permanent role, as a business analyst/developer (2001), and then to lead a small team. In 2004, I had the opportunity to work on a 1 year + project requiring regular business trips to the London Office (and practise my English). In 2006, I requested to work abroad, ideally in London. There was no corresponding opportunity at that moment, but I was offered a business analyst position in Hong Kong on a 3 years contract. I moved there with my family (husband and 2 daughters), where I spent 6.5 years in at SGHK! (initially as a business analyst, then as a team manager of 10 people). In 2013, I moved to London as a team manager. Even though I did not know what kind of job I wanted to do when I was a teenager or even a student, I had one aim: to work and live in London. SG helped me to achieve that dream.
7. What is the working environment like at Societe Generale? The working environment is good, we have regular team events, you can adapt your working hours, and you can regularly work from home.
8. What has been your main achievement since joining Societe Generale? The Fidessa implementation project with resources in Paris and London was a great achievement. We replaced our in house order and execution management system with the Fidessa Suite, in Europe, New York and Asia. The Europe implementation was done in a short amount of time (1 year), with no issues and a great team work. I also enjoyed building up a team of 10 people from scratch in Hong Kong comprising of business analysts, developers and testers.
9. What advice would you give to someone looking to apply to Societe Generale? If you are hired, share your wishes with your manager.
Name: David Wattebled Position: Director, Debt Capital Markets Head for Nordic Financial Institutions Start Date: 5th April 2005
1. Where and what did you study? I graduated from French Business School IPAG, which has education centres both in Paris and in Nice. I also studied in the UK as an exchange student during the first half of my last year at school, at Sheffield Hallam University, and then joined SG CIB as an intern in the Debt Capital Markets team in London.
2. Have you always wanted to work in Banking? Not necessarily, I had to do an internship abroad to obtain my degree and I was looking for opportunities in various sectors in London and in Tokyo. I was open to opportunities in the high tech, insurance and, of course, banking sector.
3. Can you give one piece of advice to anyone considering a career in Banking? In the current environment, joining a bank (and, in particular, an investment bank) can prove challenging because there are fewer positions available than in the past whilst the number of candidates has kept on rising. Therefore, if and when someone gets a chance to join the banking sector, my advice is to work hard and make sure they earn their position in the industry. Banking provides exciting career opportunities, and it is the ones who want it most who will succeed.
4. What then led you to consider joining Societe Generale? I sent my CV to a number of companies at the time, and SG was an obvious choice given its size, strength and reputation.
5. What does your position entail? I have a commercial role for the bank, consisting of trying to obtain mandates from Nordic financial institutions to lead their bond issues in the debt capital markets. In addition to its commercial and market aspects, this role entails a lot of advisory work related to the liability side of banks' balance sheets including advising on their debt rating, liability mix but also capital levels (as some form of debt instruments can qualify as regulatory capital). My clients are the CFOs, Treasurers and Head of Capital of the largest banks in the Nordic region.
6. What opportunities for travel do you have? I frequently travel to the Nordic countries (primarily Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway) but also in other regions across the globe for roadshow events and conferences. This is very exciting although naturally time consuming.
7. What is the working environment like at Societe Generale? Achieving our objectives is of course primordial. Providing this is fulfilled, the working environment can be very good. We have people from many nationalities working in the team and we often organise team events.
8. What kind of opportunities have you had within Societe Generale to get where you are now? The most important thing is to be given a chance to prove yourself, then it is up to you to seize the opportunity or not. This is what happened to me, I was given the chance to prove myself at various stages of my career and I have always worked hard to prove to my management that I was ready for the next level. Today I am heading one of the most important regions for the Debt Capital Markets business, even though I do not speak any of the Nordic languages.
9. What has been your main achievement since joining Societe Generale? My main achievement has been to successfully adapt to a client facing role from a pitch material production role which is not necessarily easy as being client facing involves a broader set of skills and naturally larger responsibilities.
10. What advice would you give to someone looking to apply to Societe Generale? You have to think about the culture of the company you are joining. Societe Generale values individuals with a long-term orientation to their career and to their relationships with clients. In my view, this is a culture that is well adapted to the new banking environment. Therefore, don't miss your chance to join us!
Name: Emilie Nguyen Emilie Nguyen joined SG in 2014 as a VIE in the SAFE team. She graduated from the engineering school ISEP in Paris and Cranfield University, studying an MSc Management and Information Systems.
Emilie says "I have been involved in CSR since joining SG. I participated in a workshop organised during lunchtime to share my experience with other students in the city. It was nice to spend time engaged in short activities with the students and a good opportunity to meet other junior employees and to learn from their experiences! Recently I organized the CSR day for our department, where the whole team spent a day volunteering in Hoxton. It was a great challenge for all of us to learn new skills (gardening and DIY!) and it was a great team building activity with good team spirit!! CSR gives the opportunities to be involved in various enriching projects and activities, meet a lot of people and has definitely helped me in improving my communication skills and enhance my planning and organisational skills."
To learn more about CSR at Societe Generale, click here.
Name: Emma Bradshaw Emma Bradshaw is an Analyst in Trade Support for Equities at Societe Generale, graduating from the University of Birmingham: "Since starting at Societe Generale two years ago, I have been involved in numerous CSR programmes including university workshops for teenagers trying to improve their UCAS applications and workshops for younger school children educating them about the Financial industry. I undertook a Graduate group project which aimed to help the CSR team to promote volunteering internally, by showing how volunteering is linked to skills development and the benefits it can have on employees and their teams. The CSR programmes offered by Societe Generale helped me to be more confident, improved my networking skills and enriched my time at the Bank."
Emma is also an active CSR Champion in her team, and helps organise CSR workshops in her office. She says "Societe Generale's CSR programme really helped with networking opportunities in my first year as a new Graduate. It is a fantastic way for new graduates to get themselves known within their own team and other departments, show their enthusiasm to Societe Generale whilst benefiting the local community."
To learn more about CSR at Societe Generale, click here.