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General Inspection Programme

An international group, Societe Generale is a leading financial services provider in the euro zone. We are organised around three dynamic core businesses – French Networks, International Retail Banking and Corporate & Investment Banking – supported by two complementary businesses – on the one hand, Specialised Financing&Insurance and on the other hand, Private Banking, Global InvestmentManagement & Services –which enable us to provide a comprehensive range of services to our clients. Professionalism, team spirit and innovation are our corporate values, reflected in all of our actions and within the diversity of our 157,000 employees.

The General Inspection and your role:

The General Inspection Department, which works on behalf of General Management, conducts audit and advisory missions over all Societe Generale Group activities, in France and abroad. The Department has a young, international and gender-balanced team of inspectors, with around thirty recruited each year.

The key roles of the General Inspection are:

1. Conduct internal audit and advisory missions in several fields such as :

  • development strategy
  • the degree of risk management
  • human resource organisation and management
  • information systems and managing IT projects
  • quality of administrative management and accounting

2. Propose added value recommendations to top management

  • providing an assessment of risk management in the company
  • as a driving force for activity change in the short, medium or long-term by formulating operational recommendations

3. Take part in the Group’s strategic projects

  • evaluating targets for acquisition in France and abroad
  • preliminary studies before implementation of major projects
  • internal reorganisations, etc.

Your profile:

You have a degree from an engineering or business school or an institute of political studies, or you have a post-graduate qualification or a specialist master’s degree, from a French or international institution.

You have just started your carer and are recent graduate or about to graduate.

Your abilities:


  • analysing and summarizing;
  • technical and rigorous;
  • sense of responsibility;
  • adaptability and open-mindedness

The programme:


Initial training of 6months

  • Presentation of the Group and its core business
  • Specific training (financial analysis, risk management for credit institutions, audit techniques, etc.) and “field” internship in Societe Generale retail banking activities
  • Participation in missions (flexible workload, support by experienced inspectors)
  • Induction facilitated by a mentoring system involving Inspectors

Deputy Inspector (3 years)

  • Specialized seminars (financial markets, financial management, human resource management)
  • Behavioural seminars (interview techniques, management)
  • Participation in missions (as a team member and a first experience as a project leader)

Inspector (3 years)

  • Training in strategic analysis and extending banking expertise (business finance, market activity)
  • Developing managerial skills (managing employees, ad hoc internal training, 360° evaluation)
  • Seminar dedicated to top managers at a leading international university
  • Support in preparing for professional qualifications like CFA (optional)
  • Participation in missions (as a project leader)

Recruitment process:

Stage 1: Online application from 19th September 2011 until 6th January 2012
Stage 2: Written test 4th February 2012
Stage 3: The assessment centre Mid-March 2012
Stage 4: Oral test Mid-March to end April 2012