Societe Generale's tech arm wants to work with Indian startups

BENGALURU: French bank Societe Generale's Indian captive is looking to work with Indian start-ups and has changed its hiring practices to recruit from top Indian engineering colleges as it focuses on innovating for its parent company.

The Global Solutions Centre used to previously hire from tier-2 and tier-3 colleges to provide mainly back-office services that used to form the bulk of its work. Now, with the move to digital technologies, the unit's hiring profile has changed.

"In the past, we were more open in where we went to hire, but now, we are focusing on top engineering colleges. We are even hiring through hackathons. It is not at the same scale, but we are still growing," Veronique Sani, chief executive officer, Societe Generale Global Solutions Centre, told ET.

SocGen's captive employs over 8,000 people in Bengaluru and Chennai. The company has also expanded its office in Whitefield. The new office has been designed keeping in mind the company's need to attract workers who previously chose to work for a startup.

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