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BNP Paribas’ commitment to universities and schools

  • 05.12.2017

Through partnerships with schools and universities, the BNP Paribas Group attracts its future talents!

Meeting with target candidates and schools

BNP Paribas has long maintained a strong relationship with the academic world and target schools in order to attract its future talent, whether it be universities, business schools or engineering schools. The Group serves as a committed partner of the academic world. It also plays a role in curriculum planning by updating coursework so that it matches actual business needs as closely as possible. 

To promote the bank’s businesses among students and recruit high-potential candidates or future talent, the BNP Paribas Group relies on its Campus Management team, which ensures that the bank’s initiatives carried out with certain schools in France match the needs of its businesses, departments and subsidiaries. In other words, the role of Campus Management is to develop quality relationships with students and promote the Group’s businesses. In the words of Jean-Dominique Criscuolo, Manager of Partnerships and Relations with Schools and Universities, “We strongly believe that our Academic Relations play a growing role in transforming our Group.” 

We strongly believe that our Academic Relations play a growing role in transforming our Group

Campus Management

Recruiting across all businesses at BNP Paribas 

Due to the internationalization of our businesses in France, we are recruiting high-potential candidates worldwide,” underlines Jean-Dominique Criscuolo. 

As the bank’s businesses undergo rapid change, the Group has seen its recruiting needs expand in turn. BNP Paribas notably plans to recruit candidates in innovation fields and tomorrow’s businesses (cybersecurity, data, compliance, etc.). 

According to Jean-Dominique Criscuolo, "BNP Paribas comprises some 300 businesses, some of which only emerged within the last two years. Including data scientists, agile coaches, and IT inspectors, the new professions created by the digital transformation broaden the palette of the Group’s traditional businesses. In a changing world, governed by rapidly evolving international financial regulations, many new opportunities are available within our Compliance teams. This is a dynamic profession which, due to regulatory, geopolitical and societal changes, plays an increasingly central role in the crossroads of strategy and the daily actions of the bank and its customers.” 

“ BNP Paribas comprises some 300 businesses, some of which only emerged within the last two years. Including data scientists, agile coaches, and IT inspectors, the new professions created by the digital transformation broaden the palette of the Group’s traditional businesses ”

Jean-Dominique Criscuolo

Manager of Partnerships and Relations with Schools and Universities

Developing research and innovation

BNP Paribas also favors academic research partnerships to develop innovative products and services for its customers.

this partnership aims to become one of the leading research bodies in this immensely disruptive technology. It will also play a role in transforming the financial sector

In January 2017, BNP Paribas CIB notably launched a research partnership with HEC, CNRS and CNAM. Its purpose is to identify and analyze the opportunities and impact of blockchain technology from business, technological and legal/governance standpoints. 

This large-scale project will further expand in coming years, notably internationally. Gilles Deschanel, in charge of academic partnerships at BNP Paribas CIB, observes that “this partnership aims to become one of the leading research bodies in this immensely disruptive technology. It will also play a role in transforming the financial sector through publications and major events like VivaTech.” 


Recruiting under the best conditions

To promote its businesses, the Group takes part in forums put on by target schools. It also organizes its own special events to promote interaction between Group employees and potential candidates (speed meeting, scholarships, resume coaching, etc.). 

Students are also invited to discover the Group’s spaces, such as WAI Paris, WAI Massy or even the Opéra Concept Store…

Two examples of partnerships 

  1. Training and recruiting operations with Créteil University. BNP Paribas has partnered with University Paris Est Créteil Val-de-Marne (UPEC) since 2010. On May 11, 2017, the Group hosted a group of 30 Asset Management Master’s students with the aim of introducing them to its private banking businesses. 
  2. Intrapreneurship and scholarships for Sorbonne students. In late 2015, BNP Paribas signed a three-year agreement with University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, including a range of scholarship opportunities. During the 2017 academic year, Master’s students were also invited to step into the shoes of an intrapreneur and reflect on the following topic: “Innovating, rethinking and improving your university.” Accompanied by People’s LAB, the incubator for BNP Paribas intrapreneurs, students learned how to “pitch” ideas and discovered techniques offered by Business Model Canvas to structure their projects. Among the 26 applicants, 10 lucky winners received scholarships. 

Spotlight on the Excellence Program for new graduates 

Since January 2016, BNP Paribas has offered an Excellence Program targeting new Master’s level graduates (BAC+5) who show high potential. The aid program lasts 18 months and comprises three assignments of six months each. It serves as a strong career accelerator that enables participants to access high-level management positions at a faster rate. The program allows participants to discover the BNP Paribas Group and its various entities in France and abroad, build an internal and external network by working on different assignments and receive personalized assistance from a mentor and coaching firm at every step along the way. 

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