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“Ace Manager”: 8th round of the BNP Paribas international online game for university students

BNP Paribas is inviting entries for its “Ace Manager” online game, which is aimed at raising its profile at universities throughout the world, for the eighth year running. This international game, which is based on case studies in the banking sector, is open to all audiences.

Everyone can take part, but only students under the age of 26 (at the Bachelor's or Master's Degree level) who put together a team of three people (all under 26) will be eligible for inclusion in the global ranking. The final round and awards will remain reserved for students, although everyone can take part in this venture. BNP Paribas is offering everyone – young professionals, pensioners and business leaders alike – the opportunity to find out about the real economy, to step into a banker’s shoes, and throw themselves into a business venture. Everyone will be able to improve their business English, and take part in an extraordinary 3-D experience for 3 weeks!


The game takes place in the fictional Universe-City, where an extraordinary discovery is about to set a series of unprecedented of events in motion. During the online stage of the game, the participating teams will be required to test their ability to perform various banking tasks via several “finance case studies” in which Marketing, Management and Business concepts will be addressed. Their assignment is to find the best solution to support their clients in developing their business! To fulfil this assignment, students will have to meet many challenges relating to the Bank's two main business areas – Retail Banking & Services and Corporate & Institutional Banking.

“Ace Manager 2016” has been designed with BNP Paribas’ hands-on bankers, in order to increase the Bank's attractiveness to young people throughout the world. BNP Paribas’ goal is to become a preferred employer brand for students throughout the world. A world-wide network of Ambassadors has been rolled out in order to promote the Business Game at universities and/or Higher Education Institutions. These ambassadors took part in the previous Ace Manager round.

The Stages of the Game

  • This international competition will take place in English. Only one session will be open to students in order to address a greater number of financial topics.
  • Registrations must be completed at (unavailable link).
  • Dates to bear in mind:
    • Registration: 1 October 2015 -> 13 April 2016
    • Online game: 20 April 2016 -> 10 May 2016
    • Final -> June 2016
    • Awards ceremony -> end-June 2016

Candidates who are selected for the final will be required to complete one last challenge, and will be assessed by a panel of experts consisting of emeritus professors from the participating higher education institutions and members of BNP Paribas’ management.


All the teams who reach the final will receive an award:

  • the winning team will receive €6,000 and a trip to Paris;
  • the second-placed team will receive €3,000;
  • the third-placed team will receive €1,500;

All the finalists will also receive tickets to a tennis event.

The previous Ace Manager round attracted almost 20,000 students from 125 countries across five continents. Over one million students from around the world have been in contact with the BNP Paribas brand during every round of the competition. Moreover, the Ace Manager website has attracted over 400,000 visitors in total, while the Facebook community now has almost 37,000 fans. 

Over 70% of BNP Paribas’ employees are outside France. The Group hires people from very diverse backgrounds, and offers an array of over 300 different jobs throughout the world

Recruitment at BNP Paribas

Every year, BNP Paribas hires a large number of talented people. In 2015, the Bank is planning to recruit 2,500 permanent staff in France, while also offering more than 260 overseas internships throughout the world and end-of-course internships to some 1,100 college students in France. The Group strongly believes in the value of work-study programmes and will be taking on 1,850 new ‘sandwich course’/apprenticeship students this year at all levels of the Bank. BNP Paribas follows the basic principle of recruiting staff for the long term. Accordingly, the Group provides individual career management, with each employee receiving support and assistance from a dedicated HR team throughout his/her career, job moves and new directions. The Bank also runs highly specific employee development and skills training programmes. Given the wide variety of job profiles across the Group, many employees are able to build a career based on frequent job changes within a particular business line or department, between business lines/departments, and /or through moves to other geographical locations.

About BNP Paribas

BNP Paribas has a presence in 75 countries with more than 185,000 employees, including almost 145,000 in Europe. It ranks highly in its two core activities: Retail Banking & Services (comprised of Domestic Markets and International Financial Services) and Corporate & Institutional Banking. In Europe, the Group has four domestic markets (Belgium, France, Italy and Luxembourg) and BNP Paribas Personal Finance is the leader in consumer lending. BNP Paribas is rolling out its integrated retail banking model across Mediterranean basin countries, in Turkey, in Eastern Europe and a large network in the western part of the United States. In its Corporate & Institutional Banking and International Financial Services activities, BNP Paribas also enjoys top positions in Europe, a strong presence in the Americas and solid and fast-growing businesses in Asia-Pacific.