French Bank Hints Interest in Bitcoin through Job Ad

The last time SocGen and Bitcoin were “meaningfully” mentioned in a single sentence was in 2013, when its currency analyst Sebastian Galy penned a special note to their clients to explain the nature of the said digital currency. Since then, the France’s third largest bank had kept its silence on such disruptive payment technologies.

The self-inflicted jinx, though, seems to have broken with SocGen’s recent classified advertisement, in which the bank is eventfully seeking a full-time programmer with previous experiences in Bitcoin, blockchain and similar FinTech technologies.

The 12-month contract, according to the advertisement, would demand the appointed programmer to work for SocGen’s research and development on alternative financial technologies, such as Bitcoin. The roles and responsibilities include everything from creating a blockchain-like Proof-of-Concept algorithm, to gather quantitative information on the Bitcoin sector in London and elsewhere.

“The type of position that is offered is at the forefront of SocGen’s attempt at anticipating sweeping changes in the banking sector caused by Fintech and adapt to it,” the bank stated in its advertisement. “[The chosen one] will acquire strong competence on technology that will prepare [him/her] to a position of developer on Crypto-Currencies/BlockChains banking: RAD/Prototype programming.”

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