Graduate Programmes


Investment Research

Imagine a role where your creativity is held in higher esteem than your numeracy skills. A position where it’s your curiosity that counts and your potential is key. This is Investment Research at Baillie Gifford.

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Technical Infrastructure

We’re looking for technology innovators, people who are passionate about exploring the latest technology to find new business solutions. Join this two-year rotational programme and you’ll gain hands-on experience with a wide range of cutting-edge technologies at all stages of the process.

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Application Development

We’re looking for individuals who can take business challenges and transform them with technical solutions. If you have a passion for technology, then we can give you the skills to experience full stack development and the entire project lifecycle.

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Business Operations

We’re looking for people who always strive to make things better. Those people who think good, isn’t good enough. That is what you need to thrive in Business Operations. Join our two-year rotational programme for your chance to delve into the innermost workings of a global investment management business.

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This new programme is the chance to do things differently. Instead of choosing a specialism from the outset, you’ll rotate through five different departments, giving you the opportunity to experience a variety of roles while studying for your CA qualification.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When do the programmes open and close for applications?

Our programmes open for applications from mid-August, with the exception of Investment Research and Business Operations, that open in September.
- The Accountancy Programme closes on the 31st October 2019.
- Application Development and Technical Infrastructure close on the 29th November.
- The Investment Research and Business Operations Programmes close on the 31st December 2019.

Do I need to have studied a particular degree?

We welcome applicants with degrees in any subject for our Investment Research, Business Operations, Accountancy and Application Development Programmes. For Technical Infrastructure you will need an IT related degree and you also need knowledge of one programming language for Application Development.
We expect a minimum 2:1 degree for all our programmes, with a Higher/A-level or equivalent in Maths for the Accountancy programme.

Do I need to have graduated within the last three years?

There’s no time limit on how long ago you gained your degree and we welcome applicants who have gained postgraduate work experience. For our Investment Research programme, we encourage applications from Masters and PhD students.

If I’ve applied previously and was unsuccessful, can I apply again?

Yes, we’re open to candidates reapplying for our graduate programmes. However, if you received feedback from a previous interview process, we encourage you to take this feedback on board to improve your chances of success for any subsequent applications.

Where are your offices based?

Our head office is in Edinburgh and all of our interviews take place here. As all of our graduate programmes are based in our head office, if you accept a place, you’ll need to either relocate to Edinburgh or be able to commute to our Edinburgh office.

Can I work in your other international offices?

Currently, our graduate programmes are only located in our head office in Edinburgh. However, depending on your training programme, you may get the opportunity to travel. For example on the Investment Research Programme, you would typically be expected to travel both within the UK and internationally to attend conferences, visit companies and speak to experts.

What do I do if I have a special requirement and need help applying for a programme?

Just get in touch. We’ll do everything we can to make our application process accessible for you. So, if you do need our support, please contact us at [email protected] and we’ll be happy to help.

Do you sponsor international visa requirements?

We have supported individuals converting from a tier 4 to a tier 2 visa in the past. If you have a question about your specific visa circumstance please contact us at [email protected]

Who should I address my covering letter to?

There’s no need to address your application to a particular person, as your application will be reviewed by a number of people in our early careers recruitment team.

How long is the process and when are the interviews?

You’ll receive an automated response when you submit your application to confirm that we’ve received it. We aim to get back to you within eight weeks of your application. However, depending on the number of applications we receive, timescales may vary. We begin screening applications from September. Interviews are scheduled and offers are made on an ongoing basis, so we’d encourage you to apply sooner rather than later.

How will my progress be measured throughout my training?

We think it’s vital you know how you’re performing. At the end of each year you’ll have a formal review and be given feedback on your time here. You’ll also have regular formal and informal reviews with your manager to assess your progress. This is very much a two-way process, where feedback will be exchanged, and you’ll be given advice on how to progress.

When is the start date?

All our programmes start in September 2020, apart from Accountancy which starts in August 2020.

Meet the Graduates

Natalie McLaren Application Development
Israel Iduoku-Ben Technical Infrastructure
Patrick Miller Business Operations
Remya Nair Investment Research
Lucy Nguyen Accountancy

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