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About the Business Operations Graduate Programme

Business Operations play a vital role in the success of Baillie Gifford. We’ve been described as ‘the oil in the machine’ – keeping everything within the business running smoothly. All the areas of Business Operations are interlinked, and what we do is critical to the success of our whole company. Whether it’s liaising with clients on accounting, processing trades or analysing operational risk, we add value at every stage of the process.

Everyone’s journey on our Business Operations Graduate Programme is different. We don’t expect you to know where you want to specialise, and so our rotational programme is designed to help you explore your interests and the different opportunities available. Your first two years are about getting a broad overview of Business Operations as you experience a series of placements across the firm. Discovering other teams and building strong networks, you’ll meet people from across the business, including the partners who own the firm.

We’re looking for Baillie Gifford’s leaders of the future, so we have designed our training programme to help you discover your own style of leadership. Through a wide range of placements in different areas of the firm, you’ll get directly involved in the work of the departments and experience the varied management styles within the business. You’ll also be given real responsibility and the chance to be involved in live projects that could make a lasting difference to the firm.

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“We are seeking individuals who can use their drive, initiative and determination to create success, not just for Baillie Gifford but also for their own career.”

Dickson Jackson,
Graduate Programme Sponsor.

Career Development

During your rotational programme, you’ll complete six 3 ½ month placements in our different business streams: Clients Department Operations, Professional Services, Investment Services and Investment Operations. Following the placement in each of these four areas, your fifth rotation will be project-based, giving you the chance to work on one of our many cross-firm improvement projects.  Finally, during your sixth placement, you’ll get the option to spend time with another Operations area of your choice or apply for an international placement at one of our international offices, such as Dublin, New York or Hong Kong.

Throughout the programme, as well as constant on-the-job training, you’ll follow a structured development plan. This involves training in a range of professional skills designed to help you explore different management techniques and shape you into a future leader within our business. In year one, this includes guidance on how to understand and relate to others, time management, and networking. The courses will have more of a leadership focus in year two, including topics such as problem-solving in complex environments, coaching skills and becoming a resilient leader. You’ll also receive tutoring and study leave to gain the Investment Operations Certificate (IOC) and Investment Management Certificate (IMC) qualifications. And at every stage, you’ll have the support of a dedicated buddy, a senior year group mentor (usually an Operational Partner) and a department host too.

 

With this solid foundation, after two years you’ll go on to develop your skills as either a project, team or technical leader, completing a further two or three 12 to 18 month placements in different teams. This is your opportunity to find out where your specialisms lie and to explore your full potential, while searching for ways to help us find ours.

Our requirements

It doesn’t matter what background you come from, as we will give you all the support you need to build and develop your skills to be a future business leader. At Baillie Gifford it’s your individuality that’s your strength. If you’re an inquisitive thinker and strive to understand how things work, you would be an ideal fit for our Business Operations Graduate Programme.

People, not degrees

We’re not looking for graduates with a particular degree. Instead, we’re looking for people who are critical-thinkers and real team players. It’s your thirst for knowledge and problem-solving skills that we need, which is why our trainees come from a wide range of disciplines – everything from Geography and Physics to Business and Politics.

A passion for business

We’re proud to have a diverse team, where each member brings their unique set of talents and experiences to their role. Although we’re completely open-minded about your background, you must have a passion for business. You should be fascinated by the way organisations work and want to strive to make them better.

Adaptable

Throughout the programme you’ll constantly be moving between teams and meeting new people. So, we want to see a flexible approach and the networking skills that will enable you to build relationships across the firm and get the most out of each placement.

Application process

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Complete a short online application form. We will review your application to find out more about you and assess whether you have the skills, attributes and curiosity to make a good Business Operations graduate.

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If you are successful in the first phase, we will invite you for a first interview with some of our Business Operations professionals. We will explore your application in more detail, talk about the academic and professional choices that you’ve made so far, together with some competency-based questions that assess your abilities and experience.

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The final stage of interviewing is the most in depth. You will attend an assessment centre with other applicants which will include a second interview and a group exercise. You will also have the chance to speak informally to current graduates, managers and the Early Careers Team about Baillie Gifford.

Meet our People

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Jack Henry Business Operations
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Jack Keating Business Operations
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Ishika Roy Chowdhury Business Operations
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Caroline Prigg Business Operations
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Sam Rooke Business Operations
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Laura Johnstone Business Operations

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