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Technology Solutions.
Bring technology to life.

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About the Technology Solutions Graduate Programme

Our Information Systems teams underpin everything we do at Baillie Gifford. We know technology never stands still, and neither do we. As the largest department in the firm, we continually push to find better, more effective solutions for every business need. Today, we continue this forward-thinking approach by closely following technical trends, creating innovative teams like our AI Research function, and using the best Cloud and DevOps solutions available. We constantly strive to harness the benefits of new technologies and pass these benefits on to our colleagues across the business wherever possible.

Join us on our Technology Solutions training programme, and you’ll work with cutting-edge technology to create new business solutions. You’ll collaborate with internal clients across the firm to fully understand what they need, then work in your team and with other Information Systems colleagues to create technical systems and applications that deliver real results.

Technology Solutions is a two-year rotational programme to develop the technical and team leaders of our future. It is designed to give you an understanding of the department, the different teams that operate within it, and the range of technologies we use. So, whether you are immersed in the development of new applications or in the optimisation of our enterprise IT, you’ll join us in a permanent role from day one, receive the necessary training to broaden your skills and discover your future potential.

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“Our graduates get involved in real work as early as possible. We want them talking to people across the business, finding out what they need from their technology and creating imaginative solutions that really deliver.”

Richard McGrail,
Partner and Head of Information Systems.

Career Development

The Technology Solutions programme begins with a comprehensive three-month induction that is tailored to your level of knowledge and experience. We’ll introduce you to our programming languages, databases and cloud technologies, as well as our DevOps processes. You’ll also receive an overview of the investment management industry and ongoing support to gain the Investment Operations Certificate qualification (IOC). Following the induction, you’ll form a team with the other Technology Solutions Trainees and use Agile project management techniques to deliver your first live software for the business.

Upon completion of the project and around six months into the programme, you’ll begin a series of 2–6-month placements, each in a different Information Systems team. If you indicate a software focus, you’ll gain experience in full-stack development, working with technologies like Microsoft .NET, as well as HTML 5 platforms, and Angular. Graduates with a focus aligned to our underlying Infrastructure will help to maintain the firm’s enterprise IT, conferencing, and telecommunications environments, whilst exploring how emerging technologies can shape the future of the business. It’s an opportunity to get hands-on with technology from leading vendors, like Dell EMC, Splunk, Palo Alto, Carbon Black, VX Rail, and Microsoft 365.

It’s not just about developing your technical skills though. Your two years on the programme will be underpinned by a structured framework of professional skills training, including presentations, report writing and effective meeting techniques. And your development won’t stop there, as throughout the programme and beyond you’ll have constant opportunities to learn and progress through webinars and conferences.

Our requirements

The most important attribute you’ll need to thrive is a passion for technology.

Practical experience

In terms of your degree, it could be in any subject with a minimum 2:1 grade. We’re more interested in whether you’ve built a website, written a blog or contributed to technical forums.

Problem-solving

When we meet, we’d like to hear about your interest in emerging technology and problem-solving approach to technical challenges. Share your thoughts with us on how technology can transform businesses and make them work better. Tell us about your strengths and experiences, perhaps from an evening job or student society role, and help us see how you’ll fit into our team.

Curiosity and collaboration

Yes, you’ll need technical bias, but we’re looking for more than that. We want you to have the curiosity to ask questions and explore new ideas. You must be keen to contribute to our team environment and collaborate with anyone around our business.

Application process

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Complete our short online application form, which includes questions about why you’d like to join us and what you think you could bring to the role then attach your CV.

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If selected, you’ll be invited for a first interview with professionals from our Information Systems department. We’ll run through your CV with you and talk about the academic and professional choices that you’ve made so far, together with some competency-based questions.

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The final stage is more in-depth. You will attend an assessment centre with other applicants, where we will assess your abilities in more detail through a second interview and some practical exercises. You’ll have the chance to ask questions and meet other IT professionals, including our trainees who are currently on the programme.

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