Applications have now closed for the 2022 intake
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. And as a result, we have often been early adopters of new technologies, and were one of the first UK companies to implement virtualisation and VOIP services. 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.
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 as a whole, the different teams that operate within it, and the range of technologies we use. There are two streams to select from – Software Development and Technical Infrastructure. Whichever specialism you choose, you’ll join us in a permanent role from day one and receive the necessary training to broaden your skills and discover your future potential.
“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.”
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 3-4 month placements, each in a different Information Systems team. If you apply for the Software Stream, you’ll gain experience in full stack development, working with technologies like ASP.NET Core, as well as HTML 5 platforms, Angular, iOS Mobile Development and Android. On our Infrastructure Stream, you’ll help to maintain the firm’s IT, conferencing and telecommunications suite, 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, Cisco, Splunk, Palo Alto and Bloomberg.
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.
The most important attribute you’ll need to thrive is a passion for technology.
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. For our Software Stream, knowledge of a programming language will give you a head start.
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.
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.
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. Select whether you are applying for the Software Development or Technical Infrastructure Stream, then attach your CV.
If selected, you’ll be invited for a first interview with our Software or Infrastructure professionals. We’ll run through your CV with you, talk about the academic and professional choices that you’ve made so far, together with some competency-based questions.
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.
De Montford University, Software Engineering
I really enjoyed my induction at Baillie Gifford. I was looking for a graduate career that combined my interests in technology and finance and found just that. Along with an industry overview, the induction covered Baillie Gifford’s investment approach and provided full support to study for the Investment Operations Certificate. At the same time, we learnt the different programming languages used by the firm. Following the induction, we began work on our graduate trainee group project. This was a great opportunity to experience the full project lifecycle and develop our stakeholder relationship skills.
At around six months into the programme, I joined my first team on a one-year placement. They worked with the Clients department, and I was part of a project that streamlined the process of storing fund ratings from various agencies. The new application automated the process of fetching information from ratings agencies like Morning Star, enabling the Clients department to access it and put it into fact sheets. I’m now onto my next placement, upgrading the front office systems that manage restrictions on orders placed by the Investment teams.
Two years ago, when I was still a student, I came to Edinburgh to see the Fringe Festival, that was when I decided I really wanted to work in the city, and Baillie Gifford has been very supportive of that transition. When you join the firm, they give you a starting bonus which helps towards finding a flat and relocation costs. I now live with one of the other graduates in the Information Systems department, just a 20-minute walk from the office. Edinburgh is one of the best cities I have lived in. The architecture is inspirational, and I like to walk up Arthur's Seat and around the hills in the Pentlands.
Your technical skills really aren’t the most important thing here. The firm is more interested in the different perspectives that you can bring to the team. The trainees in my year group come from very different backgrounds. We’ve got someone who studied Electrical Engineering and another who did a PhD in Physics. When we started the graduate project, we all brought something different to the team, and we all learnt together. At Baillie Gifford, it’s imperative to have an open mind and a willingness to learn from others.
Head of Applications and Project Delivery - Client Facing Systems
Strathclyde University, Computer Science
I’ve had a varied career here so far and have been involved in many different things across different departments and areas of the firm. At Baillie Gifford, they give you the freedom to move around and experience new roles and functions. I like to push things forward and enjoy change, and I am delighted to have been part of such a progressive firm for this long.
I started as a graduate trainee, and since completing the programme, I have progressed from developer, to technical lead and then delivery manager. I am now head of applications and project delivery (client-facing systems) and responsible for driving optimisation, automation and digitisation by delivering custom in-house built applications and the procurement of best in class third-party software. Over the years, I have had to juggle work with bringing up two small children, and the firm has been really supportive and flexible whilst still encouraging me to develop and progress in my career.
My role has a wide range of responsibilities and a unique vantage point across the business because I work on projects firm-wide. I am involved in creating the future digital strategy, turning that strategy into action and driving the action points forward. I am also a people manager for a large area, and seeing individuals progress and their confidence build through time never fails to make me happy.
As part of my role, I attend various technical and financial conferences. One notable conference was in Silicon Valley itself, where I met with and talked to start-up companies, exploring what’s new in the marketplace to see what might be the right fit for Baillie Gifford. You don’t have to be here for ten years to get more involved in the strategy and development of the department. There are opportunities for everyone, including our graduate trainees, to contribute to focus groups on things like our web standards or our future technology estate.
Glasgow Caledonian University, Networking & Systems Support
When I think about it, I’m amazed at how much I’ve achieved during my time here. I enjoy pushing myself, and I’ve challenged myself on C# and SQL in particular. I’ve found that there are lots of opportunities to learn about new technologies, as well as build from scratch. Unlike what happens at university, where it’s all just theory, it’s great to see something that the business will use.
Earlier in my career here, I had the opportunity to work in our smaller New York office on a three-month secondment. That was an amazing experience at every level. I was the face of IT and didn’t want to let the IS team down! I worked closely with a third-party support vendor and implemented new tech including, Cisco Meraki and an ACS server. It was interesting work, and I learned a lot in a short time. I would thoroughly recommend this to any future graduate.
Back in Edinburgh, I’m working on rolling out the cloud networking Meraki system to this office and beyond. I’m also part of a project team rolling out Bomgar for remote support. It’s great to be the networking team member on these kinds of projects. I enjoy pushing myself, and I’m pleased with the breadth of day-to-day tasks generally. I want to continue to learn about technologies used within the server or networking teams and improve my trouble-shooting skills.
Napier, Cyber Security and Digital Forensics
In Italy, I worked as a computer technician for eight years but seen little opportunity to progress. I decided to study in Scotland after I came to visit a friend and saw there were more technical jobs available here. In my final year of university, I applied for a lot of roles. Many of the interviews were quite dehumanising, but Baillie Gifford was different. They made me feel really comfortable. They were more interested in my personal experience, than all the technical details. They’re looking to get to know you and find out if you’re someone they can invest in.
I received a very comprehensive induction that included technical training on SQL, Palo Alto, VM Ware and Azure. There was also a lot of support to help us gain the Investment Operations Certificate. Studying for this qualification was really useful as I only knew a little about finance when I started. Our induction also included soft skills training, such as speaking in public, body language and the importance of words for effective team working. As we did a lot of our induction with the other Technology Solutions and Business Operations graduate trainees, it was a great way to get to know everyone on the different programmes.
Since joining Baillie Gifford, I’ve been involved in live jobs and received real responsibilities. One of the highlights was working on the Microsoft Edge Browser upgrade across 1500 computers. I was out of my comfort zone as the job lay outside of my experience and skill set. However, I got a lot of support from the team and time to write a background study on the topic. As part of the project, I helped write the policy for the upgrade – what it can and can’t do for the users. First, that had to be signed off, and then there were three phases of testing. In all, it took three months to complete, and now everyone in the company is using it.
One of the stand-out moments for me was when, a month into my placement on the Infrastructure Service Delivery team, we all went into lockdown. The decision in March was that we would all work from home with immediate effect, and the Information Systems department had a fundamental part in making this happen. I was really impressed by the firm’s contingency planning. There was already a well-communicated plan for the scenario, and we all knew our responsibilities. My particular job was to help with transferring the phone lines to the already equipped computer system. Then, just a few days after the announcement, everything was in place and ready to go.
Communication is crucial. Everyone says that but, when you work with massive systems and a wide range of technologies, many different people are involved, and you all need to be on the same page. You also deal with lots of people around the business daily, so you also have to be good at explaining things in both technical and non-technical terms.
Robert Gordon University, Information & Network Security MSc
I applied to multiple firms because I wanted to find the right fit, but Baillie Gifford really stood out. The whole interview process is very personal and, since I’ve joined, it’s like being a member of an extended family. I’ve hardly felt out of place, and my colleagues always make themselves available to answer any questions I might have or help me through any difficulties.
One of the most challenging aspects of the programme was getting to know all the internal processes at the firm. It takes time to learn how everything fits together, but there are always people on hand to help. My mentor was always there if I needed to talk, either on a personal or professional level. There was also ongoing support from my programme manager, who I met regularly on each specific rotation. You’ll always get what you need if you ask the right questions of the right people.
One of my biggest concerns/challenges was adjusting to living and working in the UK. Especially the cold weather! That was definitely a bit of a shock when I got off the plane. However, the help I’ve received with the move has made such a difference. I got some great pointers about finding a place to live and have made friends with graduates from all the other training programmes. Having lunch together was a great way to get to know people before I officially started at the firm, and we catch up whenever we can. With Edinburgh, you get the best of both worlds – peaceful green spaces, as well as the buzz of a capital city.
Having completed the graduate programme and spent time on rotation with different teams in the Information Systems department, I’m now a member of the Infrastructure and Service Delivery team. During the programme, I had exposure to a wide variety of technologies and projects, which has equipped me well for the tasks within my current team, and I’m still experiencing new challenges and training opportunities. As a result, it’s easy to see myself developing over the long term here, and I look forward to contributing to the firm's long-term success.
University of Glasgow, Electronics with Music
I became interested in the Baillie Gifford graduate scheme when I discovered you don’t need a computer science degree to apply. During the first three months, there was a wealth of technical training from C# to SQL. We also learned about investment management to ensure we had an understanding of what the systems underpin. I really enjoyed learning so much, so quickly. Not coming from a computing background, the first week on the graduate project was challenging. However, with the team’s support and help from our technical lead, it clicked, and I felt I could contribute as much as anybody else.
My skillset has grown dramatically since joining Baillie Gifford. You don’t just sit behind a computer in isolation, you work with testers and business users, so communication skills are crucial. Creative problem solving is also vital, as you have to imagine how to make old systems better. The most significant transformation has been in my technical abilities, as I’m mastering PL/SQL, C#, ASP.NET and Typescript.
The level of support has been invaluable. We meet regularly with the graduate programme manager, where you can ask anything and chat about your progress. It feels like everyone wants me to succeed just as much as I do.
I recently joined the Accounting and Efficiency stream and started working on a web project. Having worked on the project for a year, the team insisted that it was good to get a fresh pair of eyes on the work, rather than seeing it as a disadvantage. This made me realise what a meaningful contribution I could make here, even early on in my career.