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Accountancy. Count on different.

Our Accountancy graduate trainees are more than just a number to us.

Applications for our Graduate Programmes are now closed and will open again in the summer of 2021.

About the Accountancy Graduate Programme

The unique structure of our Accountancy Graduate Programme allows us to do things differently. Instead of asking you to choose a specialism from the outset, you will rotate through five different departments in our firm, giving you the chance to experience a variety of roles, including opportunities in both Fund and Corporate Accounting. Following a comprehensive four-month induction, each placement will give you real responsibilities and deliverables. You’ll work as a valued member of each team, learning how our business operates and how your accountancy skills can be applied in different ways.

To us you’re more than just a number, and our focus will be on getting to know you as a person. This starts from the moment you apply – there are no video interviews because we prefer to meet you face-to-face. Throughout the application process, you’ll get to meet the managers and team members you’ll be working with. And once you start the programme we’ll provide dedicated support and mentoring, so where possible, we can more closely tailor the programme to your individual interests and skills.

There’s time to study for your CA qualification too. Although we work hard, we don’t believe in long hours. To give you as much flexibility as possible, study leave is provided and there are dedicated study areas within the office. Once qualified, you’ll be guaranteed a permanent role with us, as well as ongoing training opportunities and the chance to experience a breadth of career options.

Accountancy Graduate Programme
Accountancy Graduate Programme

A broad range of experience, so you can find the right role for you.

Our Accountancy Graduate Programme runs for three years, with rotations across five different areas of our business in Edinburgh. Each placement will run for between four and six months, giving you the chance to gain an understanding of each department and to take on real responsibility. The five areas are:


You will work in our Financial Control and Financial Reporting teams. You will gain exposure to all facets of accounts preparation and reporting from data entry and reconciliation through to statutory accounts, tax, regulatory returns and board papers. Baillie Gifford has a geographic spread of corporate entities and you will gain exposure to their unique reporting requirements.

Client Administration

You’ll take on an Assistant Client Administrator role, which involves the management and support to a portfolio of clients. Responsibilities will include recording and reconciling transactions, compiling reports and invoicing.

European Fund Operations & North American Fund Operations

You’ll complete a placement in both of these departments as an Assistant Fund Accountant. This involves checking quarterly client reporting, working with third party vendors and supporting internal departments to ensure effective service to shareholders.

Investment Trust

This department provides accounting information and administrative services for Baillie Gifford's investment trusts. As a Trainee Investment Trust Accountant you will create reports, attend board meetings and complete regulatory and VAT returns.

Additional placements

In order to gain the broadest possible experience of the business, between your longer-running placements you’ll also spend two weeks in other areas of the firm, shadowing business teams including Settlements, Internal Audit and Compliance.

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“The range of experience across client facing and business accounting roles provides a great opportunity to learn about many different aspects of practical accounting, backed up by the CA qualification.”

Sinclair Coghill,
Chief Financial Officer.

Career Development

As a graduate trainee, you’ll join the firm in August before completing the ICAS book-keeping course. You’ll then start your four-month induction, which will include an introduction to the firm, our investment approach and the different departments across the business, as well as an overview of the investment management industry as a whole. You’ll also get the chance to attend professional training courses, such as networking and presentation skills, and start ICAS tuition for your first CA exams in December.

During your placements you’ll have the ongoing support of your Training Principal, who will meet with you every eight weeks, and your placement host or ‘champion’, who is responsible for ensuring you settle into your new team and are on track with your ICAS competencies.

In the final year of the scheme, discussions with your Training Principal will become more tailored to your particular career goals. For example, you may have the chance to experience some leadership responsibilities and explore areas that interest you. Once you’ve achieved your CA qualification, you’ll be offered a permanent position within the firm. However, your development doesn’t stop there, as there’s the opportunity to broaden your career across different areas of our business.

Our requirements

Whether you've always wanted to be an accountant or if you've only just started to think about a career in finance, our Accountancy Graduate Programme is open to people from all backgrounds who have the key skills below.

Curiosity and passion

We don’t mind what you studied at university, as we like to work with people who are curious and passionate about a range of topics. Our minimum requirement is a 2:1 degree in any subject and a Higher/A-level or equivalent in Maths.

Proactivity and responsibility

We’re looking for people with a proactive approach. People who like to ask questions and solve problems. As you progress with the firm, you’ll be expected to add value and bring new ideas to the table, so you must be comfortable with responsibility and happy to take ownership of your own projects.

Individuality and a point of view

Other than that, just bring your individuality. It’s your unique viewpoint we need. So, don’t be afraid to be yourself and give us your own take on things.

Application process

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You will complete a short online application form which will help us assess whether you have the skills and attributes we’re looking for.

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You will be invited for a first interview with members of both our business and HR teams. We’ll discuss your academic and professional choices so far, as well as your own interests.

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The final stage will dig a bit deeper. You’ll attend an assessment centre with other applicants, which will include a second interview, numerical test and group exercise. There’s also an opportunity to speak to those who have recently qualified and members of the teams you might join.

Meet the Graduates

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Louise Graham Accountancy
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Laura Murphy Accountancy
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Rod Farnood Accountancy
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Lucy Nguyen Accountancy
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Samuel Blackburn Accountancy

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