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Application Development. Cutting-edge technology.

Join the fastest moving, most tech savvy 110 year old (investment firm) you’ll ever meet.

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

A career in Application Development at Baillie Gifford is all about working with technology to create new and cutting-edge business solutions. Working primarily with applications that run on both Oracle and SQL server databases, our Application Development team focuses on creating software solutions that make our business work better, now and in the future. We use advanced technologies like ASP.NET Core, C# and eID, as well as HTML 5 platforms, Angular, iOS Mobile Development and Android. We also work with major suppliers and field trial their new technologies. That means you could be looking at how new software products work and helping to develop their functionality before anyone else.

Join us and you’ll have the opportunity to work with leading-edge systems across the full project lifecycle. Whether you’re coming from a computer science background or another degree discipline, you’ll receive training and support tailored to your needs, so you can be involved in everything from gathering requirements and full stack development through to testing and deployment. You’ll also be joining our journey towards an entire DevOps culture and practice. Many companies are just starting to explore DevOps, but our size has allowed us to be agile and ahead of the curve. Our development teams are provided with best-in-class tools, such as Visual Studio, Azure DevOps and GIT version control. With deployment and hosting being managed through Docker and Kubernetes.

Although this role is at the forefront of technology innovation, it’s not tech for tech’s sake. You’ll collaborate with colleagues across the organisation and gain a full understanding of what they need from their technology. Then it’s over to your team to create imaginative solutions that deliver results for the business.


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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

Our two-year Application Development Graduate Programme is all about learning and discovering just where your long-term career could take you within Baillie Gifford. The first three months are your induction and it’s at this time you’ll receive the technical training you need to become a full stack developer. To ensure your development is well-rounded, we’ll also provide you with professional training such as presenting, networking and effective meeting techniques. There’s even the opportunity to gain professional qualifications like the Investment Operations Certificate, and we’ll offer our full support including tutoring and study leave.

After this comprehensive induction, you’ll begin a graduate trainee project. Working in teams on real business requirements, you’ll get involved in the complete project lifecycle. But you won’t be flung in the deep end; a mentor will be on-hand to help you at every stage of the process.

Once your initial training is complete, you’ll do two placements in different business streams to help you gain a breadth of knowledge and skills. This will help you consider your career options, which could see you progress to become a technical specialist or into a management role.

But you don’t stop learning once the graduate programme is complete. When you move into a permanent role, you’ll continue to grow your knowledge and develop throughout your time here at Baillie Gifford. It’s this culture that sees our graduates go on to become the very best they can be, because it’s your success that fuels our own.

Our requirements

The most important attribute you need to thrive in Application Development is a passion for technology.

Practical experience

In terms of your degree, it doesn’t have to be in computer science, in fact 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. However, knowledge of a programming language will give you a head start when you join the team.


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 our Application Development 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.

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

Meet the Graduates

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Natalie McLaren Application Development
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Cristian Benavides Franco Application Development
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Yvonne Robertson Application Development
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Faizan Tahir Application Development
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Ashley Chalmers Application Development
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Holly Drummond Application Development

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