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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.

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About the programme

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. You’ll receive training and support to be involved in every stage of the process 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 we’re ahead of the curve. Our size has allowed us to be agile and take more risks than many larger financial services organisations. Our development teams are provided with best-in-class tools, such as Visual Studio and Microsoft Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS), allowing us to adapt to the rise of new approaches such as Git.

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 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 application form, which includes questions about why you’d like to join us and what you think makes us tick. Then attach your CV and a covering letter.

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We’ll invite you to our Edinburgh office for an interview with one of our HR team as well as one of our IT 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 is a final and more in-depth stage of interviewing. You will attend an assessment centre with other applicants which will include a second interview and group exercise. You will also have the chance to speak informally to current graduates, managers and HR representatives about Baillie Gifford.

Meet the Graduates

Natalie McLaren Application Development
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Yvonne Robertson Application Development
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