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Business Operations. Explore our business.

Ever wondered how a global investment firm operates? Take a two-year guided tour.

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About the programme

Business Operations plays a vital role in the success of Baillie Gifford. We’ve been described as ‘the oil in the machine’ – not seen on the outside but keeping everything within the business running smoothly. All the areas of Business Operations are interlinked, and what we do here is critical to the success of our whole business. Whether it’s liaising with clients on accounting to processing trades or analysing operational risk, we add value at every stage of the process. It’s all about connectivity. Our focus is on building strong people networks, giving you the chance to meet people at every level and within every area of the business, including the partners who own the firm.

During your two-year rotational programme, you’ll gain broad-ranging experience across the diverse operational functions that underpin our business. Your placements will vary in length from a week to a couple of months, so you’ll be constantly experiencing new areas and expanding your knowledge. As you progress, you’ll increasingly get the opportunity to add real value to the business, contribute to key projects and bring in new ideas.


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“The benefits of the links that the graduates build up over the two year programme are immediately apparent, with connections into nearly every team.”

Stephen Peters,
Business Improvement Manager.

Career development

There’s constant on-the-job training, as well as study leave to help you achieve professional qualifications, such as the Investment Operations Certificate (IOC) and Investment Management Certificate (IMC).

Everyone’s journey here is different. We don’t expect you to know what area you want to specialise in when you join us. These two years are about exploring, learning and discovering just where your long-term career could take you within Baillie Gifford. It’s your opportunity to explore your full potential, while searching for ways to help us achieve ours.

Our requirements

If you’re an inquisitive thinker and strive to understand how things work, then you would be an ideal fit for our Business Operations team. It’s your individuality that’s your strength here at Baillie Gifford.

People, not degrees

For us, it’s not about looking for graduates from a particular degree. Instead, we look for particular graduates – people who are critical thinkers and team players. It’s your thirst for knowledge and problem solving skills that we’re looking for, which is why our trainees come from a wide range of disciplines – everything from Geography and Physics to Business and Accountancy.


We’re proud to have a diverse team, where each member brings their unique set of talents and experiences to their role. Although we’re completely open-minded about what you studied, you must have an interest in business. You also need to be fascinated by the way organisations work and want to strive to make them better.

Application process

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Complete a short online application form. We will review your application to find out more about you and assess whether you have the skills, attributes and curiosity to make a good Business Operations graduate.

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If you are successful in the first phase, we will invite you to our offices in Edinburgh for a first interview with one of our Business Operations professionals and a member of the HR team. They will look at your CV with you and discuss the academic and professional choices you have made so far. They will also ask you to answer competency-based questions that assess your abilities and experience, as well as present to them on the topic of Business Operations.

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The final stage of interviewing is also the most in depth. You will attend an assessment centre with other applicants which will include a second interview and a group exercise. You will also have the chance to speak informally to current graduates, managers and HR representatives about Baillie Gifford.

Meet the Graduates

Lewis Barnes Business Operations
Sam Rooke Business Operations
Zara Lavery Business Operations
Emily Bowie Business Operations
Ross Wilson Business Operations
Patrick Miller Business Operations

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