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Investment Research. Your future.

Help us imagine the future and you’ll see how far yours can go too.

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

When imagining a career in Investment Research, you may picture a traditional financial position filled with mathematical analysis and number-crunching. But instead, let’s imagine a role where your creativity and curiosity are held in higher esteem than your numeracy skills. At Baillie Gifford, we like to see things differently. For us, it’s not about looking for graduates from a particular degree. Instead, we look for particular graduates – people who are inquisitive thinkers who have the vision to see what the future could look like. That’s why we are just as likely to hire a musician, a doctor or a politics graduate, as we are a mathematician.

Our work is a million miles away from the stereotype of traders tracking markets for short-term gains. We believe only long-term potential can drive our clients’ returns, so we focus on developing a deep understanding of the factors that determine that potential. This means questioning everything that happens around us and anticipating the causes and consequences of local, regional and global events. In other words, we try to imagine what the future holds.

As a graduate trainee, 80% of your time will be spent researching. And for us, inspiration can come from anywhere. You’ll have to cast your net far and wide to collect information and create your own unique viewpoint. This will enable you to spot investment opportunities that others may have missed.

It takes creativity to look at the world and imagine how it could change in the next five to ten years. It takes skill to identify the direction of corporate culture, how industries may evolve and the sways of our society. You’ll have to explore politics, socio-economic conditions, and current affairs. It’s challenging, but it’s also incredibly intellectually rewarding.


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“We are trying to consider probability and possibility adjusted outcomes for (often) revolutionary business models a decade ahead. We could term it ‘imagining the future’. Creativity not analysis is our calling.”

James Anderson, Partner,
History, University of Oxford

Career Development

The beginning of your time here at Baillie Gifford is as important as it is inspiring. In the first weeks you’ll complete our accelerated learning programme. This will teach you the important things you need to know before joining your team, meeting your mentor, and starting your first pieces of investment analysis.

There are two distinct career paths for Investment Research Trainees at Baillie Gifford. Graduates on our Equities programme will work on a variety of teams that try to identify companies that have the potential to grow significantly over the next decade. Trainees joining our Multi-Asset and Fixed Income (MAFI) programme will rotate through our Multi-Asset teams that invest across equities, bonds, property and infrastructure, and our Fixed Income teams that invest primarily in bonds (a loan to a company or a government for a set period of time, in exchange for regular interest payments). You can choose which programme you wish to apply to or, if you prefer to leave this open, we can select the one which best suits your potential.

Within the first year of your Investment Research Graduate Programme, you’ll start to work towards the IMC (Investment Management Certificate) followed by CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Level 1. We’ll give you our full support by paying for your registration, tuition and materials, as well as the time you need to study. You’ll spend time with one team, learning about its specialism in detail before rotating to the next.

In years two and three, you’ll have the option to continue with CFA Levels 2 and 3, again with our full support. You’ll also rotate each year to a new team, gaining a broad view of the different investment areas and geographical regions we work in. There’s the opportunity to travel both within the UK and internationally to attend conferences, visit companies and speak to experts.

Your learning won’t stop there either. We support every one of our colleagues to continue their professional development throughout their time with us. As for the future, you could develop your career into an Investment Manager, Senior Analyst or Client Management role. You could even become a partner in the firm. In fact, the majority of our Investment partners and senior investors joined us as graduate trainees.

Our requirements

We encourage applications from any degree to apply for our Investment Research Graduate Programmes, and there’s no one type of person we’re looking for at Baillie Gifford.

An open-minded curiosity

You possess an appetite for learning and are interested in a wide range of subjects, even those you know little about. You are open to new ideas and have the humility to know how much you don't know.

Independent thinking

You pride yourself on your ability to spot trends and opportunities before others do and know how to distinguish short-term noise from what really matters. Research comes naturally to you and you’re imaginative about where you find your sources of information and inspiration.

Resilience is key

You have the ability to cope with uncertainty, as it may be many years before you know whether your decisions are right. You know that mistakes happen, but that’s okay. At Baillie Gifford, we support you to learn from the things that go wrong and help you develop as an investor.

Application process

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To get started, you need to complete a short online application form, attaching your CV and covering letter. You can choose to apply for our Equity programme, our MAFI programme or, if you’re unsure, both.

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If selected, you’ll be invited for a first interview with one of our senior investors and a member of the HR team where we will discuss the academic and professional choices you’ve made so far, your thoughts on topical issues of the day, as well as your other interests. If you didn’t express a preference for either the Equity of MAFI departments in your application, we will discuss this with you at the first interview.

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This stage is more in-depth. Along with further meetings with senior investors from either the Equity or MAFI department, you’ll also have the opportunity to meet different members of the teams you might join -– from experienced analysts to graduates who were in your position last year. At each stage, we’ll be open and honest with you, so you get a clear idea of what it’s like to work at Baillie Gifford.

Meet the Graduates

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Diane Esson Investment Research
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Saad Malik Investment Research
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Alice Stretch Investment Research
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Remya Nair Investment Research
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Mirbahram Azimbayli Investment Research
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Tom Fenton Investment Research

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