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Technical Infrastructure. Bring technology to life.

Cutting-edge technologies are only as good as the people who apply them. Is that you?

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About the programme

Technology underpins everything we do here at Baillie Gifford. 20% of our people work in Information Systems roles, so it’s no surprise that innovative technologies are fully embraced within the firm. As you’ll know technology never stands still, so neither do we – there’s a continuous push to find better, more effective solutions for almost every business need. We were one of the first companies in the UK to implement VoIP and Virtualisation technologies, as well as being very early adopters of devices like iPads.

But staying ahead of the curve isn’t easy. We work hard to ensure we maintain a level of technology knowledge that’s second to none. Join our Technical Infrastructure team and you may have the opportunity to attend global technology events, including an annual trip to Silicon Valley to learn about innovations that could help drive our business forward. This is a role for those who don’t just embrace change, they create it.

As a member of the Technology Infrastructure team, you’ll focus on exploring how emerging technologies can shape the future of our business. Our team maintains and develops the entire IT infrastructure and use technologies from leading vendors, like Dell EMC, Splunk, Palo Alto and Bloomberg.

It’s an exciting time to work in the field of technology, particularly here at Baillie Gifford. We have partnerships with world-leading suppliers, such as Apple and Microsoft, which means we often get involved at the beta stage of new technologies. This allows us to help drive forward product development, as well as deliver bespoke solutions.

Unlike many other financial firms, our DevOps journey is well underway. As the name implies, DevOps (Development & Operations) spans all the Information Systems teams, as does the drive for automation. In Technical Infrastructure, we deploy Puppet, a tool that provides automated configuration management. We also take full advantage of the benefits that the Cloud has to offer, allowing us to be more agile, and are already utilising Microsoft Azure and AWS.

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“There’s so much to learn and get involved with. Baillie Gifford is always looking ahead into new technologies so I’m constantly developing new skills and finding new opportunities.”

Ashton Ramsay,
Team Manager, BSc Computer Networks & Security, University of Westminster

Career development

This is your opportunity to join our 300-strong team of IT professionals who bring technology to life. Our graduate development programme lasts two years, during which time you’ll have the chance to rotate around a number of key areas, working on everything from the Service Desk to installing new laptops or conferencing equipment to concept testing the latest products before they reach the market. You’ll begin with a comprehensive 3-month induction to create an excellent foundation, including an introduction to Baillie Gifford technologies, investment management and even SQL and databases.

And it’s not just about developing your technical skills. You’ll receive a wealth of professional training, such as presenting, report writing and effective meeting techniques, to ensure your development is well rounded. We’ll also provide our full support to study for and gain the Investment Operations Certificate qualification.

But training isn’t something that just happens during the first stage of your career. Once the scheme is finished and you join us in a permanent role, you’ll continue to learn and develop throughout your time here and will be actively encouraged to follow your own interests. That could mean attending a training course, signing up to a webinar, going to a conference or working on a new project. You’ll find you’re not restricted to a narrowly defined role in a big anonymous company. Your career possibilities here will be as plentiful as your potential.

Our requirements

We’re looking for people who are passionate about technology. Those who can apply their technical knowledge to develop innovative solutions to business challenges.

Enthusiasm for technology

Although you’ll require a minimum 2:1 in an IT related degree, we’re far more interested in whether you’ve built a website, written a blog or contributed to technical forums than we are about the specifics of what you studied. It’s your enthusiasm for emerging technologies and problem solving that will see you thrive in this environment.

Connectivity and collaboration

You will need a technical bias, but this will be matched with effective relationship-building and consulting skills. We want you to embrace our team environment and be able to collaborate with anyone around our business. Connectivity is just as important to this role as it is in technology.

We want to meet the real you

When we meet you, we won’t just ask you about the latest in cloud-based solutions, we want to hear about you. We’re looking for well-rounded individuals who have a positive approach to new challenges and enjoy the buzz of collaboration.

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. We’ll talk about your technical experience and assess your abilities in more detail through some practical exercises including a technology related scenario. You’ll have the chance to ask questions and meet our IT professionals, including other graduates who are currently on the programme.

Meet the Graduates

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Israel Iduoku-Ben Technical Infrastructure
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Thomas Crooks Technical Infrastructure
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Maxine Reid Technical Infrastructure
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Callum Clark Technical Infrastructure
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