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Technical Infrastructure. Hands-on experience.

A year at Baillie Gifford could transform your IT career before it even starts.

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The team

As an independent global investment management business, cutting-edge information systems underpin everything we do. That’s why we’re constantly investing in the development of our technical infrastructure – and in the team of professionals who bring that technology to life.

Nearly 30% of our employees work in technology roles and we’re all based here in Edinburgh, so the people in our IS teams are at the heart of the business. We don’t believe in barriers either. Colleagues co-operate and collaborate across different teams and technical specialisms. We learn from each other, which makes for a stimulating, inspiring and enjoyable working environment.

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The placement

On our 12-15 month paid placement, you’ll be a key member of our team from the word go, doing real work and taking real responsibility as you get your hands on the latest technology and explore what’s emerging. And you can look forward to being part of a refreshingly open, co-operative and supportive team culture.

More than that though, the focus here is understanding how those new and exciting technologies can be applied to solve today’s business challenges. Some of the major vendors we work with are: Microsoft, Cisco, Apple, Dell EMC, VMware, Palo Alto and Splunk. So yes, we’ll help you gain the kind of experience that will make your CV stand out from the crowd.

Starting with a structured induction that’ll give you a full overview of our business, you’ll move on to the IT Service Desk and then rotate around our Data Centre & Operations and Integration & Optimisation teams. You’ll also be involved in some key projects in both teams, finishing off with a return to the IT Service Desk to consolidate everything you’ve learned.

Through all of this, you can look forward to full and ongoing training, plus support from an experienced mentor.

Our requirements

In the penultimate year of your studies in an IT-related discipline, we know that you’ll already have lots of ideas about how technology can support business performance, and you’ll want to see that in action. You’re also keen to be part of an ambitious and experienced team who share knowledge and encourage creative thinking.

So what else? We like people who quickly become part of our team and who enjoy taking on responsibility, under the guidance of a mentor, and developing their practical skills and commercial understanding.

We actively involve our placement students in the team from the very beginning. There’s lots of opportunity to learn and you’ll experience all the different aspects of technical infrastructure with us. You’ll also discover the wide range of career opportunities we offer here.

Your placement here within our IS team provides the important skills which employers value and will definitely support your future career choices.

“There’s a lot of opportunity to learn and be exposed to new, emerging technologies and to experience all the different aspects of technical infrastructure.”

Colin Lennox,
Head of Technology and Service Delivery.

Application process

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Complete a short online application form covering your educational history, and some competency skills. We will review your application to find out more about you and assess whether you have the ability, attributes and curiosity to take on a placement.

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If you are successful in the first phase, we will invite you to our offices in Edinburgh for an interview with one of our Technical Infrastructure professionals and a member of the HR team. They will look at your application 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.

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The final stage will involve some teamworking and technology related practical activities.

Meet the Interns

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Aidan Flood Technical Infrastructure
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Assad Hussain Technical Infrastructure
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Gabriele Balysevaite Technical Infrastructure
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Sean McGowan Technical Infrastructure

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