1. EXPLORING OUR BUSINESS.

    The perfect way to learn what you're good at.

    We’re looking for people who always strive to make things better. Those people who think good, isn’t good enough. This is what you need to thrive in Business Operations. Join our two-year rotational programme for your chance to delve into the innermost workings of a global investment management business.
  2. INTRODUCTION
    WHAT EXACTLY IS BUSINESS OPERATIONS?
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  3. THE ROLE
    Exploring our business.

    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 a strong people network across the business, giving you the chance to meet people at every level and within every area of the business, including the partners who own the firm.

    The work of the Business Operations team goes much further than just maintaining processes and systems. Our business is constantly changing, so the operations that support it must be flexible and future-focused too. We look for people with the creativity and insight to drive change and continuous improvement in everything they do. Whether it’s a simple process or a complex project, you’ll always be questioning, exploring and challenging. Is there a better way to do it? What if we tried this? Has anybody thought about that?

    The graduate programme is named Business Operations, but internally, we prefer to use the term Investment Operations. We’ve made this distinction because you’ll be joining the dynamic group who support our entire investment process. You’ll gain an unrivalled view of a how a successful, industry-leading firm works and once you have that understanding, you’ll be able to find ways to make us work better. 

    THE ROLE
    Exploring our business.

    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 a strong people network across the business, giving you the chance to meet people at every level and within every area of the business, including the partners who own the firm.

    The work of the Business Operations team goes much further than just maintaining processes and systems. Our business is constantly changing, so the operations that support it must be flexible and future-focused too. We look for people with the creativity and insight to drive change and continuous improvement in everything they do. Whether it’s a simple process or a complex project, you’ll always be questioning, exploring and challenging. Is there a better way to do it? What if we tried this? Has anybody thought about that?

    The graduate programme is named Business Operations, but internally, we prefer to use the term Investment Operations. We’ve made this distinction because you’ll be joining the dynamic group who support our entire investment process. You’ll gain an unrivalled view of a how a successful, industry-leading firm works and once you have that understanding, you’ll be able to find ways to make us work better. 

  4. THE ROLE
    Understand our business and servicing our clients.
    THE ROLE
    Understand our business and servicing our clients.
  5. "I wasn’t at all sure what I wanted to do after graduation, and didn’t fully appreciate what Investment Operations is. Because it’s so broad, and covers so many different disciplines, the idea of a rotational programme appealed to me as it would allow me to experience different areas of this investment business. It’s an amazing opportunity and I haven’t seen anything like this offered elsewhere."
    Laura Johnstone, Marketing Communications Analyst
    Accountancy & Management, University of Aberdeen
  6. 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.

    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.

    DEVELOPING YOUR CAREER
    Imagine what you could achieve.
    DEVELOPING YOUR CAREER
    Imagine what you could achieve.

    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.

    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.

  7. “Ultimately, we’re looking for motivated people who have ideas, initiative and a hunger for learning. The sort of person who spots an opportunity and asks to be involved in, or even initiate, a project. We’ll match your strengths with our business needs. And, because we take a small number of graduates every year, you can be sure that you’ll be noticed, and given real responsibility from day one.”
    Dickson Jackson, Director, Investment Operations
    and Graduate Programme Sponsor
  8. WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR
    Endlessly curious.

    If you’re an inquisitive thinker and strive to understand how things work, then you would be an ideal fit for our Investment Operations team. It’s your individuality that’s your strength here at Baillie Gifford. 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. That’s the type of people we want to join our team.

    WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR
    Endlessly curious.

    If you’re an inquisitive thinker and strive to understand how things work, then you would be an ideal fit for our Investment Operations team. It’s your individuality that’s your strength here at Baillie Gifford. 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. That’s the type of people we want to join our team.

  9. We know that everyone’s different, which is why we take a different approach when recruiting graduates. Our application process doesn’t include online assessments or telephone interviews, only face-to-face meetings. Once you’re with us, you will join a culture that cares about you as an individual. You’ll work closely with senior employees and receive guidance from a programme manager, a year group mentor and a mentor within each placement; all to ensure you reach your full potential.

    And the support goes beyond your role; we’re also incredibly committed to the wellbeing of our employees. Groups such as the LGBT network, the mental health group, as well as clubs like touch rugby and yoga play a vital part in creating a culture that we’re proud of. Life at Baillie Gifford is about working hard, not working long hours. We want you to enjoy a healthy work/life balance as you progress in your career.

    We believe in treating our employees well, and that includes financially. We offer an excellent starting salary that’s competitive with other investment management firms, plus a benefits package that includes an annual bonus, generous pension, life assurance, discounted private healthcare, 34 days’ holiday and bank holidays as standard.

    There are many factors that contribute to our unique culture, but none more so than one – we’re an independent business. Baillie Gifford isn’t owned by a remote multinational; it’s owned by the partners who work within the firm. So the decision makers aren’t faceless CEOs, they’re sitting across from you answering your queries. It’s this that makes us different. We’re a business where people matter. Where you’re not just a number, you’re our investment.

    WHAT CAN BAILLIE GIFFORD OFFER YOU?
    Room to grow.
    WHAT CAN BAILLIE GIFFORD OFFER YOU?
    Room to grow.

    We know that everyone’s different, which is why we take a different approach when recruiting graduates. Our application process doesn’t include online assessments or telephone interviews, only face-to-face meetings. Once you’re with us, you will join a culture that cares about you as an individual. You’ll work closely with senior employees and receive guidance from a programme manager, a year group mentor and a mentor within each placement; all to ensure you reach your full potential.

    And the support goes beyond your role; we’re also incredibly committed to the wellbeing of our employees. Groups such as the LGBT network, the mental health group, as well as clubs like touch rugby and yoga play a vital part in creating a culture that we’re proud of. Life at Baillie Gifford is about working hard, not working long hours. We want you to enjoy a healthy work/life balance as you progress in your career.

    We believe in treating our employees well, and that includes financially. We offer an excellent starting salary that’s competitive with other investment management firms, plus a benefits package that includes an annual bonus, generous pension, life assurance, discounted private healthcare, 34 days’ holiday and bank holidays as standard.

    There are many factors that contribute to our unique culture, but none more so than one – we’re an independent business. Baillie Gifford isn’t owned by a remote multinational; it’s owned by the partners who work within the firm. So the decision makers aren’t faceless CEOs, they’re sitting across from you answering your queries. It’s this that makes us different. We’re a business where people matter. Where you’re not just a number, you’re our investment.

  10. MEET PAST GRADUATES
    Hear from the people who began right here.
    MEET PAST GRADUATES
    Hear from the people who began right here.
    Alexandra
    Sean
    Sam
    Lewis
    Amy
    Zara
  11. APPLICATION PROCESS
    Enough about us, we’d like to hear about you.

    STAGE ONE
    Complete a short online application form, attaching your CV and covering letter. 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 investment operations graduate.

    STAGE TWO
    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 Investment 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 Investment Operations.

    STAGE THREE
    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, a group exercise and a personality questionnaire.  You will also have the chance to speak informally to current graduates, managers and HR representatives about Baillie Gifford.

    APPLICATION PROCESS
    Enough about us, we’d like to hear about you.

    STAGE ONE
    Complete a short online application form, attaching your CV and covering letter. 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 investment operations graduate.

    STAGE TWO
    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 Investment 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 Investment Operations.

    STAGE THREE
    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, a group exercise and a personality questionnaire.  You will also have the chance to speak informally to current graduates, managers and HR representatives about Baillie Gifford.

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  13. LIVING IN EDINBURGH
    See what people think about Scotland's capital city.
    LIVING IN EDINBURGH
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  14. GOT A QUESTION?


    Please email us at vacancies@bailliegifford.com and we will get back to you.

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    GOT A QUESTION?


    Please email us at vacancies@bailliegifford.com and we will get back to you.