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  1. INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT

    IMAGINING THE FUTURE

    Whatever your academic background, we will value your individual thinking and unique viewpoint. So find out where a career in investment management could take you. Explore our world - because it’s closer to yours than you probably imagine.
  2. INTRODUCTION
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  3. THE ROLE
    We see it as 'Imagining the future.'

    This role is about imagining how a future world will look, then finding the companies that will shape it.

    80% of your time will be spent researching, so you’ll need to be imaginative with your sources including online, reading journals and reports, listening to recommendations from our other investment analysts and meeting the companies you are evaluating, often by travelling internationally. (Our graduate trainees are surprised they meet CEOs of major organisations so early in their careers.)

    There’s also a strong creative and entrepreneurial aspect to this job. Looking at numbers, balance sheets and accounts is only a small part of the role. It’s much more about assessing management teams, thinking about a company’s culture and growth prospects. It may also involve researching politics, social-economic conditions, current affairs and people.

    You will seek unique angles and insights to reveal investment opportunities others have missed then use your findings to write a company report or stock recommendation, to present to your team for debate. Having learned how to articulate in-depth information and your viewpoint through academic writing this will become second nature.

    THE ROLE
    We see it as 'Imagining the future.'

    This role is about imagining how a future world will look, then finding the companies that will shape it.

    80% of your time will be spent researching, so you’ll need to be imaginative with your sources including online, reading journals and reports, listening to recommendations from our other investment analysts and meeting the companies you are evaluating, often by travelling internationally. (Our graduate trainees are surprised they meet CEOs of major organisations so early in their careers.)

    There’s also a strong creative and entrepreneurial aspect to this job. Looking at numbers, balance sheets and accounts is only a small part of the role. It’s much more about assessing management teams, thinking about a company’s culture and growth prospects. It may also involve researching politics, social-economic conditions, current affairs and people.

    You will seek unique angles and insights to reveal investment opportunities others have missed then use your findings to write a company report or stock recommendation, to present to your team for debate. Having learned how to articulate in-depth information and your viewpoint through academic writing this will become second nature.

  4. THE ROLE
    Research and report cycle.
    THE ROLE
    Research and report cycle.
  5. "At Baillie Gifford, professional investors tend to ask less specific questions, over longer time frames, trying to think about the deeper implications. What will our cities look like? How will we spend our time? Which diseases will we cure? Even more importantly to our clients and us, who will benefit from these changes?"
    Paulina Sliwinska, Investment Manager
    MA in Arabic and Politics, University of Edinburgh
  6. We’re looking for the brightest minds from any academic background. In fact we actively encourage applications from graduates with an Arts, Humanities or Science degree. Surprised? Well the fact is our business is built on diversity of thinking. Fresh perspectives, original ideas, penetrating insights and sharp intellect drive our investment decisions.

    The key elements of the role are research, analysis and communication. So we’ll be looking for you to show us how you’ve used these skills to succeed in your studies.

    You’ll also need to demonstrate keenness to learn and build a long-term career with us. It takes five to six years to become fully conversant with the job and how to invest. We’re here to support you of course. We want you to succeed and will help you every step of the way. But it’s not rote learning. You need a natural curiosity about the world and the imagination to think differently to the consensus.

    WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR
    We're open-minded. Are you?
    WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR
    We're open-minded. Are you?

    We’re looking for the brightest minds from any academic background. In fact we actively encourage applications from graduates with an Arts, Humanities or Science degree. Surprised? Well the fact is our business is built on diversity of thinking. Fresh perspectives, original ideas, penetrating insights and sharp intellect drive our investment decisions.

    The key elements of the role are research, analysis and communication. So we’ll be looking for you to show us how you’ve used these skills to succeed in your studies.

    You’ll also need to demonstrate keenness to learn and build a long-term career with us. It takes five to six years to become fully conversant with the job and how to invest. We’re here to support you of course. We want you to succeed and will help you every step of the way. But it’s not rote learning. You need a natural curiosity about the world and the imagination to think differently to the consensus.

  7. "At Baillie Gifford you gain a wide range of knowledge about many subjects, but not from textbooks or newspapers. You meet people who change the world: innovative, inspiring people like Jeff Bezos at Amazon. Ultimately your motivation should be to pursue what you're most interested in. We want people with an original perspective who can explore, question and come up with fresh ideas."
    Tom Slater, Partner
    Computer Science & Mathematics, University of Edinburgh
  8. WHAT CAN BAILLIE GIFFORD OFFER YOU?
    Your place in a firm of individuals.

    From the moment we ask you to an interview to the day you complete your training programme, we’re interested in you as an individual. Our application process doesn’t include online assessments or telephone interviews, only face-to-face meetings. Once you’re with us, you’ll work closely with senior colleagues who will get to know you, your talents and your aspirations. In short, you’re more than just a face in the crowd.

    Life at Baillie Gifford is about working hard, not working long hours. We want all of our people to enjoy a healthy work/life balance as they contribute to a culture built around research and discussion.

    As an independent business that’s owned by its partners, this is a firm where people matter. Where your personal and professional fulfilment matters. Where your work-life balance matters. Where your happiness matters.

    We offer an excellent starting salary that is competitive with other investment management firms. Our comprehensive benefits package includes an annual bonus, generous pension, life assurance, discounted private healthcare, 26 days’ holiday and bank holidays as standard. There’s also a very active social scene, with regular opportunities to mix with colleagues both in and outside your department.

    WHAT CAN BAILLIE GIFFORD OFFER YOU?
    Your place in a firm of individuals.

    From the moment we ask you to an interview to the day you complete your training programme, we’re interested in you as an individual. Our application process doesn’t include online assessments or telephone interviews, only face-to-face meetings. Once you’re with us, you’ll work closely with senior colleagues who will get to know you, your talents and your aspirations. In short, you’re more than just a face in the crowd.

    Life at Baillie Gifford is about working hard, not working long hours. We want all of our people to enjoy a healthy work/life balance as they contribute to a culture built around research and discussion.

    As an independent business that’s owned by its partners, this is a firm where people matter. Where your personal and professional fulfilment matters. Where your work-life balance matters. Where your happiness matters.

    We offer an excellent starting salary that is competitive with other investment management firms. Our comprehensive benefits package includes an annual bonus, generous pension, life assurance, discounted private healthcare, 26 days’ holiday and bank holidays as standard. There’s also a very active social scene, with regular opportunities to mix with colleagues both in and outside your department.

  9. We take a long-term view of you. So you’ll spend time with different investment teams learning from very smart people, on a daily basis.

    Your structured induction covers the basics of investment analysis and an overview of our clients. Your first year will be spent with one team, learning about its specialism before rotating to another team. You’ll also start to work towards CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Level 1 and IMC (Investment Management Certificate) qualifications. We’ll pay for your registration and materials, and give you time to study.

    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.

    And beyond? We’ll support your professional development throughout your career here. Investment Manager? Senior Analyst? Client Management? You could even become a partner in the firm.

    DEVELOPING YOUR CAREER
    Investing in you from day one.
    DEVELOPING YOUR CAREER
    Investing in you from day one.

    We take a long-term view of you. So you’ll spend time with different investment teams learning from very smart people, on a daily basis.

    Your structured induction covers the basics of investment analysis and an overview of our clients. Your first year will be spent with one team, learning about its specialism before rotating to another team. You’ll also start to work towards CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Level 1 and IMC (Investment Management Certificate) qualifications. We’ll pay for your registration and materials, and give you time to study.

    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.

    And beyond? We’ll support your professional development throughout your career here. Investment Manager? Senior Analyst? Client Management? You could even become a partner in the firm.

  10. MEET PAST GRADUATES
    Hear from the people who began right here.
    MEET PAST GRADUATES
    Hear from the people who began right here.
    Saad
    Sarah
    Rio
    Diane
    Will
    Jiaxi
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  12. LIVING IN EDINBURGH
    See what people think about Scotland's capital city.
    LIVING IN EDINBURGH
    See what people think about Scotland's capital city.
  13. Events
    It would be great to meet you in person and for you to meet us.
    Events
    It would be great to meet you in person and for you to meet us.
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    We attend a number of Careers Fairs and Graduate events every year so that we can meet people face to face and tell them about Baillie Gifford the company and specifically what career opportunities we can offer bright graduates. 

    Graduates like you (well you're smart enough to have read this far, so you're obviously open to learning more and we like that in a candidate). So it would be great to see you when an event comes to your university, that way you can start to find out if Baillie Gifford is the right springboard for what we're sure will be a glittering career.

    Check out the dates and we hope to see you there.

     

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      We attend a number of Careers Fairs and Graduate events every year so that we can meet people face to face and tell them about Baillie Gifford the company and specifically what career opportunities we can offer bright graduates. 

      Graduates like you (well you're smart enough to have read this far, so you're obviously open to learning more and we like that in a candidate). So it would be great to see you when an event comes to your university, that way you can start to find out if Baillie Gifford is the right springboard for what we're sure will be a glittering career.

      Check out the dates and we hope to see you there.

       

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