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  1. INVESTMENT RESEARCH

    YOUR FUTURE - REIMAGINED

    Imagine a role where your creativity is held in higher esteem than your numeracy skills. A position where it’s your curiosity that counts and your potential is key. This is Investment Research at Baillie Gifford.
  2. INTRODUCTION
    THE MUSICIAN, THE DOCTOR AND THE BALLERINA
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  3. THE ROLE
    Imagining the future

    At Baillie Gifford, we’re less interested in what you know, than your curiosity to know more. 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.

    Within the first few months, you’ll be expected to write a report on your findings. You’ll then present your report during one of your team’s regular stock discussions. Your team members will vary from graduates who were in your shoes last year all the way up to partners in the firm. It’s levelling to discover your ideas will be heard every bit as much as the ideas of senior investors.

    THE ROLE
    Imagining the future

    At Baillie Gifford, we’re less interested in what you know, than your curiosity to know more. 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.

    Within the first few months, you’ll be expected to write a report on your findings. You’ll then present your report during one of your team’s regular stock discussions. Your team members will vary from graduates who were in your shoes last year all the way up to partners in the firm. It’s levelling to discover your ideas will be heard every bit as much as the ideas of senior investors.

  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 encourage applications from any degree background and there’s no one type of person we’re looking for at Baillie Gifford. However, there are some vital qualities that will help you to flourish. Firstly, you need to have 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. Open to new ideas, your endless curiosity means you look beyond the obvious to find your own unique viewpoint. 

    Independent thinking is also vital to the role. 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.

    Lastly, 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.

    WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR
    It's all about potential
    WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR
    It's all about potential

    We encourage applications from any degree background and there’s no one type of person we’re looking for at Baillie Gifford. However, there are some vital qualities that will help you to flourish. Firstly, you need to have 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. Open to new ideas, your endless curiosity means you look beyond the obvious to find your own unique viewpoint. 

    Independent thinking is also vital to the role. 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.

    Lastly, 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.

  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?
    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 it’s not just support we offer you here at Baillie Gifford; we give you valuable opportunities to grow. Within your first year, you’ll have the chance to travel for research and training purposes, as well as meet with CEOs from a variety of companies. This will give you an effective foundation of knowledge, as you start to develop your own approach to investment research.

    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. There’s 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, and 34 days’ holiday 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 is wholly owned by the 44 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

    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 it’s not just support we offer you here at Baillie Gifford; we give you valuable opportunities to grow. Within your first year, you’ll have the chance to travel for research and training purposes, as well as meet with CEOs from a variety of companies. This will give you an effective foundation of knowledge, as you start to develop your own approach to investment research.

    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. There’s 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, and 34 days’ holiday 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 is wholly owned by the 44 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.

  9. The beginning of your time here at Baillie Gifford is as important as it is inspiring. You’ll begin with a structured induction, which will take you through the basics of investment analysis, introduce you to the firm and give you an overview of the clients we work with.

    Within your first year, you’ll start to work towards CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Level 1 and IMC (Investment Management Certificate) qualifications. 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 other words, your career potential is as abundant as your own.  

    DEVELOPING YOUR CAREER
    Realise your potential
    DEVELOPING YOUR CAREER
    Realise your potential

    The beginning of your time here at Baillie Gifford is as important as it is inspiring. You’ll begin with a structured induction, which will take you through the basics of investment analysis, introduce you to the firm and give you an overview of the clients we work with.

    Within your first year, you’ll start to work towards CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Level 1 and IMC (Investment Management Certificate) qualifications. 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 other words, your career potential is as abundant as your own.  

  10. MEET PAST GRADUATES
    Hear from the people who began right here.
    MEET PAST GRADUATES
    Hear from the people who began right here.
    Saad
    Diane
    Will
    Bridget
    Gemma
    Josephine
  11. STAGE ONE
    To get started, you need to complete a short online application form, attaching your CV and covering letter. We’ll review your application to assess whether you have the skills, attributes and curiosity we’re looking for to make a good Investment Research trainee.

    STAGE TWO
    You will be invited to our offices in Edinburgh for a first interview with one of our senior investors and a member of the HR team. We’ll discuss the academic and professional choices you’ve made so far, as well as your own interests. Together, we’ll also have a chance to discuss your thoughts on topical issues and the world around us.

    STAGE THREE
    The final stage is more in-depth. Along with further meetings with senior investors, 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.

    APPLICATION PROCESS
    We'd like to hear about you
    APPLICATION PROCESS
    We'd like to hear about you

    STAGE ONE
    To get started, you need to complete a short online application form, attaching your CV and covering letter. We’ll review your application to assess whether you have the skills, attributes and curiosity we’re looking for to make a good Investment Research trainee.

    STAGE TWO
    You will be invited to our offices in Edinburgh for a first interview with one of our senior investors and a member of the HR team. We’ll discuss the academic and professional choices you’ve made so far, as well as your own interests. Together, we’ll also have a chance to discuss your thoughts on topical issues and the world around us.

    STAGE THREE
    The final stage is more in-depth. Along with further meetings with senior investors, 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.

  12. Diversity and Inclusion
    Fairness, Equality, Openess

    Fairness. Equality. Openness. These three principles form the backbone of diversity and inclusion at Baillie Gifford, where we believe everyone should have the opportunity to develop and maximise their potential.

    If you want to explore diversity and inclusion at Baillie Gifford further, you can find a selection of articles on our website which feature interviews with our staff and insights into some of our employee-led networks.

    Find out more

    Diversity and Inclusion
    Fairness, Equality, Openess

    Fairness. Equality. Openness. These three principles form the backbone of diversity and inclusion at Baillie Gifford, where we believe everyone should have the opportunity to develop and maximise their potential.

    If you want to explore diversity and inclusion at Baillie Gifford further, you can find a selection of articles on our website which feature interviews with our staff and insights into some of our employee-led networks.

    Find out more

  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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    This autumn we’ll be attending a number of on-campus events to meet people face-to-face and tell them more about the opportunities at Baillie Gifford.

    Come along to your nearest careers fair or presentation to meet some of our graduate trainees and HR representatives. We’ll be ready to chat about what it’s like to work for the firm and answer any of your questions. That way you can start to find out if Baillie Gifford is right for you.

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

     

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      This autumn we’ll be attending a number of on-campus events to meet people face-to-face and tell them more about the opportunities at Baillie Gifford.

      Come along to your nearest careers fair or presentation to meet some of our graduate trainees and HR representatives. We’ll be ready to chat about what it’s like to work for the firm and answer any of your questions. That way you can start to find out if Baillie Gifford is right for you.

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

       

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