There’s still time to apply to our Investment Management graduate programme before applications close on 15 December. Visit our website to find out more.
Thank you to everyone who applied to our Application Development and Technical Infrastructure graduate programmes. Applications are now closed for the 2018 intake, so if you missed it this year, keep an eye on LinkedIn, where we’ll soon be sharing the dates for next year’s process.
Inquisitive. Always questioning and exploring. Ever curious about our world and how it works. That’s us. A group of people with different ideas and different outlooks who work together to make a greater whole. People whose contributions are valued - whatever their level or role in the business.
And while we could talk a lot more about what it’s like to work here, we think it’s probably better to hear from some people who do exactly that.
“There’s no stifling bureaucracy here. We can speak to senior people easily and have our opinions listened to. Having the whole company in one location is a big advantage too. There’s a one-company culture with technology at its heart. You see daily how everyone works together and how we can fully support the business.”
Ash Ramsay – Information Systems
“I didn’t want the type of job where you sit at a computer for 14 hours a day. Right from my first interview, this felt like an exciting place to be. It’s an intellectual powerhouse filled with people whose opinions I respect.”
Tom Slater – Investment Partner
“We work in an environment of constant change and shifting boundaries where you’ll collaborate with other teams across Baillie Gifford. You don’t stagnate here and you’re not spoon-fed.”
Will Sutcliffe – Investment Partner
Working here has also been described as ‘a stimulating, inspiring and enjoyable experience’. That sounds about right to us.
Since Baillie Gifford first opened its doors in 1908, the firm has been wholly owned by its partners. This is rare among large investment management companies, but what does it mean in practice for the people who work here?
“If someone asked me what stands out about working here, I’d say our people, and the culture. It’s best described as open, co-operative and supportive.”
Alastair Ferguson - Graduate Team Leader
We encourage personal responsibility, creating a strong culture of questioning, debate and respectful trust in which the finest minds are nurtured and thrive. There are always plenty of challenges, not to mention opportunities to gain knowledge and skills in new areas. We want our people to explore what’s possible, for themselves and for the firm.
”I enjoy the thoughtful and interactive culture here, where investors like to read, reflect and debate. It’s a nurturing environment where I am intellectually stimulated.”
Zhuo’er Xu - Investment Analyst
“Culture wise, Baillie Gifford offers a terrific experience. I can’t imagine a more welcoming place to work or a better social life, particularly if you’re new to Edinburgh.”
Melissa Paterson - Senior Marketing Analyst, Clients Department
We understand that to give your best while you’re in the office, you need to enjoy an equally fulfilling personal life. So helping you achieve a healthy work-life balance is a big priority. Good working hours are an important part of that, as well as the range of wellbeing initiatives that we offer.
We actively manage specialist equity, fixed income and multi-asset portfolios for a global base. As of June 2017, our funds under management are £166.6bn.
In markets seduced by complexity, we believe in keeping things simple. We invest in what we believe to be the most competitive, innovative and efficient growth companies. Our analysts carry out rigorous, qualitative, fundamental analysis to determine whether to invest. We know that the equity markets may not always agree with us - and that’s okay. It’s more profitable to lead than to follow, and we never stop questioning or challenging the status quo.
We are different. We are truly active investors, looking to construct concentrated portfolios of long-term investments. With a global perspective, we invest in government bonds and currencies, investment grade, high yield and emerging market bonds. Our investors undertake rigorous proprietary analysis, complemented by a healthy dose of common sense.
We don’t believe in limiting our investment opportunities, so why should our clients? Diversification across asset classes can help achieve a client’s investment objectives while moderating risk. Thanks to our experience of investing in a broad range of traditional and alternative asset classes, our diversified strategies maximise investment opportunities in the pursuit of steady returns.
Imagine how a future world will look. Now create the ideas, concepts and solutions that will drive its development. Use your curiosity, imagination and individual thinking to explore new possibilities and opportunities. Join one of our graduate training programmes – and be part of the team of people who help shape the future of this leading global investment management firm.
Research potential investments from every possible angle - politics, people, culture, geography, social-economic conditions and more. Seek out the unique angle or insight that no one else has spotted. We welcome applications from all degree subjects – though you will need to be an original thinker who can articulate in-depth information, present a compelling argument and express your viewpoint.
“You don’t need to have a background in economics or maths to do well in investment management. You can learn the basic principles and numbers, but for us the key judgements are qualitative rather than quantitative. I discovered that I enjoy discussing and being challenged every day – sometimes out of my comfort zone.”
Will Sutcliffe - MA History, now Investment Partner in Emerging Markets
Joining our Application Development team, you’ll get involved in real work as early as possible, talking to people across the business, finding out what they need from their technology and creating innovative software solutions that deliver real results, and make our business work better. Although you don’t need to have specifically studied Computer Science, you will need an IT-related degree.
“You can take on as much responsibility as you want and the support is there when you need it. No-one says ‘you’re a grad trainee’ – everyone is treated the same. But equally you can’t use it as an excuse! You’re expected to deliver. My contribution isn’t capped and I’m encouraged to suggest new things.”
Tom Davies, BSc Business Information Technology, now Application Developer
You’ll have an IT related degree, but just as important you must be able to explain to us how technology can make our business better. Here you’ll explore our business, discover the leading-edge technologies we use and gain hands-on experience. Our team maintains and develops the entire IT infrastructure using technologies from leading vendors such as EMC, Oracle, Splunk, Cisco, F5, Microsoft, Apple and Palo Alto.
“Baillie Gifford is always looking ahead into new technologies so I’m constantly developing new skills and finding new opportunities. I want to be stretched, and I was fortunate to attend major conferences in Boston, Las Vegas and Amsterdam to keep up to date with what’s new in tech. Baillie Gifford actively encourages graduates to network with peers, and to come back with ideas from industry events like Microsoft Ignite.”
Ash Ramsay, BSc Computer Networks & Security, now Data Centre & Operations Team Leader
Join a two-year rotational programme and gain experience of every key operational function within the business. Discover how all of these parts make the greater whole and work on key real-world projects. Then take on a role in an area that matches your talents, skills and aspirations. Your degree could be in any subject, though a fascination with business is a must.
“The best thing about the graduate programme is the network you build. It makes it easier to approach people, even the partners, and is so useful once you’re in the wider team. I’ve now been fortunate to visit one of our 3rd parties in Toronto to put faces to names, and I know that the networking skills I developed during the graduate programme helped me here too.”
Caroline Prigg – BA French & Marketing, now Fund Administrator
I have been working at Baillie Gifford full-time
Great culture, interesting work and people
Scottish weather, pay can be a bit opaque
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Baillie Gifford (Edinburgh, Scotland) in March 2018.
I was one of the 10 shortlisted entries for the Curious Minds programme. They invited me for an interview at their office. The interview was carried out by an HR manager and an Investment Manager. The overall feel of the interview was relaxed and friendly. About 75% of the interview was focused on my research topic and the rest on my personal attributes.
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