This is your opportunity to join Baillie Gifford, a leading independent global investment management firm with over £180 billion under management, more than 1,000 people based in Edinburgh and 695 clients across the globe.

Let’s forget about your degree for a moment, and instead, focus on you. Are you an inquisitive thinker with the imagination to see the world differently? Do you have the curiosity to explore new possibilities and the desire to create solutions that drive future development? Then we’d like to meet you. We think our investments aren’t all that different from the graduates we look for – it’s all about potential. If you join one of our four graduate training programmes, our next investment will be you.

Investment Research

We’re searching for people from any degree subject who have the vision to imagine what the future could look like. Here you’ll delve into potential investments and research them from every possible angle – politics, people, culture and more. But it’s not just information you seek; it’s your own unique viewpoint that can unearth huge opportunities. We’re looking for original thinkers who can articulate how they see things differently.


Application Development

Are you passionate about creating innovative software solutions? Our Application Development team define and create systems that make our business work better. You’ll use cutting-edge technologies, including HTML 5, JavaScript, Angular, ASP.NET Core, Oracle SQL and PL/SQL, and C#. While your degree can be in any subject, an interest in software development and knowledge of a programming language is essential.

Technical Infrastructure

You’re as innovative as the cutting edge technology you’re passionate about and want to explore how advanced technologies can shape the future of business. Our team maintains and develops our entire IT operation and uses technologies from leading vendors, such as Microsoft, VMware, Dell EMC, Splunk, Cisco, Bloomberg, Apple, F5 and Palo Alto. To apply you’ll need an IT related degree.


Business Operations

We’re looking for people who strive to make things better. This is what you need to thrive in Business Operations. Join a two-year rotational programme and experience the full cycle of over a dozen operational teams that support our growing business. Once you’ve built that foundation, you can launch your career in a specialism that is matched to your talents, skills and aspirations. Inquisitive minds from any degree can apply.



What Graduate Training Programmes do you offer?

Baillie Gifford offers four Graduate Training Programmes in Investment Research, Business Operations, Application Development and Technical Infrastructure.

Who do I contact if I have a special requirement and need help applying for the scheme?
Just get in touch. We’re an equal opportunities employer and will do everything we can to make our application process accessible to you. So, if you do need our support, please contact us at and we’ll be happy to help.

Where are your offices based?
Currently, our graduate programmes are located in our head office in Edinburgh. We also have offices in London, New York and Hong Kong. If you accept a place on one of our graduate programmes, you’ll need to either relocate to Edinburgh or be able to commute to our Edinburgh office.

Is there a minimum degree requirement?

We welcome applications from a wide range of disciplines and would expect a minimum 2:1 degree. (Applicants for our Technical Infrastructure Graduate Training Programme require an IT-related degree).

Do I need to have graduated within the last three years?
There is no time limit for how long ago you gained your degree and we welcome applicants who have gained postgraduate work experience.

How long before I hear back about my application?
You will receive an automated response when you submit your application to confirm that we have received it. We will get back to you to advise how we will progress your application, however, depending on the number of applications, timescales may vary.

Where will interviews take place?
At our offices in Edinburgh.


  • 34 days’ annual leave
  • Competitive Salary
  • Annual bonus
  • Employer contributory pension


  • 15


  • Scotland
People Profile

Rianne Rafferty – Application Development

Computing and Information Technology, Queens University

Joined Ballie Gifford in 2016


I found the position advertised on the university careers service website. It stood out to me as I’d always enjoyed web development and saw I’d be working with C#. I was also really excited about the technology that Baillie Gifford use. And even though I didn’t have experience of all of it, the training was well explained, so I was reassured that they would teach me any additional technical skills required.

After three months of initial training we started our graduate project. This was an opportunity to see a project through from start to finish, everything from gathering requirements and full stack development through to testing and deployment. Our project was to build an application for a code release form, replacing an old system. It’s fantastic to have already created something that people are using on a daily basis throughout the department.

Teamwork and communication skills are key here. We work in an Agile project environment and have daily stand up meetings to discuss our progress. Another vital skill is problem solving. A requirement comes in and you have to think ‘why is that being asked?’ Is there a better solution? It’s important to question whether they need something new, or whether they can use an existing application to achieve their aim. I consider myself a developer rather than a programmer.

There’s a real learning culture at the firm. We all get the chance to study for the IOC qualification, (Investment Operations Certificate), which Baillie Gifford fully supports. There’s a joke here that nobody leaves and you can see why – they treat you so well! Social activities include the Dinner Dance, the Office Outing (where you can choose from 20 different activities from chocolate making to mountain biking) and Christmas parties, as well as lots of graduate trainee get togethers.