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Baillie Gifford & Co

Baillie Gifford & Co

Employee profile

Rod Farnood

Rod Farnood

Accountancy Graduate Trainee

Variety of Work

I was attracted by the accountancy traineeship role because of the varied range of work that it offered. And that’s proved to be true, as so far, I’ve worked in both Corporate and Fund Accounting roles in the Finance and North American Fund Operations teams. I’ve also had the chance to spend time working on secondment in the Internal Audit, Compliance and Client Administration departments, where I was exposed to live, client-facing work. It’s been really useful to understand what different teams do and to gain some insight into the wider business.

Plenty of Support

When I was studying for my accountancy qualification, Baillie Gifford organised course tutors and we were given plenty of time for revision before our exams. My managers were really supportive, helping me to structure my workload around my revision. The recently qualified graduates in the firm were also on hand to give me their guidance and my mentors, from various disciplines, were always willing to act as sounding boards for my ideas.

Ongoing Training

As well as studying for my accountancy exams, I’ve also had the opportunity to do more general training and have been on various courses for presentation skills, networking skills and time management. My role involves presenting financial data to people around the business, so the presentation courses were especially helpful!

Career Progression

I’m really pleased with my progress within the company so far. I’ve just been offered a line management position, which has come quite early in my career. I’ll be managing two people in the Finance team and, looking further ahead, I can see so many different opportunities in the company, working for a variety of different teams. It’s definitely a place that nurtures you, and there’s a real sense of camaraderie amongst my fellow graduates from across the organisation.