Edinburgh and Lothian

The business

Based in the heart of Edinburgh, Baillie Gifford provides investment management services for a wide range of clients globally. We have over 1,400 employees and in excess of £352 bn* funds under management. And whilst we’ve been around for more than a century, we’re a firm that’s always looking forward.

We do much more than just buy shares in companies. We think about a company’s potential to grow significantly in the next five to ten years, which is often influenced by many diverse and conflicting factors. Our work is a million miles from the stereotype of investors who track markets looking for short-term gains. Instead, we focus on developing a deep understanding of the underlying drivers behind potential investments. That means questioning everything that happens around us, and anticipating the consequences of local and global events.

The opportunity

Our Operations teams are often described as the ‘oil in the machine’ and are vital for the smooth running of our entire firm. These teams are responsible for everything from liaising with clients, to reconciling trades and analysing operational risk. This is why we’re offering a wide range of summer placement opportunities, which will help you learn about a particular area of our business, whilst gaining a wider knowledge of the investment management industry.

Whichever area you’re interested in, you’ll benefit from a detailed induction and an individual learning and development plan. This includes both structured training sessions and on-the-job mentoring throughout your time with the firm. Students are also given a Learning Journal to record their experiences and accomplishments, which will help you with applications for future roles.

The placements are as different as the departments are diverse, however each one offers the opportunity to add value to the business and gain a deep understanding of the function. Each role requires commitment, enthusiasm and the desire to explore the wider opportunities here at Baillie Gifford. This is your opportunity to prove to yourself – and us – what you’re capable of.

Placements last between 8 and 12 weeks and start on the 15th June 2022. We have opportunities in the following areas:

  • Document Management
  • Accountancy
  • Group Governance
  • Post Trade Reporting
  • HR
  • IT Finance Systems
  • Investment Operations Learning & Development.


We’re looking for people who are enthusiastic, ambitious and keen to learn about a global investment management business. People who see opportunities where others see challenges. People who turn stumbling blocks into stepping-stones. First-rate communication and organisation skills are also essential, and we’d like to see evidence of this in your application.

You can be studying any degree subject, at undergraduate or postgraduate level, and must be in your penultimate year of study.


In addition to the rewarding experience and invaluable skills and knowledge you’ll gain, there is a salary of £18,000 pro rata.


Please visit our website for more information and to apply.

Closing date: 20th December 2021.

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