Baillie Gifford - Application Development Graduate Programme

Salary: Competitive plus benefits plus Bonus
Location: Scotland, Edinburgh
Start date: Sep-2017
Sectors: Computing & IT

Cutting edge technology at the heart of our business.

Baillie Gifford was established as an investment management partnership over 100 years ago. Today, we are an independent global investment management business with over £100 billion under management and a team of 220 IS professionals based in Edinburgh.


In this fast moving and ever changing business landscape, cutting-edge information systems underpin everything we do. So as you’d expect, we’re constantly investing in the development of our technical infrastructure. Just as important though, we invest a lot in the development of our people: the 220-strong team of IS professionals in Edinburgh who bring that technology to life.     



Explore new possibilities.

“I like dealing with people. For me, the most rewarding part of the job is finding out exactly what the business needs and working with others to provide the right solution.“

Rachel Barton - Team Leader

This is a genuinely collaborative, innovative and co-operative environment, within which you’ll get the chance to work across the full range of technologies - from desktop to mobile. You’ll see how we’re harnessing the potential of Agile Development approaches to pioneer breakthrough solutions.

Our team doesn’t just work with the latest technology – they work on it. We frequently collaborate with major suppliers like Cisco and Microsoft and field trial their new technologies. So you’ll not only work with new software and kit before anyone else, but also help to shape its functionality.

Structured training. Real responsibility.

“When I think of the projects I’ve worked on, I can honestly say that I’ve always had an equal voice - even when I’d just begun. It’s great to see how projects evolve over time and new ways of working are developed.”

Laura Wynne, Application Developer

Our training programme lasts for up to two years and provides opportunities to rotate around a number of areas, leading to a permanent role within the team. After a comprehensive three-month induction, you’ll be working on real projects and getting involved in their complete lifecycle. Don’t worry about being thrown in at the deep end though. There’s full and ongoing support from the smart, motivated and talented people around you.

Our Application Development team creates innovative software solutions to make our business work better. We work with users to define and create systems with technologies including relational database design, HTML5, Java Script, ASP.NET MVC, Oracle SQL and PL/SQL, and C#. 


Developing tomorrow’s leaders.

“There’s a role for everyone – whatever their particular talents and aspirations. This is what makes our IS team so strong.”

Rachel Barton - Team Leader

You’ve a strong aptitude for IT. That goes without saying. But you can bring a whole lot more. Ambition for starters. A burning ambition to grow your technical and personal skills as you develop into one of our future leaders. At Baillie Gifford, your career development is very much in your own hands. You take ownership of it and drive it yourself. In return, we’ll give you all the training and support you need to achieve your goals.

Although you don’t need to have specifically studied Computer Science, you will need an IT-related degree. Just as important though, you must bring strong communication skills, real commercial awareness and the ability to explain to us how you believe technology can make business better.

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