Baillie Gifford- Trainee Finance Assistant

Job title: Trainee Finance Assistant

Type: Modern Apprenticeship

Contract: Permanent

Salary: £18,000 per year

Hours: Full-time (35 hours)


Baillie Gifford is an investment management company founded in 1908. Since that time, we have grown into a leading global company and we invest in some of the world’s most exciting businesses. We work hard for our clients and employ over 1000 people, most of whom work in Edinburgh, but we also have offices in London, New York and Hong Kong. People are often surprised by the variety of roles available within Baillie Gifford, which can include investment managers, lawyers, finance experts, travel co-ordinators, client administrators and IT specialists. With a vast array of jobs, there may be a role for you that you hadn’t considered.

At Baillie Gifford, we’re incredibly committed to the wellbeing of our employees and we’re proud of our supportive working environment, with recent initiatives such as the Mental Health group and LGBT network. Our culture isn’t just limited to our work though – there’s an abundance of social events and groups to get involved in, from the annual dinner dance and office outing, to touch rugby and yoga classes. Not forgetting the free fruit, hot drinks and on-site restaurant to enjoy each day.

As part of this large department of approximately 50 people, you’ll gain invaluable exposure to many different areas of finance, working with teams such as Accounting/Reporting, Projects and Tax. The role of our Finance Department is to provide financial reporting for the firm, including the preparation of partnership and statutory accounts, along with regulatory financial and capital reporting and appropriate tax filings. We also manage payments to suppliers and on behalf of the business, manage the payroll and pensions for our staff and process expenses.

As a Finance Assistant you’ll be part of the Operations team responsible for accounts payable, preparing supplier payments and key reconciliations and supporting the firm’s expenses process. As a key member of our Finance Department, you’ll ensure invoices, journals and expense claims are inputted onto the firm’s accounting systems, accurately and on time. You’ll also ensure key reconciliations are completed and reconciling items investigated and resolved. We’ll expect you to liaise and work with your fellow colleagues face-to-face, allowing you to use your people skills to answer their queries and explain financial processes, as you gain a real understanding of the wider firm and how the Finance Department works.

What will I learn?

The apprenticeship programme will provide a combination of classroom based and on the job training to allow you to achieve a SVQ Accounting at SCQF Level 6.

Baillie Gifford is committed to helping its employees continually learn and develop so in addition to the apprenticeship qualification, you will have a formal induction programme and continued training throughout your time with us. This will be a combination of technical training to do your job to the best of your ability, some soft skills learning and the opportunity to learn about what our industry is all about.

What qualification or qualities are required?

We are looking for an enthusiastic, reliable and driven people.

You’ll be joining a team that’s focused on delivering the very best service, so communication skills are essential. Your ability to build strong relationships make you a born team player, while your high level of motivation means you also work well on your own. Time management is also one of your key skills and you know exactly how to multi-task and have a focus on the accuracy of your work.
You will also need a National 5 in Maths.

How to Apply: 

Please send your CV to