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Graduates

Our graduate programme isn’t easy, but who wants easy? You’ll be encouraged to push yourself forward and develop the skills and abilities that will serve you well beyond your placement programme. Every day, you’ll get the chance to put your talents to work, learn and grow, as you help us continue our exciting global journey to be a world-class investment company.

As a Standard Life graduate, we’ll rely on you to play a big role. In return you’ll get real responsibilities, great benefits, and the foundations to start an exciting career.

Each of our programmes is tailored to a specific discipline within our business. Some programmes are specific to our asset management business, Standard Life Investments.

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  • Actuarial
  • Customer Operations
  • Human Resources
  • Legal
  • Marketing
  • Risk
  • Technology

Actuarial

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Our actuaries solve key business problems in a complex and fast-moving environment. They play a crucial role in our commercial success, and how effectively we manage our risks.

For our actuarial programme, we're looking for highly numerate, analytical minds. People with a passion for problem-solving, continuous learning and taking responsibility. And people who communicate well with colleagues at every level.

As part of the programme, you'll be studying towards becoming a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA). It's a globally-recognised qualification into a well-respected profession - and you'll get lots of support from us to achieve it.

You'll have in-house tutorials and generous study leave. This has already helped many of our graduates gain their qualification in an above-average time for the profession - and with exam pass rates that consistently outperform the average too.

You'll have rotational placements in a variety of business areas - with work ranging from financial reporting and risk management, to business planning and developing investment strategy. These will help you meet the IFoA's work-based skills requirements. Not to mention understand the needs of different stakeholders - customers, regulators and shareholders.

Throughout your placements, you'll also have the support of your manager, mentors who are qualified actuaries, and buddies who are studying too.

  • Duration: Dependent on exam passes.
  • Structure: Rotational placements.
  • Development: A series of professional exams to become a fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.
  • Entry requirements: First or 2:1 degree, or a post-graduate qualification, in an analytically based subject. A minimum grade A in Mathematics at Higher, A Level, Irish Leaving Certificate or equivalent. You'll also need a minimum grade B in English at GCSE, Standard Grade or equivalent.
Actuarial graduate

Highlights of a typical working week

Monday: Each team in my business area gives an update of their plans for the next two weeks, and what they did last week. As a graduate it's great to be playing a big part in influencing this. It gives me an opportunity to define what I want to achieve – and to figure out whether it's achievable.

Tuesday: We take part in a session with other actuarial graduates from around the company - to compare experiences of our current roles and hear about potential future placements. These sessions give me a clearer idea of the career path ahead – and a chance to practise my presentation skills.

Wednesday: I spend the day in the library, studying towards my professional qualification. The study package at Standard Life is excellent. There's a lot of study material to keep up with. But having a study day every week (plus tutorials) makes balancing work, exams and a social life manageable.

Thursday: We're shown a demonstration of the new online journey to help customers change their investment instructions – we’re responsible for testing the calculations involved. It's exciting to be involved in something that will really improve the customer experience.

Friday: I have my fortnightly one-to-one with my manager. It’s a chance to reflect on and discuss just about anything – whether it's everyday work or other things. The opportunity to have frank discussions is really important, and also helps my manager be ready to offer the support I need.

Customer Operations

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Are you interested in working in a team that is firmly at the heart of enabling Standard Life to become First Choice for our Customer’s Savings?

Would you like to gain more experience in people leadership that enables positive change and supports your future career opportunities?

Would you like the opportunity to use your skills and ideas to lead and shape change projects and improvements which benefit your colleagues and customers?

If the answer is yes, we want to hear from you.

At Standard Life we always aim to provide excellent service for our customers – whether it’s the service they receive over the phone, in person or through our online digital channels. Customer Operations provides the servicing strategy and standards that our business needs to enable us to be First Choice for Customers’ Savings.

In your rotational placements, you’ll take on challenges that will make a difference to customers and colleagues – while gaining valuable knowledge and experience. This will include exciting opportunities such as managing a team of customer services representatives, leading change projects, analysing and presenting insight to support business decisions and designing and delivering contact centre technology.

To work here, it takes people who enjoy a challenge and will take responsibility for leading change – solving problems, finding solutions, and identifying new opportunities. And people who aren’t afraid to ask ‘why’ – to challenge the way things are done and work collaboratively to drive positive changes.

You’ll also have everything you need to support your career development and build your capability and strengths – whether it’s through training, your placement managers, graduate buddies or mentors.

It all adds up to a great opportunity to begin an exciting career path. The opportunity to influence, drive and lead valuable projects, as part of a Customer Operations team that is right at the heart of a successful company.

  • Duration: Two-year programme
  • Structure: Four rotational placements*
  • Development: Relevant to placements
  • Entry requirements: Minimum 2:1 degree in any discipline

*includes one mandatory placement line managing a team of Customer Operations colleagues.

Customer Operations graduate

Highlights of a typical working week

Monday: I’m currently managing a team of Customer Operations Representative who are responsible for delivering a range of services to our customers. First of all, I have a look at what our customer service levels look like for my team. We prioritise, plan and forecast the workload to make sure we are resourced to meet our customer and clients’ needs. I also meet with the Continuous Improvement Manager to look at where we could make changes to improve our processes and efficiency.

Tuesday: I meet with our Training team to develop a training plan for a new piece of work that my team will soon be taking on. Highlight of the day is meeting with Ellie – a summer intern who is leading on Communications within Customer Ops. It’s great to catch up and hear about how she’s looking to improve the communications we issue to our people to make them more helpful and engaging.

Wednesday: Coffee and a catch-up with my senior leader mentor to chat about my personal development. I attend a showcase of all the Continuous Improvement initiatives in Customer Operations and gather lots of ideas that I could use with my own team.

Thursday: August is mid-year performance review time. I meet with all my team face to face and talk through how they are progressing against their performance goals for the first half of the year, as well as how they plan to continue to progress towards the end of the year. I also have my own performance review with my Placement Manager – she shares her feedback and insights on what I’m doing well and where I could develop further. I really value her honest opinion and the coaching and support she provides.

Friday: I go for lunch with the other Customer Operations grads – it's great to catch up and share how we’re all getting on. Then I have a systems problem to deal with – time to put our contingency plans to work! It makes for a busy afternoon but really enjoyable. Time to reflect on the week – I really feel at the heart of the business in Customer Operations and enjoy how two days are never the same.

Human Resources

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In Human Resources, we work to make sure that our business has the structure, talent and leadership to operate at its best. Our team aims to innovate, improve and lead change in our company – so that our people are set up to deliver for our customers.

To work here it takes a genuine interest in HR, and a desire to keep learning. You also need to collaborate, communicate well, and be able to see the bigger picture – to help us identify opportunities to improve how we operate.

During your rotational placements, you’ll develop the influencing, stakeholder management and consultancy skills to become a successful HR professional – all while contributing to the success of a global company.

There’s real variety in the work your placements could cover. From understanding the day-to-day queries our employees have, to big business change projects. From reviewing policies and performance strategies, to helping improve the technology platforms we use. From attracting new talent into our business, to helping employees continue to develop once they’re here.

There’s great support too. You’ll have a placement manager, mentor and buddy. There are opportunities to learn from senior leaders. And there’s support towards studying for a Masters in HR Management, accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

  • Duration: 2 years
  • Structure: 4 rotational placements across Standard Life and Standard Life Investments' People Team
  • Development: Scope to study towards Masters in HR Management, CIPD accredited
  • Entry requirements: 2:1 Degree in any discipline
HR graduate

Highlights of a typical working week

Monday: I gave a presentation to our People Leadership Team about the graduate sustainability challenge. It's a big part of the programme for all graduates, and involves spending a week working with a charity. The presentation gave me a great opportunity to meet and network with some of our senior leaders. I was quite nervous to begin with, but the senior leaders were really supportive – they provided lots of encouragement and feedback. It took me out of my comfort zone and I learned a lot from it.

Tuesday: I worked with our multimedia team to help design the branding for our management development programme, which is a training programme for 700 managers across the company. It's always interesting to collaborate with other teams and colleagues on projects like this. And this was a really exciting one to be part of too – the new branding really helped bring the training programme to life.

Wednesday: More work on the management development programme today, but a different side to it – building the training schedule. It involved coordinating very carefully with our premises team, who manage our training rooms, and our external training provider. It’s been a great challenge – the success of the management programme relies on this schedule being accurate. It's a great example of the variety you get as a graduate too – I’ve really enjoyed getting involved in a project with so many different elements.

Thursday: I attended an event organised by our Young Persons’ Development Network. It was hosted by our company’s distribution director, to explain how his department operates. It's great that senior leaders take so much time out to help younger employees learn about different business areas – I think it shows that they value the contribution we can make to the company’s success. And it’s great to have a network that can provide these sorts of learning opportunities – ones that really focus on our development needs.

Friday: More of a catching-up day today. Some time to go through e-mails, a couple of meetings to check progress with some projects, and a catch-up with my manager. It’s great to have the time to do these sorts of things – it helps you organise and plan things properly. After that, the team rounded off the week by going for a few drinks. We spend so much time together at work, and I think the social occasions really help the relationships you build with your colleagues.

Marketing

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Our marketing team finds ways of engaging customers in their savings and investments – attracting new customers, creating lasting relationships, and helping them make the most of their money.

We look for people with a natural curiosity and enthusiasm, who can make it work in a commercial setting. There's a real entrepreneurial spirit around what we do - constantly innovating and trying out new ideas. And there's the need to communicate and work well with different teams, audiences and stakeholders.

During your rotational placements, you'll get the practical experience to set you up for an exciting career. If there's an area that really interests you, we'll help tailor your programme so you're playing to your strengths.

You'll be helping to improve our marketing experiences at all points - and working closely with our customers while doing it. It could be through marketing directly to them, or providing a service for our business partners.

Digital plays a big part in all of this - including digital retailing, our social media activity, and developing engaging web content. And you'll also have the chance to work with 56⁰, our very own in-house marketing agency.

  • Duration: Two-year programme
  • Structure: Up to four rotational placements
  • Development: Tailored approach to placements, with role relevant training as required
  • Entry requirements: 2:1 degree in any discipline
Marketing graduate

Highlights of a typical working week

Monday: I'm writing, designing and delivering a major client-facing communication against a tight deadline. I enjoy tasks that demand a diverse range of skills to deliver them, from copywriting and creativity to technical knowledge and stakeholder management. It's really satisfying to have the chance to test yourself in this way.

Tuesday: Today I have a couple of regular catch-up meetings. The first meeting is to share experiences with other graduates on the programme, and the next is with my manager to discuss some wider strategic priorities. It's interesting to hear what other graduates are working on - and really encouraging to see that our work influences the company's overall direction.

Wednesday: A busy day planning a series of client events, and organising a client research project with a range of internal and external parties. It's fulfilling to deliver larger projects that give you close contact with clients and customers, and help strengthen the company's good relationship with them.

Thursday: I'm spending the day in London. I'm part of a small team meeting our pension director, then supporting seminars at one of our clients' offices. It's really rewarding to interact with customers, and help deliver a service that they really value. And it's great to have chances to collaborate with colleagues in our offices outside of Edinburgh.

Friday: I'm attending a talk hosted by our Young Persons' Development Network. It's from a senior manager in a different business area. I learn a lot from these sessions – whether it's a new perspective on a certain topic, or even just observing good presentation skills. At the end of the day, I join some of the other graduates for a few drinks - always important to have the chance to kick back after a busy week!

Risk

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Our risk and compliance team works to protect and enhance our company’s value. The team provides support and guidance across our business globally – to help it understand and manage its risks, opportunities and regulatory requirements.

So it requires people with strong analytical skills, and a passion for problem solving. An ability to build relationships and communicate effectively, whatever the situation. And a desire to collaborate, so you can make the most of your strengths.

During your rotational placements, you’ll gain first-hand experience of the controls and corporate governance around business risk. This could be in roles relating to emerging regulations, operational risks, risk reporting or financial risks. You’ll also assist with a risk review into a key part of our operations. These placements will give you a great understanding of the big issues and challenges that our business faces.

There’s great support along the way too. You’ll have the chance to present to senior leaders, who’ll follow your progress closely. There’s support on offer to work towards a recognised industry qualification. And you’ll have a mentor based in your business area – as well as fellow graduates to connect with right across the company.

  • Duration: Two-year programme
  • Structure: Up to four rotational placements
  • Development: Option of support to work towards a recognised Risk qualification.
  • Entry requirements: 2:1 degree in any discipline.
Accounts graduate

Highlights of a typical working week

Monday: Our fortnightly department meeting – which includes colleagues from our London and Boston offices. These meetings provide the opportunity to find out what work is going on in other teams – and it's exciting to collaborate with colleagues overseas. It really helps my knowledge of the business.

Tuesday: I'm running a training presentation to colleagues, which helps to explain our company's Global Code of Conduct. I've run presentations to people right across the business. It's been great for my confidence, and the opportunity to present to many of our senior people has been huge. It's also allowed me to build up some really strong working relationships in different business areas.

Wednesday: I'm attending a lunchtime learning session to find out more about our business in Asia. I find it really interesting learning about parts of the business you're not in regular contact with. The range of training presentations that you can attend to increase your knowledge is vast!

Thursday: I'm meeting with the team that manages our company's online collaboration system. We're looking to make some improvements to the section where our team hosts content. Working on this has allowed me to be creative and drive my ideas forward. Other teams have since asked me to help them with their content too, so I must be doing something right!

Friday: I'm meeting with our finance team. I need to gather data to help our business fulfil a request for information from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). It's a big responsibility to have early on in my career. But it's really rewarding to know that there’s so much trust in my skills and knowledge career, and the experience has been invaluable.

Technology

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In Business Change and Technology we innovate, develop and maintain the IT infrastructure that supports our whole business. We collaborate across all business areas, as well as with stakeholders and third parties, to deliver a first-class service to our customers.

To help us do that, it takes people with a passion for technology – and an analytical mindset to find ways of constantly improving how we do things. We look for people who are passionate about doing the right thing too, in whatever they do. And people with the drive and humility to be a real team player.

Through your placement, you’ll be trusted with real work and responsibilities. You’ll have opportunities to put your knowledge to the test practically – in areas including software development, digital design and development, testing and cyber security.

You’ll also build up valuable insights into areas such as operational support, business and systems analysis, and project management – to help you make the most of your strengths in a business context.

And to complement your placement, there’s a structured development plan, training, and support if you’re studying towards industry qualifications. Not to mention the invaluable support you’ll get from your buddy and your network of fellow graduates.

  • Duration: Two-year programme
  • Development: Relevant to placement
  • Entry requirements: 2.1 degree in any discipline (applicants must demonstrate a strong interest in Technology)
Technology graduate

Highlights of a typical working week

Monday: I’m working on some risk and resource analysis for a number of projects. It involves assessing the status and requirements of a project so I can update my manager. It also means I’m responsible for understanding the internal and external costs being charged to these projects, so that I can report cost forecasts to senior leaders. It’s a challenging task, and a big responsibility, but it’s been great for my development. It’s given me more confidence too, knowing that my manager trusts me to provide this sort of information.

Tuesday: The majority of my Tuesday is spent communicating with several senior leaders, to help us produce a slide pack to present at the next board meeting. This includes coordinating and understanding over a dozen separate documents from business area leaders across our company. There’s a challenging set of deadlines to meet – while also making sure the content is of a high standard – but to have that freedom and responsibility is extremely satisfying. And you learn a lot from having this level of contact with our senior leaders.

Wednesday: I’ve set time aside to study some of the processes we have in place, to see if there are areas where we could do things better. This is one of my favourite aspects of the graduate programme: the working environment allows me to be creative and propose ideas, and really influence the way we do things. I’ve already seen several of my ideas used in practice – even when I’ve challenged some well-established processes – and that’s very rewarding.

Thursday: Today we have one of our regular team meetings. It’s a chance to update the team on findings and decisions, and to ask each other questions. We’ve taken this approach in all the different project teams I’ve worked in. I’ve found that having the chance to work with different teams, across our different offices, has been crucial to my development so far. By working and continually collaborating with new project teams, I’ve built a supportive network that’s really helped my transition from university to working life. Before I started here, I thought I’d simply be rooted to a desk all the time!

Friday: It’s always good to have opportunities to catch up and organise the week ahead. Our weekly team breakfast is always a good chance to catch up with my colleagues in a more relaxed setting. I’m pleased to fit in a gym session at lunchtime too. After that, there’s a progress meeting for all the graduates in our business area, and I also have a review with my mentor. The company’s focus on personal development has really contributed to my progress. My mentor’s helped tailor my role and placement to match my career ambitions, and I feel more confident in my ability to take ownership and responsibility in my work.

 
  • Equities
  • Fixed Income
  • Fund Solutions
  • Global Relations
  • Global Operations
  • Global Product
  • Global Sales
  • Money Markets
  • Multi Asset
  • Real Estate

Equities

Applications for this programme are now closed.

Our equities team is based mainly in Edinburgh, and also manages US equities from our Boston office. We carry out research on a global sector basis. Our equity portfolio managers and analysts have an average industry experience of 16 years, with 10 of these at Standard Life Investments.

We look for highly numerate people, with analytical mindsets. People with the confidence to take responsibility, and the initiative to propose new ideas. And people who can communicate and collaborate effectively with all colleagues.

For graduates, there are opportunities to help us create real value for our clients. This could be through meeting with clients and external companies directly – whether it’s to articulate our investment strategy, or to capture data and prepare reports. It could be through research to assess performance and profitability of companies we invest in. Or it could be through formulating and sharing investment recommendations with other members of our team.

You’ll play a big role in the team from the very start – with support from a mentor and coach to help you develop technically and personally. And there’s great support towards studying towards your Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) qualification.

  • Duration: 2-year programme
  • Structure: Placements are not rotational, but there is flexibility to move between different business areas if openings occur and skillsets match.
  • Development: Qualifications from regulatory and competence (IMC) to professional (CFA, IMC, PRM). Training in systems (such as Excel, Bloomberg, Reuters, and Haver), programming, writing and presenting.
  • Entry requirements: 2:1 Degree in any discipline – and we welcome many graduates who have advanced degrees in addition to undergraduate qualifications. Data science, maths and programming skills will be required for some positions.
Equities graduate

Highlights of a typical working week

Monday: I’m chairing a meeting with the management of one of our clients. These meetings help us really understand their businesses so we can make sound investment decisions. I've been pleasantly surprised to be given big responsibilities like this. They take you out of your comfort zone, but it's a valuable part of my development.

Tuesday: Research is a crucial part of our investment process, and that's my main focus for today. Formulating research ideas and relaying these to my team is the most important part. It's fascinating to hear other people's views on your ideas, even if they don’t always agree with you! But as a graduate, this feedback really helps you grow.

Wednesday: It's our quarterly team meeting today. It involves the analyst for a particular sector presenting recommendations and answering questions. Everyone in the team does this. It can be daunting at the start, but it really helps you to think on your feet. And it's great to know I'm directly helping to improve our investment process.

Thursday: Today I went to a conference run by one of our clients. These visits are great to get a better understanding of how best to engage with them during work. They help boost your knowledge of different types of businesses too, and compare experiences with other investment professionals.

Friday: There are lots opportunities to get to know people across the company. One of the most enjoyable opportunities was the rugby 7s tournament in London that I took part in today. It wasn’t so much fun finding out how unfit I was!

Credit Investments Support

Applications for this programme are now closed.

We manage approximately £50bn of assets, in over 100 funds, for a range of different clients across the globe. We have teams in Edinburgh, Boston and London, all with a proven track record.

As a graduate in the Credit on-desk support team, you will have a very varied and challenging introduction into working in investment management. The role involves representing the credit team and working with areas across the business including client reporting, marketing, dealing, technology, change and all areas of operations – you’ll gain a great understanding of our wider business.

From coordinating corporate actions and primary market trades across our funds, to assisting with portfolio cash management, as on-desk support you will be working closely with credit portfolio managers and analysts on the investment floor. From the start, you’ll gain first-hand experience in a fast-paced environment.

Based in Edinburgh, you’ll spend time in different business areas – which could include data management, derivatives services, corporate actions, client on-boarding and asset pricing. There are also training opportunities to improve the knowledge and skills you need.

There will be training opportunities to improve the knowledge and skill you need to succeed in the on-desk support role, and if further professional qualifications are the best route for your, there’s great support for the Investment Management Certificate (IMC).

  • Duration: 2 year programme
  • Structure: There is no formal rotation, but will include some time in other areas of the business yet to be confirmed
  • Development: Support towards studying towards further professional qualifications, such as the IMC.

As well as a minimum 2:1 degree, we are looking for people who are analytical thinkers and strong communicators. People who collaborate well and have the confidence to influence others. And people with the drive to keep improving and always do the right thing.

Fixed Income Credit graduate

Highlights of a typical working week

Monday: I’m setting up and loading trades for new issues in the primary bond market. For each new corporate bond issue I’ll collate the orders for the fund managers. This is a huge responsibility - attention to detail is crucial. It was initially quite nerve racking, but now I love the fast-paced nature of the work.

Tuesday: I'm coordinating the weekly meeting pack and analyst scoring analysis for the High Yield team. This is crucial for the analysts and fund managers' strategy planning - so it's really rewarding to be involved. And coming from a mathematics-based background, it's hugely increased my knowledge from a credit research perspective.

Wednesday: I'm meeting with our credit client management team and global reporting team. It's an opportunity to provide input for reports on funds launching in the future - an important part of our team's work. Doing this has increased my confidence, and my knowledge in portfolio analysis. And I enjoy getting to collaborate with colleagues across our global offices.

Thursday: I'm taking part in training courses, to improve my knowledge of the VBA programming language used to pull together our reports and meeting packs in Excel. It's great to have time to develop skills in an area I’m interested in personally, and that can then be applied to add value to our team's work.

Friday: The week can be very busy on the investment floor, so finding opportunities to catch-up with my line manager - like I do today - is really important. My manager is really approachable and will give me useful feedback on my achievements, progress and areas for development. It's also a chance to discuss anything else on my mind, and plan for areas of work that I want to move in to next.

Fund Solutions

Applications for this programme are now closed.

Our London-based Fund Solutions team is one of largest and most experienced Fund of Fund investment management teams within the UK. Individual roles are split across fund research, portfolio management and quantitative analysis. They also work closely with our other investment teams and external fund management groups.

We look for real team players, who are highly numerate and communicate well. A competitive mindset, and willingness to take a high level of personal responsibility. An ability to adapt to change. And a desire to continually learn and improve.

From day one you’ll be supporting the team’s objectives – helping you to develop from graduate to analyst. This will be through working closely with analysts and portfolio managers – helping them to review our existing holdings, as well as researching, identifying and recommending new ones. You’ll also support how we refine and develop our investment process.

You’ll gain an understanding of a range of different asset classes, and skills in fund research, analysis and investment decision making. Your confidence will grow as you take on ownership of key tasks over time.

There’s also excellent support throughout, including study support for industry-recognised qualifications – the Investment Management Certificate (IMC) and the Chartered Financial Analyst programme.

  • Duration: 2-year programme based in London
  • Structure: Mainly within the team environment but with the opportunity to gain further understanding of related investment teams throughout the firm.
  • Development: In addition to formal training, you will be given significant soft skills development opportunities.
  • Entry requirements: Minimum 2:1 degree in any discipline, although a quantitative-related degree would be advantageous.

Highlights of a typical working week – Rickey Thevakarrunai

Monday: I’m attending a training session on how to use the Bloomberg system, which is a really valuable resource of financial market data. It’s just one example of the great support graduates get with training and professional development. I was excited to learn a new system, particularly one that has many different uses.

Tuesday: It’s great to get insights from senior leaders so early in my career. Today I’m attending a fund managers’ meeting, for a UK equity fund that our team is invested in. I got to listen to a highly-respected fund manager discuss his perspectives on a range of different companies, as well as his outlook for the UK equity market.

Wednesday: Writing up notes from the previous day’s meeting. This helps me distil what I learned and helped me clarify the manager's approach to investing, which I’m interested to learn more about. It’s something I take the opportunity to discuss with my line manager, at our regular one-to-one later that day.

Thursday: I have a meeting with a sales manager from a third-party fund provider. This is to get a better understanding of the funds it offers, particularly in areas that it views as its core strengths. It’s a good example of the opportunities graduates here have, through the responsibilities we’re given, to learn about the wider industry – and to build up a network of contacts.

Friday: I’m at our weekly team meeting. We share information on the different fund managers we’ve met with, and the different types of funds we’ve learned are being considered for investment. It’s great to have such a regular opportunity to learn about what’s happening around the business, and to really engage with what the wider team is doing. It really helps me feel like I’m making a valued contribution.

Global Client Relations

Our Global Client Relations function works to maximise client reach, retention and relationships. Its activities include relationship management, marketing, research and insight – across institutional, wholesale and retail channels in 48 markets worldwide.

We look for candidates who are highly numerate and creative. People with the ability to stay organised and deliver under pressure. And people who can communicate effectively with all colleagues, and are always keen to learn from them.

From the start, you’ll be a valued member of a growing team, gaining experience that opens up various career paths. You’ll get a great understanding of all parts of the marketing mix and client relationship management, and our overall client strategy.

Your responsibilities could range from marketing and analysis of market and product information, to campaign and event management. From direct client support, to competitor research. You’ll also have the chance to suggest and present ideas on how to improve our processes and outputs.

And there’s great support throughout. Whether it’s with studying for a professional qualification – the Investment Management Certificate (IMC) or the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) qualification – or from your dedicated line manager, buddy and mentor.

We’re not currently recruiting graduates for this programme, however, we are looking for candidates to to join as one of our summer interns.

Global Relations graduate

Highlights of a typical working week

Monday: I’m running a client event this week, so Monday is busy as I will be out of the office for a few days. I organise my week ahead of time and deal with all urgent emails first. Then it’s project updates (I’m working on a website enhancement project and an industry-wide project called Solvency II). It’s a quick day, very fast-paced and lots of variety, which is pretty usual for my area.

Tuesday: Finalising plans for tomorrow’s client event in Manchester. This means meeting with the different event’s stakeholders and coordinating all the requirements so that things go smoothly. Then it’s travelling down to the venue for a site visit. Because we encourage collaboration across all levels of the company, this makes dealing with people from different departments quick and easy.

Wednesday: A packed day in Manchester! The event is great and I’m really pleased with how it went. It’s a vital part of what Global Client Relations does: meeting our clients, discussing their needs and the issues facing the markets. It helps us get a deeper understanding of how we can improve our propositions.

Thursday: Travel back to our HQ in Edinburgh. Catch up on my other project work and what’s coming up the following week. After work, my team and I go out. We’re going to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to check out what’s on. The Fringe is one of the best arts and entertainment festivals in the world. Nights out like this are great for team building and forging better working relationships.

Friday: I catch up with colleagues and organise my calendar and schedule for the following week. I’ve also blocked out a few hours for study too. As part of my programme, I’m studying for my Investment Management Certificate. It’s a professional qualification that will help me build my understanding of the investments markets.

Global Operations

Applications for this programme are now closed.

Global Operations plays an important part in all areas of our investments business. It consists of a number of interlinked roles, supporting the investment management process and the distribution of our products.

To work here it requires ambition, with a willingness to learn and collaborate. Innovative minds, helping generate ideas to improve how we operate. And the confidence to take responsibility to deliver on these ideas.

Through your rotational placements, you’ll gain a thorough understanding of our business. It’s experience that can help you decide how your shape your future career – whether it’s as a technical leader in a particular field, or as a strategic leader managing multiple teams.

You could be involved in pricing our funds and assets – ensuring that our investment team and client managers have the right information to do their job. Or you could be working on projects to ensure that we get the right service from our outsourced providers.

And there’s great support throughout. You’ll have opportunities to learn from senior leaders, through mentoring relationships and end-of-placement presentations. We also offer study support towards the Investment Operations Certificate (IOC) and Investment Management Certificate (IMC).

  • Duration: 2 Year Programme
  • Structure: 4 Rotational Placements
  • Development: Support towards studying towards further professional qualifications
  • Entry requirements: Minimum 2:1 degree in any discipline.
Global Operations graduate

Highlights of a typical working week

Monday: I host a weekly meeting with senior colleagues involved in the project that I am leading - the launch of a new fund. Collaboration's something that I've noticed the company really values. Getting input from my colleagues is great, as the outcome of these discussions drives my workload for the week.

Tuesday: I have one of my weekly 1:1 sessions with my manager. It's good to know there's support when I need it - we can talk about my work and almost anything else I want to discuss. It's also a regular opportunity to discuss how I'm performing, and ask questions around development progress and opportunities.

Wednesday: I spend the day drafting documents for the fund launch project that I'm leading. Even though I'm early in my career, it's a great boost to my confidence knowing that I'm trusted with delivering something that adds real value to the business. It's satisfying to receive the recognition when the work is complete too.

Thursday: Today's been a good day to catch up on a few tasks after a busy day yesterday, and meet up with some of my fellow graduates. I find it really helpful to share ideas and perspectives with other graduates - even when they're on different programmes, many of our situations and experiences are very similar.

Friday: There's a number of learning sessions hosted by various teams across the business. These give you a great insight into how the entire business fits together. Today I'm at a lunchtime session to hear more about the growth of the company's Asia business. It’s good fun, and a good chance to build up my professional network in a relaxed environment.

Global Product

Applications for this programme are now closed.

In Global Product we aim to maximise the long-term value of our investment capabilities through information, insight and innovation, providing products and solutions that really work for our clients.

We look for people who are analytical and highly numerate, people who have an enthusiasm for problem solving and innovating as well as people with an ability to communicate well and build strong relationships.

It’s a rare opportunity for graduates – an important role in the product department of a global investment company. You’ll have the opportunity to contribute to the management and development of our successful global product suite – developing many skills essential for a career in the asset management industry.

You’ll have a diverse range of work during your rotational placements. This could include working on the development, management and wider strategy of our product range, as well as the governance of products and funds. In addition you may work alongside our Investment Specialists or help prepare presentations and pitches. You’ll also work with a number of other teams across different parts of our business.

There’s support along the way too, from your placement manager to your dedicated buddy. And there’s a variety of training and study options – including support towards the Investment Management Certificate (IMC) qualification.

  • Duration: 2 Year Programme
  • Structure: Up to 4 Rotational Placements
  • Development: Support towards studying towards the Investment Management Certificate (IMC) qualification
  • Entry requirements: Minimum 2:1 degree in any discipline.

Highlights of a typical working week – Scott Dickson

Monday: In a meeting to discuss the development of our Liability Aware investment propositions. This is a great example of how we collaborate on developing new ideas to help meet our client’s needs. It’s a productive meeting and gets my week off to a flying start. Later, there’s my regular 7-a-side football match at a local sports centre.

Tuesday: Kick off a new project looking at the impact of new money market regulations on our range of investment funds. It’s a real team effort with people from all levels of the business involved. This type of work gives me a deeper insight into how our funds work and the regulations we need to follow as a responsible investment company.

Wednesday: I’m helping to host a welcome lunch for our new 2016 graduates at Standard Life Investments. It’s only been a year since I started, but I already feel like I’m passing along a wealth of information to them based on my experience so far!

Thursday: I’m presenting today. It’s an analysis of global credit markets to my colleagues in the Fixed Income Investment Specialists and Fund Management teams. It’s another example of how we get to meet and present to senior leaders in our business and I’m really pleased with how it went.

Friday: Time to celebrate success, as it’s the start of the Ryder Cup in Hazeltine, USA. Standard Life Investments is the worldwide partner, so the launch is being celebrated across our global offices. An excellent way to end a busy and productive week.

Global Sales

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Global Sales, part of our Global Client Group, are responsible for generating profitable institutional and wholesale sales across our worldwide operations. Our success comes from building relationships with a diverse group of contacts including pension funds, multi-managers/fund of funds, investment consultants, intermediaries and sovereign wealth funds. In addition we aim to build asset flow via the Standard Life platforms and with global financial institutions and third-party platforms.

In each placement, you’ll play a key role in linking the needs of your sales colleagues to the requirements and needs of the wider business. This requires excellent networking and collaboration skills, as you’ll be working alongside colleagues from right across our group, including legal, marketing, operations and our asset class teams.

To help us achieve our ambitious global growth plans, we’ve got roles for people fluent in English, French or German as well as multilingual capability in any combination of these languages. We operate across time zones, so flexibility on working hours is a must too in order to meet the needs of our global sales operations. In return, you’ll get the support and development you need to grow as a sales professional for one of the world’s leading investment management brands.

  • Duration: 2 Year Programme
  • Structure: 4 rotational Placements
  • Development: Support towards studying towards further professional qualifications
  • Entry requirements: Minimum 2:1 degree in any discipline.
Global Sales graduate

Money Markets & Foreign Exchange

In Money Markets and Foreign Exchange, we’re responsible for cash and currency management in our business. The team manages about £50bn in cash investments, and trades around £400bn of foreign exchange transactions each year. It also offers a currency advisory service for our investment professionals.

We’re looking for highly numerate, analytical minds, and excellent communication skills. People who are excited about working in a trading environment, with the ability to perform under pressure. And people who will take real responsibility for their work.

You’ll have the opportunity to make a real contribution to an exciting and important part of our investment process. You’ll be an important part of the team, with genuine responsibilities – which will give you extensive knowledge of the international cash and currency markets.

This could be through cash and currency dealing and management. It could be through economic and market analysis. Or you could be helping to form market views and influence investment positions across multi-asset portfolios.

You’ll have great on-the job training along the way. And there’s also generous study leave and support – helping you work towards the globally-recognised investment qualification from the CFA Institute.

We’re not currently recruiting graduates for this programme, however, we are looking for candidates to to join as one of our summer interns.

Money Markets and Foreign Exchange graduate

Multi Asset Investments

Applications for this programme are now closed.

Our Multi Asset and Macro Investing team plays a big part in our global success. It's a growing team - now 70-strong - with responsibilities ranging from portfolio, risk and business management, to strategy, thought leadership and analysis.

We look for analytical people, with an eye for detail and an appetite to keep learning. People with willingness to take responsibility and rise to challenges. And people who collaborate and thrive in a team environment.

For graduates, the responsibilities you’ll have will help you on the path to becoming a skilled analyst. This could involve a business management or implementation role – providing you with a great insight into our overall business, while also improving your technical expertise and market knowledge.

Or you could have a more specialised portfolio remit – contributing to areas such as multi-asset, rates, inflation, strategic and tactical asset allocation, and absolute return. There are plenty of chances to interact with other parts of the business.

You’ll have great support throughout your placement. There's on-the-job training, technical training courses, and support towards relevant professional qualifications – as well as the personal development opportunities that the overall graduate programme offers.

  • Duration: 2-year programme
  • Structure: Placements are not rotational, but there is flexibility to move between different business areas if openings occur and skillsets match.
  • Development: Qualifications from regulatory and competence (IMC) to professional (CFA, IMC, PRM). Training in systems (such as Excel, Bloomberg, Reuters, and Haver), programming, writing and presenting.
  • Entry requirements: 2:1 Degree in any discipline – and we welcome many graduates who have advanced degrees in addition to undergraduate qualifications. Data science, maths and programming skills will be required for some positions.
Multi Asset Investments graduate

Real Estate

Applications for this programme are now closed.

We invest in direct and indirect real estate assets in all commercial property sectors across the globe on behalf of our clients.

To work in our real estate team, it takes highly numerate people with strong communication skills and the confidence to be a strong negotiator. You also need the initiative to work on your own as well as the ability to collaborate effectively with your colleagues.

As a graduate you’ll have a high level of responsibility from an early stage, working on real estate disposals and acquisitions, asset management, as well as gaining valuable experience of working closely with clients.

To support your personal development, we offer excellent training to help you complete your Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) – the on-the-job training you need to qualify as a chartered surveyor, and a real milestone in working towards a role in fund management. Our graduates have a 100% pass rate.

As well as having the benefits of being based in a leading city like Edinburgh, there are also opportunities to travel and work across the UK. Once you’re qualified, there’s also the possibility of an overseas placement too.

  • Duration: 2-year programme
  • Structure: Structured programme within the Real Estate Investments Team.
  • Development: Structured personal development and training towards the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Assessment of Professional Competence (APC).
  • Entry requirements: RICS accredited undergraduate (2.1 or above) or RICS accredited postgraduate degree.
Real Estate graduate

Highlights of a typical working week

Monday: I start my week at the catch-up meeting for the UK Wholesale Real Estate team. It's an opportunity to gain insights from our fund managers and into business development in the real estate department. Getting to collaborate with senior real estate professionals really aids my professional development too.

Tuesday: Today I'm negotiating a new lease at a vacant office building in the City of London. Over the last three months I have coordinated a structured marketing campaign. Engaging in negotiations to get the best result for our investors is a big responsibility, but it provides a real buzz.

Wednesday: I catch an early flight to London to inspect an asset, ahead of a prospective purchase for our fund. Visiting real assets allows us to gain a greater understanding of new markets, and make professional contacts across the UK. I really enjoy having the chance to travel too - what I do is so much more than just a desk job.

Thursday: A day back in the Edinburgh office is followed by a networking event with investment agents in the evening. I enjoy the social aspect of the role. It's also great to make contacts who are market leaders in the real estate industry, and to start building lasting working relationships.

Friday: It's great how much support I've received for my APC qualification. Today I have a catch-up with my APC supervisor to discuss my progress. My team has also organised for me to complete secondments with our solicitors and valuers. The APC process is a big task, but the support you have from day one really helps.