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10 Dec 2015

  • Job Type: Graduate Job
  • Profession: Investment Banking
  • Start Date: Unspecified
  • Location: Edinburgh
  • UCAS Points: Investment Governance Graduate 2016
  • Disciplines Recruited From: Any
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Degree Required: 2:1

Standard Life Investment invests in various asset classes, for numerous clients, from operations based in Edinburgh, Boston and London, and has relationships with Japan, Indian and China. The Investment Governance Team is an integral part of the control environment in SLI. It is comprised of Investment Risk, Investment Restrictions Control and Investment Process.

  • Rotation through each department
  • Describe each department

Role Purpose

This role will be a rotating support through each of the 3 teams every 6 months. The stakeholders using such support will include: team heads, Asset Class Managers, Client Directors, the Director of Investment Governance and the Head of Investments. The responsibilities of this role include:

  • Investment Risk – generation and interpretation of management information in order for risk measurement of all asset classes.
  • Investment Restrictions Control – assisting team in monitoring all portfolios are within mandate restrictions.
  • Investment Process – develop an understanding of all asset classes and their Investment Processes. Assist in the analysis and compilation of data to be used in Portfolio Reviews with senior fund managers.

Key Outcomes

  • A rounded experience of all Investment Governance roles and an opportunity to specialise post rotation
  • This role will uniquely enable a member of the Governance team to have experience of all aspects, thus bridging the function more closely together.
  • Familiarity with platforms providing key investment information, such as Bloomberg, Factset, APT, Northfield and Charles River
  • Knowledge of all broad Investment products within SLI
  • Interaction with wider Investment team and support functions
  • Liaison with internal and external data providers to ensure accurate and complete data feeds into our risk models
  • Independent risk measurement and monitoring of investment strategies to ensure consistency with fund objectives and regulations

Key Knowledge/Experience/Qualifications


  • Strong numeracy skills and attention to detail
  • Knowledge of investment industry and financial markets
  • Advanced Excel
  • Interpersonal skills


  • Knowledge of portfolio and financial theory
  • Report writing skills


  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Assertiveness
  • Team spirit / ability and desire to work as a part of a team
  • Customer Focus
  • Self Motivation ( Self Starter )
  • “Can-do” attitude
  • Willingness to take responsibility
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Accuracy
  • Numeracy
  • Planning & Organisation
  • Good presentation skills
  • Discretion

Possible Career Paths

Upon completion of the graduate programme and based on business needs, you will have the opportunity to specialise in one of the Investment Governance teams and develop through this channel – this would be in one of the 3 areas of Risk, Restrictions and Process.


  • Customer Focus – works hard to understand the needs of internal and external customers and tailors approach appropriately.
  • Preference for action – is proactive and takes the lead in identifying information and opportunities for building positive relationships with key customers.
  • Achievement Drive – is motivated to get results and is driven to ensure potential of self
  • Teamwork – will support others and will build relationships with colleagues within and out with immediate business area.
  • Communicating and Influencing – enthusiastic when dealing with others and listens to customer needs. Takes steps to build rapport and to maintain ongoing contact with internal colleagues. Uses a range of influencing tools and techniques to persuade others to act.
  • Information Gathering – works hard to collate information to ensure full picture is understood and decisions can be made. Identifies a range of relevant sources for obtaining information. Must be able to spot trends and anomalies in data.
  • Professionalism and Business Integrity – is open and honest when dealing with others and presents SLI in the best way possible.
  • Networking – builds range of contacts and uses their knowledge to gain business advantage.
  • Creative and Innovative Thinking – considers innovative ways to obtain and present information to customers.
  • Tenacity/Resilience – does not back down when faced with pressure or difficult customers. Sees barriers as a challenge and will identify ways to overcome challenges.
  • Discretion – recognises that access to sensitive data must not be repeated internally or externally.
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