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10 Dec 2015

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

Standard Life Investments is a leading asset manager with an expanding global reach. Our wide range of investment solutions is backed by our distinctive Focus on Change investment philosophy, disciplined risk management and shared commitment to a culture of investment excellence.

As active managers, we place significant emphasis on rigorous research and a strong collaborative ethos. We constantly think ahead and strive to anticipate change before it happens, ensuring that our clients can look to the future with confidence.

Standard Life Investments manages £250 billion* on behalf of clients worldwide. Our investment capabilities span equities, bonds, real estate, private equity, multi-asset solutions, fund-of-funds and absolute return strategies.

Headquartered in Edinburgh, Standard Life Investments employs more than 1,350 talented professionals. We maintain a presence in a number of locations around the world including Boston, Hong Kong, Paris, London, Beijing, Sydney, Dublin and Seoul. In addition, we have close relationships with leading domestic players in Asia, including HDFC Asset Management in India and Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank in Japan.


Our Operations function focuses on providing world class operational support to Standard Life Investments. At the centre of this support is the management of client and supplier relationships as we look to build scalability and flexibility into our operations.

You’ll be at the heart of the company, rotating between a number of areas within Operations. This will help you gain insight into the key processes that keep our business running smoothly. You’ll see first-hand the workings of international investment markets, and learn how to manage people and processes in order to best respond to the diverse array of challenges faced by our operations function.

Our unique 2 year programme will ensure you develop the broad ranging skills and experience needed to succeed in today’s sophisticated investment operations arena.

Who we are looking for

We’re looking for high potential graduates to make their mark in delivering operations solutions. We offer distinct career routes to the highest calibre graduates with a 2:1 or above in any degree discipline.

You’ll be an innovative and enthusiastic thought leader with strong analytical and problem solving abilities, coupled with a drive to deliver and succeed. You will have an appetite for developing business solutions to respond to a diverse array of challenges and you’ll bring a creative approach to solving complex problems.

Standard Life Investments thrives through teamwork, and the ability to build and develop strong relationships through your excellent communication and interpersonal skills is essential. We’ll expect you to be quickly up and running with critical processes and projects, showing your potential on a daily basis therefore you must be pro-active and have a strong sense of ownership.

What we can offer

Our success is based on the exceptional quality of our people. Once you’ve joined us, we want you to stay with us for the long term. This is where our distinctive approach to managing and rewarding our people is evident.  Our high performing culture is underpinned by a belief that all our people should be treated as individuals as each one has unique strengths and talents which we help them to capitalise on.

We will help you excel through bespoke learning and development initiatives, a comprehensive talent management process, and by giving you individual empowerment and responsibility. You will receive a very competitive reward and benefits package which includes generous annual leave, a pension and other flexible benefits that you can pick and choose from, including discounted gym membership and a cycle to work scheme.

Working with us means you’re part of a learning culture designed to maximise your potential at every turn. Our unswerving support will take you from strength to strength.


When you join us as a graduate you’ll complete a series of structured placements over a 2 year period. We’ll give you responsibility and challenging tasks and projects to deliver, equipping you with the skills and experience to succeed in your career with Standard Life Investments.

To support your time with us, you’ll be set up to succeed with first class training and development. There will also be a structured network of support from your line manager, scheme head and mentor. Emphasis is on professional and managerial development and you will complete the Investment Administration Qualification (IOC and IMC).


This programme is open to applicants of all degree disciplines, and prior experience is not necessary, however candidates must have a desire to develop a career within Operations.

This is not an FCA regulated role.

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