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Locations                                             Edinburgh | London

time type                                             Full time

job requisition id                               R0071099

Job Description

Risk & Compliance – Graduate Programme | September 2024 Edinburgh or London

About abrdn

At abrdn, our purpose is to enable our clients to be better investors.

Clients worldwide trust us to find future-fit investment opportunities to deliver the outcomes they want. Our technology and insight help empower them to make better decisions, while the powerful partnerships we build help to enhance the expertise that we offer. And by enabling clients to invest responsibly, it helps us to build a better world.

About the Graduate Programme

The opportunity to join us as a graduate is one that is unique, challenging and rewarding. We are currently looking for world-class talent to join our graduate programme running from September 2024 in our Edinburgh or London offices within our Risk & Compliance (R&C) function.

Our mission in the R&C function is to provide assurance, advice and challenge with a view to driving risk awareness and accountability across our global business.

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.

From day one, you’ll contribute to our ambitions whilst developing your skills and knowledge. During the 24-month programme you will be given real work with tangible outputs within the R&C function, allowing you to gain exposure to real business situations, with real responsibility. Our graduates will complete a variety of placements across different teams such as: enterprise risk, anti-financial crime, operational risk, compliance, market conduct and investment risk governance.

Regardless of which team you join within the R&C function, you will gain a depth of experience; getting the opportunity to work with seasoned professionals across our business and engage in development activities with your peers on programme.

Throughout you programme you will build knowledge within the department you are in as well as having the opportunity to build a network.

What Our Graduate Programme Offers

Our graduate development programme provides you with the opportunity to rotate around the R&C function for six-month placements giving you exposure to the wide range of activity undertaken by R&C.

To support our graduates to get going quickly, we provide an induction and development programme giving you access to hear from senior professionals across the company, complete soft and technical skills training courses and get to know your cohort of graduates.

Further to formal structured development programme and rotational opportunities, as a graduate you will be supported to work towards a recognised industry qualification.

About You

We are looking for Graduates who have recently graduated or are final year students from a variety of degree disciplines, who can demonstrate the following capabilities:

  • Performance driven;
  • Analytical & problem solving;
  • Customer & client focused;
  • Collaboration & Influence;
  • Strategic thinking;
  • Futurist mindset;
  • Inclusive & empowering leadership.

Application Process

At the online application stage of the recruitment process please let us know if you are looking to be considered for the 2024 Graduate Programme

The application process is made up of four stages:

  • CV & online application;
  • Online tests;
  • Pre-recorded video interview;
  • Assessment centre (group activity, case study presentation, panel interview).

Click the following link to find out more about our application process, and to access useful resources https://www.abrdn.com/corporate/careers/early-careers/application-process-for-summer-internships-and-graduate-programmes

Our Inclusive Culture

We have a long-term commitment to building inclusive work environments; we value diversity in our workforce and welcome enquiries from everyone. You can find out more about our inclusive culture here.

Please contact us (abrdnearlycareers@abrdn.com) if you require reasonable accommodation to be made to any stage of the recruitment process. Our Early Careers team will be pleased to discuss your needs and ensure that these are accommodated.

Our Benefits

There’s more to working life than coming home with a good salary. We have an environment where you can learn, get involved and be supported.

When you join us, your reward will be one of the best around, including 40 days annual leave, a 16% employer pension contribution, private healthcare and a range of flexible benefits including gym discounts, season ticket loans and access to an employee discount site amongst many others. You can read more about our benefits


We’re committed to providing an inclusive workplace where all forms of difference are valued and which is free from any form of unfair or unlawful treatment.  We define diversity in its broadest sense – this includes but is not limited to our diversity of educational and professional backgrounds, experience, cognitive and neurodiversity, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, religion or belief and ethnicity and geographical provenance.  We support a culture that values meritocracy, fairness and transparency and welcomes enquiries from everyone.

If you need assistance or an adjustment due to a disability please let us know as part of your application and we will assist.


About Abrdn

At abrdn, our purpose is to enable our clients to be better investors. abrdn plc manages and administers £542 billion of assets for clients, and has over 1 million shareholders. (Figures as at 31 December 2021).

Our business is structured around three vectors – Investments, Adviser and Personal – focused on the changing needs of our clients.

Across markets globally, we build investment solutions to enable clients to create more opportunities for their futures.

Our platform technology and tools help UK wealth managers and financial advisers create more opportunities for their clients and their businesses.

Our personal wealth business offers tailored services to help individuals in the UK create financially secure futures in a way that works for them.