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Locations                                             Edinburgh | London

time type                                             Full time

job requisition id                               R0071101

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Investments Vector – Graduate Programme | 2024 start date | Edinburgh or London closing date: 31st October 2023 (We reserve the right to close earlier due to volume of applications)

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 Role

The opportunity to join us is one that is unique, challenging and rewarding. We are currently looking for world-class talent to join our Investments Graduate programme starting in September 2024.

In Investments, we believe that high quality research and connected teams deliver positive outcomes for clients. We believe we add value through our deliberate, active decision making at each stage of the investment process and that all styles of investment require active decision making at some level, whether that be incorporating fundamental discretionary or systematic quant approaches.

This active approach is supported by close collaboration between different teams. As a result, investment professionals make better-informed decisions, leveraging the full spectrum of insight which is available. Our broad and deep investment capabilities allow us to offer intern roles across a variety of different areas which may include:

  • Equities
  • Fixed Income
  • Multi Asset
  • ESG
  • Quantitative Investing
  • Alternatives

From day one, you’ll contribute to our ambitions whilst developing your skills and knowledge. Over your time with us you will be given real work with tangible outputs within the Investment teams, allowing you to gain exposure to real investment and business situations, with real responsibility.

Regardless of which team you join within Investments stream 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.

What Our Graduate Programme Offers

Our graduate development programmes provides you with the opportunity to rotate around the business for six month placements giving you exposure to the wider business as well as first-hand experience within our teams.

To support our graduates to get going quickly we provide an extensive induction 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 for investments which is most commonly Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

About You

We are looking for recent graduates (2023 – 2024), from a variety of degree disciplines, who can demonstrate the following capabilities:

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

Application Process

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).

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.

We are proud to announce that we have officially become a Disability Confident Committed – Level One employer. Therefore, if you have a disability and would like to submit an application to one of our UK roles under the Disability Confident Scheme, please notify us by completing the relevant section in our candidate questionnaire and one of our team will reach out to support you through your application process.

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, a discretionary performance-based bonus (where applicable), 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 here.

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.