Being valued

Throughout Standard Life Aberdeen you will engage with the very best talent. These individuals value the input you will have to our organisation; they are driven to set you up for success. Many even came through the early career programmes like internships and graduate placements.


Be it the CEOs, Heads of Department or your placement manager, they all value fresh ideas, enthusiasm and diversity.

“It’s one of the most important aspects of our business and the ability to recruit new talent into our business is vital for the ongoing success of Standard Life Aberdeen.”

Martin Gilbert, Co-CEO

“Having joined Standard Life some 23 years ago this year as a Graduate Trainee I'm somebody who has benefited first hand from having gone through a structured training programme at the start of my career. Throughout my career I've always promoted graduates as an invaluable source of fresh talent that you can mould and develop to help the organisation move forward.”
Mike Tumilty Director of Operations

Victoria Brown

“Having been accepted on the 2000 graduate program and many years later hosting graduates, I can speak from personal experience the fantastic opportunities that have been made available to graduates.

The graduate programme allows you to gain valuable insights into how an asset management firm operates and how the responsibilities of each department contribute to the overall success of the firm.”

Donald Amstad

“Our ambition demands that we build the greatest teams. Teams achieve greatness when diverse individuals feel empowered to challenge and question, respectfully yet fearlessly, their colleagues and assumptions.

The success of our company rests on the quality of the teams we are building today.”

Nicola Thomson

“Our trust in each other means that we can work together as one team because we know where we stand. We are inspired by our differences but united in our purpose of investing for a better future.”

Frances Hudson

“Graduates are among the most valuable players on the team, providing strategy and multi-asset with research, analysis and operational support. They develop specific expertise in different fields, for example valuations, econometrics, machine learning and politics; and work together on to deliver an array of shared analytical tasks. They bring freshness, energy and enthusiasm.”

“Both interns and graduates are great for our business as they are hungry to learn and progress. They can be a wonderful source of insight as they use and do things differently. Our graduates have the potential to be our future leaders.”
Stephen Doherty

I feel lucky to work in a place where you are encouraged to chat to anyone, regardless of their experience or seniority. I think this creates a friendly culture where grads are able to grow and develop very fast.

Sophie Capaldi

What our graduates say

Gillian Chivinge

"The exposure you get to various areas of the business and to senior people, who you can learn from directly, is unparalleled."

Liam Blaikie

“On a personal note the opportunity to work in different geographical locations highlights the benefits of working for a global organisation with a diverse mix of cultures.”

Sasha Kachanova

“Being a part of such large organisation has the advantage of a large cohort of graduates each year, whom are all in the same position and support each other – it is nice to have good friends in the office.”

Erin Smith

“Everyone here is extremely friendly, very welcoming and open to getting to know each other in both a formal office environment and - equally as important - socially.”

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