The role of Operations in Standard Life Aberdeen is to be at the heart of establishing and maintaining equilibrium in the firm. Through strategic and tactical operations activities, our function powers the investment management process and global distribution.

“Coming from a biomedical background, the biggest challenge for me has been to gain a good understanding of the industry terms in a short period of time. My colleagues have been hugely supportive which has enabled my confidence to grow.”
Kinga Bitnerowska

We also play a core role in facilitating the product development process and, in turn, we help to foster innovation. As well as carrying out a variety of activities in house, we work with trusted third parties to ensure we have a truly global, scalable and efficient operating platform.

We have around 1500 colleagues globally (predominantly in the UK and with sizeable hubs in Asia Pacific and North America). We ensure exposure to senior leaders to enable you to learn from the very best professionals, all of whom are passionate about your development.

We offer placements in a variety of operations teams; all providing quality in depth training, personal development and real-life work experience to kick start your career.


Our intern programme will see you immersed in a specialist team within our function for ten weeks.  This allows you a unique insight into what we do, how we do it while also providing an opportunity to deliver a project that enables you develop professionally.

Applications for 2019 summer internships within Operations are now closed. Follow our journey on LinkedInFacebook and Twitter for early careers updates in 2019.


You’ll have access to everything you need to develop your capability and strengths: whether that’s through training, access to senior leaders, your placement managers or our supportive graduate community.

It all adds up to a great opportunity to begin an exciting career path in operational business management.

  • Duration: Two year programme
  • Structure: Four rotations lasting six months
  • Development: Support to work towards professional qualifications.

All graduate positions for this programme in 2019 have been filled. Follow our journey on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter for early careers updates in 2019.

“I have had the opportunity to closely work alongside senior business leaders within such a global company has been one of my biggest surprises. The level of exposure to senior leaders is not something you get in every company.”
James Feeney