Risk and Compliance

Our mission in the Risk and Compliance team is to provide assurance, advice and challenge with a view to driving risk awareness and accountability in our global business.

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 the start of my program I was given responsibility, and pushed to gain experience in areas I wanted to improve in.”
Fraser Harle

From day one, you’ll contribute to our ambitions whilst developing your skills and knowledge in the industry. Over the 10 week Summer internship you will be given real work with tangible outputs, allowing you to gain exposure to real business situations, with real responsibility.

Regardless of which team you join 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 the Summer internship programme.

You will be based with the same team throughout the Summer internship placement.

On completion of your Summer internship you will be considered for a position on our 24 month rotational graduate programme starting in 2021. Details of the graduate programme are below.

Apply for an internship

If you want to be part of our exciting global journey to become a world-class investment company and are motivated by where we are going, then invest in your career with us, Go to the Risk and Compliance Summer Internship application form.


The graduate programme

During your four rotational placements, you’ll gain first-hand experience of both how the business operates and the different teams that make up the Risk & Compliance (R&C) department. This could be in roles relating to both emerging and existing regulations, operational risks, risk reporting, risk analytics, financial risk and investment risk oversight to name just a few different R&C teams.

These placements will give you a great understanding of the big issues and challenges that our business faces, which you will further by undertaking one placement outside the department.

There’s great support along the way too, with placement managers providing on the job guidance, a R&C grad stream head focused on your personal development, and a R&C stream sponsor focused on your longer-term development who is a member of the leadership team all of which helps to ensure that there are no closed doors to your personal development during this key stage in your career.

You’ll have the chance to present to senior leaders, who’ll follow your progress closely. There’s support on offer to work towards a recognised industry qualification, and you’ll have a mentor based in your business area – as well as fellow graduates to connect with right across the company.

  • Duration: Two year graduate programme
  • Structure: Four rotations lasting six months
  • Development: Option of support to work towards a recognised Risk qualification
  • Location: Edinburgh
“The culture at SLA is one of the main reasons why I returned as a graduate after undertaking an internship the previous summer. From my experience, during the working day I can be myself and my opinion is listened to and valued. Although the work can be challenging, I have an excellent support system and I am yet to meet a colleague who is anything other than pleased to answer my questions, no matter how small.”
Kate McGrath
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