Graduate programme

At Ruffer, who you are matters more than what you know.

Curious and courteous? Thoughtful and trustworthy? Resourceful and resilient? If so, you’ll enjoy working with us.

We grow our own talent and promote from within. When you join us, we commit to helping you shape a role and a career that you find fulfilling.

We offer three types of role within our graduate programme: an investment and client focused role in the Front Office, an analytical role in our Research team and a Technology role in our agile development teams. Please read our brochure to find out more about our graduate programme. A summer associate programme and internships are also available.

Applications for our 2020 graduate programme are now closed. Information about applying for our 2021 programme will be available in summer 2020.

Front Office graduate

Our Front Office graduate roles combine working directly with clients and helping to manage investment portfolios.

We welcome applications from people who have studied all degree subjects.

You’ll need to be interested in the financial markets, but we don’t expect you to be an expert on day one. It’s more important to be a good all–rounder and to like working with people.

Most of Ruffer’s graduate roles are in our Front Office.

Research graduate

Our Research graduates focus on analysing investments and the financial markets.

This covers everything from assessing the outlook for revenues at Apple to understanding inflation trends in Japan.

Quantitative degree subjects are desirable.

You’ll need to be interested in and familiar with the financial markets. When we say this role involves equity analysis and macro–economic analysis, you’ll know what we mean.

Technology graduate

Our Technology graduates sit in one of our agile development teams, with opportunities to use and develop their technology skills.

Computer science and quantitative subjects are desirable. If you’re interested in the financial markets, that’s great, but you don’t need to know an asset class from your elbow.

The programme

Our graduate programme offers extensive on–the–job training together with external courses and the opportunity to study for professional qualifications.

As one of our graduate trainees, you would be given early responsibility and work closely alongside partners and directors of Ruffer.

If appropriate, you would study for and sit the Investment Management Certificate or Investment Operations Certificate, followed later by advanced qualifications, such as the CFA or CISI.

During the programme, graduates rotate across different parts of our business, to build an understanding of how Ruffer works.

After completing the graduate programme you would join a team and continue to be actively supported in your career development.

Our culture

At Ruffer, we care deeply about the wellbeing of our people. Our office environment is inclusive and respectful. We’re a friendly firm where people trust each other. The emphasis is on collective achievement not individual glory.

We encourage our people to take personal responsibility for their own wellbeing, and do what we can to support everyone in that. We try to make sure the workload stays healthy and sustainable, and there is no culture of endless late nights or weekend working.

As well as a competitive salary and discretionary bonus, life at Ruffer offers everything from free fruit and pilates to acupressure and an in–house GP. There’s also a major sideline in cake.

For working parents, Ruffer provides extensive support and benefits; taking your full leave to look after a child won’t hold back your career.

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Benjamin Boucher–Ferté

Investment Director

Graduated from ESCP Europe in 1999 and joined the Private Wealth Management group of Goldman Sachs in London after completing his National Service with Renault Financial Services. In 2004, he participated in the launch of Fulcrum Asset Management where he was a Director until 2010, when he joined Ruffer.