About Us

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Let's introduce ourselves

We’re bursting with pride here at Aldi. We’re one of the UK’s fastest-growing supermarket chains, the Grocer’s ‘Grocer of the Year’ (2017) and we’ve just opened the doors to our 700th store. You’ll also find thousands of Aldi stores across the world from Germany and Hungary, to Switzerland and Slovenia.

Yup, it’s all going incredibly well. But, without the hard work and commitment of our people, it would be a very different story. Precisely why we’re dedicated to being the best supermarket employer in Britain*.

 

*Matthew Barnes, Jan 2017 www.theguardian.com

Our pay and benefits are the highest in the sector, and we’re renowned for our training programmes (for example, we’re No.3 in the Times Top 100 Graduate Employers). But it’s so much more than that. So many of our 28,000 people have fallen in love with our ethos, the way we do business, and everything that we stand for. We’re getting things right, and you could be part of it.

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It’s been an incredible journey





It’s 1913 and a small grocery store opens in Essen, Germany. There at the counter stands Anna Albrecht, over time she’s joined by her two little boys Karl and Theo.

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By the 1930s, the family business is well established but the Great Depression makes things extremely difficult. Time for some Aldi bold thinking.

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In a smart move, the Albrechts acquire a liquor licence, gaining an advantage over their competitors.






They also let their customers buy goods on account and pay later. This results in huge customer loyalty.





In 1947, they reveal another string to their bow: liquid soap which doesn’t need a ration coupon. (They were the only retailers for miles who stocked this.)






The business wasn’t just surviving now – all these strategies send their turnover soaring.





In 1946, Karl and Theo take over the business, and in 1954 they make history by opening their first self-service store in Essen-Schonnebeck. It’s a first in Germany.





By 1961, the brothers own 300 stores, and decide to split the operation into Aldi Nord and Aldi Sud (which now operate independently).






In 1962, they decide to think of a name. They come up with ‘Aldi’, short for Albrecht Discount.




Aldi Sud are operating in Hungary, Switzerland, Australia, Austria, Slovenia and, in 1990, the business arrives in the UK. Customers can now experience ‘no frills shopping’ with amazing quality at low prices.





This business model continues to work brilliantly. With award-winning products and astonishing growth, we’re going from strength to strength.

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Did you know... we're dedicated to being the best supermarket employer in the country. Which is why we've been paying all of our UK and Ireland staff over the living wage since February 2017.

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Where are we?

There are new stores (and store extensions) opening all the time. But right now, the picture looks something like this. The UK’s divided up into 10 Aldi regions. Each region has its own Head Office led by a Managing Director, a group of Directors and our wonderful team of Administrators. Importantly, each region also has its own Regional Distribution Centre (or RDC) which takes care of the flow of goods, ensuring that our customers get all their favourite things on time.

For our AREA MANAGER/INDUSTRIAL PLACEMENT programmes please note our SHEPPEY region does not open until 2019 therefore please continue to select stores in CHELMSFORD for opportunities in the South East.

 

    • Bathgate

      With our Scottish Distribution Centre opening in 2004, our store numbers have gone from strength to strength. We stock over 200 items in our Scottish stores that you won’t find in the UK. 25% of our product range is actually sourced in Scotland, with great products that include haggis and Scottish cod.

    • Darlington

      Opening in 1995, Darlington is one of our most established regions. From Newcastle to York and Sunderland, we cover the entire North and North-East of England. With no less than 55 wonderful Aldi stores, we’re keeping lots of customers happy - and lots of staff, too. Darlington’s Managing Director has been with us for over 25 years, which is a true testament to what’s on offer at Aldi.

    • Bolton

      This region was opened as our second Distribution Centre back in 1991 based in Middleton, Manchester. It might cover the smallest geographical area, but it’s still incredibly busy due to the density of stores that opened in the City of Manchester and its surrounding areas. The Distribution Centre has recently relocated to Bolton in a brand-new purpose built site.

    • Neston

      This region opened in 2006 and covers a vast area: Liverpool, the Western coastal areas and Cheshire. We even share responsibility for Wales, looking after the Northern part of the country.

    • Atherstone

      We're rather fond of this region, as this is where it all began for Aldi in the UK. Our very first store opened in Stechford (Birmingham) on 5th April 1990. Our Corporate Head Office functions, including IT, Corporate Responsibility, Buying and Central Finance & Administration, are also located on the Atherstone site.

    • Chelmsford

      Opening in 2000, this region covers a broad geographic area across the South-East. It runs from Lincolnshire to the South coast, and includes most of London. We’re planning even more expansion (particularly into London) so even more customers will get to sample our delights.

    • Swindon

      Swindon is the UK’s largest Aldi region, with some of the busiest stores in the country. Opening in 1998, it covers the majority of the South of England. However, in March 2017, our Swindon Distribution Centre split into two to accommodate the opening of our brand new Cardiff Distribution Centre, which covers South Wales and the South West of England.

    • Naas

      Ireland

    • Mitchelstown

      Ireland

    • Goldthorpe

      Opening in 2015, this region covers stores in the East Midlands and South Yorkshire. There are all kinds of opportunities in this area ranging from Warehouse Operations and Store Accounts, to Finance & Admin and Quality Control. It’s a mixed bag of delights to suit many different skills. We’d love to see where you’d fit in.

    • Cardiff

      In March 2017 we opened our brand new Cardiff Regional Distribution Centre. It looks after all of the stores in South Wales and the South West of England which are expanding rapidly. Please select Cardiff if you’re looking for a job in South Wales or the South West of England.

    • Sheppey

      We’re very busy working away on our brand new Sheppey Regional Distribution Centre. It’s all set to open in March 2019 and we can’t wait. It will look after the stores South East of the River Thames which are expanding rapidly. Please select Sheppey if you’re looking for a job in the South East of England.

  • Germany

    • Back in 1961, the Albrecht brothers split the business into two groups: Aldi Nord (North) and Aldi Süd (South). The latter (which includes Aldi UK) consists of over 5,000 stores. Did you know that Aldi Süd was the first big retailer in Europe to ban eight pesticides that were found hazardous to bees?

  • Austria

    • We opened our doors in 1968. We’ve got 457 stores, 7 Distribution Centres and 9,073 employees. Plus, we have 237 home-grown organic products and environmentally friendly cleaning products in our range. And, as of the beginning of 2016, we’ve been operating entirely carbon-neutral.

  • America

    • In 1976, one year after our 500th Aldi South store opened, Aldi US officially launched. We now have 1,500 stores across 34 states, plus recent expansion into California. This is where we initially launched our new concept store called ‘Aldi Food Market’ with fresh food and extensive chilled ranges at the heart of the offer.

  • Ireland

    • As of 1999, we’ve been taking Ireland by storm. We’re committed to supporting Irish suppliers, with over half of our product range sourced locally. And they’ve proven a real hit, gaining a number of awards. Split into two regions – Naas and Mitchelstown – our RDCs service over 120 stores across the country.

  • Australia

    • Opened in 2001, we’ve got 400 stores serviced by 6 Distribution Centres. 91% of Aldi Australia’s fresh fruit and veg are grown within the country. Now that’s some sustainable sourcing. We were also the first Australian supermarket to join the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (Sedex) which ensures more ethical practices in our supply chain.

  • Switzerland

    • Opened in 2005, we’ve got 180 stores, 3 Distribution Centres and 2,410 employees. The first new store triggered a rush of bargain-hunters in one of the world’s most expensive countries. The car park at Altenrhein was full within 30 minutes!

  • Slovenia

    • Just like our Swiss stores, we opened in 2005. Although smaller in scale – we still have 78 stores, 1 Distribution Centre and 1,364 employees. The stores carry around 700 food lines, including typical Slovenian products.

  • Hungary

    • We threw our doors open in 2008, across 107 stores, 1 Distribution Centre and with the help of 1,883 employees. So far, we’ve won two ‘Superbrands’ awards (2014 and 2016). These awards recognise quality retailing in Hungary.

  • Hong Kong

    • Not many people know we’re in Asia, but here we are. In 2012, we opened the Corporate Responsibility Unit Asia in Hong Kong. Not only does it realise our CR goals in the continent, it also helps to forge closer relationships with our suppliers.

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Plenty to Polish

Our Awards

We work incredibly hard to do a great job for our people and our customers. Over the years, we’ve won all kinds of accolades and added many awards to our trophy cabinet.

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Rate My Placement Top 100 Undergraduate Employers

It’s official, we offer some of the best undergraduate opportunities around. Even better, the results were based on thousands of student reviews.

Times Top 100

This list, published by The Times, details the top UK graduate employers. In 2017, we were incredibly proud to be placed at No.3.

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Times Top 100 General Management Award

We have proudly been named the Employer of Choice in the General Management category for 9 years running.

Good Housekeeping Food Awards

We have been voted the nation’s Favourite Supermarket at this year’s Good Housekeeping Food Awards.

The Grocer Gold Awards

We were crowned ‘Employer of the Year’ for the first time at The Grocer Gold Awards 2017.

Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer 2017

We are delighted to share the news that we have been named one of England’s 'Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers' in 2017.

National Apprenticeship Awards

Aldi have been highly commended on our outstanding Apprenticeship Programme at the National Apprenticeship Awards.

Britain's Best Value Supermarket

We are proud to announce that we were awarded 'Britain's Best Value Supermarket' at this year's Moneywise Home Finance Awards.

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Retailer Industry Awards

We bagged a couple of awards at 2016’s RIAs. After we were named Fresh Produce Retailer of the Year, we also got the title for Retailer of the Year. Result.

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Drum Recruitment Business Awards

We picked up a gong for the ‘Best Graduate Campaign’ in 2015 – and recruited some fabulous talent in the process.

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Employer Brand Management Awards

In 2016, we were presented with a Gold award for our ability to communicate our brand. That means we’re successfully telling people what we stand for, and how we can achieve even more success.

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The Grocer Gold Awards

In 2016, we were crowned ‘Grocer of the Year’ for the fourth time since 2009.

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Rate My Apprenticeship Top 100 Employers

Based on over 3,300 reviews from young people, this table placed Aldi at 33, one of the highest positions gained by a supermarket retailer.

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CSR

It’s not just Team GB that picked up Gold in 2016. Thanks to our Employee Benefits and Training, we were awarded the top prize in the retail category at the CSR Awards.

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The UK Guardian 300

This is the list of the top 300 UK employers, as compiled by students and graduates. Aldi are rapidly moving up the list and, in 2016, we went up 13 places to 66.

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Corporate Responsibility

Being rather modest, we tend to keep the great things we do for our customers, our people and the environment behind closed doors. But, if you would like to know more, our website will give you a great snapshot of our approach to business and life in general. Plus you can check out www.aldi.co.uk/corporate-responsibility to see what we’re up to right now.

Our Responsibilities

Every day, we work hard to ensure we’re fairer to farmers, supporting great causes, inspiring customers to be healthy, and sourcing sustainable products. These are all part of our 5 Corporate Responsibility Principles.

Our Customers

Without our customers, we wouldn’t get very far. Which is why we put them at the heart of everything we do. From tackling campylobacter through to a range of customer-focused initiatives, we’re giving back to the people who support us most.

Our Supply Chain

We truly value our suppliers. So we put them first in all of our sourcing activities. From ensuring fair labour practices through to our sustainable sourcing, we’re also making sure our suppliers look after their people and the environment.

Our Environment

We’re dedicated to improving Aldi’s environmental impact in 4 key areas: lowering our carbon footprint, reducing the impact of our refrigerants, boosting our energy efficiency, and reducing, reusing and recycling our waste. Because it’s responsible.

Our People

Even with high-quality yet affordable products, one asset stands above all else. Our people. It’s why we create friendly, cooperative workplaces, and provide the opportunities, pay and benefits they deserve.

Our Community

Aldi’s part of communities throughout the country. So from charity partnerships to food donations, we’re giving a lot back to people in our local areas. And with international activities like Farm Africa, we’re also helping people across the world.

Learn more

We tend to keep the great things we do for our customers, our people and the environment behind closed doors. But if you want to know more, you can discover everything great we're up to by visiting our main Corporate Responsibility page.

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Did you know...our partnership with the Teenage Cancer Trust will raise over £5m over five years.That way, we can make sure no young person faces cancer alone.

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Get the Lowdown

If you’d rather flick through the pages of a brochure, than scroll through a website, we’ve put all the key information you need right here. 

 

Graduate Brochure Download     Industrial Placement Brochure Download          

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Equality and Diversity

Aldi is committed to ensuring the equality of opportunity for all of our employees and job applicants. We value diversity above all else and are dedicated to treating all of our employees and prospective employees fairly and with respect. We do not discriminate and ensure that everyone is treated equally, in accordance with the law and as an individual, irrespective of age, gender reassignment, sex, disability, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership status, part time or fixed term contract status, pregnancy or maternity, religion or belief.

Aldi does not tolerate any form of harassment or bullying  under any circumstances. Our Equal Opportunities and Prevention of Discrimination policy forms part of the contractual obligations of all employees, and every employee has a responsibility to adhere to this policy. We strive to ensure that the working environment of all Aldi employees is free from harassment, bullying and discrimination.

If you have a disability, a learning difficulty, a medical condition or other need, which you feel may affect your performance in the selection process, we will endeavor to make reasonable adjustments to our processes. If you would like to request support with your application then please answer ‘yes’ to the following question on the application form ‘do you have a disability that may require us to make reasonable adjustments to the selection process or the role environment’.

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Right to Work

Aldi is committed to ensuring the equality of opportunity for all of our employees and job applicants. We value diversity above all else and are dedicated to treating all of our employees and prospective employees fairly and with respect. We do not discriminate and ensure that everyone is treated equally.

The law requires us to ensure our employees have the right to work in the UK. Before commencing employment you must therefore provide original documents to prove your right to work. You will therefore be required to produce for inspection original documents dependent on your circumstances. These documents may include your passport or full birth certificate, and where applicable a visa or Biometric Residence Permit.

Details of the documents you will need as well as further details regarding the checks employers carry out to ensure right to work can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/acceptable-right-to-work-documents-an-employers-guide. During the recruitment process we will advise you when and where to provide the documents, and what information we will need to see. We thank you in advance for your cooperation with this legal requirement and for making an application to Aldi.

So then, confident you could be our next Aldi star? Then we’d love to hear from you. This is where you can showcase your talents.

 

Click here to apply for a position within our new Regional Distribution Centre in the Isle of Sheppey.