About Us


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’ (2016) 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.2 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.


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.


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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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.

The Grocer Gold Awards

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

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Times Top 100

This list, published by The Times, details the top UK graduate employers. In 2016, we were incredibly chuffed to be placed at No.2, for the second year running.

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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 8 years running

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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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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.

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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 70 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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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.

Good Housekeeping Food Awards

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


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.


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, this video 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. 


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.


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          


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’.


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.