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Our Graduate Area Manager Programme

You’ve probably heard a lot about the Area Manager Programme by now – that we give our graduates a fantastic package (including a BMW 3 series) and that it’s ‘really hard work’. These are true. But there’s so much more. We’re also a responsible employer who thrives on giving graduates unparalleled exposure, training and support. Throughout the year, you’ll learn the ins and outs of store life, before discovering what it takes to lead your own Area. Afterwards? Well, it could be just the start of an exciting career full of amazing opportunities. In fact, if you put the effort in, you can absolutely work your way to the senior levels of Aldi.

A year like no other

What you'll need

There’s a specific Aldi way of doing things, so we’re after people with the right mind set.
We’re efficient and determined, but everyone pulls together and works in harmony. So have you got
the Aldi attitude? Watch our video and take the quiz to find out.

What we'll offer you

Our Application Process

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Online Application

You’ll need to complete an online application and various tests that will assess your judgement and analytical skills.

Video Application

Lights, camera, action. It’s all about you. This is a chance to impress us in a short video called ‘Who am I?’. Show us you’re a determined, charismatic leader who we couldn’t do without.

Online Test

You’ll be sent a link to complete an online psychometric test. This has been designed to measure your core skills and personal qualities, to see if we’re right for each other.

Group Assessment

Group Assessment is hard. You’ve got to work as a team, but still let us know that you’ve done your homework about Aldi and that you’re a natural leader. It’s a fair and consistent process, but make your presence known!

Final Interview

Well, you’re nearly there. If you’ve passed everything else, you’ll then have a final interview with the Regional Managing Director. So make sure you’re prepared!

Apply now

Think you’ve got what it takes? Amazing! Let’s start your Aldi career today. 

You should be aware that we may ask you to consider working in a location other than your initial preference. 

The application window for our Bolton regions is now closed. All other regions remain open for applications.

Find a Graduate role near me

Download our brochure

Discover more about how and why Aldi means more. Our brochure includes lots of profiles from Graduates and Directors, so you can hear about real experiences and see where you fit in.

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Where you will fit in

Where will the role take you?

We’re passionate about giving our people amazing opportunities. In fact, the more effort you put in, the more you could get back. After a few years in the role, some of our Area managers take on specialist secondments, or even excel into a Director position. You might find yourself leading people in Logistics, managing business-changing projects, or heading up a team in Head Office. It’s all up for grabs. Watch our videos to learn more.

Area Manager

Hannah

Communications Director

Nick

International Secondment

After a few years, for those who really impress us, there's a chance to do a secondment in Europe, the US or even Australia. It means you'll soak up different Aldi cultures, bring fresh ideas back to the UK, and take your personal and professional development up a gear. You see, although you'll be familiar with our business, you'll be pushed out of your comfort zone, and given a new platform to show everyone how capable you are. But don't worry - where you are in the world, you can expect the same Aldi support.

And while it’s the same job on paper, it’s likely that you’ll find yourself learning from scratch. That’s down to the subtle and not so subtle variances in cultures and operating markets. One way or another, it will require a real sense of adventure, resilience and open-mindedness. 

Why not take a look at David's story?

When we expanded across all five states, I was right there at the coalface. What an opportunity
David, Buying Director
  • University of Newcastle
  • Engineering Degree
  • Joined Aldi in 2006

"When we expanded across all five states, including New York City and Downtown Boston, I was right there at the coalface. I was seconded to 'South Windsor', one of the US divisional offices that looks after stores across five states. Aldi were extremely supportive as I planned my departure, helping to arrange visas and travel. They also offered plenty of insight into my new area. On arrival, there was even more support; a thorough orientation, help with accommodation, bank accounts and phones, plus mentoring from a local colleague. Aldi was in its infancy in the greater New England area but experiencing  huge growth. I went from working in Dundalk Co. Louth to interviewing staff for Queens, New York. Amazing."

Read more

FAQs

As soon as possible! We do recruit all year round but spaces go very quickly, particularly in the Autumn.

Alongside a 2:1 degree in any subject, you will need a minimum of 96 UCAS points (240 points if using the old tariff) from your top 3 A-Levels (excluding general studies). This shows us that you’re not only focused and committed but you have a strong work ethic. You’re excited by every new challenge that comes your way. Please note we also accept BTECs and BACs or 63 Scottish Highers (150 points if using the old tariff) as an equivalent to UCAS points.

If you've already applied but not been successful, you’ll need to wait 12 months before reapplying. But you’re welcome to apply for other roles with a lower level of responsibility any time.

The Group Assessment will be held at our HR department in Bolton in the North West of England. The Final Managing Director Interview will be held at the Regional Distribution Centre within the region to which you have applied. If your application is successful, we'll let you know all the details nearer the time.

Possibly, but usually only within your chosen region. We're a fast-growing business so it's important to have a flexible, understanding approach.

You'll need to provide the very best support to your Store team. So that can involve working weekends and bank holidays; we do ask for you to be flexible and we'll accommodate your needs in return.

The minimum requirement for our Graduate Area Manager Programme is a 2:1 undergraduate degree. However we also have plenty of other management opportunities within our stores with further information available on our website.

We recruit approximately 100 Area Managers every year, across the UK and Ireland. But this could change as our business continues to expand.

A full driving licence and a valid UK work permit.

Yes is the short answer. As long as you've met the criteria of course.

Why not meet us in Person?

You can find some great information, and even chat to our current Area Managers at a whole range of events. To help you find your nearest event, we’ve put together this little calendar. We’ve also included important dates such as application deadlines, which you can then put into your diary.

Events calendar

Why not meet us in Person?

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September (2)

29/09/2021

Careers Fair

St Andrews University

29/09/2021

Careers Fair

University of Bristol

October (21)

06/10/2021

Careers Fair

University of Birmingham

06/10/2021

Webinar

Quality Assurance Placements

07/10/2021

Webinar

IT/eCommerce Placements

11/10/2021

Careers Fair

Queen Mary University London

11/10/2021

Webinar

Quality Assurance Placements

12/10/2021

Careers Fair

Edinburgh University

12/10/2021

Careers Fair

University of Liverpool

13/10/2021

Webinar

IT/eCommerce Placements

14/10/2021

Careers Fair

East Anglia University

14/10/2021

Careers Fair

Liverpool John Moores University

14/10/2021

Careers Fair

All Wales Careers Fair

19/10/2021

Careers Fair

Warwick University

19/10/2021

Careers Fair

Loughborough University

20/10/2021

Careers Fair

Durham University

20/10/2021

Careers Fair

University of Exeter

20/10/2021

Careers Fair

Aston University

21/10/2021

Careers Fair

Cambridge University

21/10/2021

Careers Fair

University of Sheffield

25/10/2021

Careers Fair

Manchester Metropolitan University

27/10/2021

Careers Fair

Lancaster University

27/10/2021

Careers Fair

Keele University

November (1)

02/11/2021

Careers Fair

Northumbria University