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.
You’ll meet your Directors and your new boss. They’ll outline exactly what’s expected from you and prepare you for the year ahead.1 (of 15)
An experienced colleague will help you get to grips with the Area Manager role and they’ll become your mentor throughout your training.2 (of 15)
Time to roll up your sleeves. You’ll be stacking shelves with colleagues, getting to know our products, finding out about customer service and learning our unique approach to store management. With a week’s holiday squeezed in.3 (of 15)
You’ll have a week’s holiday to relax, absorb all that knowledge and to think about the great start you’ve made at Aldi.4 (of 15)
We’ll give you the keys to a store. Once the detailed training’s done, you’ll take ownership over a set list of responsibilities. Then it’s time to put theory into practice within the store environment.5 (of 15)
Taking charge of your own £multi-million business for a three-week cover, you’ll plan the rota, order over 1,700 products and manage your own team. You’ll then spend a week getting ready to present your achievements to the Store Operations Director.6 (of 15)
Phew. Another breather. The programme's really gathering pace now so it's important to re-charge your batteries and just chill out for a week.7 (of 15)
You’ll spend the next five weeks learning the ins and outs of the Area Manager role, with plenty of support from your Aldi mentor.8 (of 15)
Bit of a change now as you visit workshops hosted by our regional experts. You’ll get to know everything from Health & Safety and HR processes, to Ordering and Availability.9 (of 15)
Our huge network of stores relies on a range of support operations. During your Regional Office Training, you’ll get to know our Accounts, Trading and Business Administration teams and the kind of issues they handle.10 (of 15)
It’s holiday time again. A chance to reflect on the huge amount you’ve learned and feel very proud of yourself.11 (of 15)
During the next seven weeks, you’ll be assessed on a variety of technical tasks, as well as your leadership ability. Mixing the two is vital for your development, so you can motivate and engage the teams around you.12 (of 15)
Some more rest, happy in the knowledge that you’re near the finish line.13 (of 15)
Ready to look after an Area? This is five weeks of in-at-the-deep-end exposure to life as an Area Manager. You’ll cover for your colleagues while they’re on holiday and really put your skills to the test.14 (of 15)
It’s time for your final review and we’ll look at how far you’ve come. By now, you should be full of confidence as you take responsibility for your own group of stores.15 (of 15)
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.
You’ll need to complete an online application and various tests that will assess your judgement and analytical skills.
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.
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 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!
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!
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, Cardiff, Neston and Sawley regions is still open.
The application window for all other regions is now closed until September 2021.Find a Graduate role near me
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.Download now
So this it. Your chance to show us that you’re perfect for Aldi. Lots of students apply for our Graduate Programme, so it can be competitive. But don’t let that faze you - just be yourself and show us what you can do. Watch our video for some top tips and insight.
You’re now a fully-fledged Area Manager, with complete control of your area. Most of your time will be spent visiting your stores and putting together the perfect team. And after a few years, you could be offered a secondment in the UK or abroad, or even an opportunity to do some project work. (We told you we offered more than you thought.) Watch our videos and let our Area Managers give you an insight into what to expect.
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.
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, 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."
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.
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