You’ve probably heard a lot about the Aldi Area Manager Graduate Programme by now - and if you’ve not then you’ve come to the right place. We want our Graduates to bring the best version of themselves and in return we’ll reward them with a fantastic package - and the rumours are true, it includes a fully expensed car!
It requires dedication and determination but the results are so rewarding - whether that’s through your professional development, your growth as an individual or seeing your store teams thrive (and it’ll be your responsibility to inspire them!).
Throughout the year, you’ll learn the ins and outs of store life, before discovering what it takes to lead your own £multi-million business. Afterwards? Well, it could be just the start of an exciting career full of amazing opportunities.
But don't just take our word for it...take a look at our Graduate brochure which is full of profiles from Graduate and Director colleagues, so you can hear about real experiences and see where you fit in!
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.
1) Online Application
You’ll need to complete an online application and various tests that will assess your judgement and analytical skills.
2) 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.
3) 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.
4) Group Assessment
If all goes well, you’ll be invited to a Group Assessment where you'll need to work as a team, but still let us know that you’ve done your homework about Aldi. We’re looking for your drive, professionalism and natural leadership skills. It’s a fair and consistent process, but make your presence known!
5) 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!
As part of your application, we’ll ask you to confirm your preferred locations. Please note that if your location is not recruiting, we may ask you to consider your second preference.
The application window for our 2023/2024 recruitment season is now open.Find a Graduate role near me
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 driving your teams to success. And you may even be offered an opportunity to that offers even more than before through secondment opportunities!
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 virtually. 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 (and that drive and determination we've been talking about!).
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.Events calendar