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Our Graduate Area Manager Programme - The future starts now

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!

View our Graduate Brochure

Bring your ambition

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

Where you will fit in

Like what you’ve seen so far? Amazing! Let’s start your Aldi career today

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

The Future

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.

Why not come to meet us!

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

Why not come to meet us!

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