Distribution

About Us

Right, let’s predict your top three reasons for picking a new job in Distribution. Pay? Location? Equipment? Were we right? The good news is, Aldi excel in all three. Our pay is market-leading, we have stores all over the country (reducing the need for long-haul driving) and we’re investing in first-class lorries and distribution centres. The thing is, lots of companies tick these boxes. At Aldi the boxes aren’t just ticked. We’ve crammed them full of unexpected surprises. 

This is a place which applauds effort, values experience and builds self-confidence. Our Drivers receive emails from management congratulating them on their driving. Our Selectors can see exactly how they fit into the bigger picture. (They’ve even worked past the end of their shift ‘without realising’.) 

If an unexpected problem arises, our people are entrusted with the solution. ‘Because they know best.’ This is an unusual culture of recognition, trust and clarity. Everyone knows what’s expected of them. They feel completely respected, listened to, and integral to the business. People might join for pay, but they stay for an awful lot more. 

What kind of roles are there in Distribution?

If you’re new to the game, Distribution might seem quite straightforward. It’s about ensuring the right products reach the right stores, at the right time. Simple. Experienced people will tend to disagree. Distribution creates all kinds of challenges and complexities. Even with a well-managed business like ours, there are a million decisions to be made, time pressures to conquer and processes to maintain. The difference with Aldi is that we’ve worked hard to make people feel empowered to deal with those challenges. We’ll give you the support, training and environment to do your job - and do it well. 

  • Drivers

    • £10.44 rising to £11.55 per hour (days), £12.32 rising to £13.63 per hour (nights)*
    • Five-day/40-hour week, will include weekends
    • 28 days annual leave (includes bank holidays)

    With a love of the open road and the wind in your hair... okay, you’re driving a lorry, let’s not get too romantic. (Although our Drivers are a bit in love with our top-of-the-range Michelintyres). Your job is to ensure that our products reach our stores in premium condition.

    This is about attitude and initiative. First and foremost, you’re a team player who appreciates how we all need to work together to keep things running smoothly. You’re also a problem-solver: someone who can keep their cool and find solutions even under pressure. Crucially, you’ll need a full, valid, clean Class 1 HGV licence. There may be opportunities to help you achieve this licence if you already have a Class 2 licence.

    Additional benefits for the Driver position are:

    • Full training provided
    • Pension from commencement**
    • Company sick pay scheme**
    • Maternity and Paternity pay**
    • Long service rewards**
    • Night premium rate available**


    *Minimum salaries shown, regional variances apply. **Conditions apply

    Driver Application
  • Selectors

    • £8.76 rising to £9.89 per hour (days), £10.33 rising to £11.67 per hour (nights)*
    • From 25 hours per week
    • 28 days annual leave (includes bank holidays)

    Our business couldn’t operate without our quick-thinking, energetic Selectors. Working in our fast-paced Warehouse environment, these are the people who select products accurately, safely and efficiently for despatch to our stores.

    Good reading and numerical skills are a must. It’s physical work, and it can be tiring. But it’s also great exercise and you’ll soon find your rhythm. There’s a great camaraderie and you’ll feel like everyone’s working towards the same goals: to meet deadlines and challenging targets. To you, these aren’t just boxes on a lorry. They’re quality, often award-winning products; the reasons why our customers flock to our stores. If you’re like us, you’ll feel rather proud.

    Additional benefits for the Selector position are:

    • Full training provided
    • Pension from commencement**
    • Company sick pay scheme**
    • Maternity and Paternity pay**
    • Long service rewards**
    • Night premium rate available**


    *Minimum salaries shown, regional variances apply. **Conditions apply

    Selector Application

Benefits

Forgive us for blowing our own trumpet, but we’re really good at looking after our people. It’s not just about the market-leading pay and the generous holidays. We offer perks that will help you feel good. Whether that’s because you’ve found a better balance between work and home life. Or because you feel valued and there’s a clear path of progression in front of you. 

Drivers

  • Market-Leading Package

    We offer a minimum starting wage of £10.44 rising to £11.55 per hour if you work days. If you work nights it’s £12.32 rising to £13.63 per hour. Some of our Drivers say this is the most they’ve ever earned, even when they were doing long-haul. When you’re earning good money over shorter distances, life is sweet: you’ll have more time for yourself and the family. What’s more, we’ll give you 28 days annual leave (includes bank holidays). Even better. 

  • Excellent Working Conditions

    You’ll be working with great kit, which takes much of the stress out of your job. Plus, you’ll spend your breaks in decent relaxation areas with tea and coffee facilities, and free fruit. We encourage our Drivers to have their breaks together so they share information and travel updates. 

  • Fantastic Support

    Communication is hugely important at Aldi. We’re very conscientious and like to give our Drivers regular reports on their progress. (All the good things are fed back to your Manager.) The structured training is fantastic too. All new Drivers buddy up with experienced colleagues when they first start. Then we’ll create and adapt a training programme to suit that Driver – so they know exactly what’s expected of them. No grey areas. No blame culture. Everyone’s happy.  

     

Selectors

  • Market-Leading Package

    We offer a minimum starting wage of £8.76 rising to £9.89 per hour if you work days. If you work nights it’s £10.33 rising to £11.67 per hour which will reward your hard work and commitment, together with 28 days’ paid holiday (includes bank holidays). Plus, there are some great opportunities for progression - and with that comes the chance to earn even more. The hours are quite flexible too: there’s the chance to work full or part-time, on a day, evening or night shift. 

  • Excellent working conditions

    It’s not a ‘sink or swim’ environment, it’s a nice friendly, supportive place. Everyone cares about what they do, and you can learn so much about retail logistics. Many of our people tell us that Aldi feels like a place of progression and opportunity. The harder you work, the more comes your way.

  • Fantastic Support

    There’s first-class structured training, and the management are very open, very inspiring and your hard work will get recognised. All new Selectors will shadow colleagues during their initial training period. Then you’ll be ‘flying solo’, gradually working on improving your accuracy and the speed of your picking. Training takes place at our Regional Distribution Centre and the Warehouse Section Managers will continually review (and feed back) on how you’re doing. 

Meet our Distribution team

They’re some of the fastest-moving people in our business, but we managed to track them down so they could tell their stories. Come and meet them.

Self evaluation

Are you right for our business? And are we right for you. Time will tell...But why wait, when you could try our quiz right now? It’s been designed to give you a flavour of distribution and the approach you’ll need, regardless of the role you eventually choose.

  1. Question One

    You’re helping a driver to load up a lorry but it’s fairly obvious that all the pallets are not going to fit. What do you do?

  2. Question Two

    You joined Aldi as a Selector a few months ago. One day, you notice that they need an extra Driver with a Class 1 licence. You’ve already got your Class 2 licence. What do you do?

  3. Question Three

    It’s lunchtime and you’ve brought in a delicious pork pie. You’ve spent all morning on your own and you can see the rest of the team sat at a table. What do you do?

  4. Question Four

    You’re coming to the end of your shift and you notice there are pallets all over the place in the warehouse. It looks a right mess.What do you do?

  5. Question Five

    Imagine you’re a driver turning into an Aldi car park on a busy Saturday afternoon. Customers have parked over the loading bays; you’re going to struggle to get the lorry in to drop the goods off. What do you do?

Where are we?

Where aren't we, quite frankly? We’re the fastest-growing supermarket in the UK so new stores (and store extensions) are opening all the time. We divide the UK into regions. Each one consists of a distribution centre and between 50 and 100 stores. The regions operate autonomously, with their own team of Directors, administration staff and Logistics teams.

  • Bathgate

    With our Scottish distribution centre opening in 2004, our store numbers have gone from strength to strength. 25% of our product range is actually sourced in Scotland, with great products that include haggis and Scottish cod.

  • Darlington

    Opening in 1995, Darlington is one of our most established regions. From Newcastle to York and Sunderland, we cover the entire North and North-East of England. With no less than 55 wonderful Aldi stores, we’re keeping lots of customers happy - and lots of staff, too. Darlington’s Managing Director has been with us for over 25 years, which is a true testament to what’s on offer at Aldi.

  • Middleton

    This region was opened as our second distribution centre, back in 1991. It might cover the smallest geographical area, but it’s still incredibly busy due to the density of stores that opened in the City of Manchester and its surrounding areas. In 2016, this distribution centre will be relocated to Bolton to a brand-new, purpose-built site.

  • Neston

    This region opened in 2006 and covers a vast area: Liverpool, the Western coastal areas and Cheshire. We even share responsibility for Wales, looking after the Northern part of the country.

  • Atherstone

    We’re rather fond of this region, as this is where it all began for Aldi in the UK. Our very first store opened in Stechford (Birmingham) on 5th April 1990. Our Corporate Head Office functions, including IT, Corporate Responsibility Buying and Central Finance & Administration, are also located on the Atherstone site.

  • Chelmsford

    Opening in 2000, this region covers a broad geographic area across the South-East. It runs from Lincolnshire to the South coast, and includes most of London. We’re planning even more expansion (particularly into London) so even more customers will get to sample our delights.

  • Swindon

    Swindon is our biggest region geographically. Opening in 1998, it covers South Wales and South-West England, including West London. With the demand very much there, we’re planning to open a new facility in Cardiff that will service even more stores.

  • Naas

    Ireland

  • Mitchelstown

    Ireland

  • Goldthorpe

    Our purpose-built Regional Distribution Centre has transformed the way we service many of our successful stores. There are all kinds of opportunities in this area ranging from Warehouse Operations and Store Accounts, to Finance & Admin and Quality Control. It’s a mixed bag of delights to suit many different skills. We’d love to see where you’d fit in.

Application Process

It’s quite a straightforward process. You’ll need to complete the online application form which will highlight your experience and key skills. If successful, we’ll interview you over the phone (or face-to-face) to discuss things like attitude, motivation and the qualities you can bring to the role. It’s important to do a bit of homework, so you know about our company and the challenges we face in distribution.  

Selector FAQs

  • When are Aldi recruiting for Warehouse Selectors?

    As a growing business, we’re always looking for new Warehouse Selectors to help sort and pick our great quality products.

  • What qualifications do I need?

    Selectors need to be ready for hard, physical work and have a positive, ‘let’s get stuck in’ attitude. Good reading and numerical skills are really important.

  • What will the training involve?

    We have a very structured training programme for all our new selectors, which involves some shadowing of colleagues during their initial training period. After that, you’ll fly solo, aiming to improve your accuracy and speed of picking until you achieve our high standards.

  • Where will I be trained?

    The training is mainly hands on and takes place at our Regional Distribution Centre.

  • How will I be monitored and assessed?

    The Warehouse Section Managers will continually review your progress and you’ll receive constant feedback on your performance.

  • How many hours will I work?

    Warehouse Selectors can work part or full-time hours, on a day, evening or night shift over a seven-day week (hours and shifts vary across different locations). Some Selectors may also work in Temperature Controlled Areas such as the chiller (at 2°C).

  • Are there any opportunities to progress?

    Yes, many of our Selectors go on to become Section Leaders. Prove that you have the drive and ambition and there’s every chance you could step up too.

Driver FAQs

  • When are Aldi recruiting for Warehouse Drivers?

    We’re always looking for Drivers to deliver products to our ever-expanding store network.

  • What qualifications do I require?

    You’ll need a full, valid, clean Class 1 HGV licence. It’s highly likely that you’ll already have some driving experience. However, we will give you full training on how we deliver to such a huge range of retail sites.

  • What will the training involve?

    We'll create and adapt a training programme to suit you. Experienced colleagues will demonstrate the full range of tasks that the job involves; the Transport Manager and Transport Deputies will guide you through your training and closely monitor your progress.You’re bound to have lots of questions and there will be a big team around to give you the answers.

  • Where will I be trained?

    We have a structured training programme for all new drivers and you’ll spend a significant proportion of your training time on the road. But you’ll also be loading vehicles at our Regional Distribution Centres and/or delivering goods to Store Warehouses. There are opportunities to learn everywhere.

  • How will I be monitored and assessed?

    Our Transport Managers will continually review your progress and you’ll receive constant feedback on your performance.

  • How many hours will I work?

    We usually offer full-time hours (either days or nights) over a seven-day week

  • Are there any opportunities to progress?

    Yes, many of our Drivers go on to become Section Leaders. Prove that you have the drive and ambition and there’s every chance you could step up too.