Graduates

About Us

Our graduate jobs aren’t easy. But then who wants an airy-fairy role making the tea? (Although our tea is award-winning, but we’ll come on to that.) In actual fact, we want our graduates to come in as a Trainee Area Manager and run their own multi-million pound business within a year. It’s big stuff. And you’ll get paid very well. But if you’re doing it for the money, you’ll be missing the point.

This is a business that’s getting it right, and it feels so great to be part of it.  We all share the same passion and determination, a pride that we’re doing things our way – and that it’s working. We’re the fastest-growing supermarket in the UK today and we regularly jostle for the top spot in the Times Top 100 Best Graduate Employers. We've also been the No.1 graduate employer of choice in the ‘General Management’ category for 6 years.

Join us, and you’ll grow into the kind of leader you’ll be proud of. Someone who’s matured above and beyond academic study to take on tough, mind-stretching retail challenges. Aldi is different. It’s fresh, it’s better. And we like it. We hope you do too.

A Year Like No Other. Explore the images to see what happens in your first 12 months.

  • Day 1

    A big welcome to Aldi. Day one is all about meeting your Directors and spending time with your new boss. They’ll help you outline exactly what’s expected from you and prepare you for that all-important year ahead.

    Day 1

  • Weeks 1-2

    You’ll spend this time understanding your new role with an experienced colleague who will become your mentor throughout your training.

    Weeks 1-2

  • Weeks 3-12

    Time to roll up your sleeves. There’s no point being a manager unless you know the nitty-gritty of store life. You’ll be meeting colleagues, stacking shelves, getting to know our products and learning our unique approach to customer service.

    Weeks 3-12

  • Weeks 13

    A chance to relax for a week, absorb all that knowledge and think about the great start you've made at Aldi.

    Weeks 13

  • Weeks 14-17

    We'll give you the keys to your own store. Once the detailed training's done, you'll show us how you can take control, smoothly run your own £multi-million business, and motivate your team around you.

    Weeks 14-17

  • Weeks 18

    Time for another week's well-earned holiday. And with a good wage coming in, you'll be able to holiday in style.

    Weeks 18

  • Weeks 19-28

    More keys to another store? Go on then. You know what to expect now so you're more than ready. The challenge is to keep it all running smoothly, never taking your eye off the ball for a minute.

    Weeks 19-28

  • Weeks 29

    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.

    Weeks 29

  • Week 30-31

    Our huge network of stores rely 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.

    Week 30-31

  • Weeks 32

    Two weeks to learn everything you need to know about Logistics. You'll be the key link between Logistics and Operations, so it's important to understand both sides, inside and out.

    Weeks 32

  • Weeks 33

    It's holiday time again. A chance to reflect on the huge amount you've learned and feel very proud of yourself.

    Weeks 33

  • Weeks 34-45

    Out of store training. You'll start to expand your specialist areas now as you master everything from financial planning to store merchandising.

    Weeks 34-45

  • Weeks 46

    Some more rest, happy in the knowledge that you're near the finish line.

    Weeks 46

  • Weeks 47-51

    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.

    Weeks 47-51

  • Week 52

    Time for your final review. We'll take a long, hard look at how far you've come over the year. By now, you should be fully prepared and feeling confident to take responsibility for your own Area.

    Week 52

Benefits

At Aldi, progression is based on merit. So we’re always excited by new ideas and inspired by individuals who go the extra mile for us. Our packages are generous and we do expect a lot in return. But if you’re the kind of person we want, you’re already giving 100%.

  • £42,000 starting salary

    Certainly an above-average starting wage that also rises in stages to £70,000 after four years.

  • A fully expensed Audi A4

    Word’s definitely got around campus about this great benefit. You’ll get this on day one, but it comes as part of a tough and demanding role.

  • Opportunities to travel the world

    This is an unexpected perk for many, but a mark of just how vast our business is on an international scale. If you’re performing really well, we’ll suggest a European secondment. You might even be offered something further afield, typically within your first four years.

  • Health & Lifestyle Package

    It’s important to us that you feel looked after, now and in the future. You’ll be given five weeks’ holiday every year plus bank holidays. You’ll also be part of our pension scheme, be given private healthcare (after 6 months) and life assurance. 

  • Training & Support

    Your detailed training programme shows you just what you can expect in your first year. But we should say that you’ll have our full support and commitment throughout that time. You’re in at the deep end, but with the full confidence that we’re right behind you.

  • Your own £Multi-million Business

    Perhaps the biggest benefit of all. As soon as you’re ready, which could be in less than a year, you’ll take full responsibility for three to five stores.

Who we're looking for

We wouldn’t be this successful without recruiting strong-minded, brave people to share our ambitions. We do have quite a specific culture. It’s well-managed, efficient and everyone works in harmony with a combined sense of purpose. Responsibilities are crystal clear and everyone knows what’s expected of them. The question is, do you have the kind of qualities we need? Take a look at our first video to learn more about our environment, then try the quiz to see if you could be an ‘Aldi’ person.

  • A 2:1 degree

    This shows us you’re not only bright and committed but you have a strong work ethic. You’re excited by every new challenge that comes your way. Plus you've got the commitment to work a 50-hour week, which will include weekends.

  • Focused, resourceful and ready to drive productivity

    You’re always mindful of the bigger picture and can see how your efforts directly affect Aldi’s success. You’re a tough and resilient character.

  • That extra ‘sparkle’

    Bursting with charisma, you influence people around you with your passion and ideas. But you also treat your colleagues with decency and respect; you understand that we’re stronger together.

  • A driving licence

    Finally, if you don’t have a driving licence you’ll be positively beaming in your new car, yet rather stationary. Could be embarrassing.  

Where will the role take you?

If you’re the kind of graduate we’re after, you’ll be keen to hear more about the role’s unique challenges and the future opportunities you can expect. Our Area Managers will shed plenty of light on the role itself, while our Directors can tell you about potential career paths - having been Area Managers themselves.

Meet our Area Managers

Every Area Manager approaches their responsibilities differently but there are plenty of core traits that come through: ambition, resilience and a fierce determination to succeed.

Meet our Directors

There are plenty of different routes you can take through the business. It’s about realising your strengths, driving yourself forward and winning the respect of those around you.

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. As an Area Manager, you’ll be able to choose your region, but we’ll ask you to be flexible over the stores and locations that you cover.Typically, you’ll be given between three and five stores to manage. 

  • Bathgate

    With our Scottish distribution centre opening in 2004, our store numbers have gone from strength to strength. We stock over 200 items in our Scottish stores that you won’t find in the UK. 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

So you’re ready to apply. That’s great news but, be warned, it’s getting competitive. We offer one of the most sought-after training programmes in the UK today and we’re consistently high in the Times Top 100 Best Graduate Employers. If you’re the kind of person we want, that won’t put you off. In fact, bring it on. That’s the spirit.

  • Step One

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

  • Step Two

    Online psychometric test. This is designed to assess your core skills and personal qualities and see if we’re right for each other.

  • Step Three

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

  • Step Four

    It’s Group Assessment time. While this is a fair and consistent process, it’s important that you make your presence known!

  • Step Five

    Final Interview with the MD to talk about the contract and the finer details.


If you emerge triumphant from the early stages of application, you’ll then be asked to submit a video application. Don’t panic, it’s quite painless plus (in true Aldi style) we’re here to help you. Here’s a video to show you what’s required, the kind of technology we use, and the best way to go about it. You’ll even get to watch the clips again before you need to hit record. Sorted.

FAQs

  • When’s the best time to apply? Are there any opening or closing dates?

    You can apply all year round; we like to recruit on a rolling basis.

  • I don't have a business or retail degree, and I haven't got any experience in management. Is that ok?

    As long as you've got a 2:1, your degree could be in any discipline.

  • If I'm not successful this time round, could I reapply?

    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 any time.

  • When and where will the group assessments and interviews be held?

    The group assessment and final MD interview will be held in the regional distribution centre that's closest to where you applied. If your application is successful, we'll let you know all the details nearer the time.

  • Will I need to relocate?

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

  • What will my working hours typically be?

    You’ll need to provide the very best support to your Store team. So that means working around 50 hours a week (this will involve weekends and Bank Holidays). We do ask for you to be flexible and we’ll accommodate your needs in return.

  • I have a Masters qualification but did not get a 2:1 in my degree, can I still apply?

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

  • How many graduates are you looking to recruit?

    We recruit between 150 and 200 Area Managers every year, across the UK and Ireland. But this could change as our business continues to expand.

  • Besides the 2:1 what else will I need?

    A full driving licence and a valid UK work permit.

  • I've already graduated, can I still apply?

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

Events Calendar

 

6th October 2015
University of Edinburgh
Graduate Recruitment Fair
7th October 2015
University of Leicester
Careers in Management & Finance Fair
9th & 10th October 2015
London
National Graduate Recruitment Exhibition, Olympia
12th October 2015
University of Leeds
Autumn Graduate Jobs and Internships Fair
12th October 2015
University of Nottingham
Careers in Management & Business Fair
14th October 2015
University of Liverpool
Business, Finance and Law Fair
14th-15th October 2015
University of Birmingham
Autumn Fair
15th October 2015
University of Leeds
Private Presentation
15th October 2015
University of York
Graduate Recruitment and Placement Fair
15th October 2015
Edinburgh Napier University
Business School Careers Mini Fair
16th October 2015
University of Bath
Autumn Careers Fair
16th October 2015
University of St Andrews
Management & Finance Careers Fair
19th October 2015
Newcastle University
JobFest
20th October 2015
London School of Economics
Business & Management Fair
20th October 2015
University of Exeter
Careers and Placement Fair
20th October 2015
University of Manchester
Business, Finance & Management Fair
20th October 2015
Loughborough University
Autumn Graduate Recruitment and Placement Fair
21st October 2015
Aston University
Careers and Business Fair
21st October 2015
Leeds Beckett University
Graduate Retail Careers Fair
22nd October 2015
University of Leeds
Business and Finance Fair
22nd October 2015
University of East Anglia
Recruitment and Opportunities Fair
22nd October 2015
Edge Hill University
Graduate Recruitment Fair
27th October 2015
Durham University
Careers & Internships Fair
27th October 2015
University of Hull
Graduate Recruitment Fair
27th October 2015
Sheffield Hallam University
Business and Finance Fair
28th October 2015
Aston University
Placements Fair
28th October 2015
Nottingham Trent University
Placement and Graduate Fair
3rd November 2015
Northumbria University
Careers Fair
4th November 2015
Lancaster University
Autumn Careers Fair
4th November 2015
Manchester Metropolitan University
Graduate Job & Placement Fair
6th & 7th November 2015
Birmingham
National Graduate Recruitment Exhibition