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Working in Buying

Our Buying teams have one incredibly important aim: to make sure we continue giving our customers high-quality products at the best value for money. That means we have to understand what customers are looking for and how we can offer it to them. It’s high-pressure work where we have to adapt quickly and rely on our entrepreneurial spirit.

We spend most of our time dealing with people outside the Aldi business, negotiating and building relationships. So when you join, you’ll have the chance influence one of the world’s leading retailers.

Browse our Buying roles

There are many key roles in this area of the business, from those who carve a strategic path to those who assist our daily activities. Don’t be fooled by the ‘Assistant’ aspect. You’ll also be looking after product ranges and driving our Buying department forward. 

National Buying Director

We need to deliver on our promise to customers by securing quality products at the best price. And that starts with you. As our National Buying Director, you’ll develop the sales, profitability and future growth of our business.

A skilled negotiator, you’re constantly in talks with suppliers and our international buying operation to compare costs and product options. Your decisions are an intelligent reflection of market data and research, a passion for quality and strong commercial instinct. Yet no Director is an island. Our buying teams bounce intuitively off each other. Spurred on by your leadership and people management skills, they’re confident to show initiative and share knowledge which feeds into your vision. The result? A motivated team, that’s clear about their personal development and bursting with ideas. 

Added to that, you’ll be making proposals on buying prices, recommending sourcing decisions from authorised suppliers, visiting trade fairs, arranging (and taking part) in sampling sessions. You’ll even decide on package design, the assortment of products and the text for advertised products. This role is one of the fastest, most varied Buying Director roles around.

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Salary

Competitive Salary with further increases based on length of service.

Holiday allowance

6 weeks’ annual leave plus Bank Holidays.

Benefits

You’ll work a 5-day, 50-hour week, from Monday – Friday. When you start, you’ll receive a company pension, life assurance and private employee medical insurance. After 2 years you will receive company maternity, paternity and adoption leave.

National Buying Manager

As a Buying Manager you'll make sure we deliver on our promise to customers by helping to secure exciting products at the best price. In fact, you'll set the bar high in retailing. Our buying teams - if it's possible - have to move even quicker than the rest of the business. And they have to keep ahead of our customers too: second-guessing what they want and need before they do.

You're a skilled Buyer with a great supplier network with the ability to influence and manage others.

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Salary

£55,915 rising in increments to £81,415 in year 4.

Holiday allowance

5 weeks’ annual leave plus Bank Holidays.

Hours and benefits

You’ll work a 50-hour week, working from Monday – Friday. Plus, you’ll receive a company pension when you start, private employee medical insurance after 6 months, company maternity and adoption leave from commencement as well as company paternity pay after 2 years.

National Buying Analyst

As a Buying Analyst working within a growing team, you will assess and monitor market data and additional information to support senior management strategy decisions.

You will conduct detailed analysis and scenario planning of price changes and ordering, perform weekly data extracts on products enabling the Buying teams to make decisions based on key drivers. Producing timely and accurate business forecasts, and plans analysis you will provide strategic recommendations to the Buying Manager.

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Salary

£42,435 rising in increments to £46,580 in year 5.

Holiday allowance

5 weeks’ annual leave plus Bank Holidays.

Hours and benefits

You’ll work a 5-day, 40-hour week. After 4 years, you’ll receive a company pension and private employee medical insurance. And after 2 years, you’ll get company maternity, paternity and adoption leave.

Pricing Analyst

As a Pricing Analyst working within a growing team, you will assess and monitor market data and additional information to support senior management strategy decisions.

You'll get involved in every aspect of the pricing lifecycle - from reviewing market data and crunching numbers, to developing strategy and processes.  Producing timely and accurate business forecasts and plans analysis, you will provide strategic recommendations to the Management team. 

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Salary

£42,435 rising in increments to £46,580 in year 5.

Holiday allowance

5 weeks’ annual leave plus Bank Holidays.

Hours and benefits

You’ll work a 5-day, 40-hour week. After 4 years, you’ll receive a company pension and private employee medical insurance. And after 2 years, you’ll get company maternity, paternity and adoption leave.

Pricing Assistant

Working closely with our Buying Teams, you’ll make sure that we continue to offer our customers the very best prices.

Our buying teams – if it's possible – have to move even quicker than the rest of the business. And they have to keep ahead of our customers too: second-guessing what they want and need before they do. You'll get involved in every aspect of the pricing lifecycle - from reviewing market data and crunching numbers, to developing strategy and processes.

We do things our own way at Aldi. But whatever we're doing, we must be getting it right. With a wave of impressive sales figures behind us, we're opening new stores at lightning speed. And to keep on top of that wave, our buying teams have to do something pretty special to keep our customers coming back for more.

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Salary

£33,035 rising in increments to £38,580 in year 5.

Holiday allowance

5 weeks’ annual leave plus Bank Holidays.

Hours and benefits

You’ll work a 40-hour week, working from Monday – Friday. Plus, you’ll receive a company pension and private employee medical insurance after 4 years, company maternity and adoption leave as well as company paternity pay after 2 years.

Personal Assistant - National Buying Department

As a Personal Assistant you will provide a comprehensive and professional support service to your Director through managing the systems and processes in the area of responsibility. You will also play a key role in ensuring an efficient and cooperative working environment. This will involve day to day organisational work, as well as data processing and analysis.

Naturally, you will need to be efficient and well organised with excellent attention to detail and a willingness to learn.

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Salary

£33,035 rising in increments to £38,580 in year 5.

Holiday allowance

5 weeks’ annual leave plus Bank Holidays.

Hours and benefits

You’ll work a 40-hour week, working from Monday – Friday. Plus, you’ll receive a company pension and private employee medical insurance after 4 years, company maternity and adoption leave as well as company paternity pay after 2 years.

National Buying Assistant

As a National Buying Assistant, you’ll play an incredibly important role in the whole Buying process. Working closely with a Buying Director, you’ll make sure that they have everything they need to negotiate the best deals.

That involves keeping up communication with suppliers and people across the Aldi business and making sure that every tender process is managed effectively. From ensuring we have great working relationships with our suppliers, to crunching the numbers and putting tender documents and contracts together, you’ll get involved in every aspect of the buying lifecycle. You might even get the chance to recommend products to your Buying Director and make presentations.

Obviously, you’ll need to be well organised and a good communicator, with an eye for detail and the ability to analyse statistics effectively. That may sound like a lot but, in return, you’ll enjoy the chance to put forward your ideas and influence our Buying process.

In fact, join us and you’ll feel more like an Assistant Buyer, rather than a Buying Assistant (and yes, to us there’s a big difference).

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Salary

£33,035 rising in increments to £38,580 in year 5 (regional differences apply).

Holiday allowance

5 weeks’ annual leave plus Bank Holidays.

Hours and benefits

You’ll work a 40-hour week, working from Monday – Friday. Plus, you’ll receive a company pension and private employee medical insurance after 4 years, company maternity and adoption leave as well as company paternity pay after 2 years.

National Buying Administration Assistant

In our Buying Department we have to keep ahead of our customers: second-guessing what they want and need before they do.

As a Buying Administrator you will support both the Buying Assistants and Buying Directors to stay ahead of the game, providing comprehensive and professional administrative support.

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Salary

£22,980 rising in increments to £28,270 in year 3.

Holiday allowance

5 weeks’ annual leave plus Bank Holidays.

Hours and benefits

You’ll work a 40-hour week, working from Monday – Friday. Plus, you’ll receive a company pension and private employee medical insurance after 4 years, company maternity and adoption leave as well as company paternity pay after 2 years.

National Buying Office Administrator

As an Office Administrator within the Buying department you’ll play a key role in making sure the department runs smoothly.

This will involve day to day organisational work, as well as data processing and analysis. You will work to achieve compliance with all internal and external guidelines and regulations, whilst contributing to a co-operative working environment. You will provide a comprehensive and professional support service to the Buying Manager, so naturally you will need to be efficient and well organised. 

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Salary

£21,845 - £22,980 rising in increments to £27,070 - £28,270 in year 3 (regional differences apply).

Holiday allowance

5 weeks’ annual leave plus Bank Holidays.

Hours and benefits

You’ll work a 40-hour week, working from Monday – Friday. Plus, you’ll receive a company pension and private employee medical insurance after 4 years, company maternity and adoption leave as well as company paternity pay after 2 years.

National Buying Apprentice

As one of our talented Apprentices you'll get an incredible introduction to Buying with a leading international retailer (that's us), and achieve a level 4 Buying and Merchandising qualification.

Our Buying teams - if it's possible - have to move even quicker than the rest of the business and they have to keep ahead of our customers too: second guessing what they want and need before they do. Over your time with us, you'll get to spend time alongside our Buying Assistants and Logistics team so that you get a real feel of the Buying Process.

We do things our own way at Aldi, but whatever we're doing, we must be getting it right. With a wave of impressive sales figures behind us, we're opening new stores at lightning speed and to keep on top of that wave, our Buying teams have to do something pretty special to keep our customers coming back for more.

If you are considering a career in Buying, this would be the perfect first step.

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Salary

£355 per week (rising to £448 per week in year 4).

Holiday allowance

28 days annual leave including Bank Holidays.

Hours and benefits

This is a fixed term contract where you’ll typically work a 5-day, 40-hour week. 

National Project Manager

Across our growing National departments we have opportunities for Project Managers to develop, implement and manage the systems and processes within a specified remit. 

You will be responsible for taking a leading role within your work streams, including driving business engagement, managing a community of stakeholders as well as third party teams and partners.

You will be the instigator of change and your role is to ensure key objectives are successfully landed and rolled-out. This will involve running projects efficiently and accurately, meeting agreed scope, timescales and budget, as well as achieving compliance with all internal and external guidelines and regulations.

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Salary

£55,915 rising in increments to £81,415 in year 4.

Holiday allownance

5 weeks’ annual leave plus Bank Holidays.

Hours and benefits

You’ll work a 50-hour week, working from Monday – Friday. Plus, you’ll receive a company pension when you start, private employee medical insurance after 6 months, company maternity and adoption leave as well as company paternity pay after 2 years.

National Project Specialist

Across our growing National departments we have opportunities for Project Specialists to support with the development, implementation and management of the systems and processes within a specified remit.

You will work with colleagues across different departments and will have the chance to implement solutions, drive change and innovation.

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Salary

£33,165 rising in increments to £47,990 in year 5.

Holiday allowance

5 weeks’ annual leave plus Bank Holidays.

Hours and benefits

You’ll work a 40-hour week, working from Monday – Friday. Plus, you’ll receive a company pension and private employee medical insurance after 4 years, company maternity and adoption leave as well as company paternity pay after 2 years.

What we'll offer you

Our Application Process

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Online Application/CV Upload

You’ll need to complete an online application or upload a CV that highlights your key skills, attitude and character. It’s your first chance to grab our attention so don’t hold back.

Video Interview

If we like the look of your application, you might be asked to join us for a video interview. This helps us to get a better idea of who you are, and what we’re looking for.

Online Test

If you’re applying for a management role and we think you’ve got the Aldi personality, we’ll ask you to complete a quick online test. If you’re not applying for a management role, you might skip this stage. 

Group Assessment

If all goes well, we’ll then ask you to spend some time at one of our assessment centres. Our processes have been created to ensure you have the chance to shine. We’re looking for your drive, professionalism and work ethic.

Final Interview

Congratulations - you’ve almost made it. The Final Interview is the last stage of the Aldi recruitment process. This will involve getting to know more about you including your experience, career aspirations and passion to join #TeamAldi. It is also your opportunity to find out more about Aldi and the team you might be working with.

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You like what we’ve got to say so much you’d love to work here. That’s brilliant. It means it’s now time to start your Aldi journey and start your application. You’re already one step closer.

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