Industrial Placements

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About Us

If retail’s your thing and you’re intrigued by the Aldi story, this is your chance to gain the perfect insight. Our year-long placements offer intensive training across our Store, Logistics and Office environments, so you can see how we tick from every angle. More than that, you’ll learn a lot about yourself and how you tackle one of the toughest retail environments around.

You may have heard but we’re one of the fastest-growing supermarkets in the UK today. We’ve achieved our success through absolute determination, hard work and extraordinary focus. So we’re not the kind of place to let you sit back and ‘take it all in’.

From day one, you’ll be right at the heart of our business, rolling your sleeves up with the rest of the team.

You’ll see a full breakdown of the training in ‘A year like no other’ (a bit further down), but the general themes are pace and responsibility. Over the 12 months, you’ll be given fast rotations across our business, with a huge variety of activities –from sitting in on high-level meetings to managing resources to stacking shelves with the Store Assistants.

This is about quickly proving your worth, sharing our passion for customer satisfaction and giving every challenge 100% effort.

We choose students who have obviously done their homework on Aldi, and who impress us with their professionalism, respect and enthusiasm. High-performing individuals will be encouraged to apply for our Graduate Area Manager Programme.

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Aldi is one of the most reputable retailers in the global business market today. With a simple goal of providing great value and quality, using leaner and smarter business processes, we’re a supermarket that’s getting it right. We’re winning all kinds of awards and new stores are springing up all over the country as we rapidly increase our market share.

The things that make us a great retailer, also make us a great employer. There’s a real sense of clarity: everyone knows what’s expected of them and they can see how their efforts fit into the bigger picture. We’re a very responsible company, always treating our people with decency and respect. Progression is based on merit and it’s easy to see how you can achieve personal success. And, perhaps more importantly, we’re really open. Open to fresh ideas and new perspectives that will help us to become even better. It’s a fantastic place for young people who are willing to work hard and learn from the very best.

 

Our Graduate programme is often the talk of university campuses. If graduates can prove that they’re tough, innovative and full of initiative, the rewards and development opportunities are unrivalled.

Our Industrial Placements are perfect for degree students who are fascinated by retail and hungry for progression. With a great mix of theory and hands-on experience, this year-long programme gives individuals a rare snapshot of life at Aldi, with the possibility of applying to join our Area Manager programme.

We have excellent opportunities for Apprentices to join our Store or Logistics programmes. It’s not just about financial gain. We can help young people build their character and their confidence, and there’s a clear path to progression. In fact, it’s the kind of springboard that takes ambitious school leavers all the way to Store or Logistics Management.

These links will take you to the relevant pages of our site, but if you need any more information you’ll be able to find plenty at your local school, Aldi store or careers service.

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

  • Day 1

    This is all about settling into Aldi, signing your contract and meeting the Store Operations Director who will take you through your induction.

    Day 1

  • Weeks 1-2

    You'll start off with an induction from the Area Manager, who will walk you through how we operate and why we're the UK's fastest-growing discount retail brand.

    Weeks 1-2

  • Weeks 3-14

    Retail in detail. For the next 11 weeks, you'll roll up your sleeves and get to know exactly what happens in our stores. You'll learn about everything from stacking shelves and ordering stock to operating the till and serving customers.

    Weeks 3-14

  • Weeks 15-16

    Time to relax. A well-earned two weeks' holiday. Enjoy yourself!

    Weeks 15-16

  • Week 17

    A chance to work alongside the Area Manager and demonstrate your new-found skills and knowledge. They'll show you our Stores from a fresh perspective, and you'll see what goes into multi-site management.

    Week 17

  • Weeks 18-22

    Store Management. You'll spend these weeks shadowing the Store Manager and experiencing just what a challenging, rewarding and stimulating role they have. You'll learn how to lead a successful team and create an environment where people feel really motivated.

    Weeks 18-22

  • Week 23

    Out with an Area Manager. Again, a great chance to experience all the different skills and qualities that an Area Manager needs.

    Week 23

  • Weeks 24-26

    More Store Management. You'll be there on the front line, seeing how things need to be run in such a fast paced, team environment.

    Weeks 24-26

  • Week 27

    Holiday time again. Already? Time flies at Aldi, particularly when you're learning so much, so quickly.

    Week 27

  • Weeks 28-32

    Even more Store Management? Absolutely. Your remit now includes ordering our award-winning stock and you might even stand in for the Manager when they’re away. Should you be worried? No chance, you’re almost an old hand by now.

    Weeks 28-32

  • Weeks 33-35

    Working alongside the Area Manager once more to gain extra insight and expertise from the very best.

    Weeks 33-35

  • Week 36-38

    Logistics time. Efficiency has always been the name of the game at Aldi and a cornerstone of our success. At this point in your programme, you'll learn everything from streamlining distribution to vehicle tracking and routing. This is one of the key pillars of retailing.

    Week 36-38

  • Weeks 39-40

    Financial Administration. We've built our business on delivering quality products at low prices, so who better to give you advice and special training on balancing the books? It's essential you understand the fundamentals if you want to make a name for yourself at Aldi. And this is an invaluable part of your training.

    Weeks 39-40

  • Weeks 41-43

    Trading know-how. You'll sit in on high-level trading meetings and discover how to order products on a larger scale, looking at key events and trends in retail. You'll also gain an insight into how we negotiate prices and maintain healthy (and profitable) supplier relationships. The intricate world of quality control will certainly feature heavily. Quality is everything to us, and you need to know how we approach and maintain this.

    Weeks 41-43

  • Week 44

    Property. You'll spend a week with the property department to see how we decide where to build our new stores. Importantly, you'll gain an insight into how these projects work, from identifying a site that's for sale to the say that a new store opens.

    Week 44

  • Week 45

    Kick back and relax on another holiday. It's time to reflect on how much you've learned and experienced so far.

    Week 45

  • Weeks 46-47

    More time with the Area Manager. Your last couple of weeks with the Area Manager are really about fitting all the pieces together. By now, you'll have a more holistic view of all the departments within a region. This is your chance to spend some time seeing how everything works as a complete (and extremely busy) business.

    Weeks 46-47

  • Weeks 48-52

    Project Work. Our Regional Directors will set you a challenging project that will allow your new skills to shine. Primarily, you'll show how you can apply your knowledge to real-life situations. Impress us, and you'll be offered the chance to apply for a place on our Area Manager Training scheme.

    Weeks 48-52

Benefits

The main benefit will of course be the chance to learn about Aldi’s unique approach to business. How we’ve changed from being seen as ‘a discount store’ to a world-class example of retail excellence. Our industrial placements also find that they’ve developed new skills and found new strengths. Like when a Store Manager hands over the keys and says: ‘You’re in charge’, our most successful IPs are happy to drum up support from the team and lead their store to victory.

 

It is a demanding programme but we do reward our people extremely well. We offer a £25,000 salary for the 12 months you spend with us, together with 4 weeks’ holiday allowance, plus bank holidays. And of course you’ll have the chance to apply for our award-winning Area Manager Programme.

  • Competitive salary

  • Area Manager opportunities

  • Holiday allowance

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

    Alongside a minimum of 240 UCAS points (or 150 points for Scottish Highers) from your top 3 A levels/Scottish Highers, excluding general studies, 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, you will need a full driving license and access to a car for the duration of your placement.

Where will the role take you?

So what is it really like? The first video features Lucie, one of our rising stars who wants to tell you just how thrilling and challenging an Aldi placement can be. And the other features Oliver King a former placement student who tells us the importance of completing a placement scheme in shaping his future career with Aldi.

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    Lucie - Industrial Placement
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    Oliver - Managing Director - Former Industrial Placement

Where are we?

With new stores opening all the time, we’re here, there and everywhere. We’ll do our best to place you with a store that’s close to home, although there will be occasions when you’re asked to travel.  

There are 8 Aldi regions dotted all over the country. Each region has its own Head Office led by a Managing Director, a group of Directors and a team of Administrators. Each region also has its own Regional Distribution Centre (or RDC) which takes care of the flow of goods, ensuring that our customers get all their favourite things on time.

Your placement will give you in-depth exposure to every aspect of your region so you can see how everything fits together. Should you go on to apply for a graduate opportunity, you’ll most certainly have a head start.

  • 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.

  • Bolton

    This region was opened as our second Distribution Centre back in 1991 based in Middleton, Manchester. 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. This Distribution Centre is currently relocating 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 the UK’s largest Aldi region, with some of the busiest stores in the country. Opening in 1998, it covers the majority of the South of England. At the moment, it also includes South Wales and the South West of England. However, this is set to change. Eventually, these areas will move to our new regional distribution centre in Cardiff. All very exciting. If you’re looking for an opportunity in South Wales or the South West – please select Cardiff on your application.

  • 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.

  • Cardiff

    We’re very busy working away on our brand new Cardiff regional distribution centre. It’s all set to open at the beginning of 2017 and we can’t wait. It will look after all of the stores in South Wales and the South West of England which are expanding rapidly. Please select Cardiff if you’re looking for a job in South Wales or the South West of England.

Application Process

So this is it. Your chance to show us that you’re perfect for Aldi. It’s exactly the same selection process as for our Graduate programme (in other words, tough) but that won’t put you off. In fact, you’ll relish the chance to show us what you can do.

  • Step One

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

  • Step Two

    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.

  • Step Three

    Lights, camera, action. It’s all about you. This is a chance 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. We understand that filming this kind of thing can be daunting for some, so we’ve included a helpful film clip below.

  • Step Four

    Group Assessment is hard. You’ve got to work as a team, but still let us know that you’ve done your homework about Aldi and that you’re a natural leader. It’s a fair and consistent process, but make your presence known!

  • Step Five

    Well, you’re nearly there. If you’ve passed everything else, you’ll then have a final interview with your Regional Managing Director, so make sure you’re prepared!

FAQs

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

    The application window opens on the 1st August and will close on the 30th April 2017.

  • Will I need to relocate?

    Possibly, but only usually 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?

    It’s likely to be around 50 hours a week (which will include weekends), but this could change according to the demands of the business. It’s about approaching the role with flexibility, and we’ll do our best to accommodate your needs too.

  • When does the placement scheme start?

    It starts in the July after you’ve completed your second year of university.

  • 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 a car?

    Your role will cover various aspects of in-store training, head office training and project work. We’ll need you to drive between locations, but travel expenses will of course be reimbursed.

  • At the end of the placement, will I be offered a place on the Area Manager Graduate Scheme?

    If, after graduating, you’re considering Aldi as a career choice – and you performed well on the placement – chances are you’ll be invited to apply. Your Managing Director will need to recommend you first though.