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, so you can see how we tick from every angle. More than that, you’ll learn a lot about yourself, as you tackle brand-new situations and prove your worth in our extraordinary retail environment.
Whether you join us on a General Management, Corporate Buying, eCommerce or IT placement, you’ll be in the thick of all the action. Don’t forget, we’ve achieved our success through absolute determination and extraordinary focus so we’re not about to let you sit back and ‘take it all in’.
Over the 52 weeks, you’ll experience early responsibility and rare exposure to the internal workings of our business. We’re a big fan of rotating our students across different teams, it really demonstrates how operations fit together to ensure a smooth-running business. You’ll see what we mean in A Year Like No Other: a week-by-week breakdown of what you might expect during a Store placement.
We choose students who have obviously done their homework on Aldi, and who impress us with their professionalism, respect and hunger to learn. Yes it’ll be demanding, but the rewards are immense. Generous salary aside, you’ll go back to uni with a clear sense of your own strengths and what your future could look like. Plus our high-performing students will be encouraged to apply for a permanent role after graduation.
This is a fast-paced introduction to life as a future trainee Area Manager – and it’s not for everyone. How will you cope with the demands of our Stores? What will you do when you’re handed the keys and told: “You’re in charge”? There are fast rotations across store and office environments and there’s a lot to take in very quickly. But if you’re right for us, you’ll enjoy exceeding our expectations – and your own.
It will feel like a real job, and you’ll need to give it everything you’ve got in order to gain the trust and respect of your team. You’ll spend the first few months in store, learning about (and actually doing) everyone’s different roles. It can be very hard work: you could be stacking shelves, operating the till, serving customers… whatever’s required, you’re there with a helpful smile and a good head on your shoulders. Once you know what goes into every role, you’ll be better equipped to manage and lead the team.
From then on, things will escalate quite quickly as you work alongside the Area Manager, getting a real insight into their role. By experiencing the ins-and-outs of what they do first hand, you’ll be perfectly placed to hit the ground running on our Area Manager Programme once you’ve graduated. You’ll then start to take part in business projects, making a true impact on the business before moving to other departments around Aldi. This includes areas such as Logistics, Finance and Administration, Property and Trading, where you’ll gradually build up a picture of our entire business.
It’s a breathtaking snapshot of our world, and the skills you need to succeed. All degree backgrounds are welcome, it’s your attitude, energy and work ethic that counts.
Don’t be fooled by the word ‘Buying’ here. This large corporate department covers every aspect of the product lifecycle, from concept to shelf. Your first 4-6 weeks will involve having a broad overview of Corporate Responsibility, Quality Assurance, PR & Marketing, Merchandising and Category Management, Corporate Logistics and Customer Services. None of these areas work in isolation, so it’s important to see them all. You’ll spend a good amount of time in each (typically a week), to gain a deep level of understanding.
The rest of your time will be spent specialising in say CR or PR & Marketing, depending on the needs of the business, your choice of degree and your future plans. Whichever area you join, you’ll be a real asset to your colleagues, working on personal and team projects, building relationships and solving problems in an environment where things change on a daily basis
We’re a business that welcomes fresh thinking so we’ll be hungry for new ideas and perspectives. You’ll be a naturally curious, enthusiastic person who is happy to speak up in meetings and get themselves noticed. This isn’t about your degree, it’s about your attitude: the passion you show for doing the very best job, whatever challenges you face.
Just like the rest of Aldi, we’re a positive, hardworking team who enjoy coming up with new processes and business change. But rather than having a commercial focus, we’re motivated by making a difference to people and the planet. Ideally with a relevant degree, but certainly a passionate interest in CR, you’ll rotate around our different teams: Health & Nutrition, Ethical, Sustainable Resources, Communities, Environment and Communications. It’s a rare placement; relevant business experience that will stretch your thinking and question your lifestyle choices, as you help a global business implement social and environmental solutions.
Proactive, switched-on, insightful. That’s you. You know what’s going on in the digital marketplace and you’re fascinated by the latest ventures and cutting-edge thinking. We’re embarking on the best kind of journey; one that will see Aldi doing great things our way. This is the store that never closes. More products are being added all the time, we know more about our customers than ever and we love to question everything.
With rotations and mini-projects, you’ll get a fantastic, well-rounded view of an online business. There’s the technology side of things (How can we design and build new functionality for the website?); customer insights (particularly using analytics to drill down into customer detail); online trading (how can we maximise the commercial performance of the site on any given day or time of year such as Christmas?) and online content (which is really beneficial for anyone who’s doing a marketing or visual degree). This placement offers a great structure that will give you a rare view of our world and every opportunity you need to progress.
You’ll impress us by how much you’ve researched Aldi and the marketplace and this will shine through in the interview. A relevant degree is handy, but it’s your curiosity and passion that will really stand you in good stead. After the placement, your new-found digital skills will be transferable across any organisation. (If we haven’t snapped you up, that is).
The National IT department is at the very heart of Aldi. We support a great mix of applications and processes that have been around for a long time, combined with being at the cutting edge when we need to be. For example, we heard about Apple Pay, investigated what it would mean to our business, and then launched it on the day it was released. We’re proactive and able to react quickly to business needs which is critical in the fast paced world of retail.
Like the rest of Aldi we are made up of small high performing teams. You can expect plenty of exposure and hands-on experience of an IT department within a global company. Training will be similar to any other position in National IT (intense!), you will get to spend time with everyone, get a real feel for the whole department and be part of a “home” team with a mentor.
Typically, you could join us as part of a technical team supporting the live business, part of a large scale project team or even have responsibility for a smaller scale project by yourself. Many of the opportunities available will depend on what’s going on with the business at the time. And, trust us, there’s always plenty going on at Aldi - our business is constantly growing and developing.
We’ll invest loads of time in you and, by the end of the year, we want you to have delivered something tangible for Aldi. IT degrees are useful (and we have a real mixture here) but it’s more about having a natural interest in IT and a passion for what we’re trying to achieve as a business. The onus is on you to get yourself noticed – and you’ll love every minute.
This is all about settling into Aldi, signing your contract and meeting the Store Operations Director who will take you through your induction.
You'll start off with an induction from the Area Manager, who will walk you through how we operate and why we're one of the UK's fastest-growing discount retail brand.
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.
Time to relax. A well-earned two weeks' holiday. Enjoy yourself!
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.
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.
Out with an Area Manager. Again, a great chance to experience all the different skills and qualities that an Area Manager needs.
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.
Holiday time again. Already? Time flies at Aldi, particularly when you're learning so much, so quickly.
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.
Working alongside the Area Manager once more to gain extra insight and expertise from the very best.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kick back and relax on another holiday. It's time to reflect on how much you've learned and experienced so far.
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.
Time for some challenging project work set by our Regional Directors. Primarily, you'll demonstrate how you can apply your knowledge in business situations.
It's not easy to quickly stand out in a global company. So how do you make an impression? And what's the best way to tackle the challenges along the way? Jess went through one of our intensive Industrial Placements to kick-start her Aldi journey. Let's find out why the placement ticks all the boxes.
The main benefit will of course be the chance to learn about Aldi’s unique approach to business. But we’ll challenge you along the way, so you’ll find yourself on a journey of self-discovery. It’s a demanding programme, which is why we reward our people extremely well with the following benefits.
We know just how challenging a programme like this is. Which is why we’ll reward you generously for it. On top of countless benefits, you’ll also receive a £25,000 salary for the 12 months you spend with us.
There’s no denying that you’ll work really hard here at Aldi. Which is why it’s important you have time to relax. So with 4 weeks’ holiday allowance, plus bank holidays, you’ll be able to put your feet up and come back raring to go.
If you’ve worked hard and successfully completed the General Management placement, you could be offered the opportunity to return after graduation on our 12 month Area Manager Training Programme.
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 video to learn more about our culture, then try the quiz to see if you could be an ‘Aldi’ person.
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 focused and committed but you have a strong work ethic. You’re excited by every new challenge that comes your way.
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 who enjoys the challenges of a dynamic and fast-paced environment. For instance, if you join us on the General Management placement, you’ll primarily be based in store. This means working a five day week, including some weekends, as well as overseeing store operations from opening or closing.
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 full driving licence and access to a car are essential on our General Management IP scheme. However, if you join us on the Corporate Buying, eCommerce or IT placement at our Head Office in Atherstone, you don’t require access to a car but you will need a driving licence.
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.
The Area Manager Programme is a critical part of our business, which is why we’re extremely focused on your future. In fact, at the moment, 90% of our Directors were previously Area Managers at various locations across the UK. So you know that Aldi will absolutely invest in your progression. In our eyes, everybody is valued and everyone has an important role to play. This creates a really positive environment that enables people to thrive.
There are new stores (and store extensions) opening all the time. But right now, the picture looks something like this. The UK’s divided up into 9 Aldi regions. Each region has its own Head Office led by a Managing Director, a group of Directors and our wonderful team of Administrators. Importantly, 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.
As an Area Manager, you’ll report to the Store Operations Director and look after the people, processes, efficiencies and targets of 3 to 4 stores. The Store Managers (with their team of Assistant and Deputy Managers, as well as Store Assistants) will be looking to you for guidance and leadership. You’ll also be the valuable link between these stores and the warehouse teams back at the RDC.
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.
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.
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. The Distribution Centre has recently relocated to Bolton in a brand-new purpose built site.
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.
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.
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 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.
Opening in 2015, this region covers stores in the East Midlands and South Yorkshire. 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.
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.
Back in 1961, the Albrecht brothers split the business into two groups: Aldi Nord (North) and Aldi Süd (South). The latter (which includes Aldi UK) consists of over 5,000 stores. Did you know that Aldi Süd was the first big retailer in Europe to ban eight pesticides that were found hazardous to bees?
We opened our doors in 1968. We’ve got 457 stores, 7 Distribution Centres and 9,073 employees. Plus, we have 237 home-grown organic products and environmentally friendly cleaning products in our range. And, as of the beginning of 2016, we’ve been operating entirely carbon-neutral.
In 1976, one year after our 500th Aldi South store opened, Aldi US officially launched. We now have 1,500 stores across 34 states, plus recent expansion into California. This is where we initially launched our new concept store called ‘Aldi Food Market’ with fresh food and extensive chilled ranges at the heart of the offer.
As of 1999, we’ve been taking Ireland by storm. We’re committed to supporting Irish suppliers, with over half of our product range sourced locally. And they’ve proven a real hit, gaining a number of awards. Split into two regions – Naas and Mitchelstown – our RDCs service over 120 stores across the country.
Opened in 2001, we’ve got 400 stores serviced by 6 Distribution Centres. 91% of Aldi Australia’s fresh fruit and veg are grown within the country. Now that’s some sustainable sourcing. We were also the first Australian supermarket to join the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (Sedex) which ensures more ethical practices in our supply chain.
Opened in 2005, we’ve got 180 stores, 3 Distribution Centres and 2,410 employees. The first new store triggered a rush of bargain-hunters in one of the world’s most expensive countries. The car park at Altenrhein was full within 30 minutes!
Just like our Swiss stores, we opened in 2005. Although smaller in scale – we still have 78 stores, 1 Distribution Centre and 1,364 employees. The stores carry around 700 food lines, including typical Slovenian products.
We threw our doors open in 2008, across 107 stores, 1 Distribution Centre and with the help of 1,883 employees. So far, we’ve won two ‘Superbrands’ awards (2014 and 2016). These awards recognise quality retailing in Hungary.
Not many people know we’re in Asia, but here we are. In 2012, we opened the Corporate Responsibility Unit Asia in Hong Kong. Not only does it realise our CR goals in the continent, it also helps to forge closer relationships with our suppliers.
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.
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Well, you’re nearly there. If you’ve passed everything else, you’ll then have a final interview with a Director, so make sure you’re prepared!
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.
The application window will open on the 1st August 2017 and close on the 30th April 2018.
Possibly, but only usually within your chosen region. We’re a fast-growing business so it’s important to have a flexible, understanding approach. For the Corporate Buying, eCommerce and IT placements these will all be based in our Atherstone region at our Corporate Head Office.
For the General Management Placement 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. For the Corporate Buying, eCommerce and IT placements your working hours are likely to be Monday-Friday but we still require your flexibility to support the needs of our business.
It starts in the July after you’ve completed your second year of university.
For those applying for the General Management Programme the Group Assessment will be held in our HR Academy based in Bolton. The Final MD Interview will be held in the Regional Distribution Centre that's closest to where you applied. If you have applied for any of the Corporate Buying, IT or eCommerce Programmes your Group Assessment and Final Interview will be based at our Corporate Head Office in Atherstone. If your application is successful, we'll let you know all the details nearer the time.
A full driving licence and access to a car are essential on our General Management IP scheme as your role will cover various aspects of in-store training, head office training and project work. However, if you join us on the Corporate Buying, e-Commerce or IT placement at our Head Office in Atherstone, you don't require access to a car but you will need a driving licence.
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 for a permanent position. Your Direct Leader will need to recommend you first though.
Why not meet us in person? You can find out some great information, and even chat to current graduates at a whole range of events. To help you find the event nearest to you, we’ve put together this nifty little calendar. We’ve also included important dates such as application deadlines, which you can then put into your diary.
Please note that applications for the 2017 programme are now closed. The window for our 2018 programme will open on the 1st August 2017.