A year in industry is a great way to see how a company works. But our General Management Industrial Placement provides so much more. Over the year, you’ll experience real responsibility. In fact, fast rotations across store and office environments will give you a breathtaking snapshot of our business and the skills you need to succeed. What will you do when you’re handed the keys and told: “You’re in charge”? Well, it’s time to find out.
You’ll settle into Aldi, sign your contract and meet the Store Operations Director who will take you through your induction.
The Area Manager will walk you through our fast-moving operation and why we’re doing so well in the marketplace.
Time to roll up your sleeves and see exactly what happens in our stores, from stacking shelves to serving customers.
Working alongside the Area Manager, you’ll demonstrate your new-found skills. You’ll see stores from a fresh perspective and what goes into multi-site management.
A chance for a breather on a well-earned, one-week holiday. Enjoy…
You’ll shadow the Store Manager and experience their challenging, rewarding and stimulating role. It’s about learning to lead a successful team and creating an environment where people feel really motivated.
You’ll be out and about with an Area Manager, experiencing their day and all the different skills you need to do a great job.
Feet up and relax. You deserve it.
More Store Management. It’s great to be on the front line, seeing how things need to be run in such a fast-paced team environment.
Holiday time already? Time flies at Aldi, particularly when you’re learning so much.
Back to working with the Area Manager to gain insight and experience 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.
Now’s the time to put all your knowledge together. You’ll be given a project brief that will outline proposed areas for improvement across Trading and Logistics. You can see your work have a long-lasting impact on regional (or even national) decisions.
Kick back on another holiday as you reflect on how much you’ve learned and experienced so far.
You’ll complete more project work, but this time across Property and Administration. It’s another golden opportunity to showcase your talents.
Your last week with the Area Manager will help you fit all the pieces together. You’ll see how everything works as a complete (and extremely busy) business.
Well done, you’ve nearly made it. Your final project work will focus on Store Operations. You’ll show us how you can apply your knowledge in different business situations, and present your ideas to the Directors.
The General Management Industrial Placement is so much more than a learning experience. It’s a real job with actual responsibilities. And it can be hard work. Which is why we look for people who like to take on any challenge, and enjoy exceeding expectations. Everyone is different at Aldi. It’s what makes it work. But we also share some amazing traits. It’s about never giving up; always striving for smarter and simpler ways of doing things.
You’ll need a minimum of:
- 96 UCAS points or 63 Scottish Highers
(or the equivalent on the old tariff)
from your top 3 A-Levels/Scottish Highers
(or the equivalent from other relevant qualifications)
- Working towards 2:1 in any degree discipline
- UK driving licence (and access to a car)
- The right to work in the UK
We know just how challenging a programme like this is. Which is why we’ll reward you generously for it. You’ll 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 that you have time to relax. So with four 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 Graduate Area Manager Programme. Your Direct Leader will need to recommend you first though.
So this is it. Your chance to show us that you’re perfect for Aldi. Lots of students apply for our Industrial Placements, so it’s incredibly competitive. However, that won’t put you off. In fact, you’ll relish the chance to show us what you can do.
You’ll need to complete an online
application and various tests that will
assess your judgement and your
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 above.
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!
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!
The application window will open on the 1st June and close on the 30th April. Spaces fill quickly, so we recommend that you apply as soon as you can.
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.
The Group Assessment will be held in our Academy based in Bolton in the North West of England. The Final Managing Director Interview will be held at the Regional Distribution Centre within the region to which you have applied. If your application is successful, we'll let you know all the details nearer the time.
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.
Possibly, but only usually within your chosen region. We’re a fast-growing business so it’s important to have a flexible, understanding approach.
It starts in the July after you’ve completed your second year of university.
A full driving licence and access to a car are essential on our General Management Programme as your role will cover various aspects of in-store and head office training, as well as project work.
You can find out some great information, chat to some of our Area Managers and maybe even meet current Industrial Placement students, at a whole range of events. To help you find your closest event, we’ve put together this little calendar. We’ve also included important dates such as application deadlines, which you can then put into your diary.
The application window for our 2019/2020 placements is now open