General Management

Our General Management Industrial Placement

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.

A placement like no other

Day One

You’ll settle into Aldi, sign your contract and meet the Store Operations Director who will take you through your induction.

Weeks 1-2

The Area Manager will walk you through our fast-moving operation and why we’re doing so well in the marketplace.

Weeks 3-6

Time to roll up your sleeves and see exactly what happens in our stores, from stacking shelves to serving customers.

Weeks 7-12

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.

Week 13

A chance for a breather on a well-earned, one-week holiday. Enjoy…

Week 14

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.

Weeks 15-18

You’ll take the role of an operational Assistant Store Manager. This is your time to really develop your management skills.

Week 19

Feet up and relax. You deserve it.

Weeks 20-23

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.

Week 24- 30

You’ll be graded on task completion and leadership over the next 7 weeks. This is your chance to show us how far you have come already!

Week 31

Holiday time already? Time flies at Aldi, particularly when you’re learning so much.

Weeks 32-33

Back to working with the Area Manager to gain insight and experience from the very best.

Week 36

Head Office and Logistics is an invaluable part of your training. You’ll learn everything from streamlining distribution to vehicle tracking and routing. And who better than the Financial Administration team to give you specialist training on balancing the books?

Weeks 36- 40

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.

Week 41

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.

Week 42

Kick back on another holiday as you reflect on how much you’ve learned and experienced so far.

Weeks 43 -47

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.

Weeks 48-52

Your last weeks 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.


Who we're looking for

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



Competitive salary

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.

Holiday allowance

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.

Future opportunities

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.

Application process

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.


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Online Application

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



Video Application

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

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!

Final Interview

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!




Why not meet us in Person?

You can find some great information, and even chat to our current Area Managers at a whole range of events. To help you find your nearest 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.

  • November

    22nd November 2019
    Military Employment Fair
    BFRS Military Employment Fair, Catterick

The application window is now open for our 2020/2021 Industrial Placement Programmes